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The Dangerous Book for Boys Hardcover – 5 Jun 2006
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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
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. He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and children. Conn Iggulden is the author of the number one bestselling Emperor series. Hal Iggulden was born in 1972. He lives in Leicester and is a theatre director with a love of astronomy, gadgets, dogs and football.
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Its packed with things that you learnt as a child and forgot (like cloud formations, making a paper boat, learning about insects and tress), or should have learnt as child (famous adventurers, famous battles).
There is also a great list of recommended books that "every boy should read". Many of them I have read and the ones that I havent, I am making sure that I do !
The fabulous hard cover means the book will last for years. Its a book that should have been passed down from generation to generation, and now it will be.
First Class olden days enjoyment.
Now my son is one of those little boys for whom the only Tv channels begin with the words 'Discovery' or 'History', and whose interests could largely be summed up as 'sharp, pointy things'(historical men with big knives and extinct animals with big teeth.) He is also very creative;he spends hours drawing or building things - ballistae out of toothpicks, rafts out of twigs, castles out of cereal boxes, toilet roll holders and sticky back plastic. And this is where the 'Dangerous' bit comes in.
Not only have I had to haul off down to the dump to find him old pram wheels to make is own go-kart, he is now fully equiped to make is own bow and arrows. Which it transpires are even more effective that a coathanger and a 'laccy band... then there's the catapults and the tripwires.
I am also in danger of going deaf as I am constantly regaled with historical trivia about the British Monarchy, famous battles, astronomy,cricket and rugby, insects, the solar system, the Ten Commandments, clouds, light, trees, pirates, chess and the world in general (although I have to admit that this is only marginally worse since the arrival of the book).
So far I've managed to keep him from making fire-proof cloth (because he'll want to test it afterwards), and I think I've convinced him that you can't build a damn great tree-house in a ten-foot Elder tree, but I havn't managed to stop him taking his siblings pocket money since he learnt how to play Poker.
He was recently asked by a coy young lady to comment on the condition of her hair, which query elicited a very blank look and the response: 'Yeah... Are we allowed in the ball pit yet?' - so I don't think the pages about 'Girls' are going to cause me any problems yet, although they had me in stitches.
What else can I say? I love this book (so does my son). It's marvelous. Buy it. Today. Even if you're not a boy. Although if you keep boys - of any age - around the house and you just want a quiet life maybe you should keep it hidden.
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A good choice for boys.