Saturday, February 2, 2008

Dangerous Boys Club

A few weeks ago when I took R7 to an American Girl book club at Barnes and Noble, I picked up a slip of paper announcing "a secret" having to do with The Dangerous Book for Boys. The event was to take place today, February 2, 2008. We ended up taking the three oldest kids (including R7 because well the paper said all interested kids were invited...).

Have you seen The Dangerous Book for Boys? What a delightful book! It has the Preamble of the Declaration of Independence, the 10 Commandments in the King James format, code forming, magic tricks, great military battles- anything and everything the authors feel every boy should know. I had just had a "discussion" this week with E9 because I asked him to read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. He's been doing a study of Mark Twain and had already read a version of Huck Finn so I thought a great read would be Tom Sawyer. He wasn't entirely convinced, but today was reminded that it is on the list of books every boy should read. Score! Much easier to swallow now...

Anyway, the group was small and they had lovely displays of some of the books on the suggested reading list, a stack of the Dangerous Book for Boys and The Daring Book for Girls. Usually they have a drawing for some prize that one of the children will take home. Today was amazing! After playing games, breaking codes, and doing coin tricks, they had the drawing. Our children were blessed with a wonderful surprise! E9 and R7 each got a $10.00 gift card for books and I-5 won his own copy of The Dangerous Book for Boys which he is so excited about! The kids promptly used the gift cards while there in the store. E9 opted for yet another title in the Redwall series- Rakkety Tam and R7 bought a copy of The Daring Book for Girls- which I notice contains such important girly info as slumber party games and variations on the game of tag.

Nice job Barnes and Noble...I think you've convinced us to come back again!

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