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I had the chance to rip through a friend’s copy of this recently and found that we were both commenting that a great deal of our childhood was contained in the book. The book was intended for his 12-year-old daughter, who was excited to receive it. After looking through it a little I have to agree: boy or girl doesn’t matter. This summary tells why.

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 knot tying. The Dangerous Book is a guide book for dads as well as their sons, as a reminder of lore and technique that have not yet been completely lost to the digital age.

This is the kind of stuff that I wish I’d had a manual for when I was a kid. Nothing really stops kids from doing it now but perhaps it’s a nice kick-start for a youngster not into those things because they don’t know about it yet. Coupled with a parent’s assistance and enthusiasm on the activities located inside, you’ve got a good time brewing in no time flat.

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5 Responses to Gift Ideas: The Dangerous Book for Boys

  1. Shalin says:

    That book is great! There’s also a version for girls: http://www.amazon.com/Daring-Book-Girls-Andrea-Buchanan/dp/0061472573

  2. Bill Schuller says:

    I picked this one up before my son was born. Need to crack it open now that he’s two and a half.

  3. Chuck Cage says:

    This book is thoroughly awesome. I received it as a gift last year, and realized how much has changed even since I was a kid. EVERY kid should get one of these. 🙂

  4. don says:

    Absolutely awesome book…I’m 38 and received it last year as well. Agree with Chuck…EVERY kid, from child to adult, should read this. Such fun!

  5. Geoff says:

    The American Boys Handy Book is what I grew up with:


    Dan Beard was one of the founders of the Boy Scouts of America, and spent his childhood making his own fun and generally tromping around in the outdoors. My older brother and I spent endless hours, day, summers essentially living this book and it became the foundation for most of my interests and hobbies today. There’s very little I can’t fabricate or repair with sticks, line, metal wire and tape, and I owe a lot of it to this book.

    There are also companion editions, the Field and Forest Handy Book and American Girls Handy Book (written by the Beard sisters).

    This could be considered THE handbook for being a kid, IMHO.

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