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The Big Book of Boy Stuff Paperback – Illustrated, July 15, 2004

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Grade 4-8–This is a very uneven book, with some sections highly creative, informative, and fun and others almost insulting to youngsters (in one paragraph on how to make noises the author states, "being able to make a farting or bombing sound is very important to your career as a boy"). King begins by chastising those readers who might be looking for political correctness and warns that this title will be gross at times but suggests that he is offering what boys really want. Alphabetically arranged chapters range from "Dumb Directions on Products" to "Girls, Bullies and Parties," to "Man Food for Manhood!" (Spamburgers, crapola cookies, etc.), and include activities, jokes, and a few facts. The author points out that boys should really know how to use the kitchen and provides first-date advice. Unfortunately, his tone is so casual that the good suggestions he presents are likely to be lost in the silliness and the "boys will be boys" approach. The long list of reading recommendations gives no indication of age appropriateness.–Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC
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"(King) has managed to strike a balance between excitement and safety, goofiness and good information." -- The Vancouver Sun, 8/14/04

"It’s 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... It’s 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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith, Publisher; First Edition edition (July 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586853333
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586853334
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kcorn TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
Okay, first things first. I know this book is sure to offend some people. It contains borderline or even overtly rude tricks, gags and activities. But hey...ever listen to the average boy when he really lets loose with his friends, especially when they head towards adolesence? It is often "no holds barred" as they figure out the rules of life. You gotta cross over the line sometimes before you figure out where the line should be.

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.
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Leave it to a Library Association reviewer to throw cold water on this type of fun book your kid will actually CHOOSE to pick up and read, and carry with him on vacation, and read in bed. Only a stuffy academic would denigrate this funny, quirky book as "insulting to children" and "uneven." My 9-year-old son didn't have any such complaints. He was too busy learning how to make louder noises with his armpits to care that the Libary Association found it "insulting" to him! The reading lists from school are usually filled with Zzzzz-inducing "classic" titles we have to force our kids to read - that is why they are on the required reading list! You won't have to force your son to pick up this book. Promise.
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THE BIG BOOK OF BOY STUFF is, without a doubt, the book all parents of a boy between the ages of eight and eighty needs to buy their son. Why? Because, quite simply, if you're looking for a book that your son will read, this is it. Actually, once they start, you'll probably have a hard time prying it from their sticky, grimy, dirt-covered fingers.

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!
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By 2meeez on September 16, 2004
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For the "boy" in all of us, this book is a must have! In addition to providing the reader with fabulous games (eg. water balloon jousting), experiments (eg. how to build a backyard rocket), activities (eg. how to get a sun tattoo)Bart entertains us with important information on topics such as girls, bullies, insults, jokes, gadgets, and my personal favorite: gross stuff (belching, B.O., barfing...you know the rest!)

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!
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My son loved the book, he couldn't put it down all night on Christmas Eve, and had read the entire thing in 3 days. I went in to tuck him in on Christmas night, and he had fallen asleep reading it, instead of watching the tv. He slept with it for 3 nights, and now that school is back in session, he won't leave the house without it in the mornings, so he can share its many pearls of wisdom with his buddies at school. I have to admit, I thumbed through it, and found myself unable to put it down, smiling to myself at some of the memories it brought up.

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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