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The Pocket Dangerous Book for Boys: Wonders of the World Hardcover – 1 Oct 2008
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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'See all Product description
Top customer reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.