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The Dangerous Book for Boys [Hardcover]

Conn Iggulden , Hal Iggulden
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Book Description

5 Jun 2006

If ever there were a book to make you switch off your television set, The Dangerous Book for Boys is it.

How many other books will help you thrash someone at conkers, race your own go-cart, and identify the best quotations from Shakespeare? The Dangerous Book for Boys gives you facts and figures at your fingertips – swot up on the solar system, learn about famous battles and read inspiring stories of incredible courage and bravery. Teach your old dog new tricks. Make a pinhole camera. Understand the laws of cricket. There's a whole world out there: with this book, anyone can get out and explore it.

The Dangerous Book for Boys is written with the verve and passion that readers of Conn Iggulden's number one bestselling novels have come to expect. This book, his first non-fiction work, has been written with his brother as a celebration of the long summers of their youth and as a compendium of information so vital to men of all ages. Lavishly designed and fully illustrated in colour and black and white throughout, it's set to be a perfect gift for Father's Day and beyond.

Chapters in The Dangerous Book for Boys include: The Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, Conkers, Laws of Football, Dinosaurs, Fishing, Juggling, Timers and Tripwires, Kings and Queens, Famous Battles, Spies, Making Crystals, Insects and Spiders, Astronomy, Girls, The Golden Age of Piracy, Secret Inks, Patron Saints of Britain, Skimming Stones, Dog Tricks, Making a Periscope, Coin Tricks, Marbles, Artillery, The Origin of Words and The Solar System.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; FIRST EDITION edition (5 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007232748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007232741
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Born in London, Conn Iggulden read English at London University and worked as a teacher for seven years before becoming a full-time writer. Married with three children, he lives in Hertfordshire. Since publication of 'The Gates of Rome', Conn has written a further thirteen books including the wildly successful 'The Dangerous Book for Boys'.

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Praise for ‘The Dangerous Book for Boys'

‘The perfect handbook for boys and dads.' Daily Telegraph

'Full of tips on how to annoy your parents'. Evening Standard

'An old-fashioned compendium of information on items such as making catapults and knot-tying…the end of the PlayStation may have been signalled.' The Times

'Just William would be proud. A new book teaching boys old-fashioned risky pursuits…has become a surprise bestseller.' Daily Mail

'If you want to know how to make crystals, master NATO's phonetic alphabet…and build a workbench, look no further.' Time Out

About the Author

Born in London, Conn Iggulden read English at London University and worked as a teacher for seven years before becoming a full-time writer. He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and children. Conn Iggulden is the author of the number one bestselling Emperor series. Hal Iggulden was born in 1972. He lives in Leicester and is a theatre director with a love of astronomy, gadgets, dogs and football.

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Class Olden Days Enjoyment 31 July 2006
By Scully Bloke VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Yes its a brilliant book for boys aged 8 to 80. Im 47 and I enjoyed it tremendously. When I was 10 I remember building a go-cart exactly like the one described. So for older boys it brings back great memories when you could play outside all day without the worry of modern problems.

Its packed with things that you learnt as a child and forgot (like cloud formations, making a paper boat, learning about insects and tress), or should have learnt as child (famous adventurers, famous battles).

There is also a great list of recommended books that "every boy should read". Many of them I have read and the ones that I havent, I am making sure that I do !

The fabulous hard cover means the book will last for years. Its a book that should have been passed down from generation to generation, and now it will be.

First Class olden days enjoyment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All the things you wish you knew, in one book. 3 Jan 2007
When I opened a present from my parents and saw I had been given this book, I was a tad disappointed. A book for 10 year old boys, and me aged 32. Suddenly the 6-pack of socks were back in the top three best presents for Christmas 2006.

But then, after lunch and as a better option than nothing on television, I flicked through a few pages of the book. The book is brilliant. The book is all about stuff that is interesting and fun. Nearly all of it will never be useful, but all of it is vital to know for mainly no other reason than fascination and fun. How to make a magnet, Longitude and Latitude, and some great pages about the romans (a favourite Iggulden subject) etc etc.

This book is up there with Schotts Miscellany for the sheer quantity of fascinating, if occasionally useless, facts. A perfect book for grown ups and young Boys/Girls alike. I think there is probably a narrow 'window of opportunity' to buy this for children. 7 or 8 might be too young, 12 or 13 probably too old. But I agree with another reviewer that there is a whole new audience for young boys aged 30 and more!

The joy of this book is that it contains things you really want to know, just for the fun of it. None of this is important to your degree, 11 plus, accountancy exams or being called to the Bar. This is knowledge for the fun of it. Buy it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Childhood in the 50s 1 Sep 2007
This book certainly gives an insight into how children spent their time some 50 or 60 years ago, and I can tell you that they new how to have fun! I loved the practical chapters in this book, and I even did a lot of the suggested tasks until I had an accident whilst sliding down a hill on a trash-can lid, and from then on I was more careful. It really makes you want to turn the telly off and stop playing computer games and get out there and do something great! I was inspired to buy a swiss army knife by the book, and I will never regret that choice. The only downside in the whole book are the educational history chapters which pull at the reins a bit but that doesn`t really matter; the rest of this must-have book makes up for it! Enjoy!
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97 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Fun 12 Aug 2006
I have to write, primarily to disagree with Mr Mitchell.

This may not be the greatest book ever, but it fills a huge hole, and I for one look forward to Volume II.

I and a friend, when we were about 10, made a go-kart just like that described, and the paper aeroplane detailed in this book comfortably beats my previous "favourite design", (gleaned from a Rupert Annual many years ago). You learn something every day.

It's a great book and while learning bits of Shakespeare won't be to everyone's taste, there will be something - many things in fact - that WILL be to everyone's taste. I bought my copy on impulse in a book shop for £18.99, I'm here buying another for the 50+ year-old friend with whom I built the go-kart all those years ago! :-)

If you have kids, or grandchildren, or godchildren (or simply remember being one yourself) buy it!

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dangerous book for Boys !! 11 Aug 2006
By Lilium
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Well, what can I say except "WOW!" I bought this book for my husband, purely as a 'joke' gift, and at the time, there were no reviews to read, so I bought this book purely because of its title.

My husband loves this book, as does my father, when visiting today, couldn't put it down, so I sent him home with the promise that I'd buy him one also.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Dangerous' by name, dangrous by nature! 4 Dec 2006
I was browsing my local bookshop when this gorgeous bookcover caught my eye. I picked it up flicked through it and realised that it was the perfect gift for my son's 11th birthday.

Now my son is one of those little boys for whom the only Tv channels begin with the words 'Discovery' or 'History', and whose interests could largely be summed up as 'sharp, pointy things'(historical men with big knives and extinct animals with big teeth.) He is also very creative;he spends hours drawing or building things - ballistae out of toothpicks, rafts out of twigs, castles out of cereal boxes, toilet roll holders and sticky back plastic. And this is where the 'Dangerous' bit comes in.

Not only have I had to haul off down to the dump to find him old pram wheels to make is own go-kart, he is now fully equiped to make is own bow and arrows. Which it transpires are even more effective that a coathanger and a 'laccy band... then there's the catapults and the tripwires.

I am also in danger of going deaf as I am constantly regaled with historical trivia about the British Monarchy, famous battles, astronomy,cricket and rugby, insects, the solar system, the Ten Commandments, clouds, light, trees, pirates, chess and the world in general (although I have to admit that this is only marginally worse since the arrival of the book).

So far I've managed to keep him from making fire-proof cloth (because he'll want to test it afterwards), and I think I've convinced him that you can't build a damn great tree-house in a ten-foot Elder tree, but I havn't managed to stop him taking his siblings pocket money since he learnt how to play Poker.
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