Back when I was a kid, one of the memorable birthday gifts I ever received was a book where I was a character. It was a customized book that was printed with my name as the main character. I’m not sure where one would get such a thing back in the 1980’s – maybe a shopping mall kiosk? – but it was memorable for me because I apparently had some hand in helping an alien return to his home planet (I think the story was just an E.T. ripoff).

Jump ahead 30 years and, thanks to the Internet, it’s not that surprising that customizing a book to have a child’s name in it would be possible. There’s actually a site – – that specializes in it. I was given a code to produce my own personalized version of Marvel’s The Avengers: Black Ops Field Guide.


The Black Ops Field Guide is personalized with your child’s name, photo, and a special message from you, to them, on the dedication page. It also comes with a personalized S.H.I.E.L.D identification card for your child. In addition to the personalized pages, there are profile pages of a number of Avengers characters. Kids can write in the book and answer questions about their favorite superheroes.


It’s a fun, interactive experience for kids. They can be a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent just like the ones in the movies or on television. Plus, the book is well produced. Measuring in at 8.5-inches wide by 11-inches tall, the full-color, hard cover book features 38 pages. You can personalize and order your own for $34.99 at

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