Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The Dangerous Book for Boys

The Dangerous Book for Boys, by Hal Iggulden
$14.97 at Amazon.com
ISBN: 0061243582
When The Dangerous Book was recently featured in an article in Time magazine, my curiosity was piqued. This could be the most exciting new book of the year. Jammed with fun and interesting information for boys of any age, this is a must-have for the guys in your life.
Beautifully lettered an illustrated, like an old-school Boy Scout Handbook (without the controversy), this book recalls a boyhood before cell-phones, remote controls, and Playstation 3.
This idyllic youth may sound boring, but there are actually a lot of fun things to do! Create your own electromagnet, build a tree house, construct your own flashlight, or send your friends messages in secret code. There's all kinds of fascinating information in here besides the fun and games: sure to make you an intelligent and well-rounded boy.
There's a beautiful section of full-color photos for identifying insects. There's also a nice section on astronomy: how to identify the planets and constellations. Trees, famous heroes, important battles, dinosaurs, and a host of other masculine topics are represented.
My favorite section, surprisingly enough, concerns dealing with girls. I was shocked at how good the advice was! Check it out (I quote verbatim):
Be careful with humor. It is very common for boys to try to impress girls with a string of jokes, each one more desperate than the last. One joke, perhaps, and then a long silence while she talks about herself.
Genius.
This is not childish, lots of adult guys are totally into it. I also absolutely love that this book is indeed "dangerous". This is not for the nerds: there are coin tricks, instructions for building a catapult, tips on how to play poker, and lots of other ammo for the scamps and hell-raisers out there.
The holidays are coming, and I seriously encourage this as a gift for the guys in your life, especially if they're not big readers. The cool pictures capture one's attention quickly, and the synoptic format means he won't have to concentrate too long or hard.
Lots of wholesome boyhood fun, with just the right touch of mischief, and plenty of handy facts sure to turn your boy into a worthwhile man.
Don't miss it!

1 comment:

Carter said...

A fantastic book, indeed, Hans! Thanks!