The Adventurous Boy's Handbook Hardcover – 3 Jun 2014
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About the Author
Stephen Brennan is the coauthor of The Adventurous Boy's Handbook and The Adventurous Girl's Handbook, and editor of The Best Pirate Stories Ever Told and The Best Sailing Stories Ever Told. He has worked as a circus clown, teacher, cabaret artist, actor, director, shepherd, and playwright. Finn Brennan is in grade school, and his interests are fishing, rocks, and bugs.
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There are sections on camping, hunting, hiking, water sports (not the adult kind), and winter activities, along with other things. As for winter activities this includes cross country skiing, which obviously is of no use living in a city.
At the moment this is on promo, so it won't cost you anything to get, but I would advise you to probably steer clear after that. Unfortunately, although there are some good things here this book isn't really for the UK market and so a lot of it is not really applicable, also some of the sections are really for people who have got money to spend, not ideal in today's economic crisis.
In one example of signalling it gives the "American Morse Telegraph Alphabet" rather than the International one among other things this one uses dot dot for O which is not very helpful if you want to send SOS (Usually dot dot dot dash dash dash dot dot dot). In this section there are Egyptian hieroglyphics however the resolution is not good enough for it to be meaningful.
Other information given is the American Bill of Rights a strange inclusion in a book of this type.
I think it tries to cover too much as it includes such diverse things as sailing and skiing it also feels like an old book and probably a lot of the content is but tries to be up to date with passing references to GPS and mobile phones.
The book is divided into a number of sections which are further divided however the main ones are:-
Hunting and fishing
Defensive Fighting Skills
More things the adventurous boy should know.
In summary an interesting book that does not fulfil its intention but there is much interesting information some to be taken very cautiously for example there is a method of testing if plants etc are poisonous or not I DO NOT RECOMMEND YOU TRY THIS.
However on the dad cool factor, knowing how to make a shelter and fish using a hook and an old beer bottle, it was up there for me.
As for the diagrams could work most of them out. It will make you smile and any dad who writes a book with his son is already cool for me.