Saturday, May 19, 2007

My Dangerous Boy

The Dangerous Book for Boys is a great book! I told Alicia that my husband is working on a review of it for me (it is definitely the kind of book that should be reviewed by a dad) but he hasn't been able to wrestle it away from the nine year old boy who eats and sleeps with it.

Here's the proof:

Eating a snack.
(OK...not sleeping, but reading it at the breakfast table in his jammies.)

So how about an impromptu review from The Professor:

This book is called the Dangerous Book for Boys and I really think it is interesting. No wait, I mean... I think it is really interesting. It has all the supplies a boy should have. It mostly tells you how to do things like skin a rabbit and how to make some cool paper airplanes. It tells you about the time period of the dinosaurs and it also tells you how to play marbles and about famous battles like Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain.

My favorite part was that it tells you how to make a bow and arrow. Some of the instructions are kind of hard to understand but I think I might be able to manage it with the help of a grownup. It also tells you how to make a simple go cart. I'm not sure where to get the four wheels, but I would like to try it someday.

It talks about girls too. It tells you that when they aren't able to lift something, don't taunt them. Offer to help. If you can lift it, ask where she wants it to be put and if you can't, sit down and just talk to her. I don't think I will need to read that chapter until I am 12 or something.

I think that boys from 9 to maybe 20 would like this book but my dad likes this book and he is older than that!


  1. Thanks for this. I've been eying this book. It will probably be a birthday purchase, since that's around the corner.

  2. My husband has always sworn that boys can't grow into men unless they have shot with bb guns at beer cans, melted plastic army men with matches, and have really and truly lit the Blue Flame. I hope this book sells a bajillion copies.

  3. I am going to buy this book RIGHT NOW.


  4. Hi Professor! I'm glad to see you enjoying your book. You remind me of my boys devouring The American Boys Handy Book. Have a great time being a little Dangerous! -Mrs. K

  5. This book just arrived to our home via the UPS man. I was saving it for a birthday, but it's still a few months off. After reading your entry, I think I'll just give it to my guys! Thanks for writing about it.

    Mentoring Boys to Men

  6. After your recommendation on 4real I went ahead and checked this one out -- it is truly an amazing book! I ordered it for 8yos who is not a keen reader, but this just might get the job done! I'll let you know when we get back from our road trip....


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