The Dangerous Book for Boys

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I am not the biggest fan of the book but I know kids will be excited that The Dangerous Book for Boys is coming to the big screen. Information found at

The 2007 runaway best-seller The Dangerous Book for Boys is about to hit the big screen and the tube.

British authors Conn and Hal Iggulden were determined to woo boys away from their electronic, couch-potato lives. And they did so with their tongue-in-cheek how-to manual, which offers step-by-step instructions about treehouses, paper airplanes, fishing, and other traditional boy past-times. A new “factual” television series based on The Dangerous Book for Boys, (HarperCollins, 2007) is now in production and will feature celebrity fathers and their sons. The show will air on Britain’s Channel 5, with a possible spinoff for the United States.

Disney and U.S. producer Scott Rudin also have acquired the film rights to Dangerous Boys—following a bidding war. But we’ll have to see if the movie will appeal to British kids or their American cousins. When the book made its leap across the Atlantic to the U.S. market, various British boy staples had to be replaced for the American edition. 

Thus conkers was replaced with stickball. And Britain’s kings and queens historical list gave way to baseball’s “most valuable players.” Cricket was cut, along with Admiral Horatio Hornblower and the history of the British Empire. Added were the Wright Brothers, the Navajo code talkers of World War II, and Gettysburg and the Alamo.

One thought on “The Dangerous Book for Boys

  1. I have seen this book in the bookstore and thumbed through it. I didn’t get it because it looked a little like “A Boy’s Guide to Life”, which I gave my son when he was about 8 or 9. He read it cover to cover and still refers to it once in a while. It is a great book! Too bad kids these days need books to show them how to do cats cradle or fix a bike chain. I remember learning how to patch a bicycle tire by watching my older brother.

    Since Shu has commented that he did not like it, I will have to take another look at it the next time I see it, just to be curious!

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