The books that he got for his birthday

So my oldest turned eleven yesterday (the next time he'll reach mirror symmetry he'll be 88)...and here are the books he got for his birthday:

Algebra and Geometry (Basher Books) We think Basher's books are great; my eight year old (with my consent) has been sneaking peaks at this one when his brother wasn't around since it arrived in the house.

Ghostopolis, by Doug Tennapel, which has the added bonus of being one of the books on his summer reading list.

M.C. Escher: 24 Master Prints

Athena: Grey Eyed Goddess

Marco Polo: History's Great Adventurer

Fiction is too hit or miss to make good presents for him...would that he was in love with a nice series, like The Ranger's Apprentice. But no. The books he enjoys are Utterly Random.

Here are his favorites of this past year:

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin.

The Big Big Book of Tashi, by Anna Feinberg

Highway Cats, by Janet Taylor Lisle

Which just goes to show that there is no one size fits all for the picky boy reader.


  1. Happy Birthday, Charlott-evich! Anything that a picky reader will read is a good book. 11 is a great age. Make sure you take some good embarrassing pictures of him shirtless, making he-man muscles. They will be useful for blackmail later when he is Surly Teen Boy!

  2. I really enjoyed Ghostopolis. I hope he had a wonderful birthday!

  3. Thanks Kailana! I think he did...

    I think I'm going to be lucky with this one, viz surly-ness....but, since maybe I'm kidding myself, I will try to enjoy him while he still lets me!

  4. Happy Birthday to your son! And Ghostopolis is a very interesting read. I especially loved that it was about a boy with a chronic illness that becomes the hero. Plus the art style was very interesting.

    I'd never thought about mirror ages before. I have a long way to go for my next one...

  5. That's a lovely list of faves for your son! As a librarian who no longer works directly with kids (and as a mom whose kids are no longer young), I find it very illuminating and inspiring.

  6. I love the Basher Books... we really can't keep them on the shelves at the library, and the kids who check them out don't normally go for nonfiction... brilliant!


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