Top 10 for Boys
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.