The Dangerous Book for Boys

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The Dangerous Book for BoysAbout a month ago, I received The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn and Hal Iggulden. I finally got around to writing a review. Unlike Punk Rock Dad, Dangerous Book is not the type of book you read from cover to cover. It’s more like a coffee table book…something you take a look at from time to time with the kids.

The book is a collection of facts (such as information about dinosaurs, astronomy, and insects) and how-to’s (such as how to build a tree house, periscope, and go-cart). To be honest, you can find most of the material on the web by doing a Google search. The value add of the book is that the authors have already gather the material for readers. You don’t have to waste time shifting through search results to find the information you are looking for. The book also comes in handy when you’re looking for something to do with the kids.

the princess making airplanes and hatsEven though the book is titled, The Dangerous Book for Boys, I think the book will appeal to some moms and girls. For instance, when I made paper airplanes for my kids, my son was happy to just play with it. But my daughter, who is a girly girl, wanted me to show her how I made the paper plane. So, I opened up the book and showed her.

My daughter likes the sections on how to make an airplane and paper hat, but the book is not a girly book (duh). For example, the sections on famous battles and the history of artillery would not appeal to my daughter. And when my daughter is older (she’s six now) the sections on how to tan animal skins and how to hunt and cook a rabbit will most likely turn her into a vegetarian.

If you are interested in the book, the publisher is offering you the chance to win a free book by signing up for their newsletter.

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10 thoughts on “The Dangerous Book for Boys

  1. The “advertisement” video in amazon was soooo appropriate. I think this is a great book to get kids to be involved in some other acivity other than just playing with their xbox. Is there a recommended age range for this book? I think it’ll make a good gift.

    1. I don’t see a recommended age listed for the book. My daughter, who is almost seven, can read most of the book on her own (she’s a good reader). Some of the projects will require a parent’s help.

  2. It’ll take a while before she might think of becoming vegetarian yet. Love the paper airplanes pic. My son’s only 2, but I’m thinking of getting him this book for something he and his daddy can read together one day.

  3. Another great book for boys that my son and I found is Bart King’s The Big Book of Boy Stuff. Tons of fun activities, experiments, jokes, info on gross stuff like barfing and burping. My son has about worn his copy out!

  4. I love airplanes. Thats a very nice picture. Ive seen a few of your photos, and I have to say you are a good photogropher (comeing from me, a county champ, that a compliment).
    Your blog makes me : )

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