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Sir John Hargrave's Mischief Maker's Manual Hardcover – June 11, 2009
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- Publisher : Grosset & Dunlap (June 11, 2009)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 044844982X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0448449821
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Grade level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.37 x 0.87 x 7.37 inches
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I couldn't possibly write a review of this book without first comparing it to The Dangerous Book for Boys. It's in a similar fashion, but in my opinion, better executed. This book has a lot of material I would have LOVED to have when I was younger (actually... I'm still pretty excited about it now). I feel like The Dangerous Book for Boys only has about 30% of worthwhile content. Boys like to cause trouble. Simple as that, and this book helps to do so in a non-destructive way, which is ultimately the most important lesson.
From a publishing standpoint, this book is fantastic. The quality of the book overall is above and beyond just about any other book in its class. From the recipe inserts, to the illustrations on every page, to the size of the book overall, this book begs to be on any child's shelf or in their backpack for... "extra-curricular activities."
I don't have kids of my own, but I can immediately see the bonding that can be had from a book like this. I'm excited to get outside (now that the weather is nice again in New England) with my little cousin and start having fun. I play a fair share of video games, but he beats me hands down on hours logged, which I feel is just a shame when you're a young'un since there's so much trouble to cause in the world. Hopefully, he'll find that going out and causing some mischief is just way more fun than doing something similar in a video game. Plus, when it's time to go in at night, he can fill in all of his accomplishments on the accompanying website to the book.
If there's a young person in your life you're looking to bond with, or you're just immature (I'm both), then this is a must-buy.
Once I recieved the book, I started skimming through it. Depending on the personality and mentality of the child, this book could potentially encourage a child to get into some serious trouble. As a parent, I would be pretty upset if I found my child reading this.
A portion of the book discusses how to avoid getting caught - disguises to wear, excuses, and stealth tactics. I must admit, the advice seems pretty good and would probably work.
The mischeif suggestions could seriously corrupt a child. As an adult just reading them for fun I found them hillarous. The mischeif suggestions ranged from making misleading signs - such as posting a sign on the speaker at a fast food drive through that reads "speaker not working - please shout your order as loudly as you can" to things such as changing the wording on the digital highway signs (which could be dangerous).
My copy of the book will not be given to a child because I found it to be inappropriate, hoowever I did have a copy sent to my adult sister a few states away because I think she'd get a kick out of it.