Reviews for Boys' Book of Survival, How To Survive Anything, Anywhere


Booklist Reviews 2009 February #2
Living up to the Boy Scout motto "Always Be Prepared," this title covers everything from pimples to zombie invasions. This nod to yesterday has plenty of the practical, with passages on how to put someone in the recovery position, or carry someone with a foot or ankle injury, but most of the information has its basis in orienteering (How to make a compass using the sun), just-in-case scenarios (How to Escape from Quicksand), and the fantastical (zombies, anyone?). Campbell presents all instructions in clearly-written and easy to read lists. Of course all this valuable information comes after a giant disclaimer, emphasizing common sense. Boys--and girls--interested in visiting far off places and roughing it in the wild will enjoy this campy guide. On the other hand, the girly counterpart, The Girl s Book of Glamour: A Guide to Being a Goddess, cannot be recommended. Where the Boy s book manages to balance the fun and frivolous with useful, the Girl s book boils down to beauty tips. The disparity is, frankly, alarming. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

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Booklist Reviews 2009 April #1
"Living up to the Boy Scout motto "Be prepared," this title covers everything from pimples to zombie invasions. This nod to yesteryear has plenty of practical pointers, with passages on how to put someone in the recovery position or carry someone with a foot or ankle injury, but most of the chapters have a basis in orienteering (How to Make a Compass Using the Sun), just-in-case scenarios (How to Escape from Quicksand), and the fantastical (zombies, anyone?). Campbell presents his instructions in clearly written and easy-to-read lists. Of course all this valuable information comes after a giant disclaimer, emphasizing common sense. Boys--and girls--interested in visiting far-off places and roughing it in the wild will enjoy this campy guide. On the other hand, the girly counterpart, The Girls Book of Glamour: A Guide to Being a Goddess, cannot be recommended. Where the Boys Book manages to balance the fun and frivolous with the useful, the Girls Book boils down to beauty tips. The disparity is, frankly, alarming."

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Fall
The Boys' Book--a sort of Worst-Case Scenario Handbook for kids--is filled with survival tips from "How to Avoid a Hungry Hippo" to "How to Survive a School Dance." The less-daring Girls' Book contains fashion and beauty tips including "How to Get the Flutteriest Lashes" and "How to Air-Kiss." Black-and-white line drawings are entertaining and informative. Skip these if you're bothered by gender stereotyping. [Review covers these titles: The Boys' Book of Survival and The Girls' Book of Glamour.] Copyright 2009 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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