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Children's LiteratureWhen picking up a book the title can be one of the first great gatekeepers of potential interest. Some books bear striking titles that draw you into them as if they had a magical power to do so. One need only think of works such as Treasure Island, War and Peace, or The Hound of the Baskervilles in order to conjure up a true page-turner. Sadly, the tile of this book is as obscure as much of its contents. Looking back at this book after reading it, this writer still has to stop and scratch his head before even attempting to explain what "Boyology" is and how "the feral tale" really works. In a nutshell the author of this study in social norms of maleness indicates that the study of this subject has a long history in America. This concept of Boyology relates to the ways in which prototypical maleness has been encouraged, nurtured, and shaped. Boyology has many of its roots in the feral image of boys as aggressive and warlike beings who have difficulty socializing. Unfortunately, while the author of this work is clearly a bright and well versed person, his ability to express his thoughts in understandable language is somewhat limited. Making American Boys is a deep study wrapped in verbosity and distracted sentences that do not strike true to the reader's heart. This book is really only appropriate for that small community of university professionals who often read and sneer at one another's work while secretly wishing their reading audience was larger. 2005, University of Minnesota Press, Ages adult.
—Greg M. Romaneck