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Home > Books, DIY, Education, Make, What I'm Reading... > What I’m reading…The Dangerous Book for Boys by Gonn Iggulden

What I’m reading…The Dangerous Book for Boys by Gonn Iggulden

January 20th, 2014

Dangerous book for boys

The Dangerous Book for Boys by Gonn Iggulden

I heard about this book on a podcast, I believe, and immediately requested it from the library. There are sections on building your own go-cart, identifying insects, dinosaurs, history, first aid, poems every boy should know and more ideas that have slowly faded our of most children’s lives. My 9-year-old was fascinated for quite a while as he flipped from section to section.

Having grown up in a small town in Ohio, I had a 1950’s upbringing in the 1970’s. so much of what is in the book is familiar to me, but I know that raising a child in Los Angeles can often make them feel cocooned from the world we once knew as kids. I think there are several activities in the book that we will do to try and reconnect a bit.


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.

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