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The Big Book of Spy Stuff
     

The Big Book of Spy Stuff

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by Bart King
 

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Through King's entertaining text, kids will uncover what lies beyond the sunglasses and disguises of some famous and not-so-famous sneaks. Kids will learn all about the history of spying, what goes into a secret agent tool kit, and how to decode a secret message. The Big Book of Spy Stuff even covers what spies should do when they run into an ethical

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Through King's entertaining text, kids will uncover what lies beyond the sunglasses and disguises of some famous and not-so-famous sneaks. Kids will learn all about the history of spying, what goes into a secret agent tool kit, and how to decode a secret message. The Big Book of Spy Stuff even covers what spies should do when they run into an ethical dilemma. From fighting off tricycle-riding assassins to learning how squirrels can deliver their top-secret messages, there's never a dull moment when it comes to taking on a secret identify!
Discover essential spy skills like:

  • Eavesdropping
  • Sending messages in secret code
  • Writing in invisible ink
  • Choosing the coolest code name ever
  • Spotting a liar using their body language
  • What to do when you get caught!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This lightly illustrated, tongue-in-cheek guide to espionage (part of the Big Book series) explores a broad swathe of spy-related topics—everything from eavesdropping and code breaking to cyber-warfare and spreading misinformation—while referring to historical (and recent) spies and spy operations. King includes topics like assassination, but keeps the tone light ("Some villains are so mean, their assassination seems only fair"). Amusing anecdotes, such as when Madeleine Albright wore a bright bug pin for a meeting with the Russians (to inform them that she knew of the bugs they'd placed in State Department offices), should entertain while giving readers a sense of how espionage works in the real world. Ages 8–up. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—This primer is long, but the margins are wide and the type is large. Chapters cover everything from serious topics like high-tech espionage and surveillance to sillier subjects such as the best (and worst) secret names ever, the best-dressed agents, and everything in between. There is even a chapter on animal spies. Ancient and current (to 2010) techniques are explained. A humorous, chatty tone is maintained throughout; it's slightly more Get Smart than James Bond. Black-and-white cartoons add even more humor. A terminology list is included, as is an extensive bibliography. Unfortunately, there is no index. While the jokey tone can wear thin, this is a helpful introduction for future secret agents, especially those who will appreciate the author's sense of humor.—Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
My family and I are fans of Bart King's other books, especially The Big Book of Girl Stuff and The Pocket Guide to Magic. King always brings witty energy to his how-to advice and information. The result: well-researched, wacky compendiums over which kids love to pore. With the International Spy Museum located in our nation's fair capital, King's most recent offering, The Big Book of Spy Stuff, makes for an especially enthralling read for local youngsters (and tourists). King covers espionage, ethical issues, secret messages and spymasters; and chapter titles such as "The 12 Types of Spy Screw-ups," "Weird Assignments" and "Becoming a Pro" can only hint at the cool (and sometimes goofy) facts in store. Just an example: the chapter on animal spies reveals a CIA mission to float a robotic catfish, describes the use of glowworms in World War I missions and shows how to "train" your dog or hamster to be an undercover operative. Occasional black-and-white illustrations by Russell Miller add to the fun. Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423618751
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
753,866
File size:
5 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Read an Excerpt

Why Spy?

But cool sunglasses alone don't explain spying. The fact is that every nation wants to protect its borders and its citizens. Here are three ways nations can do this:

1. Make treaties with other countries.

2. Have a military.

3. Spy!

While I don't know for certain that cave people used spies, ancient civilizations did. For example, Greek mythology had the story of the demigod named Prometheus (pro-MEETH-ee-us). He stole secret technology (namely, fire) from the head god, Zeus (zoos). Then Prometheus gave this classified information to the humans. Finally, after getting caught, Prometheus was sentenced to having his liver eaten by an eagle. Just like spies today.

Meet the Author

Bart King is the author of The Big Book of Girl Stuff and Pocket Guide for Girls. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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The Big Book of Spy Stuff 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
NancyLevin More than 1 year ago
The Big Book of Spy Stuff is excellent, which is sort of amazing considering the age group it targets. But Bart King knows how to hold the attention of a 9-12 year old. This really is a BIG book, but King breaks up the wordage into bite-sized pieces with humor that will encourage this age to grasp reading something that requires a little endurance. Precocious readers will gobble it up, twelve year olds will get hooked, and older kids will be amused as well. And did I mention that it's really, really funny?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
His Books Are Written In A Way That Keeps Your Attention,I cannot say I have read a Book That was This Interesting in a long time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He adds adventure to my boring days at home. HEY IS THAT BART KING? THAT GUY OWES ME MONEY! :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recemmend it fir ALL ages. Becausr it is a very good book that any parents ir kids want to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it me myself and i
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome take my word for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good read but doesnt get into the subject well mainly tells stories annd jokes about spying the book needs to actualy teach people how to spy and im a big fan of bart king but this is not his best work overall im dissapointed about him not getting into the subject but good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Luved this book. I want to read and reread the book til its memorized! Highly recomended!!! (Barrow for free at library)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This tought me everything I needed to know and it's also funny
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Read bout 999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999thousand times
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very cute and fun to read but goes on to long and can babble a lot.
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Cornelia Saites More than 1 year ago
the big books if girl and boy stuff waz enough. now spy stuff?! CHEEZ!!!!