Un-ironic, old and smelly-looking. Look out! Here comes The Dangerous Book For Boys:
Exuding the brisk breeziness of Boy Scout manuals and Boy’s Own annuals, “The Dangerous Book” is a childhood how-to guide that covers everything from paper airplanes to go-carts, skipping stones to skinning a rabbit.
“I wanted to do the kind of book that we had lusted after when we were kids,” said Conn Iggulden, who co-wrote the book with his younger brother Hal.
“My dad was born in 1923 and his father was born in 1850, and we had some old books in the house with titles like ‘Chemical Amusements and Experiments’ and ‘Fun With Gunpowder.’ The thing we didn’t have was a single compendium of everything we wanted to do. I remember endlessly looking through these (books), generally to find things that I could make explode or set on fire.”
There’s an old-fashioned, improving tone to the book, with its chapters on famous battles and true tales of courage, its Latin phrases and rules of grammar, and “seven poems every boy should know.”
You know I’m going to buy this book, right?
The Dangerous Book for Boys (Link to Amazon)