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The Dangerous Book for Boys Yearbook [Hardcover]

Conn Iggulden , Hal Iggulden
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Book Description

3 Sep 2007

Packed with historical facts, seasonal activities and space to note your own adventures, ‘The Dangerous Book for Boys Yearbook’ will keep men and boys busy from January to December

Stuffed with seasonal activities to do with your friends: when is conker season? Where can I roll giant cheeses and why? What is flounder tramping and do I really want to do it?

Packed with useful historical facts to impress your friends: on what day was Isambard Kingdom Brunel born? When was the land speed record last broken and by whom? When were the Crown Jewels nearly stolen and how?

And, on top of Conn and Hal Iggulden’s fascinating and fun facts, there is space for you to add your own notes: when did you spot your first robin this year? Do you have a top tip for building the biggest and the best snowman? And is there a piece of family wisdom that you want to remember and treasure?

Written with all the verve and wit that readers of ‘The Dangerous Book for Boys’ have come to love, and designed in the same beautiful packaging, it is a book to treasure – and to use again and again.

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Product details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (3 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000725539X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007255399
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 19.4 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 404,859 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

From the Author

With any luck, a Yearbook isn't just a way to plan a year, it's a way to record it. We really like the idea of stuffing news clippings and recipes into this one, and perhaps writing how proud you were to leave money under a child's pillow for his first tooth - remembering, of course, the cautionary tale of the child who slept with his head under the pillow, only to wake with a pile of coins and no teeth at all.

Without apology, it's a very British book. Given that the history of this island officially started with the arrival of Julius Caesar in 55 BC, you'll find Roman festivals in here, as well as hundreds of the characters and events that make this island such an odd place. Somehow, it only makes sense here that people go `flounder tramping' in Scotland, or that the world conker championship takes place in Kent. It is sometimes astounding how many of these activities still survive. Many have died out, of course, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Sparrow Mumbling, or the game of trying to bite the head off sparrows tied with thread, is no longer popular. In addition, the practice of wife-selling has now fallen from its heyday. Yet there are new ones being invented, such as the Mad Maldon Mud Race, which began with a pub bet in the 1970s. Perhaps it's something in the water that brings these things into existence and then maintains them through centuries.

We've always loved history and facts. It's difficult to say why we like knowing when blackberries are ripe for picking, or that the man who collected dismembered pieces of Captain Cook in Hawaii was William Bligh, later captain of the Bounty. Perhaps it's a sense of controlling the world around us, or being part of it instead of just observers.

We hope you'll find something interesting in here for every day of the year to come - and we hope you'll add more from your own family. Births, deaths and marriages are worth putting in, of course, but you might also write a line or two about the people you meet, the parties or friendships you enjoyed, and perhaps the day you saw six magpies and could not remember the old rhyme. In that way, it will be your book as much as anyone's.
Conn Iggulden and Hal Iggulden

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5.0 out of 5 stars Every Boy from Six to Sixty Should Have One 20 Sep 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
I must have missed something along the way regarding the title of the book, and I certainly do not think it is the best choice, but that aside the book is a wealth of vital information for boys, young and old.

It is the type of book that William Brown (Just William) and his gang would have had hidden under the bed, or under a pile of dry leaves in the den.

It is full of vital information, stories of incredible courage, acts of bravery, the best places to capture your very own pirate. How to make a camera, even information about girls. There is information about dinosaurs, fishing (an essential pastime), even how to make crystals. All the things a young man needs to know about.

If you once owned a penknife with a special tool to take stones out of horses hooves, then this book is essential for you. And if you didn't well read it anyway, you will have lots of fun doing so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality! 5 Feb 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My nine year old reads it regularly-and we talk about it...can't ask for more than that.I've learnt a few things too,which at my age and reading habits is quite something.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One star off for a pedantically spotted error 3 Oct 2007
It says in the blurb that this is a very British book. If it was, it might have the correct date for the moon landings. In Britain Neil Armstrong first stood on the moon on the 21st of July 1969, not the 20th. Due to the time difference it was at 2.56 GMT. A small point but could make a difference if you were planning an anniversary party!

There is also a slightly misleading part when it refers to Michael Collins remaining in the spacecraft. He remained in a different spacecraft to the one used by Aldrin and Armstrong for the lunar landing.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous Book for Boys- Yearbook 17 Feb 2010
By M. Flower - Published on
I love this whole series. The yearbook is for the older boy just so you know but my 5 year old strangely loves this book. It is a world history book that focuses on important events that happen on each day of the year. He likes to look up people's birthdays and then I read what happened on that day. It is for the 10+ boy and make sure they like history.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Every Throwback Is a Good Idea 1 Jan 2011
By fredtownward - Published on
How many people still use printed datebooks to record their appointments or daily comments? And how many of those would like something this large and unwieldy? And how many of those would like as little space as this provides for making entries: 9 or so lines of 2 3/4 inches length per day on average?

Most dates are crammed two to a page; only the occasional for some reason special day has an entire page to itself. Such single page days usually (but not always) offer about double the writing space, finally offering room for a decent sized daily diary entry. Of course if this practice had been followed throughout, the book would have been almost twice as long (and almost twice as thick)!

All of which is just too bad, because after going through it day by day for the last year, I found the daily, monthly, and seasonal factoids invariably interesting and occasionally fascinating. They are very British, of course; no attempt has been made, as was done with the rest of the series: The Dangerous Book for Boys, The Pocket Dangerous Book for Boys: Things to Do, The Pocket Dangerous Book for Boys: Things to Know, and The Dangerous Book of Heroes, to produce volumes tailored for particular countries, which given the lack of passion displayed in the last Americanized book listed, might be just as well. At least the Brothers Iggulden care deeply about the contents of THIS book, and it shows.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for boys 3 Feb 2013
By Charlie Kessler - Published on
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I have seen my boys do so many things straight out of this book. They love it. It really gets their imagination going. Great purchase.
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