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Posted November 30, 2009
My Sons LOVE this book!
My boys can't get enough of this book. This is the first book my 9 year old son reads without being forced. I've had to take it from under his pillow many times. My 6 year old son is an avid reader and this is his favorite book. Yes, this book does have a chapter about "weapons", but in all honesty, my boys were already MacGyvering their own weapons from children's safety scissors, pencils, and electrical tape well before we bought this book. If you actually read the "dangerous" chapters, then you'll realize these experiments aren't going to kill or maim your child or blow up your house. Maybe these would be good activities to do together that your son will actually think are cool. This book is incredible and I'm excited to see my boys eagerly reading something other than the storylines of the video games. I'm buying the other pocket guide books for Christmas because I know my sons will love them too.
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Posted April 14, 2009
Boys will be boys. And boys who are reluctant readers will particularly enjoy the activities contained in this pocket guide. Not only is it a lot of fun, but for those concerned about safety, rest assured that only the most nervous helicopter parent has cause for worry.
As FamilyFun Magazine (April 2005) wrote in its review of the book's contents, "The author, a seasoned middle-school teacher, puts a premium on safety and common sense (the chapter on explosives, for example, has the most thoroughly convincing lecture on firework safety we've ever read)."
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Posted April 18, 2009
THIS BOOK INCLUDES USE OF FIRE AND HOUSEHOLD EXPLOSIVES - Warning to Parents to Preview
Not included in the product description are chapters on EXPLODING DEVICES, WEAPONS and FLYING THINGS USING FIRE.
There are suggestions with detailed instructions on how to make exploding experiments, a flying kite that burns and other truly "cool/fun" ideas for kids.
Age recommendation (was) 4-8. Several times, in the book, the author reminds the young reader to make sure he gets his parent for this or that experiment. I am the parent of two grown sons and knew many kids during their growing up years and NEVER would I have taught them how to make these things--knowing that kids like to try stuff on their own because it is risky/exciting...but can lead to sad and painful consequences.
The product description mentions only some of the lightweight fun items...how to talk like a pirate, etc.
I ordered this for my 8 year old nephew and thankfully previewed it before gifting it to him.
BN.COM -- PLEASE accurately update/post product description and apply a warning sticker to the books in your store.
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Posted March 27, 2010
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