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on 10 June 2010
If you are stick for ideas for your 8-12 yr old and want to encourage him to read then thsi is a brilliant solution for you. Will produce hours of sniggering from your children and a good dinner conversation starter at mealtimes. My son would explode with laughter at some of the jokes, ideas and entertainment that this book provides. A must have!!
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 14 October 2006
THE BIG BOOK OF BOY STUFF is, without a doubt, the book all parents of a boy between the ages of eight and eighty needs to buy their son. Why? Because, quite simply, if you're looking for a book that your son will read, this is it. Actually, once they start, you'll probably have a hard time prying it from their sticky, grimy, dirt-covered fingers.

The book is based, possibly loosely, and possibly even more loosely based on my own interpretation, of the three indispensable elements of a boy's world as quoted by Sir Robert Baden-Powell, a World War I veteran and founder of the Boy Scouts of America: "Fun, feeding, and fighting." As the mother of a nine-year son who also happens to be a Cub Scout (a division of the Boy Scouts up to the first half of fifth grade), I can attest that Sir Baden-Powell was totally, 100% accurate in his beliefs.

THE BIG BOOK OF BOY STUFF is divided into several "categories" which include: Activities; Dogs and Others; Emergencies; Experiments; Fireworks and Explosions; Flying Things; Fun in the Outdoors; Gadgets; Tools, and Toys; Indoor Games; Outdoor Games; Girls, Bullies, and Parties; Gross Stuff; Halloween: October 31st; Holidays; Insults; Jokes; Juggling and Yo-Yos; Magic; Making Faces! Making Sounds!; Man Food for Manhood; Practical Jokes; Rhetorical Questions; Riddles; Slang; Storytelling; Tongue Twisters Rule; Video Games; Weapons; Famous Last Worlds; and Recommended Reading. And before you pull out the parental advisory or adult supervision cards, please be assured that any and all activities that could be considered at all dangerous come complete with safety instructions, warnings, and, yes, rules for adult supervision and/or parental advisories.

This book is, in a word, fun. Fun for the boys (or girls!) that read it, and fun for the parents who watch their kids enjoy reading and experimenting. To see your child bury their nose in a book--out of desire instead of need--is a wonderful thing indeed. Although some parents will no doubt be grossed out by some of the things their children find hilarious, getting your kid to sit down and actually read a book that makes them think is well worth it.

Kudos to Mr. King for such a great book. I for one can't wait for the release of THE BIG BOOK OF GIRLS' STUFF, which is slated for release in October 2006.

Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius"
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on 23 July 2010
I bought this for my son's 9th birthday and it was his favourite present by far. He is getting lots of ideas for mischief for the summer holidays! It should keep us occupied as there are so many brilliant but simple ideas to while away the day.
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on 19 July 2011
I found this book on Amazon, looking for books for my son's 11th birthday. When he opened it, after he'd laughed at the inside cover which says PHYSICS on it - he says now - his heart sank as he thought it was another of those unrealistic retro boys' books, building tree houses out of matchsticks and so on. However he's been really enjoying it.

Full of fascinating facts, even a bit of food making (making mock sushi out of bread and peanut butter) he's also admitted the stuff about how to relate to girls is very practical. He wishes it was written for English kids though, he gets fed up with American references - fifth grade and so on.
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on 31 May 2013
This was a present for my little brother who has autism and is only now just understanding jokes and sacasm so i thort this book would be great for him. He loves the practical jokes in this book and is keen to try them out. Great buy!
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on 17 December 2010
This is a book that only boys get. I think that was the authors intention. Very funny but true!
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on 29 November 2013
this has made my 8yr old laugh so much. i would recommend this to anyone. it has encouraged him to read at night time and also makes him laugh. is there any better combination?
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on 1 September 2012
It's been said in other reviews, but boys love this book and my son in particular. He reads it all the time, he tells me the jokes, he's fascinated and tries out the experiments - it's been in his hands most days since we bought it a year ago. Highly recommended.
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on 17 December 2012
Hope this present goes down well - it looks to be full of stuff that boys will enjoy and find of interest
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on 28 December 2012
not as good as I had hoped, some of the topics provided could be deemed as 'TMI' on occasion though!
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