IN THE MAIL: IF YOU LIKED THE DANGEROUS BOOK FOR BOYS, then there’s always How to Be the Best At Everything. And there’s also a girls’ version. The books include such highlights as how to fight off a crocodile, how to rip a phonebook in half, how to escape quicksand, how to act like a celebrity, how to read body language, and how to grow a crystal.

They look pretty cool, though the “how to fly a helicopter” treatment in the boys’ book is a bit, um, brief.