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Stories For Boys Who Dare To Be Different – Book Review

Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different: True Tales of Amazing Boys Who Changed the World without Killing Dragons

Author: Ben Brooks                            Illustrator: Quinton Winter

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” – Oscar Wilde

This book is about 77 inspiration boys/men who looked out for the stars!

As the book states, it is “an inspirational collection of famous and not so famous men from the past to the present day, who went on to make the world a better place through compassion, generosity and self-belief.”

These are men, who have changed the world for the better, in their own quiet way. And they have done so by not following the stereotypical path, but carving out their own.

These are men, who have defied the toxic masculinity, have not shied away from hiding their emotions.

These are men, who through their stories also tell the kids its ok to go against the grain, to not succumb to peer pressure.

And that is a lesson boys (as well as girls) need to learn.


Ben Brooks’ biographies are very inclusive, it has men from across the globe, culture and social class. It has stories about several famous men we have heard of like Gandhi, Bill Gates, Obama, Nelson Mandela and Lionel Messi. But then, it also has stories about lesser known figures who have done amazing work. Continue reading

Zenobia: Book Review


Author: Morten Durr

Illustrator: Lars Horneman

 Zenobia is a beautiful, but heart-breaking story about a Syrian girl Amina. The book talks about the plight of refugees and people whose lives are torn apart by the war.



Amina is a young Syrian girl who lives with her parents in the midst of Syrian crisis. One day, Amina’s parents leave her home alone, while they travel to the market. But after much waiting, when they fail to return, she with her Uncle’s help sets on a journey to a safer place.

Amina sets out in a crammed boat. The boat capsizes, and Amina is thrown into the vast sea. While in the water, she seems to be calm and remembers the happy times with her parents.  Her playing hide and seek with her mom, the dolmas they ate as a family. She remembers her mother talking about Zenobia, an ancient Syrian warrior Queen.

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