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The Big Book of Boy Stuff Paperback – Illustrated, July 15, 2004
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"Its fast, often rude, very funny... Adults are liable to appreciate this book every bit as much as typical boys." -- Statesman Journal (Salem, OR), 8/29/04
"My brothers would have memorized the contents of this book...it would have made them very popular on the playground." -- Margie Boulé, columnist, The Oregonian
"This is a great way to get your kids to read." -- The Bob & Tom Show, September 16,2004
"Written for both adults and kids, this book is useful to either group." -- Chicago Parent, September 2004
Hilarious, disgusting... Its fast, often rude, very funny and features great illustrations. -- Statesman Journal, August 29, 2004
It will perfectly entertain all boys who love experiments, weird facts, gross stuff, flying things, and armpit bagpipes. -- Los Angeles Family Gift Guide, Fall 2004
The ultimate compilation of everything you possibly could need to know about being a guy.... nearly impossible to put down. -- Post and Courier (Charleston) October 12, 2004
This book is very funny, useful and approved by the Federal Burping Institute. -- Chicago Parent, September 2004
[It] appeals to people who used to be boys, or who have raised boys or married boys. -- Deseret News, September 24, 2004
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I found this book is a pretty tame outlet for energies that could express themselves in far more destructive ways. Plus, the author does balance the "gross out" factor with solid safety info, such as the section on fireworks where he cautions kids against going up to a firework after its been lit, even if it seems like a dud, suggests they have adults around, stay away from buildings or anything that could catch fire, etc.
Now for my kid's take on this book. He really enjoyed learning how to make all sorts of weird sounds, got some amazed raves when he did the magic tricks and..yes...he even grossed out his friends with the "poopy diaper" trick (peanut butter in a diaper). The latter gag was thoroughly disgusting, which pleased my son immensely.
This is definitely a great book to have around for rainy days or when boredom strikes on vacations or summer breaks.
The book is based, possibly loosely, and possibly even more loosely based on my own interpretation, of the three indispensable elements of a boy's world as quoted by Sir Robert Baden-Powell, a World War I veteran and founder of the Boy Scouts of America: "Fun, feeding, and fighting." As the mother of a nine-year son who also happens to be a Cub Scout (a division of the Boy Scouts up to the first half of fifth grade), I can attest that Sir Baden-Powell was totally, 100% accurate in his beliefs.
THE BIG BOOK OF BOY STUFF is divided into several "categories" which include: Activities; Dogs and Others; Emergencies; Experiments; Fireworks and Explosions; Flying Things; Fun in the Outdoors; Gadgets; Tools, and Toys; Indoor Games; Outdoor Games; Girls, Bullies, and Parties; Gross Stuff; Halloween: October 31st; Holidays; Insults; Jokes; Juggling and Yo-Yos; Magic; Making Faces! Making Sounds!; Man Food for Manhood; Practical Jokes; Rhetorical Questions; Riddles; Slang; Storytelling; Tongue Twisters Rule; Video Games; Weapons; Famous Last Worlds; and Recommended Reading. And before you pull out the parental advisory or adult supervision cards, please be assured that any and all activities that could be considered at all dangerous come complete with safety instructions, warnings, and, yes, rules for adult supervision and/or parental advisories.
This book is, in a word, fun. Fun for the boys (or girls!Read more ›
Fun facts are incorporated into every section--an excerpt: "On your mark! Get set! Ouch! In the ancient Greek Olympics, anybody caught in a false start during a race was handed over to the Olympic cops (called alytes) for a public whipping."
This book is fun, fun, fun, from the first page to the last!
For Christmas, I also got my niece "The big book of girl stuff" and they took turns reading bits of their books to each other, and then cracking up, all evening long. It was very nice to look out in the living room and see an 8 year old and an 11 year old with their noses stuck in books, while the PS3 sat, unused in the corner. That is about as good of a recomendation as it gets.
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So this book was in the local library and my Grandchild, age 8, checked it out. The Big Book of Girl Stuff wasn't available. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Vicki Burgess
This is how dads can get involved with their kids. Every family should have this. Check to see if it is available for previewing from the library. You will buy it.Published 6 months ago by D. Schulman
I got this book at a thrift store and read it for the first time and LOVED it. I couldn't put it down. It has every thing a boy like me would like. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Steven M. DeMatteo
I got this when my son was 10. He is still raving about what he learned and he is now 12. This is a MUST have for the inquisitive boy. Lots of goofy stuff and he loved it.Published 10 months ago by T. Hackett
My son thinks this book is funny. He has re-read it about 4 times. I recommend it for boys from about 1st to 4th grade.Published 10 months ago by J. Barlow
I think it is a neat book. My grandson mother didn't. However my own son has it and loves it. fully of interesting silly things to do for boys.Published 11 months ago by Jennifer
Awesome reading for curious boys. We have it as a fun part of our homeschool.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Awesome gift for our 2 boys (11 & 13). Getting our younger son to read is IMPOSSIBLE...he just doesn't enjoy reading. However, THIS book is different...he wouldn't put it down. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Dave