Were there books you 'coveted' as a kid? I'm guessing this is something most people experienced (at least crazy book people who may be reading this post). One book I remember wishing I could own was The Eleventh Hour: A Curious Mystery by Graeme Base A girl who rode my bus got a copy of that book right after it was published. The exquisite illustrations! The hidden secrets! The shine of the dust jacket! The size of it. Everything. I wanted my own. Somehow it took until adulthood for me to own that book.
Even after all this time has passed I'm still completely enamored with anything created by Graeme Base. His books are like jumping into another world/place/fantasy. You just get lost in his illustrations.
The Last King of Angkor Wat is no exception. Every page has a hidden butterfly. This one is an adventure and a fable. Absolutely exquisite! It would make the perfect christmas gift. Trust me.