The Dangerous Book for Boys
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Number of Pages: 270
Vendor: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 9.75 X 7.50 (inches)
Availability: Expected to ship on or about 04/18/15.
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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
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
The States of the U.S.
Mountains of the U.S.
The Declaration of Independence
Making a Periscope
The Ten Commandments
Common US Trees
Timeline of American History
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.
Jessica ColtenAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great book for boysFebruary 19, 2014Jessica ColtenAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5While 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 making a battery! o_O) and we ended up ordering the book.
The evolutionary content opens discussion for parents to help children discuss what they believe and why, and how to debate the topic in a Christ-like manner. If we don't allow them to hear what the "other side" believes, how are they going to be able give a reason why they believe and STAND on what they believe? Face it, "Because the Bible says so" just does not cut it.
The recommended books at the end are just that, recommended, you do not have to allow your child to read them. I don't agree with some of the recommendations, and stress to my son WHY I don't want him reading them, that they aren't Godly choices, but again, they are recommended and not included in the books content.
OneNationUnderGodAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Evolutionary Bias May Be More Dangerous!December 3, 2013OneNationUnderGodAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3There 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 everything is millions and billions of years old, that things began in a primitive form and evolved to other advanced forms, that dinosaurs evolved over several periods, eventually dying out as a result of a meteor strike in the Gulf of Mexico or evolving into birds (yet it admits that these "dinosaur birds" were actually like bats, which are not birds at all).
A great resource to view if you are unsure on this topic is the brief, but powerful, film "Evolution vs. God" by Ray Comfort, which interviews modern-day evolutionist apologists and university professors to show that macro evolution is truly a belief system with no scientific evidence to support it.
When I consider what is most dangerous to my children, it is the idea of teaching them to believe the lie that they are simply the result of chance, evolving from pond scum, living with no eternal purpose and no ultimate accountability, and thus no need for God. I kept the book, because my son had fallen in love with the title, but I did use up my white-out pen erasing the pervasive lies of evolution throughout those chapters.
Additionally, the final list at the back of the book, "Books Every Boy Should Read," includes books that are not from a Christian or God-honoring perspective. Some recommended authors include The Harry Potter series by Rowling and Stephen King's books, among others.
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