Book of the Week: The Dangerous Book for Boys

May 3, 2007

Just in time for today’s book of the week, my brother Jared (a really wonderful uncle and sometime guest blogger here) gave my son Ralph
The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn and Hall Iggulden. I had never heard of it before, but I was a believer based on the cover and heft of the volume alone. It’s a beautifully put together book.

And then, I looked inside and I wasn’t just sold, I was converted. It’s packed full of all the information that should fill your son’s head. Bits of Trivia about the world. Information on famous battles. Adventure stories of men who trekked to Antartica. The most important knots to know. Remember the Great Brain books? Well, the Great Brain, a real boy’s boy, would have known all this stuff.

Ralph sat down with it and just started eating it up. “Look Mom, all the different pirate flags. Wow, there’s way more than I thought. Look Mom, the 7 wonders of the world. Hey! We’ve seen one! Look mMom, check out this shot of the Great Wall of China. It’s awesome!” And it’s not just an afternoon read. It’s a big, thick book. I can imagine Ralph studying it all summer long and then some and then some.

There’s a really lovely interview with one of the authors on Amazon here (scroll down) where he talks about why he wrote the book and his view that the world is hurting boys by sheltering them too much. If you have a son, a nephew, or a boy who lives nearby in the 8 or older range, do get them this book — it’s a treat just to have it in the house.

I would also suggest it as a perfect gift for any man about to become a father to a son. Even though he won’t be able to use the book with his son for many years, I can’t imagine a better way to get him excited to be a dad. This book will give him the vision of an ideal childhood that he had, wanted, or will want for his own son.

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 liz s May 3, 2007 at 7:51 am

it looks like such a cool book. i can’t wait to have a little boy for jared to have boy adventures with.


2 Erin May 3, 2007 at 7:58 am

What a great book to know about. I love the title.


3 Michelle May 3, 2007 at 8:12 am

I wish I had a boy, I bet rose would love it though.


4 Blue House Mom May 3, 2007 at 8:24 am

Sounds perfect for a little guy I know. I’m ready to order it now!


5 michelle j May 3, 2007 at 9:32 am

We bought the British edition last year while shopping in Dubai–it’s a fantastic book. I definitely want the American version, too!


6 Girl con Queso May 3, 2007 at 9:41 am

I just received this book, and I couldn’t agree more. It’s beautiful in so many ways.


7 rachel May 3, 2007 at 10:16 am

I always get the kids a book or series of books for the summer. Dan is going to love this.


8 love.boxes May 3, 2007 at 10:19 am

love this, what a great idea!


9 Mom in Mendon May 3, 2007 at 11:30 am

I’m going out today to get this for my Grandma Library. Thanks to you and Uncle Jared.


10 Heather May 3, 2007 at 12:07 pm

When it comes to reading my husband and I are opposites: I love it, he hates it. We are expecting our first though, and I think this book would be perfect! I’m just wondering is it a lot of reading? I don’t think he would touch it if it were. Father’s Day is coming up, and I think this would be a great gift.


11 Jessica May 3, 2007 at 1:11 pm

I just got this book for my husband as his Father’s Day gift from my son. I flipped through it and it is fantastic. I’m sure it’ll be an instant classic in our house!


12 lainakay May 3, 2007 at 1:41 pm

Perfect… I’ve got my very own eight-year old boy who would love this! We’ll definitely pick this up for summer reading!

Such a great gift idea, too. I’ve got six nephews in that age range…I know what they’ll be getting for their birthdays!


13 Bonny Brae May 3, 2007 at 3:08 pm

this is fabulous – it is always tricky for me to find fun “boy” books as I am a girl, and I have daughters.

thanks for the tip!


14 Bonny Brae May 3, 2007 at 3:28 pm

although i bet a couple of my girls would like this book too.


15 danielle May 4, 2007 at 9:36 am

Thanks for pointing this out! I just bought it for my nephew!


16 Azúcar May 5, 2007 at 2:51 pm


Two little boys and one husband are going to thank you someday as well.


17 Bec May 9, 2007 at 2:31 am

I bought this for my boyfriend – now fiance for his birthday.

He loved it. Not only because it looks impressive, but that it reminded him stuff from his childhood and he can actually (hopefully) share it with a son one day :P.

To be honest, I wouldn’t go past it for girls either (if they can get past the ‘boy’ thing on the cover) I was well into lots of that stuff when I was younger.


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