The Dangerous Book for Boys

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Harper Collins, May 1, 2007 - Sports & Recreation - 288 pages
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The bestselling book for every boy from eight to eighty, covering essential boyhood skills such as building tree houses*, learning how to fish, finding true north, and even answering the age old question of what the big deal with girls is.

In this digital age there is still a place for knots, skimming stones and stories of incredible courage. This book recaptures Sunday afternoons, stimulates curiosity, and makes for great father-son activities. The brothers Conn and Hal have put together a wonderful collection of all things that make being young or young at heart fun—building go-carts and electromagnets, identifying insects and spiders, and flying the world's best paper airplanes.

The completely revised American Edition includes:

The Greatest Paper Airplane in the World
The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
The Five Knots Every Boy Should Know
Stickball
Slingshots
Fossils
Building a Treehouse*
Making a Bow and Arrow
Fishing (revised with US Fish)
Timers and Tripwires
Baseball's "Most Valuable Players"
Famous Battles-Including Lexington and Concord, The Alamo, and Gettysburg
Spies-Codes and Ciphers
Making a Go-Cart
Navajo Code Talkers' Dictionary
Girls
Cloud Formations
The States of the U.S.
Mountains of the U.S.
Navigation
The Declaration of Independence
Skimming Stones
Making a Periscope
The Ten Commandments
Common US Trees
Timeline of American History

* For more information on building treehouses, visit www.treehouse-books.com and www.stilesdesigns.com or see "Treehouses You Can Actually Build" by David Stiles
  

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Great book for boys, for reference or otherwise. - Goodreads
Great reference for parents and grandparents. - Overstock.com
What a wonderfully eclectic reference for all! - Overstock.com
Great reference book for boys. - Overstock.com
It is a fun "reference" type book though. - Goodreads

Great book for boys

User Review  - Jessica Colten - Christianbook.com

While I agree with the other reviewer, there is quite a bit of evolutionary content, it IS an amazing book for boys. My son checked it out at the library (I was VERY nervous-he was excited about ... Read full review

Evolutionary Bias May Be More Dangerous!

User Review  - OneNationUnderGod - Christianbook.com

There are several interesting topics covered; however, the parts on fossils and dinosaurs are basically a lesson on macro evolution, for which there is NO evidence. It recounts the idea that ... Read full review

Contents

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient
4
How to Play Stickball
18
The Rules of Soccer
27
Making a Bow and Arrow
35
Table Football
43
Baseballs Most Valuable Players
50
The Rules of Rugby Union and Rugby
61
U S Naval Flag Codes
69
Lexington and Concord the Alamo
127
Pinhole Projector
172
Wrapping a Package in Brown Paper
180
Coin Tricks
191
How to Play Poker
198
Douglas
204
The Origin of Words
214
The Ten Commandments
225

Scott
75
Insects and Spiders
83
Juggling
89
Illustrations
269
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About the author (2007)

Despite finding time to write historical novels and The Dangerous Book for Boys, Conn Iggulden is in some ways better known as a trainer of Tollins. His Tollin troupe, Small and Mighty, are famous in Tasmania, where they often play to packed houses. Tragically, he lost his two best-known performers earlier this year. "The thing about transporting Tollins in shoe boxes," he says, "the really important thing, is to remember to put the airholes in."

Lizzy Duncan, with her trademark blue glasses, was a founding member of the Tollins in Art program, where inner-city schoolchildren are taken to the countryside by bus and encouraged to paint and observe Tollins in their natural habitats. Tollins: Explosive Tales for Children was her first illustrated book.

Lizzy's abstract paintings of Tollins are much sought after whenever they appear at Sotheby's auction house, and she is very active in promoting Tollin rights and registering them as a protected wetland species—or as a dryland species, if the weather's been good.

Conn and Lizzy's first book together, Tollins: Explosive Tales for Children, was published in 2009 to great critical acclaim—and has ensured that no one will ever mistake a Tollin for a fairy again.

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