You may have seen Tom Gauld’s excellent bookish cartoons in the Guardian Review pages, which are reliably smart and thoughtful as well as very funny.
This latest collection of his work is especially good for those who like books, or science, or both. His humour is usually deceptively gentle but skewers some modern human moments. I especially like his very understanding cartoon about the perils of non-scientists buying congratulations cards for scientists.
The cartoons often feature great literary jokes, and as he sometimes does work for the New Yorker and the New Scientist, I’m sure there are other jokes I’m not getting! His cartoons make me smile every time I see them. He is the author of Mooncop and You’re all Just Jealous of my Jetpack.
This is a perfect gift as it is a beautiful hardback (I am already thinking of this for at least four Christmas presents, hopefully none of the likely recipients read this blog).