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The Dangerous Book for Boys (Dangerous Books for Boys)

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Recapture Sunday afternoons and long summer days. This is a wonderful collection of all things that make being young, or young at heart, fun.

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Questions About the World, How to Play Stickball, The Rules of Soccer, Fishing, Famous Battles, Extraordinary Stories, Girls, First Aid, The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Seven Modern Wonders of the World


Hardcover, 270 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Williammr (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jul 05, 2007 M2 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Boys Big & Little
Boys will be boys, but only if they get outside where they belong and off the God damned Ritalin.

Boys aren't girls. They're genetically different, and need to be treated differently and raised differently. Boys like bugs and dirt clods and farts, but they also need tales of loyalty and courage and honor and adventure and, yes, violence. They compete, and physically. They like to blow shit up. They like systems that are clear and cut-and-dried. They like straightforward thinking. That's why they
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)
"[men and boys] may conquer different worlds when they grow up, but they'll still want these stories for themselves and for their sons." The fuck?

What I fail to understand is this : Why in the world this book is aimed at boys?

It's by no means a real review because I only skimmed it, and I'm not sure I'll come back to it. Therefore I can't judge if the historical/scientific facts are accurate or not. I'm not saying that all that we find in it isn't interesting for children . That's not the poin
Sep 08, 2007 Casey rated it it was amazing
I bought this for my little brother's eleventh birthday. I knew my parents were finally breaking down and buying him video games, so I thought this would be an appropriate gift. Poor kid, it was already well-thumbed by the time I finally got around to giving it to him. Yes, The Dangerous Book for Boys can certainly be enjoyed by twenty-something girls, too.

It's crazy informative. Do you know how to skin a rabbit? I do now. Or how to build a go cart? Race ya. Or what went down at the Battle of T
Dec 09, 2007 Ryan rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: ya
Shelves: ya
I finished The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn and Hal Iggulden.

I had a couple reasons for picking up this book. First, it’s a relatively new release, but it’s made to look all old and retro/cool. The ‘fancy’ script on the cover, the heavy hardback binding, and pretty end papers on the inside all = old. But it’s not. I knew it was a newer book, but I still managed to get roped in by the old-time feel of it. Even the print and illustrations have the old time feel. Think 1960’s text book/manual. S
Oct 17, 2015 Andrew rated it liked it
I will admit I have had this book for some time - but I thought it was about time I finished it and listed it. The good (and I guess bad) thing about this book is that like any annual it has a series of articles on various subjects meaning it is perfect to dip in and out of when ever you feel like it - which also makes it potentially impossible to finish!

Now this book is a mixture of articles as I say which generally means there is something there for everyone and yes I did learn a thing or two
May 12, 2009 Deanrx rated it it was amazing
Its about time we, as parents and especially as fathers, stop appoligizing for boys being boys.

Get them outside, get them engaged and if all else fails run the crap out of them - they won't break and far fewer will need Ritalin. Another positive is that the "Dads" will look less like pot bellied pigs (present company included)...

Boys need REAL stories of REAL men being heros... this book has it.

Boys need tactile adventures... this book delivers it.

It might not be PC, but running around playing '
Jul 23, 2007 Jeffreykloss is currently reading it
My dad and I are reading this, getting ready for Asa's arrival. There is so much stuff in here!

My dad and I were reading the Latin Phrases everyone should know. When we came to “Pater familias” I deferred to my father and said, “Look Dad, you: Head of Household.”
I thought it a loving moment between son & father. He came, looked over my shoulder at the alphabetical list and pointed out the next phrase, saying, “And this one is you…” Persona non grata.

My son’s Granddad Kloss is quite the comed
Jul 06, 2007 Stuart rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I know that the book is at the top of British non-fiction best-sellers but i would guess many of them are sitting on coffee tables rather than being avidly read. It was quite interesting to read again of famous battles or heroic figures. I really did want to find out how to make a proper paper aeroplane but had no interest in electromagnets or secret ink made from body fluids. I know the rules of football and don't want to know about cricket. I found the interesting sections too short and would ...more
Aug 29, 2008 Amanda rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone - esp. boys
Just like the Daring Book for Girls, as soon as my husband and I peeked into this book we had to have it. EVERY boy should own a copy of this book and girls can gets lots out of it, too. It's full of cool stuff that every boy should know, like: everything you need to know about sports, astronomy, famous battles, good books, and things like how to make a paper hat, boat, and water bomb; first aid, pirates, games, secret inks, knots, dinosaurs - something that really grabbed my eye was 'how to cha ...more
Ms. Phinnia
Mar 10, 2009 Ms. Phinnia rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-2009
This is one of those books that tells you how to do/about hundreds of awesome things - how to make a bow and arrow, how to build the best paper airplane, stories of Scott's trip to Antarctica, famous battles, how to build a treehouse, the seven wonders of the ancient and modern worlds, the ten commandments, cyphers, invisible inks, advice on girls - it's really fantastic and i want my own copy. sadly there's either no comparable book for girls or it assumes all girls want to do is learn to sew a ...more
Jul 06, 2008 Cortney marked it as to-read
Shelves: childrens-books
What a cool book!
My nephew has this book. He was showing my son all the cool things they could do- build airplanes, treehouses, forts, etc.
Now my son wants the book. We'll probably get it for him when he's a bit older.
Aug 14, 2009 Dawn rated it really liked it
Great book for boys, for reference or otherwise. Some inaccuracies, but overall a great product and a good read. Will likely also be enjoyable for more adventuresome girls...
Annika Barranti Klein
This is the Books of Knowledge and American Boys' Handy Book rolled into one and updated for the modern age.
Jul 19, 2008 Jeanette rated it liked it
The Dangerous Book for Boys is a book full of old-fashioned adventure, like making a bow and arrow, fishing, making a paper bomb and secret inks. It is a book full of useful skills like navigation, juggling, first aid, making cloth fireproof and tying knots. It is a book of inspirational stories like the Wright brothers and Antarctic explorers. It is a book about culture, sports, history and learning. It is a book that most young boys and some older boys probably can't resist.
I suppose it is bec
Crazy Uncle Ryan
Dec 11, 2009 Crazy Uncle Ryan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anybody who has a son
Recommended to Crazy Uncle Ryan by: Shanna Barnhisel
I borrowed this book from my older sister who got it for her three little boys. As I read it I found myself wishing I had had this book when I was a little boy. I especially liked the part about talking to girls (a part I really could have used as a lad). As I have been reading other reviews of this book I have found it funny how so many people seem to get so hung up on the fact that it is called the Dangerous book for BOYS. As if somehow Federal Law prohibited any woman or girl from reading or ...more
Apr 24, 2010 Jeremy rated it it was amazing
This book is my favorite of all time. The reason that this book is my favorite is because it is filled with all sorts of activities and facts for little dudes that nobody does anymore. I like the old days, the ones that I wasn’t even alive for. This book takes the reader back to the days when little dudes entertained themselves by reading about famous explorers, and made periscopes and pinhole projectors and marbled paper. I’ve always been a little boy at heart, and this book makes me wish I had ...more
Cuong Truong
Dec 21, 2012 Cuong Truong rated it really liked it
Shelves: factual
WIDER READING FOCUS: Factual/How to guide to life.

Despite having quite an intimidating book title that no mother would ever think of giving to her child, you really need take a peek inside before making that snap judgment. Within the pages is an interesting encyclopedic guide to what all little boys should know. This handy hardback actually covers tit bits of various subjects of the National Curriculum. Some of which include: science; making a battery, why is the sky blue? PE; a diagrammatic ill
Kelsey Collins
May 11, 2013 Kelsey Collins rated it really liked it
Kelsey Collins
Iggulden, H., & Iggulden, C. (2007). The dangerous book for boys. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
Genre: Informational
Format: Digital- Kindle
Selection Process: Browsing informational young adult section on

This book covers what are deemed essential boyhood skills from the two authors, who are brothers. It covers topics like how to build a tree house, how to deal with girls, how to find north, how to tie certain knots, etc. It stimulates some kind of curiosity
Mar 30, 2009 Laurie rated it really liked it
A great coffee table book that parents and grandparents will probably enjoy more than boys. I skimmed through it, briefly, in about 90 minutes. What makes it dangerous? Well, not much, but there is a section entitled "Making a Bow and Arrow," and also "Making Cloth Fireproof."

The other sections are just cool stuff that you always wanted to know more about, like, "Spies: Codes and Ciphers," "Making a Paper Hat, Boat, and Water Bomb," and "The Golden Age of Piracy," to name a few.

My favorite quo
Oct 13, 2009 Joshua rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved it. Read through it gape-mouthed and pop-eyed. Proper for its theme of the preservation of "traditional" recreation, interests, and values for boys, it's essentialist (look at the title), heteronormative, it unilaterally endorses Judeo-Christian values, it romanticizes war and martial figures... basically everything that makes me squirm. And I totally got down with it, thinking alternately "God I wish I had (blank) when I was a kid", "I can't wait to (blank) with Henry", and "Th ...more
Michael Xavier
May 16, 2015 Michael Xavier rated it it was amazing
I buy this book for every boy I care about. It is perfect tinder for a young mind to fan the flames to the fire of personal wonder for the rest of their lives.
May 24, 2009 Donald rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009, shorts
I'd give this one a five, but for something like this there is always room for improvement. I'm afraid that a lot of what is included in this book is fading from the childhood of current generations. Not enough time is spent by kids today building things to learn by way of trial and error.

When was the last time you saw kids building go-carts from two-by-fours and baby-buggy wheels? Playing marbles? Building treehouses? Included in this book are these topics and more. There are how-to articles, h
Apr 09, 2008 Natalie rated it really liked it
This is the kind of book I adored as a kid, the kind that weren't published while I was growing up. I made do with books decades out of date, whose instructions assumed you could buy dangerous chemicals at the corner drug store and lived near a lake that froze in the winter. Those constraints aside, they were what I wanted my childhood to be, full of adventure without the restrictions of suburban neighborhoods and protective parents. I'm very glad that someone has dusted off the milieu, though i ...more
Jan 31, 2009 Nicole rated it really liked it
I love the Dangerous and Daring Books. In these days of video games and battery powered toys that do everything except buy themselves for you, today's unimaginative kids need to learn how to PLAY again. This book is filled with good old-fashioned, get-off-your-butt, get-out-of-the-house and get dirty ideas. There are a few reasons why childhood obesity and diabetes have exploded over the past couple of decades, and sitting on their jiggly cans ranks at #1 or #2. Do the boys you love a favor and ...more
Feb 09, 2009 Aaron rated it really liked it
I like this book because it has a good mix of material included; games, magic tricks, history lessons, interesting stories of heroic people, rules for Rugby & chess. Something to take into consideration if you are thinking to read this book is that the material found within can be seen as subjective because the authors only include the "best things that they feel the next generation of boys need to know so the traditions don't die". That being said, if you take their opinions lightly you can ...more
Justin Matthews
Jun 09, 2016 Justin Matthews rated it really liked it
This is the book meant for those boring afternoon summer days..Its also a good way to stay out of trouble but still have fun."You hold your future in your own hands". It is your decision where you will end up in life.It is no body else job to get you to the top except for yourself. But fr now in your childhood its time to be a kid. you only have one childhood that can't reoccur. "In this age of video games and cell phone, there must still be a place for knots, tree houses, and stories of incredi ...more
Ryan Hercik
Title: The Dangerous Book for Boys
Author: Conn and Hal Iggulden
Genre: How-to Book
Theme(s): Childhood, games, curiosity, experimentation, discovery
Opening line/sentence: It isn’t that easy these days to get ahold of an old tobacco tin—but they are just the right size for this sort of collection.
Brief Book Summary: This book covers many essential boyhood skills for boys growing up. Things such as building a tree house, learning to fish, and even girls are discussed in this drawn up
Jennifer Duell
The dangerous book for boys. (2012). New Your: Harper-Collins

Citation by: Jennifer Duell

Type of Reference: Handbook

Call Number: Ref 031.02

Content/Scope: Targeted towards ages 8-80, this handbook contains 288 pages of facts for boys. Contents include knot tying, coin tricks, paper airplane instructions, excerpts of famous battles, and much more. Boys will enjoy the read while girls may get a glimpse into what boys like.

Accuracy/Authority/Bias: Harper-Collings publishes many books for children and
Susan Scott
Apr 12, 2015 Susan Scott marked it as to-read
Iggulden, H., & Iggulden, C. (2007). The dangerous book for boys. Collins.

Citation by: Susan Scott

Type of Reference: Handbook

Call Number: 031.02

ISBN: 0-06-124358-2

Brief Description: This handbook is geared towards boys in grades four through seven. This book has multiple activities that boys may be interested in including famous battles, astronomy, coin tricks and trivia.

Content/Scope: This book is geared towards boys in grades four through seven. This book contains a vari
Oz Barton
May 15, 2012 Oz Barton rated it liked it
I was never in Boy Scouts, but this book is pretty close to how I imagined it would've been, minus the doofy uniforms and the systemic homophobia.

None of the information is very in-depth, and some of it is outdated or inaccurate, but this book isn't really trying to be a serious resource, is it. Just a general encyclopedia of Cool Things To Try On The Weekend. It's playful, charming, and made me feel a little bit excited about absolutely everything. I wish I'd had it when I was a kid.
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I was born in the normal way in 1971, and vaguely remember half-pennies and sixpences. I have written for as long as I can remember: poetry, short stories and novels. It’s what I always wanted to do and read English at London University with writing in mind. I taught English for seven years and was Head of English at St. Gregory’s RC High School in London by the end of that period. I have enormous ...more
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