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I have owned this book since it was published back in 2006 and despite having read it from cover to cover several times, and consistently going back to it for information, I still would not know how to describe it. It calls itself a guidebook for all boys from age 8 to 80, but I think it is selling itself short.
Viewers of the Stephen Fry quiz show QI will be amazed and enamoured by his knowledge of pretty much everything. Well that is what this book is like. It is not definitive, it just points you in the right direction. For example there is a section on the laws of Cricket in which is included a map of all the fielding positions on a cricket pitch. After listeninf to years of commentary going on about so and so fielding at silly point, I now understand.
Historical sections such as the Seven Wonders of the World, Famous Battles, Kings and Queens, the Golden age of Piracy. And then there are practical lessons such as making a compass, skimming stones, secret inks and building a treehouse.
It is an amazing item that just leaves you with a smile on your face after reading. It inspires you to do something, whether reading further about a subject or actually going out and doing some thing constructive. It is a book that every boy should read at least once, if not for knowledge, then at least fro the experience.
It is lavishly illustrated and totals a little under 300 pages in hardback so it will doubtless be passed from generation to generation. Sales have been consistently high ensuring it has been registered as a number one bestseller in many lists and has consistently remained in top tens around the world including the Amazon.com reading list in 2007 when only Harry Potter outsold it. In short if you are a parent, already starting to think about Christmas stocking fillers, you could do worse. Grandparents likewise. Anybody else, you should just buy it yourself, you will love it.
I bought this book for my husband as a little stocking filler at Christmas, but one night when I was short of a book to read, I picked this one up and was soon completely hooked!
The Dangerous Book for Boys is a hardback book, written by Conn and Hal Iggulden. The cover is quite sturdy and old fashioned looking but it's written in a witty and interesting manner.
The authors have written a book which brings together all the things people of 30 something plus did as children, but are now becoming lost art forms, such as building a go-kart, making paper planes, battling with conkers and making boats from newspaper. It's full of little activities to keep the kids (and yourself!) amused on a lazy weekend or even more grand projects such as building a tree house.
The book also contains little bits of history, like stories of the great adventurers such as Scott of the Antartic and details of great battles such as Hastings and the Somme.
No matter who you are, this book is bound to contain something of interest and you are sure to learn something. I can now name all 7 wonders of the ancient world as the book spends several pages covering them, with some brilliant illustrations.
There is a brilliant section on grammer and things that have baffled me since my schooldays are written out in precise, clear to understand layman's terms - so maybe my reviewing techniques will improve!
I love this book and so does my husband. It's now resident on our coffee table and we often find any visitors we might have will take a sneaky look at it.
I paid £5 for this in WH Smiths at Christmas time and I think at that price it was an absolute steal.
A great gift for the boy or man-child in your life.
I bought this book a few years ago for my son who was 12 at the time and he's had a whale of a time with it.
It is hard to know where to start when describing this book because it covers so many different topics so I think the best way to go is to highlight a few of the projects and subjects which we have found particularly interesting.
Firstly the projects include how to build a treehouse, making a go cart, best paper plane in the world, how to make a bow and arrow, making crystals and how to make a pinhole projector. We have tried most of the above with varying degrees of success. The treehouse was very hard work but it is still there whereas the paper planes provided hours of fun and were mastered in minutes.
There are also lots of skills to be learnt which range from first aid and navigation to juggling and poker playing. It also details how to hunt and cook a rabbit which is a skill most people wouldn't have but you never know when you might need it!
There are fantastic tales of derring-do as well as details of historical battles, sampling shakespeare and latin phrases that are still in common use.
I haven't even begun to scratch the surface of the breadth of knowledge contained in this book, it is truly phenominal.
This book manages to be hugely informative and interesting and also massive fun.
I think every home should have one!
"The Dangerous Book for Boys", just the title makes you wonder what is inside. My boys do enough risky things as it is, I do not need them being encouraged. Boys will be boys, climbing trees, forever barefoot, picking up all types of creepy crawlies, and the list goes on. So I was interested in knowing what this book was about.
Firstly, the Dangerous Book for Boys was a gift given to my son. It was published in 2006 and written by Hal Iggulden and Conn Iggulden. These brothers argue that boys today are losing their traditional play and concentrating too much on video games, ipods and cell phones. I'm sure many little chaps will not be overly impressed with this concept!
The book is quite old fashioned to look at. A hefty red hard back with black and gold writing, using a dated font. This is all done on purpose, as the authors are trying to take the boys back to the 70's type play.
Inside the book there is a lovely quote, which I'm sure boys are not interested in, but I enjoyed it.
'Don't worry about genius and don't worry about not being clever. Trust rather to work hard, perseverance, and determination. The best motto for the long march is "Don't grumble. Plug on".' Sir Frederick Treves, 1903.
What the book is actually about. Well it is a minefield of information, facts, and helpful suggestions to keep those boys occupied. There are 84 chapters, which can keep you busy for hours and hours. These range from learning how to tie various knots, how to play marbles, how to build a go-kart and information on space, maps, fossils and GIRLS!
Firstly an 'Essential Kit' is recommended, this includes a swiss army knife, a compass, handkerchief, box of matches, needle and thread, pencil and paper, small torch, magnifying glass, plasters and fish hooks. I'm not sure about the pen knife and matches, but as they get older, you find these things in their pockets anyway.
The book tells you how to play conkers, the rules of football, rugby union and league, and cricket, something every mum needs to know too. It is a minefield of information.
A quick reference guide to the solar system, explains numerous facts about each of the planets. It goes through distance from the earth, temperature, rotation around the sun, moons and many other individual facts.
First Aid is really interesting and taught me a few things (as did all the chapters). It explains what to do in an emergency situation, check the ABC (airway, breathing and circulation), how to do artificial respiration, cope with shock and what should be in your medical kit. I need to update mine.
Every boys dream is to be let loose with some wood, a hammer and nails! The book guides them on how to make a go-kart and a tree house, this would definitely need adult help. Also how to make a bow and arrow, great after watching Robin Hood, as my son keeps coming in armed with a bow and several arrows. It super for chasing away the pesky crows, never got one yet though!
The chapter on spies is extremely informative, teaching the morse code and the Nato phonetic alphabet, which I can never remember. I always say 'e' for egg and 'w' for worm, not Echo and Whiskey. Drives the receiver up the wall!!
There are plenty of historical facts and stories in the book. They are short and concise, making it interesting and to the point. You can read about kings and queens, explorers, dinosaurs and saints, as examples. The pictures and diagrams are very basic, but hopefully the text will keep the boys enraptured.
I cannot praise this book enough. It has so many interesting facts and suggestions for not only boys but men, women and maybe some girls too. My son aside, I can now juggle, make crystals and do magic tricks with coins. It is definately one to have on your shelf.
The Dangerous Book for Boys can be purchased from Amazon from £10.77.
The Dangerous Book for Boys, Hal Iggulden rrp UK £20.00 CAN $29.95.
Hardback book containing 293 pages. Red cover.
According to the cover the book is aimed at 'every boy for eight to eighty.'
In my opinion, an excellent book, ideal as a gift or a stocking filler, it really is suitable for all ages.
The book has sections on all manor of things from how to build a tree house, understanding grammar, poems every boy should know, and the rules of football. The book is good wholesome fun, quite old fashioned, and focusses on fun without things like tv or computer games. It is educational and contains things that boys should all know, but probably don't in this day and age. It is not sexist or patronising, and there is a similar book available (although not by the same author) called the Daring Book for Girls. It is the sort of book you could look at for years to come and always find something interesting.
If ever there was a book to make you switch off your television set, The Dangerous Book for Boys is it. How many other books will help you thrash someone at conkers, race your own go-cart, and identify the best quotations from Shakespeare? The Dangerous Book for Boys gives you facts and figures at your fingertips - swot up on the solar system, learn about famous battles and read inspiring stories of incredible courage and bravery. Teach your old dog new tricks. Make a pinhole camera. Understand the laws of cricket. There's a whole world out there: with this book, anyone can get out and explore it. The Dangerous Book for Boys is written with the verve and passion that readers of Conn Iggulden's number one bestselling novels have come to expect. This book, his first non-fiction work, has been written with his brother as a celebration of the long summers of their youth and as a compendium of information so vital to men of all ages. Lavishly designed and fully illustrated in color and black and white throughout, it's set to be a perfect gift for Father's Day and beyond. Chapters in The Dangerous Book for Boys include: The Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, Conkers, Laws of Football, Dinosaurs, Fishing, Juggling, Timers and Tripwires, Kings and Queens, Famous Battles, Spies, Making Crystals, Insects and Spiders, Astronomy, Girls, The Golden Age of Piracy, Secret Inks, Patron Saints of Britain, Skimming Stones, Dog Tricks, Making a Periscope, Coin Tricks, Marbles, Artillery, The Origin of Words, and The Solar System.