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The Pocket Dangerous Book for Boys: Things to Do [Hardcover]

Conn Iggulden , Hal Iggulden , Andrew Ashton
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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4 Jun 2007

If ever there was a book to make you switch off your television set, ‘The Dangerous Book for Boys’ was it. And now, from the same authors, comes ‘The Pocket Book of Things to Do’ – packed with exciting and fun things to keep you entertained all summer.

'The Dangerous Book for Boys' was the book of the year in 2006, inspiring a newfound passion for adventure, fun and all things 'dangerous'. Now, the authors have expanded their knowledge of all things fun to do and have come up with the fantastic ‘Pocket Book of Things to Do’.

With everything from how to win at poker, how to make a paper hat and how to skim stones to how to tie a knot to how to write a note in secret ink, the Pocket Book will appeal to men and boys alike, not forgetting the women in their lives!

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  • Hardcover: 211 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (4 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007253966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007253968
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 16.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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


'...the end of the PlayStation may have been signalled' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teriffic pocket sized book 20 July 2007
By Josh
A delightful book. This is better than the large edition, because it fits in your pocket!

Which is best - going on a PlayStation or making a quill pen? This book is fantastic because it shows you how to make and do things that you haven't seen in such a long time! Such as conkers - which will take you back to your childhood! And the 5 knots every boy should know!
How do you make a paper hat, have you ever wondered? Look no further. This pocket sized compendium explains it all.
You can make this book your own, and you know you'll always keep it if you just look at the front cover. It's a chunky little book packed with wit, humour and intelligence - a deserving 5 Star read.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as Good as the Original 3 Oct 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
There are several of these books in various formats by the author and I am not sure whether it is the publisher or the author who is cashing in on a good thing. Having said that they are the sort of book that appeals to boy from seven to seventy with a wealth of vital information it would be impossible for a young boy to live without and must be kept away from sisters and other females on pain of death.

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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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Put together all of your cub scout and boy scout manuals, your favorite books about masculine activities, and your favorite memories about growing up as a boy, and you'll find them all somewhere in The Dangerous Book for Boys. In addition, you'll find answers to questions you've always wondered about . . . written at a boy's level of understanding.

As I read pages about tying knots, forming and launching paper airplanes, picking out a Swiss army knife, heat at the equator, making a bow and arrows, understanding grammar, making timers and tripwires, reading U.S. Naval flag codes, creating and decoding ciphers, forming crystals, learning to juggle, practicing first aid, star charts of constellations, and famous battles, I was once again eight years old. I didn't know it was possible, but my body felt smaller and suppler. I could remember where I'd first learned about all of those things, in many cases remembering what I hadn't thought of in decades.

As a connection to the younger generation, this book is marvelous because you can create a common territory beyond the borders of video games, MP3 files, and exotic sports. In addition, you can relate to you young friend or relative your own experiences in these areas, fields that young people don't know how to visit otherwise.

After you've looked at this book, I'm sure you'll agree with me that every boy deserves the chance to add this learning and these experiences to his boyhood.

I'm sure there will be another edition of this book someday. When it comes out, Mr. Iggulden, please do me a favor and include a section on the rules of cricket. I've never been able to completely follow that game. Then, you'll have made my second childhood perfect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a real "boys" book 6 Feb 2011
My 10 yr old takes this book everywhere and his dad loves it as much as he does! Perfect for bored boys big and small lol.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars don't start what you can't finish... 12 Oct 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great book, Godson loved it. I spent 3 days at the bottom of the garden building the mother of all tree-houses as a result. Tired, injured and having discarded all instructions within minutes I think I might move in for the winter myself...great book anyway
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A charming book harping back to innocent times 13 Jun 2009
By Dr. Rich Boden VINE VOICE
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Sometimes I worry about the amount of time children spend watching TV or playing computer games these days and I think that this book (and the others in the series, along with the larger volumes) is the antidote for some of that. It's active encouragement for boys (and girls!) to get outside and do something! There's enough in here to occupy an entire summer and, as others have said, the book is small enough to fit into one's pocket and is sturdily made so it won't fall apart.

The entire look and feel of the book take you back to a bygone era and immediately evoke memories of "Swallows and Amazons" and "The Famous Five". The book covers all kinds of things to do both indoors and out, from tying knots to making candles and from building a treehouse to training a dog to do tricks. I think there's plenty in here for everyone and this book makes an excellent gift for any child that you think watches too much TV and needs to get outside and covered in dirt a bit more often. It's also a good book for adults to have in case you find you have children visiting and don't know how to keep them entertained.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Beltane
Excellent product and service. Book is a best seller, so little can be added - great for Grandfathers, Dads and kids of all ages - eapecially boys (if that is not considered gender stereotyping!

AND, guick, free delivery, and perfect condition.

Not much more to say really!!
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