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The Big Book of Boy Stuff

The Big Book of Boy Stuff

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by Bart King

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There's this boy. Let's say he's somewhere between nine and thirteen years old or so. You'd like to see this kid get creative. You'd like to see him get some exercise. You'd like to see him get out from in front of the television. And you'd love for him to be motivated enough to find some stuff to do on his own. This boy NEEDS The Big Book of Boy Stuff!



There's this boy. Let's say he's somewhere between nine and thirteen years old or so. You'd like to see this kid get creative. You'd like to see him get some exercise. You'd like to see him get out from in front of the television. And you'd love for him to be motivated enough to find some stuff to do on his own. This boy NEEDS The Big Book of Boy Stuff!

This thick, durable book includes fascinating chapters on gross stuff, magic, emergencies, fireworks, games, experiments, jokes, activities, insults, pets, flying things, and, of course, duct tape.

Editorial Reviews

Post and Courier
The ultimate compilation of everything you possibly could need to know about being a guy.... the book is chock-full of enough fun to keep the reader occupied for hours on end.... nearly impossible to put down.
Chicago Parent
Written for both adults and kids, this book is perfect for mothers who didn't have brothers and are ill-prepared for what behavior to expect as their boys become men ... This book is very funny, useful and approved by the Federal Burping Institute.
Los Angeles Family
This book will perfectly entertain all boys who love experiments, weird facts, gross stuff, flying things, and armpit bagpipes among other adventuresome boy stuff.
Statesman Journal
Hilarious, disgusting... It's fast, often rude, very funny and features great illustrations... Adults are liable to appreciate this book every bit as much as typical 'boys.
Deseret News
Bart King's new book was written for boys - but it also appeals to people who used to be boys, or who have raised boys or married boys, or who were raised with brothers and would still like to get even.
Publishers Weekly
Bored kids will find plenty of reasons to pry themselves off the couch with a handful of new titles. A compendium of non-P.C. games and facts, The Big Book of Boy Stuff by Bart King wants boys to be boys. Genuinely funny, King covers gliders (how to make them), a q&a about girls, tips for dealing with bullies, ideas for outdoor activities and much more, interspersed with jokes and asides. On finding wild animals while camping: "You cannot expect them to behave like a dog or a cat, even if the bear seems friendly or if the chipmunk is really cute." Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The humor of this book is literally from cover to cover. Take the dust jacket off and underneath is a dark blue book with the single word "Physics" embossed on the cover. The dust jack is reversible so that the reader can flip it inside out and, voila!, the book looks like a plain black-and-white composition book from school. As the introduction claims, "this is a book in which a boy may turn to any page and find something to do, laugh at, or think about." It does not matter what page you open in this book, every page holds a treasure trove of information that boys will love (and many girls, too.) The book is heavily-illustrated with fun cartoons. Written in an informal, chatty style, it will certainly keep kids occupied for hours, if not days. The author has divided the book loosely into about 30 subject areas: looking for something to do, pets, dumb directions on products, emergencies, experiments, fireworks and explosions, flying things, indoor games, outdoor games, gadgets, tools, toys, girls, bullies, parties, gross stuff, Halloween, holidays, insults, jokes, juggling, yo-yos, magic, making faces, making sounds, food, practical jokes, rhetorical questions, riddles, slang, storytelling, tongue twisters, video games, weapons, and famous "last words." He also includes a thorough bibliography and an extensive list of great books that are recommended by other boys to "entertain and enrich your life." 2004, Gibbs Smith, Ages 8 to 14.
—Sally J. K. Davies
School Library Journal
Gr 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 Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
Edition description:
New Edition
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
8 - 14 Years

Read an Excerpt

Despite rumors to the contrary, Bart King was born on his birthday. The veteran of many water-balloon wars, Bart has twice won the prized "Arrested Development" award from the New York Society of Amateur Psychologists. He has been a middle-school teacher for the past 15 years. This is his first book, unless you count that other one he wrote. Bart has interviewed hundreds of the country's wisest guys and smartest alecks for the incredible material in The Big Book of Boy Stuff. Bart invites you to visit this book's Web-site at: www.bigbookofboystuff.com.

Bart King is the best-selling author of The Pocket Guide to Mischief, The Pocket Guide to Games, The Big Book of Girl Stuff, and The Big Book of Boy Stuff. He is brilliant.

Meet the Author

Bart King writes funny—and educational!—books for kids and immature adults. (His title The Big Book of Boy Stuff was once Amazon.com’s top-selling children’s book.) As a young lad, Bart discovered he could punch people into outer space. Sadly, he lost a lot of friends that way. Today, Bart is recognized as one of the world’s leading superhero experts. (And as a longtime middle school teacher, he is also highly sought after by supervillains!)

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The Big Book of Boy Stuff 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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!) that read it, and fun for the parents who watch their kids enjoy reading and experimenting. To see your child bury their nose in a book--out of desire instead of need--is a wonderful thing indeed. Although some parents will no doubt be grossed out by some of the things their children find hilarious, getting your kid to sit down and actually read a book that makes them think is well worth it.

Kudos to Mr. King for such a great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a FABULOUS book. I got it for my daughter [9 years] and she and her friends have a blast looking through it together. They like the 'secret' part of it, especially since it is supposed to be for the opposite sex! And girls can be gross too--much for them to learn as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever...well, besides Eragon. Totally different, totally funny. The reversible cover to diguise the book should give you a clue that this is going to be great. Where else can you read about passing gas and making a burglar alarm in one book? We even bought a copy for my 50 year old uncle.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I woke up, one groggy Sunday morning, to a parent's dream: his child reading. At breakfast we took turns reading passages to each other, laughing and laughing. There is an air of confidentiality about the book. It divulges secrets about grown-ups, girls, bullies, and other scary things. As seen through the eyes of an eight year old boy, it is a little sad. He is growing up, learning about the world from a silly book written for boys (and girls) in ways only they would understand. My son loves it and that's exactly why I love it too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book on a recommendation for my 12-year old son, presented it to him, then promptly forgot about it. A few days later, I heard him and two of his friends in a very animated discussion (with much laughter) in his room. I assumed they were playing video games, but instead they were reading portions of this book aloud to each other and having a great time doing so. Unheard of! I guess that this book was a good investment! I looke forward to reading it once I can pry it out of my kid's fingers.
Imoria More than 1 year ago
My 10-year-old absolutely loves this book. It has so many amazing facts and so much interesting information. He is constantly spouting off things like, "Did you know that a guy died once from being hit on the head by a turtle?" and much, much, much more. Lots of bathroom humor, little known facts about all sorts of things, and just hours of reading entertainment. I highly recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have a 7 1/2 year old boy who loves to talk and share stories. This book was so great for him. He got it for Christmas and has read it cover to cover. He's now going back and reading "all the best stuff." He walks around telling jokes and weird facts that the book has. It has so many different things to keep him entertained. It has really encouraged him to read, which was my goal in buying it. I normally don't write reviews, but for this one I had to. I am really happy with this purchase.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi!! My name is Mlarissa and i am 13 . I am half french and half american. I am looking for a BF between 12-15 bye bye!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi are you looking 4 a girlfriend and are 12-13 years old then text back to sammygirlfriend <3 i love you (l) p.s tat there is a kiss on the lips <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From CaptainFlame... I need help...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Getting bullied badly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The sample included secret hide outs, burglar alarms, secret messages, and a little bit about police. I highly reccommend the sample because it's free, fun, and has more pages then most samples have!!!!!
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I think all of this reviews are man based off of boyfriends
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty awsome book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!It teaches you how to make an alarm!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is he best book ever.!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My brother has this book and it is so funny. But I am not anything bad or something.