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Sunday, April 15, 2007

The Dangerous Book for Boys

Over half a million copies of this have been sold in Britain, and small animals here in the US are now officially terrified: "(this) book teaches (boys) to do things like shoot and skin a rabbit...and build slingshots." In other words, back to the good old days, and thus the old timey cover.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing it's not nearly so pink in real life?

Orhan Kahn said...

I like the simplicity of this cover.

Rachel said...

Cool book, interesting cover; but the title cuts out half of its potential buyers (my kid sister would love this book!)

jasfitz said...

I really enjoy the old-tymey cover, but does anyone else wonder if this will really resonate with the audience they're aiming this at?

If I was a ten-year old boy who liked making trouble, and I unwrapped this as a Christmas present, I probably wouldn't even bother cracking it open once. I understand the relevance, but I don't think the young boys will.

Kevin said...

Do I get points for finding the type inspiration for this?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boy's_Own_Paper

Anonymous said...

Check out The American Boys Handy Book: http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0879234490/ref=sib_dp_pt/002-5688120-4279265#reader-link

An 1890 manual that is still in print.