The Dangerous Book for Boys

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The Dangerous Book for Boys
Iggulden & Iggulden - The Dangerous Book for Boys coverart.jpg
AuthorConn Iggulden and Hal Iggulden
CountryUnited Kingdom; United States
SubjectHobbies, Quizzes and Games
Publication date
June 2006 (UK); May 2007 (US)
Media typePrint Hardback
Pages294 pp
ISBN0-00-723274-8 (UK); 0-06-124358-2 (US)
LC ClassAG106 .I38 2006

The Dangerous Book for Boys, by Conn and Hal Iggulden is a guidebook published by HarperCollins, aimed at boys "from eight to eighty." It covers around eighty topics, including how to build a treehouse, grow a crystal, or tell direction with a watch. Also included are famous quotes, stories, historical battles, and phrases that "every boy should know." It was published in the UK in June 2006, and reached number one in the UK non-fiction charts several times,[1] selling over half a million copies.[2]

Conn Iggulden also published a novel entitled Wolf of the Plains about Genghis Khan, which, along with The Dangerous Book for Boys, allowed Iggulden to become the first author to reach the number one spot in both the fiction and non-fiction charts.[2][3]

Within the first week of its US publication on 1 May 2007, it reached number two on the Amazon best-selling book lists, being outsold only by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Other people who contributed to the success of the book include the editorial team, which consisted of Katie Espiner and Clare Hey, as well as Helen Johnstone, who won the 2007 British Book Industry Award for best publicity campaign.[4]


Some reviewers have criticised the book for encouraging its young readers to partake in activities that could result in injury, although there is a liability warning below the copyright information. Others have praised it for helping to counter "PlayStation Culture"[2] through its promotion of outdoor activities and games.

Awards and nominations[edit]

The book has also won various industry awards including the Stora Enso Design and Production Award at the British Book Industry Awards[4] for the design and production team of Andrew Ashton and Nicole Abel.


The original edition of this book has a cover based on the 1885 cover for the Boy's Own Annual, the yearly compendium of the popular magazine, Boy's Own Paper.

In June 2007, the Pocket Dangerous Book for Boys: Things to Do was published in the UK by HarperCollins. A small green book, it takes activities from the larger Dangerous Book for Boys and makes them available in a portable format. Dangerous Book for Boys Yearbook came out in September 2007 in the UK, and has historical facts, seasonal activities and space to note your own adventures and with a blue cover with gold lettering. In June 2008, the Pocket Dangerous Book for Boys: Things to Know was released. US editions of these three came out in summer/fall of 2008. Canadian edition of the book was released in October 2008.[6]

Also in 2007, an Australian edition of the book was published. It features Australian content such as Prime Ministers of Australia with pictures for each in color and the rules of Australian Rules Football. Brazil also published its own version also including national content, including a chapter on Monteiro Lobato instead of Shakespeare. There is also a Portuguese edition.

A sequel targeted at girls, The Daring Book for Girls, was published in late October 2007. It was written by Andrea J. Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz.[7]

The Dangerous Book for Boys partnered with science kit publisher Thames & Kosmos, who released two kits licensed under The Dangerous Book for Boys in autumn of 2009.[8]

Similar books[edit]

  • The Boy's Own Annual (1879)
  • The American Boy's Handy Book (1890)
  • The Big Book of Boy Stuff (2004)
  • 50 Things Every Guy Should Know How to Do
  • The Boy Mechanic: 200 Classic Things to Build
  • The Daring Book for Girls
    • The Double-Daring Book for Girls
  • The Outdoor Book for Adventurous Boys
  • The Dastardly Book for Dogs
  • The Devious Book for Cats
  • The Boy's Book: How To Be The Best At Everything
  • Kailin Gow's Gifted Girls Activities Guide for 365 Days of the Year[9]

Television adaptation[edit]

In August 2007 it was reported that Disney would begin the production of a movie based on the book,[10] but that project never got off the ground.[11]

Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston's production company Moon Shot Entertainment optioned the rights in 2014, and sold the project to NBC later that year.[12]

In 2017, the project was picked up by Amazon for a six-episode order scheduled to begin production in New York City that summer.[13] The series premiered on Amazon Prime on March 30, 2018.


  1. ^ "UK | Magazine | Conn who?". BBC News. 24 January 2007. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
  2. ^ a b c Lea, Richard (18 January 2007). "Conn Iggulden scores a double | Books |". London: Retrieved 27 July 2009.
  3. ^ "Author writes his way into publishing history". Freelance UK. 19 January 2007. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
  4. ^ a b "British Book Industry Awards — BBIA Winners 2007". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
  5. ^ [1] Archived 5 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Iggulden, Conn (20 October 2008). "The Dangerous Book for Boys: Canadian Edition by Conn Iggulden, Hal Iggulden". Retrieved 27 July 2009.
  7. ^ "Daring Girls Ready to Break Loose". 12 October 2008.
  8. ^ "Thames & Kosmos Press Release 2009" (PDF). Retrieved 27 July 2009.
  9. ^ "Gifted Girls: Activities Guide for 365 Days of the Year: Fun Things to Do for Kids and Grown-Ups That'll Develop Creativity, Social Skills and Self-Confidence! (Gifted Girls) (9780971477667): Kailin Gow: Books". Retrieved 27 July 2009.
  10. ^ Fleming, Michael (5 August 2007). "Disney, Rudin nab 'Dangerous Book'". Variety. Retrieved 5 August 2007.
  11. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (4 June 2014). "Bryan Cranston Developing 'Dangerous Book for Boys' TV Series (EXCLUSIVE)". Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2 September 2014). "NBC Nabs Bryan Cranston-Produced 'The Dangerous Book For Boys' Comedy". Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (8 May 2017). "Amazon Orders 'The Dangerous Book for Boys' Family Comedy Series From Bryan Cranston & Greg Mottola". Retrieved 16 June 2017.

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