The Dangerous Book for Boys

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HarperCollins, Apr 3, 2018 - Crafts & Hobbies - 288 pages
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The bestselling book—more than 1.5 million copies sold—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—is soon to be an Amazon Prime Original Series created by Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and Greg Mottola (Superbad).

The classic 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.

Skills covered include:

The Greatest Paper Airplane in the World
The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
The Five Knots Every Boy Should Know
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
Cloud Formations
The States of the U.S.
Mountains of the U.S.
The Declaration of Independence
Skimming Stones
Making a Periscope
The Ten Commandments
Common US Trees
Timeline of American History


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User Review  - TheDivineOomba - LibraryThing

This is one of those books that works for a certain time period. Unfortunately, for me, it felt dated. Even though the information is interesting, the presentation felt a bit snarky, with a tone that ... Read full review

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User Review  - jms001 - LibraryThing

A great book…for both boys and girls. Don't let the title fool you. Girls would love the content in this book just as much as any boy out there, perhaps even more. It's choked full of random yet ... Read full review


The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
The Five Knots Every Boy Should Know
Making a Battery
The Rules of Soccer
Making a Bow and Arrow
Understanding GrammarPart
Building a Workbench
Pocket Light
The Golden Age of Piracy
Sampling Shakespeare
Touching the Void
The Declaration of Independence
The Moon
Skipping Stones

Table Football
Timers and Tripwires
The Rules of Rugby Union and Rugby League
SpiesCodes and Ciphers
U S Naval Flag Codes
Scott and the Antarctic
Insects and Spiders
Astronomythe Study of the Heavens
Making a Paper Hat Boat and Water Bomb
Understanding GrammarPart
The Fifty States
The Wright Brothers
Dog Tricks
Wrapping a Package in Brown Paper and String
Making a Periscope
Coin Tricks
Latin Phrases Every Boy Should Know
Douglas Bader
A Brief History of Artillery
The Origin of Words
The Ten Commandments
Robert the Bruce
The Game of Chess
Hunting and Cooking a Rabbit
Tanning a Skin
Growing Sunflowers

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About the author (2018)

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.

Hal Iggulden is the artistic director of the Holdfast Theatre Company in Leicester, England.

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