Cover Image: Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different

Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different

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Did I enjoy the stories in this book? Yes, I did. My main issue with this book is that it features people that are well known to me. It lacks that person or those people that you have never heard about, which is what makes similar books about females interesting: the author finds people that have been lost in history and brings them back to life briefly.
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A fantastic book full of male role models. In a world where the focus seems to be on uplifting female heroines a book of heroes is a great thing too.
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I feel the need to start by saying I find the title of this book, and others like it quite challenging. In the current climate of saying that any person of any gender can be who or what they want to be, we have a book that is marketed solely at male readers. (I realise that there are others marketed to a female audience already but why not have a book with mixture). Having said that however:

I really enjoyed this collection of short stories about key men and boys who have in big and small ways changed the world. 

Each story is accompanied by a recognisable, colourful picture of the person depicted and is told in a way that explains the reasons for the person's actions to a young reader. 
With a combination of famous characters such as Van Gogh and Barack Obama and lesser known Sergei Polunin and Ric O'Barry a wide range of lifestyles and projects are portrayed.

Aside from the title, I really cannot fault this book. It is easy to read and presents a good introduction to so many figures from history.

I received an eARC of this book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Thank you, NetGalley and the publisher for a chance to read this wonderful book!

When I first noticed this, it reminded me of "Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls" which I own but haven't read yet.

This book is filled with the extraordinary tales and lives of men/boys throughout history. Some who have even been forgotten by time. Some I knew about and others I had the pleasure of learning about, I now know the names and stories of some truly remarkable people.

I cannot rate this below 5 stars, it was an absolutely amazing reading experience, filled with people from all different cultural backgrounds and walks of life, while also being packed with diversity (LGBT+, Feminism, disabilities, rights movements etc). 

A book for everyone, not just boys, but everyone out there! A very inspiring book, also, the illustrations were incredible. 

There were some incredible passages I could quote, but the one that really stuck out to me was: "We cannot teach people anything, we can only help them discover it within themselves." - Galileo Galilei.
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It's important to give kids good role models. In recent years we've seen collections for girls about strong women. It's nice to give boys a collection of men who value women, who are true to themselves, who use their strength to work for the greater good rather than treating it as an end to itself. These are brief overviews, used to inspire interest rather than truly inform.
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I love the idea of this book, but it wasn't executed as well as I hoped.  There is potential, but for me it fell flat.
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This definetly wasn't the best in this "genre". I did really like the illustrations. I felt like the stories where a bit too short.
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Such a nice book with a great mixture of historical pictures and recent personalities!
I also loved the mix of different personalities in this book, i think there is basically everything represented in this book from self starters to company workers... from astronauts to scientists. 
The only thing for me personally was that the pictures where not my favourites. I wish it would have been done a bit more beautiful and less... well i guess it was funny comedic pictures? But that clearly is a personal preference and i am sure that there are quiet a few children out there that will love the way this book is done up!
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I plan to market this book in my library as an excellent companion to Good Night Storie for Rebel Girls, but about boys and men who made a difference in the world using traits outside of traditional gender roles. This is an excellent read if you're looking to present a way to be a "man" that bucks toxic masculinity.

There were a few inclusions that felt a bit off to me, but other than that it's an excellent read.
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I don't think I've ever had such a hard time rating a book. The thing is, this book has some great ideas and it's trying to achieve beautiful things - erasing our toxic notions on masculinity and teaching little boys (and girls) that boys can be something more than muscles and sports and whatever old-fashioned notions we grow up with. And I think this is truly wonderful. 

Unfortunately it falls in the category of books from the recent trend of books presenting great humans but not offering more than a short biography and a nice illustration. It does not stand out from the crowd when it comes to this, but as I said, its purpose is great and I think boys and girls should read this book for this reason only!
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It was enjoyable, and I did like reading about all those people, but I had kind of expected more of it. I thought it would be actual stories instead of biographies. Also, the formatting was a bit odd, with part of someone else's story suddenly being at the end of the previous person. I guess that was a mistake in the file, but still kind of distracting - having to scroll forward to the next person's story and back to read the rest.
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A good book for both boys and girls to read. This nicely balances the recent range of books that have been published highlighting women and female achievement. This book focuses on the less-known achievers too and provides a gap in the current market for boys. Actually I would recommend this to both sexes to read as I encourage boys to read the books about amazing women too.
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Confused and frustrated.  Did anyone edit this edition?  The stories somehow got mashed together in no apparent rhyme or reason.  Lots of inspirational pieces that span several centuries, genres and endeavors. Artwork was okay but sometimes appears before story started on another page and even in the middle of the previous story.  You are reading about Louis Armstrong and discover Bill Gates mid life story.  No cohesion or direction just bad editing.  The stories were inspiring and could have had a great impact on children and young adults but due to hard to follow passages the continuity was lost.  Maybe the next print will offer corrections and apologies.   Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to give my review of this book.  One star for possibilities.
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I am so glad a book like "Goodnight stories for rebel girls" finally came out for boys because they also need some motivation and inspiration to chase their wildest dreams and never give up! It was fun, educational and inspirational.
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A great book for boys! It teaches them to be brave and take their own path! Inspiring! I highly recommend this book. It is awesome!
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This is a truly wonderful book with engaging illustrations.  The author presents brief biographies of men who have done just about anything that you can imagine.  From Confucious to Louis Braille,  from Daniel Anthony (father of Susan B) to David Attenborough, from Patch Adams to Galileo and more, the list of boys who became men that followed their dreams goes on and on.  There are men you have already heard of and men that you will be so pleased to meet.  This is genuinely a book that tells young boys that they can do anything they set their minds and hearts to.  While this book is written for boys, I believe that girls and adults of all persuasions will relish this testimony to what the human spirit can achieve.  Thanks for this book NetGalley.  It is sooo good.
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Whilst there’s still a part of me that questions whether this book needed to exist, it is certainly true that the demand is there. And it’s definitely nice to see society celebrating guys who aren’t mega rich or famous or sporty for a change.
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What a delightful, sorely needed book! With kid-friendly language and beautiful, unique artwork, Ben Brooks tells the stories of 76 boys and men from the past and present who used their unique gifts and perspectives to change the world for the better, including several men who used their positions of power to help improve conditions for and advance the rights of girls and women. Representing and celebrating boys and men of diverse races, religions, sexualities, gender presentations, nationalities, ages, and occupations, this book is a refreshing reminder that there is no one right way to be a boy or a man. 

As a teacher, I will proudly display this book in my classroom library for all students to enjoy, but especially to inspire and encourage my male students. 

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me this ebook in exchange for an honest review.
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Interesting collection of short bios of men and boys who succeeded in different ways.  Some bios will be more interesting than others to different readers.
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I think that the book has a very good concept. It is a book that I enjoyed and is full with the stories of famous and not so famous boys who dared to be different and make something that had an impact on them and on others. It teaches what masculinity means and that you do not have to follow the stereotypes to be a man.  On the other hand, I didn't find some of the stories to be inspiring but I thought that the boys on them got a little luckier than others.
The illustrations that accompany the stories are beautiful and they match the stories perfectly.
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