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The Mammoth Book of Boys Own Stuff

By Jon E. Lewis

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A staggeringly large guide to all that a modern boy needs to know and to do

Step 1: Turn off the TV, the PC, the PS3, the Wii...
Step 2: Open up The Mammoth Book of Boy's Own Stuff and get into boyhood like it's meant to be ...

A guide to life, the universe and pretty much everything The Mammoth Book of Boy's Own Stuff is full of fun as well as important facts on how to be top and an all round great person - from essential Latin to making your own volcano, from SAS survival skills to basic movie making.

Read about heroes of war and exploration, find out how to make secret ink, check ALL the capitals of the world, learn and adhere to the 10 virtues, discover the means to make your brain go faster. There are even stories by such cool writers as Rider Haggard and Edgar Rice 'Tarzan' Burroughs. Amaze your friends, impress your teachers (and even girls)! And included for no extra cost - the world's official funniest joke. 100% guaranteed against boredom!!

Contents include: SAS Survival Skills; 10 Books Every Boy Should Read before Age 12; How to make invisible ink; Comic Book Superheroes, Villains and Their Inventors; A Boy Hero: Jack Travers VC; The World's 12 Decisive Battles; The Plains Indians of America; How to perform a banana kick; and much much more ...

Biographical Notes

Jon E. Lewis is the editor of numerous bestselling Mammoth anthologies, including The Mammoth Book of Pirates, The Mammoth Book of Climbing Adventures, and The Mammoth Book of the West. He lives in Herefordshire with his wife and two children.

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  • ISBN: 9781780332765
  • Publication date: 04 Aug 2011
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  • Imprint: Robinson
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