I'm about to put in my final book order for books, and thought I'd share what my boys are going to be getting this Christmas:
For my 7 year old:
Two Astrosaurs books: The Star Pirates, and Revenge of the Fang, by Steve Cole (the publisher sent us Cybils mg sff panelists review copies of the most recent edition to the series, and my boy loved it! my review)
The Coloring Book, by Herve Tullet (he likes to draw)
Mouseguard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 1 (he likes brave mice)
Gon Color Spectacular (in Gon, the ferocious, taciturn, fiercely loyal and incredibly determined (in a fierce way) dinosaur that time forgot (or something), my son has found a sole mate/hero).
For my 10 year old:
Built to Last, by David Macauley (he's loved D.M. since he was two or so...and I've loved D.M. since about 1977, so there you go...)
Worst-Case Survival Handbook: Weird Junior Edition, by David Borgenicht (no explanation needed)
The Prey and the Ghost, and Daughter of the Wind, by Roger Leloup -- vols. three and four of the Yoko Tsuno graphic novel series--he loves the first two vols., which I haven't read, and which I really should...(here's a review of the fourth one)
Kubla Kahn: The Emperor of Everything, by Kathleen Krull (another I haven't read, but which sounds great--as in this review)
I'm not getting him any chapter fiction, because he is such a picky reader--for every book he reads, at least five are rejected. And there's no series to which he is addicted at present, sigh.
What he would probably enjoy very much, but which I'm not getting him--- this series of nightmare plague books, reviewed by Amanda. They just don't say "Merry Christmas" to me, but boy, does he love plagues. I gave some almost serious consideration to getting him the deluxe "diseased tissue" sampler of slides, now he has his microscope set up, but I think I'll go with the more cheerful single-celled life set instead.
And finally, the books my husband knows he is getting:
The Burglarproof Bathplug, by Oliver Postgate (creator of many fine children's television shows, back in the 20th century U.K.)
What Matters? Economics for a Renewed Commonwealth, by Wendell Berry
He is getting other books, but he reads my blog...and I want them to be Surprises.
If I had to pick on of these to get my self (even though I know, it's not about Me), it would be The Burglarproof Bathtub--Postgate is both wise and entertaining.