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Girls Need Retro Instruction Books Too

Capitalizing on the success of the back to basics instruction manual for boys of all ages, publishers are now seeking its sister publication. The Dangerous Book for Boys detailed simple things like how to make a paper airplane and how to skip rocks. It’s retro, low tech appeal has been huge. The UK version was a bestseller for a year and in the US, it sits at No. 8 on the USA Today list with 635,000 copies in print.

Scholastic with its The Girls’ Book: How to Be the Best at Everything and Collins with The Daring Book for Girls will try to meet or exceed the success of DBoB. I guess as a mother of a young girl, I wouldn’t mind teaching her how to make an airplane and skip rocks rather than french braid her hair.

Via USA Today.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

One Comment

  1. Kalen Hughes
    Jun 20, 2007 @ 09:59:04

    Publisher Ellie Berger says the books overlap but cater to the differences in boys’ and girls’ interests. For example, advice to boys is: How to get out of quicksand. For girls: How to make your own luxury bubble bath.

    Tom Dwyer, a book buyer for Borders, says The Dangerous Book for Boys is “neither politically correct nor politically incorrect.” He found its advice about girls (“It is important to listen”) “charming.”

    My only response is you have got to me sh*tting me. If my parents had given me a book on how to make bubble bath when my brother got one about skipping rocks and skinning rabbits and blowing things up, I’d have used it to demonstrate that I knew how to build a fire!

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