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"Knightology: A True Account of the Most Valiant Knights" by Dugald A. Steer; Candlewick; 28 pages; $24.99.
Older kids who wish to enter the Order of Knights will be enthralled with this "true account of the most valiant knights, of their great chivalry and wondrous feats of arms" penned presumably by Sir Lancelot Marshall, master of the Secret Order of the Round Table.
It's hard to describe the glorious details and authenticity of this interactive book, from the ancient font, to the exquisite illustrations, to the foldouts, pop-ups, maps and mini-books. There's even a purple jewel embedded in a goblet on the last page, as well as three on the cover insignia. Know a knight lover? "Knightology" is a gift extraordinaire.
"Spongebob Comics: Treasure Chest" by Stephen Hillenburg; Abrams ComicArts; 200 pages; $29.99.
Spongebob Squarepants fans young and old will love this 200-page comic book that also features AquaMan and other characters in many different styles and stories. Twenty-eight different comic book stories, plus a five-part "Showdown at the Shady Shoals" and an introduction from creator Stephen Hillenburg make this the ultimate Spongebob SquarePants gift.
Truly unique, sturdy, hilarious, artsy and very cool, Hillenburg's "Spongebob Comics" also offers a bonus pinup gallery full of 22 pages of retro-tinged undersea art, as well as a reprint of the premiere issue "He's Ready!"
With a Spongebob musical starring on Broadway, this fantastic book, housed in a sturdy box, is my favorite of all.
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