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"
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.
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.