by Conn Iggulden
I immediately bought this book for my brand new nephew because I think every little boy (or big little boy) ought to have this compendium at their fingertips. This is a guide for many skills and stories that are unfortunately fading from public knowledge. From how to tie knots, make the world's best paper airplane, marble paper, make crystals and build go-carts to "7 Poems Every Boy Should Know," how to play poker and great information on dinosaurs, pirates and insects; this beautifully bound book, with classic illustrations and plates, contains an abundance of information that could keep anyone entertained for years of lazy summer days. Written, I think, to combat the TV, iPod, XBox saturation of today's youth, The Dangerous Book for Boys can rekindle the imagination of even the most despondent and contrite child, youth or adult. Reading stories of bravery, valor and days gone by not only can introduce the youngster to history in a fun and vibrant way but may also plant a seed for future independent exploration. Presented in an encyclopedic fashion, The Dangerous Book for Boys is just the book I was looking for. Much like Schott's Original Miscellany in that it contains a wealth of information on a variety of topics, this book is written for the young and the young at heart. This book is infused with what many would call "good ole fashioned values and ideas" which feels like coming home.