A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Great "can-do" approach to being a well-rounded, self-sufficient person, but quite a bit of gender stereotyping. There's a page of advice about how to treat girls (with respect) and how boys should act (no vulgarity, play a sport, be clean, be helpful).
Positive Role Models
A big focus on lifelong learning and treating people with respect, but lots of stereotyping.
Violence & Scariness
A chapter on how to kill and skin a rabbit, another on how to make a bow and arrow. The battle stories can be graphic, mentioning wars, beatings, amputation, deaths by a variety of methods.
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Products & Purchases
Specific candy and sports brands are mentioned.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Conn Iggulden's The Dangerous Book for Boys is a fun, informative collection of skills and knowledge for people (not just boys) of all ages. Written with a humorous touch, there's a ton of useful material here to help readers be safer (first aid), smarter (historical battles, science and engineering), and have fun outdoors (making a go-cart, fishing, and playing stickball). While the title states that this book is for boys and has lots of gender stereotyping, it's for anyone who wants to step away from their electronic world for a while and get outside, start building, take time to learn about the stars, and be adventurous.
Is It Any Good?
Try to get past the gender stereotyping right away, because this book is highly engaging, and can fill readers' weekends or unscheduled afternoons with all kinds of non-digital fun. The wide range of topics will interest readers who want to sit quietly and learn why ships sail against the wind or important moments in history, and those who want to get outside and be active can build a treehouse or a go-cart, perfect the paper airplane, and many more activities for curious minds. The brief section on girls offers good advice on how to treat people in general.
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