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Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different : True Tales of Amazing Boys who Changed the World Without Killing Dragons - Ben Brooks

Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different

True Tales of Amazing Boys who Changed the World Without Killing Dragons

By: Ben Brooks, Quinton Winter (Illustrator)

Hardcover

Published: 10th April 2018
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Product Description

Boys need to know that prince charmings and brave hunters are not the only role-models

In fact, a whole lot of them out there don't identify with the idea of being a strong, independent, competitive saviour who never cries. As a boy, there is an assumption that you will conform to this stereotypical idea of masculinity, but what if you're the introvert kind, what if you prefer to pick up a book rather than a sword, what if you're very sensitive, what if you like the idea of wearing a dress?

As statistics keep showing that there is an ongoing crisis with regards to young men and mental health, with unhelpful gender stereotypes contributing to this malaise, Stories for Boys Who Dare To Be Different offers a welcome alternative narrative. It is an extraordinary compilation of 100 stories of famous and not-so-famous men from the past to the present day, every single one of them a rule-breaker and innovator in his own way, and all going on to achieve amazing things. Entries include Frank Ocean, Salvador Dali, Rimbaud, Beethoven, Barack Obama, Ai Weiwei and Jesse Owens - different sorts of heroes from all walks of life and from all over the world.

A beautiful and transporting book packed with stories of adventure and wonderment, it will appeal to those who need the courage to reject peer pressure and go against the grain. It will educate and entertain, while also encourage and inspire.

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Such an appropriate book as a gift for a young boy. Love it!

5

Excellent choice for the reader it was purchased for. He loved it.

Victoria

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I returned the book

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I almost never write reviews but could not resist this time. I must admit I gave it three tries to read to my boys but gave up. The book is a weak effort from the author who shows little knowledge about the people, e.g. mixes live events from the lives of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, or politics, e.g. says Obama ended two wars while he simply pulled out the US forces and the wars are still on. It does not mention how many other wars Obama started. Most of the characters are either girls turned into boys or boys that behave like girls. I do not think featuring sexual orientation has anything to do with the achievements of those people and is irrelevant unless the author has hidden objectives. In any case it is not a formula for success and making links is better to be avoided.

Brisbane

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Biased and onesided approach

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Shallow effort from the author who shows little knowledge about the people, e.g. mixes live events from the lives of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, or politics, e.g. says Obama ended two wars while he simply pulled out the US forces and the wars are still on. It does not mention how many other wars Obama started. These were the only two people who were actually boys from what I read. I must admit I gave it three tries and gave up. Most of the others were either girls turned into boys (transgender) or boys that behave like girls (gays). While there is nothing wrong with talking about sexual orientation, the last has nothing to do with the achievements of those people and is irrelevant unless the author wants to quietly do some extra propaganda. Nevertheless this it is not something I would preach to boys as a formula for success.

Australia

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Our favourite family book

5

I bought this book for my two young boys, 5 and 8 years old. Both love reading. My eight year old read it cover to cover over the first few nights after we received it. We now pick an inspirational male to read about each night before bed.

New Zealand

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Buy it by the dozens and gift it to every child you know

5

A wonderful antidote to the single narrative of male heroes/protagonists/achievers. Like goodnight stories but for rebel girls, this needs to be on every child's bookshelf

Melbourne Australia

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Great book ...

5

This book has been a fantastic addition to Mr 9's 'library'. It's a book that you can read from cover to cover or dip into. Lots of interesting people/men/boys and information to digest. This is a good one for a gift of an avid book reader with a curiosity about life.

Brisbane

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Stimulated great conversations w

5

Great to read a few stories at bed time. Great way to introduce politics, arts and cultural challenges without being too heavy for kids.

Canberra Australia

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Great book

5

One of the best books I have purchased, brought as a gift for my nephew and thinking of buying a second copy for myself.

Melbourne

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Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different

4.0 8

75.0

This book can save lives. This book can change lives. This book can help to bring forth another generation of boys who dare to be different. * Benjamin Zephaniah *
[The stories] coalesce into a rousing symphony of against-the-odds achievement. * Financial Times *
[This] will help to inspire a younger generation to understand that you don't have to be tough, strong and a dragon killer to be worthwhile. * Stylist *
Offer[s] a refreshing twist . . . and will encourage young boys to resist the gender stereotypes that can damage men as much as women. * Daily Express *

ISBN: 9781787471986
ISBN-10: 1787471985
Series: Gender and Well-Being
Audience: Children
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 10th April 2018
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 25.4  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.84
Edition Number: 1