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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Conway (5 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844861074
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844861071
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 2.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 294,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James May is a writer, broadcaster and co-host of Top Gear on BBC2. He writes a weekly column in the Daily Telegraph and has presented series for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky.

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About the Author

James May is a well-known writer, broadcaster and co-presenter of BBC TV's Top Gear. He also writes a weekly motoring column for The Daily Telegraph. James enjoys cars, motorcycles, light aircraft and a drink, always in that order. He lives in London with Fusker, the world's most unpleasant cat.'

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mary Russell on 17 Nov. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Is was expecting this book to be just about the TV programme, but it is much, much more. It's has so much information about the toys and their history, as well as behind the scene details about how James May went about each project. If you grew up with these toys, as I did, you'll love this book - it's nostalgic and informative and the perfect Christmas present for anyone with a passion for toys.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N Eliot on 8 Dec. 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is amazingly good value considering how jam packed it is- it covers the projects James May undertook in the TV series but is also rich in detail about the history of each toy and includes lovely things like pictures of the old fashioned packaging and also has a friendly tone to the writing which makes it really accessible and interesting. Ultimately it shows how much fun you can have with each toy. My family are hooked on the TV series and as there are two more episodes to go before Christmas, this is a must for a pressie!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. White on 8 Dec. 2009
Format: Hardcover
This has been one of the best series on tv this autumn and this is a fantastic book to go with it. The great thing about the book is that you get so much more about the history of the various toys which I suppose they just did not have time to put into each of the episodes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Milcon on 27 Dec. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Well done James! a great book. colouful, easy reading and thoroughly interesting throughout!.
The Meccano chapter took me back to time long forgotten in the late 1960s, Had a small Hornby set but never had a Scalectrix. Fiddled with multi coloured crinkled plastercine strips, but as for Airfix like many other 1960s boy [just off 50] it made my childhood!
Nice format filled with clear pictures and original brochure/advertising material to make even more enjoyabe.
Seen the programmes, have the dvd and now the book!
Well recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pat B on 7 Dec. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I was curious about the James May Toy Stories television series when i was saw it advertised as wasn't sure what to expect. But was pleasantly surprised. The different 'old skool' kids toys that he showed on each episode of the series took me back to when I used to play with plasticine and help out on my brother's airfix kits - I was hooked. I then realised there was a book to go with the series and went out and bought a copy. The book is great - really informative and super jam packed with details on all of the toys covered. Not only does it cover the various projects shown on the series but it mentions the history of all of them - very interesting to know how some of the most popular kids toys were first created and introduced. I went out and bought a second copy of the book as it's going to make a great Christmas gift for my brother - he will love it.
Am now waiting patiently for the Lego episode - reading about it in the book, it looks like it is going to be hilarious.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Finlayson on 8 Dec. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Despite the naff cover, the contents of the book, bring out James May's enthusiasm for the toys covered in the accompanying tv series. You get a historical background to the toy concerned, and then how the actual challenge was met to accomplish the bridge across the Leeds Liverpool canal, or the Scalextric at Brooklands for example. Certainly got our family reaching for the glue and paint of the airfix Spitfire kit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The old man on 13 May 2011
Format: Hardcover
If you grew up in the 60's or 70's and lament the day when toys were toys, read this. My kids have no idea what toys are or how to entertain themselves. James May reminds us what having 'fun' used to be like. What a shame that it's not cool to build the model railway you always wanted or race scalextric on the circuit you always promised yourself. Remember the hours of pleasure Lego used to give you? Did you used to build incredible structures in Meccano? It's all in here. The children of today and tomorrow are and will definitely miss out on what was a great time.
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Format: Hardcover
Toys certainly say something about you and this book clearly says a lot about James May.

The book has plenty of great photos as well as images from the TV series. All the projects undertaken in the series are there, with a bonus of additional information in each chapter.

The text is clear, well written, and has the feel of James' enthusiasm for each of the challenges he set. The chapters each have an introduction covering the history and people involded in the toy (and in some cases James' own toy examples).

As interesting as the toys themselves are also the technical and engineering problems each challenge laid down. Some were clearly harder than others.

At the back of the book are a number of sections "for anoraks" listing parts, model numbers and geneology of the toys in the series.

It would have been nice to hear about some of the people who helped on the Lego House as the household items were great lego projects in their own right.

The hornby challenge was possibly a challenge too far, but they all inspire you to try them. And yes, Mecanno turned up for Christmas.

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