From the Publisher
“How could you not love a book with monsters, treasures, disasters, tricks, weapons, and Lamborghinis--a must have book for every boy adventurer.” Jon Scieszka, author of The Stinky Cheese Man, Math Curse, Time Warp Trio, and most importantly the creator of a program called, Guys Read
“Fun . . . if there's one thing that boys like more than having stuff, it's finding out about stuff.” Mike Lupica, author of Travel Team, Heat, and Summer Ball
“Filled with facts, puzzles, stats, stories and more, For Boys Only: The Biggest, Baddest Book Ever by Marc Aronson and HP Newquist offers up information on favorite subjects . . . Printed with black and red text and illustrated throughout, this graphically fresh and topically diverse collection should capture the imagination of its target audience.” Publishers Weekly
“Kids who read For Boys Only won't realize it, but this treasure trove of information is a tribute to the joys of research. Like The Dangerous Book for Boys, this contains several how-to articles; unlike that best seller, it doesn't limit itself so narrowly in scope. That certainly helps it earn the ‘baddest' of its subtitle . . . Designed with cool icons and laid out with an aim to be friendly for Internet-savvy eyes, For Boys Only is the book to get the ‘XY-chromosomer' on your gift list. Get one for yourself, too, because you'll learn a lot from it, as well.” Oklahoma Gazette
“In a tone both light and humorous, Newquist and Aronson aim to please by assembling a tantalizing assortment of codes, puzzles, best lists, brief history and science facts, instructions for fake blood and the ultimate Frisbee, and even advice about facing up to a shark ("try not to bleed too much") . . . this offers lots of good fun, and with so much chick lit available, it's nice to see special attention being paid to boys. In fact, there's nothing here to keep girls away but the title.” Booklist
“Marc Aronson and HP Newquist's For Boys Only: The Biggest, Baddest Book Ever, may be an even cooler treasure trove of knowledge--both useful and arcane--than the runaway hit The Dangerous Book for Boys. It downplays the studied nostalgia for a more Internet-savvy, here-and-now approach. With a cool, icon-driven design, its scattered, uncategorized contents touch on everything from great moments in video games to how to best survive a shark attack.” Bookgasm (blog)
“This book was awesome and filled with amazing facts. I mean who knew that there was a wave of molasses 10 feet high! This book has neat info for everyone!” Walker Downs, 12 years old
AGERANGE: Ages 11 to 14.
From mysteries, myths, and monsters to science, sports, and secret agents, this title contains a wealth of conventionally formatted, graphically illustrated, "bite-sized" informational commentaries bound to please trivia enthusiasts and attract reluctant readers. The authors occasionally use a conversational tone at the end of an article to address readers with personal insights and humorous asides. The content is diverse, genuinely of interest to most boys, and does not need to be read sequentially. A unique aspect of this book is that readers are challenged to solve four levels of secret codes disbursed throughout the text. They are also invited to visit a Web site where bonus fun facts are revealed. The title is misleading. It is not only boys who might find the book's eclectic content attention grabbing. It hardly qualifies as the "biggest" in terms of page count, and the only topics that would possibly qualify as being the "baddest" concern basic disgusting creatures and well-known natural disasters. Because of a confusing table of contents and the lack of an index, this book would not serve well as a reference tool and may be frustrating for readers to navigate. Some topics, however, are interesting and could prove to be catalysts for further investigation. Although books with a similar premise seem to be flooding the market, this one is engaging and entertaining and would be an acceptable choice to take on a trip or keep on the bedside table. Reviewer: Lynne Farrell Stover
April 2008 (Vol. 31, No. 1)
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8- Aronson and Newquist add to the number of recent books targeted at boys with a pleasantly jumbled miscellanea of odd facts, sports stories, and forensic lore. There's a page of math tricks, information on how to create, or solve, a coded message, and maps that show the possible locations of hidden treasure. Plus! There are coded puzzles scattered across the bottoms of most pages, including a final "PUZZLE SUPREME." It's all appealing stuff. Unfortunately, the book falls flat when it comes to its design and illustrations. The latter are stiff, square, and about as much fun as a chart of road signs in a safety manual. One section is called "Fear Factor: Americ's Scariest Amusement Park Rides," but there are no pictures of any of them in action. Another is "Supercars," with descriptions of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and other dream vehicles-but only tiny outline drawings of them that will not satisfy boys interested in these kinds of cars. A book like this one cries out for cool photographs. Most boys will pick this book up, flip through it, and put it back down again.-Walter Minkel, New York Public Library Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Read an Excerpt
For Boys Only
READER! BEFORE YOU START THIS BOOK,
STOP RIGHT HERE!
Are YOU ready for a Test of Skill and Daring that will Impress Your Friends, Awe Your Enemies, and lead YOU to be eligible to win some pretty cool Prizes?
We knew you were, so here goes. In order to give you a real challenge, the kind of fiendishly difficult test that only you could master, WE DEVISED A SERIES OF CODES THAT ARE CAREFULLY PLANTED THROUGHOUT THIS BOOK. And we searched the country and found a real Code Master TO DO IT. Our Diabolical Brain spends his days devising secret codes so difficult that the world's most powerful computers couldn't break them in a thousand years--and he's written some special puzzles as a challenge for you. You'll see some PUZZLES right away. The Apprentice Puzzles are not only pretty easy to crack, they hold Hints and Clues--find as many of those as you can, because after that the road gets steep and winding.
The Apprentice Puzzles give you the equipment you'll need on your next quest: Find the fifteen Guardian Puzzles . Solve them and you will have the keys to the Three Master Puzzles . Pass beyond those gates and you can enter the Sanctum Sanctorum, the Mystic Land of the Ultimate, Great, and Final PUZZLE SUPREME --crack that, and the SECRET WILL BE REVEALED (and remember, you could win stuff).
But beware, things are not what they seem. Our Big, Bad Brain does not believe you can untangle his dark and devious schemes and has laid many traps. Be Alert! Keep Watch, Clues May Lurk Anywhere!
P.S. The puzzles are here for extra fun; if you don't feel like puzzling today, that's OK, we also have snakes, cars, magic tricks, battles, pizza, adventures, skateboards ... .
252 miles per hour
Zero to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds
Made by Volkswagen--the same company that makes the "slug bug" Beetle--the Veyron costs $1.2 million. The Bugatti brand has been around since the late 1800s, and this particular one is the most powerful supercar ever made: 1,000 horsepower, equal to more than 200 lawn mower engines.
242 miles per hour Zero to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds
Made by Swedish carmaker Koenigsegg, the CCX costs $755,000. New owners are encouraged to visit the factory in order to take special driving lessons on how to handle this four-wheeled beast.
240 miles per hour
Zero to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds
Created by America's most famous racing team, McLaren, the F1 is the only American car on this list. It is no longer made, but whenever one is put up for sale by its owner (for a million dollars or more), McLaren Automotive rebuilds it for the new owner. There are only 64 of them in the world.
217 miles per hour
Zero to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds
Ferrari is Italy's most famous carmaker, and Enzo is the name of the company founder. The car costs $620,000, and buyers fly to Italy to have the car's interior custom fit to their bodies.
C12 F ROADSTER
214 miles per hour
Zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds
Pagani is another Italian carmaker, and its convertible F costs $690,000. The designer, Horacio Pagani, designed his first supercar at age 12 out of modeling clay.
SUPERCARS ARE THE FASTEST, MOST EXPENSIVE cars that can be driven on American roads. (Racing cars can't be legally driven on because of speed, safety, and noise concerns.) Mainstream car companies like General Motors and Nissan make millions of cars a year; supercar manufacturers make only a few dozen or a few hundred, and each one costs more than most people's homes. They are usually hand-built and require an elite team of physicists to design them so they don't fly off the road or burn up from the heat of their engines and brakes. Some supercars can outrun regular sports cars by nearly 100 mph.
Getting picked up from school in one of these cars would probably make the other kids--as well as all your teachers--stop and stare. Maybe even drool. So start saving your pennies for the coolest cars to ever hit the road. This is the supercar list you might want to have when you get your driver's license.
MERCEDES-BENZ SLR MCLAREN
207 miles per hour
Zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds
This is a car you might actually see driving around, as Mercedes is a popular brand in America and the price is only $455,000. This car was designed with the help of the same McLaren team that created the F1, above.
205 miles per hour
Zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds
Italy's Lamborghini makes supercars that can only be described as "wicked." This one costs $280,000. Murcielago means "bat" in Spanish and the first time this car was ever used in a movie was Batman Begins.
202 miles per hour
Zero to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds
This supercar sells for $285,000. A Ferrari was featured in the Disney movie Cars as the dream car that the owner of the tire store had waited his whole life for.
201 miles per hour
Zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds
Spyker is an old-time race car company in Holland, and it sells this supercar for $355,000. The car has no keys for the door or ignition; everything is controlled by a computer card. Each La Turbie has been sold before it was even finished.
VANQUISH S V12
201 miles per hour
Zero to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds
This is the fastest car to come out of England. Aston Martins are perhaps best known as the cars used in James Bond movies, and this one sells for $260,000. The Vanquish was called the Vanish in the movie Die Another Day because it could turn invisible. Unfortunately, the real car can't do that--yet.
Copyright © 2007 by Marc Aronson and HP Newquist. Illustrations copyright © 2007 by Headcase Design.