“How could you not love a book with monsters, treasures, disasters, tricks, weapons, and Lamborghinisa 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 knowledgeboth useful and arcanethan 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)
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.