'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 Prince charming, dragon slayer, mischievous prankster... More often than not, these are the role-models boys encounter in the books they read at home and at school. As a boy, there is an assumption that you will conform to a 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 want to cry when you're feeling sad or angry? What if you like the idea of wearing a dress? 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, Stormzy, 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 is the must-have book for all those boys who worry about stuff and all those parents who worry about their boys who worry about stuff. It will educate and entertain, while also encourage and inspire.
I have a 13-year-old who doesn't always think like his peers so the subject matter in this book was great for him. To see so many people overcoming adversity has given him confidence. He isn't a big reader but enjoys the factual narrative of biographical stories. Each person has just one page dedicated to them so it is jam packed with facts about their lives. I admit it won't be to everyone's taste but my son has really enjoyed it!
Good for boys who need to see it's okay to be different -
Our eldest struggles at school and socially and this book has inspired him that he's fine just as he is and he can try hard and go on to do amazing things.
Kate A, 13/10/2018
Stories for boys who dare to be different -
Great stories for my son to read and see everyone is different and that is ok.
Sent back -
Having seen and liked the 'rebel' book for girls, I bought three copies of this at the offer price of £5.99 and am sorry to say I was very disappointed. The book is written from a negative perspective and mentions how certain figures endured abuse and were bored at school. I had to send the books back as they were unsuitable for my 5- and 7-years olds and their friends.