Dangerous Books for Kids

If you know the secret handshake you can be part of the club. There's a genuinely unbreakable code—it changes every day. Only those wearing eyepatches and carrying a sword will be allowed entrance. Visitors must be blindfolded at least three blocks from the meeting place and can only be allowed to see if they write their name in blood on an old piece of tree bark.

These are the authorizations you'll find here. Kids left to their own devices (in a good way, not abandoned) will create their own order, and it will generally be a lot more fun and functional than the order so often imposed on them by adults. They form clubs, play sports, fight wars and build robots, things most adults can't remember how to do, so when they find a group of kids they force them to do boring things, like talk about their feelings or build cheap birdhouses.

Adults also seem terrified that children are going to hurt themselves. They're much more afraid of this, in fact, than the children themselves. It may be politically incorrect in our ridiculously feelings-sensitive society to say it, but a little blood and pain never hurt anyone. Kids know this better than adults, who've allowed themselves to be tamed by long years of desk-sitting and television-watching.

A lot of adults are trying to make children just like themselves these days, putting the kiddos at desks and taking away all sharp objects at an age when they should be getting scraped up and building treehouses and blowguns. The books here are meant to aid that process. Some of them are even intended to help dads and moms have fun with their kids (*gasp*) and maybe skin a couple elbows having a mud war with homemade catapults (*faint*). And while you certainly don't need to have a book to have that kind of fun, since increasingly more of us adults don't have a clue how to build a catapult, the titles you'll find in this section can be a big help getting you started.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.

 

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Adventures from the Technology Underground
by William Gurstelle
from Three Rivers Press
for 9th-Adult
in Dangerous Books for Kids (Location: ELE-DAN)
$15.00
American Boy's Handy Book
by Daniel Beard
from Dover Publications
for 4th-9th grade
in Dangerous Books for Kids (Location: ELE-DAN)
$12.95 $8.00 (1 in stock)
American Boy's Handy Book
by Daniel Carter Beard
Centennial from David R. Godine
for 3rd-6th grade
in Dangerous Books for Kids (Location: ELE-DAN)
$14.95
American Girl's Handy Book
by Lina & Adelia Beard
from David R. Godine
for 4th-9th grade
in Dangerous Books for Kids (Location: ELE-DAN)
$12.95
Art of the Catapult
by William Gurstelle
from Chicago Review Press
for 9th-Adult
in Dangerous Books for Kids (Location: ELE-DAN)
$9.00 (2 in stock)
Backyard Ballistics
by William Gurstelle
from Chicago Review Press
for 7th-Adult
in Dangerous Books for Kids (Location: ELE-DAN)
$16.95 $9.00 (1 in stock)
Backyard Ballistics
by William Gurstelle
Second Edition from Chicago Review Press
for 7th-Adult
in Dangerous Books for Kids (Location: ELE-DAN)
$16.95
Baseball Rules in Pictures
by G. Jacobs & J.R. McCrory
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 4th-10th grade
in Dangerous Books for Kids (Location: ELE-DAN)
$2.50 (1 in stock)
Book of Camp-Lore and Woodcraft
by Daniel Carter Beard
from David R. Godine
in Dangerous Books for Kids (Location: ELE-DAN)
Boy Mechanic
from Hearst Books
for 4th-8th grade
in Dangerous Books for Kids (Location: ELE-DAN)
$7.00 (1 in stock)
Boy Mechanic Makes Toys
from Hearst Books
for 5th-8th grade
in Dangerous Books for Kids (Location: ELE-DAN)
$7.00 (1 in stock)
Boy Scouts Handbook
from Dover Publications
for 8th-12th grade
in Dangerous Books for Kids (Location: ELE-DAN)
$11.95 $7.00 (2 in stock)
Crime Lab 101
by Robert Gardiner
from Dover Publications
for 4th-6th grade
in Espionage & Forensic Science (Location: SCI-CRIME)
$6.99
Crime Scene Investigations 2
by Pam Walker, Elaine Wood
1st edition from Jossey-Bass
for 6th-12th grade
in Espionage & Forensic Science (Location: SCI-CRIME)
$15.00 (1 in stock)
Dangerous Book for Boys
by Conn & Hal Iggulden
from HarperCollins
for 3rd-Adult
in Dangerous Books for Kids (Location: ELE-DAN)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Dangerous Book for Boys
by Conn & Hal Iggulden
from William Morrow & Company
for 3rd-Adult
in Dangerous Books for Kids (Location: ELE-DAN)
$16.99 $12.00 (1 in stock)
DK Eyewitness: Forensic Science
DK Eyewitness Series
by Chris Cooper
from DK Publishing
Science Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Espionage & Forensic Science (Location: SCI-CRIME)
$15.99
DK Eyewitness: Spy
by Richard Platt
from DK Children
for 4th-6th grade
in Dangerous Books for Kids (Location: ELE-DAN)
Field and Forest Handy Book
from David R. Godine
in Dangerous Books for Kids (Location: ELE-DAN)
Forensic Science
by Alex Frith
from Usborne
for 4th-6th
in Espionage & Forensic Science (Location: SCI-CRIME)
$10.99
Fun Projects for You and the Kids
by David Stiles
from Lyons Press
for Adult
in Dangerous Books for Kids (Location: ELE-DAN)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Geek Dad
by Ken Denmead
from Gotham Books
for Adult
in Dangerous Books for Kids (Location: ELE-DAN)
$18.00 $10.00 (1 in stock)
Geek Dad's Guide to Weekend Fun
by Ken Denmead
from Gotham Books
for Adult
in Dangerous Books for Kids (Location: ELE-DAN)
$18.00
Handy Dad
by Todd Davis
from Chronicle Books
for Adult
in Dangerous Books for Kids (Location: ELE-DAN)
$24.95
Home Machinist's Handbook
by Doug Briney
1st edition from McGraw-Hill
for 10th-Adult
in Dangerous Books for Kids (Location: ELE-DAN)
$19.95
Improve Your Survival Skills
by Lucy Smith
from Usborne
for 4th-6th grade
in Dangerous Books for Kids (Location: ELE-DAN)
$5.99 $3.00 (2 in stock)
Kids' Building Workshop
by Barbara Robertson, Craig Robertson
from Storey Publishing
for 4th-6th grade
in Dangerous Books for Kids (Location: ELE-DAN)
$14.95 $8.00 (1 in stock)
Knight Book: Warfare by Duct Tape
by Steven Erickson
from Chinquapin Press
for 4th-Adult
in Dangerous Books for Kids (Location: ELE-DAN)
$17.95
Sneakier Uses for Everyday Things
by Cy Tymony
from Andrews and McMeel
for 10th-Adult
in Dangerous Books for Kids (Location: ELE-DAN)
$10.99
Sneakiest Uses for Everyday Things
from Andrews and McMeel
in Dangerous Books for Kids (Location: ELE-DAN)
$10.99
Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things
by Cy Tymony
from Andrews and McMeel
for 9th-Adult
in Dangerous Books for Kids (Location: ELE-DAN)
$10.99
Survival Handbook - The Official U.S. Army Guide
by Department of the Army
from Dover Publications
for 7th-Adult
in Dangerous Books for Kids (Location: ELE-DAN)
$14.95
Tom Brown's Field Guide
by Tom Brown, Jr.
from Berkley Books
for 9th-Adult
in Dangerous Books for Kids (Location: ELE-DAN)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Top Secret
First American Condition from Candlewick Press
for 4th-6th grade
in Espionage & Forensic Science (Location: SCI-CRIME)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook
by Joshua Piven & David Borgenicht
from Chronicle Books
for 7th-Adult
in Dangerous Books for Kids (Location: ELE-DAN)
$10.00 (1 in stock)