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Living up to the Boy Scout motto “Be prepared,” this title covers everything from pimples to zombie invasions. This nod to yesteryear has plenty of practical pointers, with passages on how to put someone in the recovery position or carry someone with a foot or ankle injury, but most of the chapters have a basis in orienteering (How to Make a Compass Using the Sun), just-in-case scenarios (How to Escape from Quicksand), and the fantastical (zombies, anyone?). Campbell presents his instructions in clearly written and easy-to-read lists. Of course all this valuable information comes after a giant disclaimer, emphasizing common sense. Boys—and girls—interested in visiting far-off places and roughing it in the wild will enjoy this campy guide. On the other hand, the girly counterpart, The Girls’ Book of Glamour: A Guide to Being a Goddess, cannot be recommended. Where the Boys’ Book manages to balance the fun and frivolous with the useful, the Girls’ Book boils down to beauty tips. The disparity is, frankly, alarming. Grades 4-7. --Courtney Jones

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A writer and graphic designer since 1986. Started the Creative and Graphics company Moran Campbell da Vinci in 1990 producing corporate ID, advertising (newspapers, magazines, point of sale, posters) and packaging (specialising in toys) for, among other clients, Harrods and Hamleys. Writing credits has included over 40 books for children, a monthly comic for children, hundreds of cartoon strips for newspapers and magazines worldwide,puzzles for books, newspapers and magazines, comedy sketches for TV and a short comic play for BBC radio 5. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Nonfiction (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545085365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545085366
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful By J. Carnley on July 18, 2011
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I love to get books for kids as gifts (especially classics), and sometimes it's hard to think of a "fun" book for boys between 9-12. I really think the Book of Survival is a great one. The chapters alternate between humorous advice and practical helps. I'm not sure if the advice on surviving polar bears, piranhas, sharks, and the abominable snowman would work, but I think the boys will keep on reading. The author does offer some helpful advice on planning expeditions, being a good leader, and using a compass.
I am also very concerned about authors (I've never read before) sneaking something crude or dirty into kids' books. I read every word. This book is clean and I bought 4 copies for my son, nephews, and a friend.
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78 of 82 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on March 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
THE BOYS' BOOK OF SURVIVAL is a uniquely comedic book that can help young boys face any situation - from a zombie invasion, to a school dance, to landing an airplane.

There are many educational tips in this book that can be used in real life if one every got lost or stuck in a forest or was in any other dire situation. There are also impractical, yet funny, tips on how to survive alien invasions and disastrous pimples.

Guy Campbell writes witty and useful tips that will keep the reader wanting more. This book is a very quick read and the great illustrations by Simon Ecob only enhance the book's overall satisfaction.

And don't think that this book is only useful for boys; being an 18-year-old girl, I found this book very helpful, as well. I learned how to survive many dangerous situations, such as walking into quicksand or confronting a bear.

No matter your age or gender, this is one fast and funny read.

Reviewed by: Steph
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Lawdog on August 28, 2010
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My 8 year old son absolutly loves this book, its his second copy. His first copy got left out in the yard and got soaked. He was just torn apart about it so I went on Amazon and got his second copy. Its a great book for kids his age and good reading.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Maria Pagan on November 30, 2010
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I bought this book for my 10 year old son. And
He love the book he thought it was funny too..
I like the fact that because is for boys it got his
Attention to read it : )
Anything that brings a smile to your child
You got to love! Great book!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 21, 2013
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I am a 10 year old who had read the Dangerous Book for Boys... I loved this one. Wishing to read other similar books, I bought this one and was certainly not disappointed.
Although the book is realtively short, all the chapters inside it are fascinating and reveal awesome information I had never come across before.
If you are wishing to buy a book that will entertain a young boy, this is certainly IT!!!!!!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Vera on January 27, 2013
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Great. Given to a 14 year old boy for christmas. He loved it and is having so much fun with it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By april pierson on December 4, 2012
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for a child who doesnt love to read... says alot when they wont put it down.... good way to get the boys into reading some
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43 of 56 people found the following review helpful By SavageSkier on November 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My son has been interested in survival, wilderness, and camping books ever since we read "My Side of the Mountain" (great book), so when I found this guide and saw the old fashioned cover I thought "perfect". There are some good chapters, like "How to Make a Dugout Canoe", or "How to Track a Wild Animal" or "How to make a Survival Pack". Just be aware you can also learn to "Survive a Zombie invasion", "Haunting" and "Alien Invasion". I didn't think to look for those myself and that's not the kind of book we were looking for.
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