Top 10 for Boys

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - BOOKS -

By Paul Terry Fire­fly, 320 pages $24.95 IN the pre-In­ter­web era, boys look­ing for some dis­trac­tions would graze on the Guin­ness Book of World Records or The Book of Lists. And while it would seem hard to top the dis­trac­tions Google of­fers, Paul Terry has done it with this fun, fact-filled en­cy­clo­pe­dia that is big, bold and far from bor­ing. The book comes loaded with ex­treme facts on ev­ery­thing, from big­gest tanks to big­gest-sell­ing PS3 games to big­gest box-of­fice su­per­heroes.

Bet­ter still, un­like the In­ter­net, all th­ese facts will not only en­gage boys but are also safe for view­ing for any­one 12 and un­der. Bri­tish en­ter­tain­ment jour­nal­ist and au­thor Mar­cus Hearn trav­els through time year by year to ob­ses­sively doc­u­ment ev­ery­thing that has taken place in front of the cam­era and be­hind the scenes from the show’s low-tech birth to its splashier cur­rent in­car­na­tion. If there is more some­one needs to know about Daleks, Zy­gons or Cy­ber­men or the 12 (or is that 13?) ac­tors who have es­sayed the Doc­tor in his jour­neys via the TARDIS (Time and Rel­a­tive Di­men­sion in Space), still a quaint ’60s era blue Bri­tish po­lice box, they should prob­a­bly seek out pro­fes­sional help for their ad­dic­tion.

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