The Pocket Guide to Boy Stuff

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Overview

First he taught boys all about mischief and perfecting their shenanigans against a nemesis. Next it was how to play games-without the help of a video-game controller. Now Bart King introduces them to all the important stuff they need to know but adults don't want to tell them. From cool experiments and essential gadgets to flying things and gross stuff, Bart explains it all. With its handy little size, Pocket Guide to Boy Stuff can go everywhere boys do.

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Overview

First he taught boys all about mischief and perfecting their shenanigans against a nemesis. Next it was how to play games-without the help of a video-game controller. Now Bart King introduces them to all the important stuff they need to know but adults don't want to tell them. From cool experiments and essential gadgets to flying things and gross stuff, Bart explains it all. With its handy little size, Pocket Guide to Boy Stuff can go everywhere boys do.

Bart King is the author of The Big Book of Boy Stuff, The Big Book of Girl Stuff, The Pocket Guide to Mischief, and The Pocket Guide to Games. Bart lives in Portland, Oregon, where he enjoys scrapbooking and collecting bayonets.

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Editorial Reviews

Kidoinfo
Bart King is my new hero. On the surface, his books might look like they're getting by on being similar to the ubiquitous Dangerous Book for Boys. King's pocket guides-with illustrations of paper airplanes, Chuck Taylors, and a slingshot on their covers-do cash in on that kind of scrappy retro charm. But these books are something entirely different.

These books are hilarious. And informative-if you want to know how to get the best of your nemesis or play toilet tag. What makes these special is not only that they're well-written, well-designed, and funny, but also that they present information that is actually new and actually useful (again, useful to the sorts of people who like to play toilet tag).

A few tantalizing sample tastes:
From The Pocket Guide to Mischief: "You'll need some cream cheese. First, roll the deodorant out maybe half an inch . . ."
From The Pocket Guide to Games: "Fill several balloons with water, and hang one from a tree . . ."
From The Pocket Guide to Boy Stuff: "Here are two hand-grenade designs that you can use that won't start a fire . . ."

If these don't seem gender-neutral enough, and you have a daughter who is into this kind of thing, rest assured that Bart King also has girl versions: The Big Book of Girl Stuff gracefully and barely touches on puberty, but includes plenty of pranks, code names, and hijinx for kids who like bright pink more than baseballs on the covers of their books.

Should someone you know be interested, visit the author's web site: bartking.net. It includes video clips illustrating some of the guides' proposed activities!
— Katy Killilea

Kidoinfo - Katy Killilea
Bart King is my new hero. On the surface, his books might look like they’re getting by on being similar to the ubiquitous Dangerous Book for Boys. King’s pocket guides—with illustrations of paper airplanes, Chuck Taylors, and a slingshot on their covers—do cash in on that kind of scrappy retro charm. But these books are something entirely different.

These books are hilarious. And informative—if you want to know how to get the best of your nemesis or play toilet tag. What makes these special is not only that they’re well-written, well-designed, and funny, but also that they present information that is actually new and actually useful (again, useful to the sorts of people who like to play toilet tag).

A few tantalizing sample tastes:
From The Pocket Guide to Mischief: “You’ll need some cream cheese. First, roll the deodorant out maybe half an inch . . .”
From The Pocket Guide to Games: “Fill several balloons with water, and hang one from a tree . . .”
From The Pocket Guide to Boy Stuff: “Here are two hand-grenade designs that you can use that won’t start a fire . . .”

If these don’t seem gender-neutral enough, and you have a daughter who is into this kind of thing, rest assured that Bart King also has girl versions: The Big Book of Girl Stuff gracefully and barely touches on puberty, but includes plenty of pranks, code names, and hijinx for kids who like bright pink more than baseballs on the covers of their books.

Should someone you know be interested, visit the author’s web site: www.bartking.net. It includes video clips illustrating some of the guides’ proposed activities!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423605744
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 12/2/2008
  • Series: Pocket Guide to Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 952,228
  • Age range: 9 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.06 (w) x 5.82 (h) x 0.64 (d)

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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Read an Excerpt

I Am an Idiot

This is probably the stupidest activity of all time. Because of this, it always cracks me up.

You need: to have the alphabet memorized Try to say the alphabet without moving your lips or your tongue at all. No cheating! Whenever I do this, every letter sounds exactly the same; try it for yourself. (Hey, I said I would start with the easy stuff. If you find this activity too challenging, you may want to put this book down and go eat a Popsicle.)

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Table of Contents

Introduction … 8

Activities! … 10

Experiments! … 45

Fireworks and Explosions! … 79

Flying Things! … 103

Gadgets, Tools, and Toys! … 136

Gross Stuff! … 157

Riddles! … 212

Slang! … 233

Weapons! … 245

Acknowledgments … 272

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  • Posted November 30, 2009

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    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2009

    Great Gift

    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)."

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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