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The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Collector's Edition (Offered Exclusively by Amazon)
The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Collector's Edition (Offered Exclusively by Amazon)
by J. K. Rowling
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! - in the true sense of the word., 4 Dec. 2008
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The outer package is a very realistic book-shaped case, which opens to reveal a flock inner lining with a pocket inside the front cover, where a set of beautiful illustrations from the book are slotted, inside a specially printed envelope. The book itself is hidden inside a velour pouch with JKR's signature embroidered in gold on the front, and gold cord ties. I felt like a child at Christmas opening it. The book inside is beautifully presented. You need to undo the clasp to open it which adds to the whole experience. Reading the stories themselves is like reading original versions of the classic faerie tales, but without knowing the hackneyed version. I'm sure they will quickly become classics. You could almost believe it was delivered by Flourish and Blotts!

Harry Potter Golden Snitch Sticker Kit (Mega Mini Kits)
Harry Potter Golden Snitch Sticker Kit (Mega Mini Kits)
by Running Press
Edition: Misc. Supplies
Price: £5.99

57 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, realistic toy snitch!, 14 Sept. 2008
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I bought this, with the time turner stickers, for my daughter. She thought she was just getting stickers, so when she found the model of the snitch with its little stand, she was delighted. The snitch wings are rigid silvered plastic and push into two little holes on the golden snitch. Deathly Hallows enthusiasts could write "I open at the end" on it, in Dumbledore's neat script.
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All Woman Volume Four (Book And CD)
All Woman Volume Four (Book And CD)
by I.M.P.
Edition: Sheet music

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best!, 14 Sept. 2008
The All Woman series of song books have full piano parts, and the backing CD is fully instrumented, but without vocals, so can be used in competitions where CD backing is allowed, as well as in professional performances. If you don't know the songs thoroughly, then good musical notation knowledge is useful or you may get lost in the music, as DC al Coda etc. is common.
Track list for book 4:-
Sophisticated Lady
The Man I Love
Help Me Make It Through The Night
Smooth Operator
I Will Survive
Baby Love
A Rainy Night In Georgia
If I Could Turn Back Time
Think Twice
I Wanna Be Loved By You
Anything For You
Send In The Clowns
I'll Be There
Touch Me In The Morning
Puppet On A String
For Your Eyes Only
Mad About The Boy
My One Temptation
Diamonds Are Forever
Sweet Love
Hopelessly Devoted To You
Stay With Me Till Dawn

3 Chord Tricks: The Red Book
3 Chord Tricks: The Red Book
Price: £8.56

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent way to begin playing, 14 Sept. 2008
With only three chords to learn for each tune, it's easy to get started with this book. The more you play, the easier it becomes to switch between the chords. It isn't the same three chords for each tune either, so you get to learn quite a few basic chords, and eventually you start adding other chords you've learned to the minimum three required for each tune. On a couple of tunes, I don't agree with the chord choices made; but most of them are really satisfying to play - especially "Me and Julio down by the school yard". The melody line is also provided in standard musical notation.
Song List...
Amazing Grace
Blowin' In The Wind [Dylan, Bob]
Brimful Of Asha [Cornershop]
C'mon Everybody (Eddie Cochran)
El Condor Pasa (If I Could) (Simon & Garfunkel)
Eleanor Rigby [Beatles, The]
Free To Decide (The Cranberries)
Going Down (The Stone Roses)
Johnny B. Goode [Berry, Chuck]
Long Tall Sally [Richard, Little]
Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard [Simon, Paul]
Mr Tambourine Man [Byrds, The] [Dylan, Bob]
Mull Of Kintyre [Wings]
Oh Boy (Buddy Holly)
Paperback Writer [Beatles, The]
Quinn The Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn) [Dylan, Bob] [Mann, Manfred]
Ride A White Swan (T Rex)
Rock Around The Clock [Haley, Bill And His Comets]
Spice Up Your Life [Spice Girls, The]
Still Water (The Four Tops)
The First Cut Is The Deepest (Cat Stevens/Rod Stewart)
Walk Of Life (Dire Straits)

Monologues for Young Actors
Monologues for Young Actors
by Lorraine Cohen
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointed, 10 May 2008
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Some classics re-worked (Anne Frank, Alice in Wonderland), but the contemporary monologues in this book are very obviously set in the USA, and so are not ideal for young English actors. The Amazon listing was lacking in detail, so I should have researched the book more before buying.

Grease [DVD]
Grease [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Travolta
Price: £12.94

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Novelty package, 6 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Grease [DVD] (DVD)
I bought this, took it home and wrapped it for my child's birthday, and when she handled the parcel it began to sing "You're the One that I Want!" It was so funny, I didn't notice the little button on the box, and I'd somehow avoided hitting it. I could say more about the video, etc., but this is Grease! 1950s teen America recreated in all its black leather and pink satin glory in a boy/girl relationship musical. Cute and cheesy.

The Floating Island (Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme (Hardback))
The Floating Island (Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme (Hardback))
by Elizabeth Haydon
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A promising start to this new series of books, 5 May 2007
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I bought this book for my 12 year old daughter, as I like Haydon's storytelling but can't give my daughter the adult books because of the adult content! This book is the ancient history of the adult Rhapsody series, and book one looks like the beginning of the creation of the books of magic mentioned as ancient texts in that series. The story follows Nain adolescent Ven Polypheme (who is 50 - which is adolescent for a Nain - and longing for his beard to grow) who suffers a series of mishaps and misadventures that take him away from his home and shipbuilding family to the island (more a continent really) of Serendair. Great characters and a wonderful adventure story. I think the reading age is similar to Harry Potter, but the illustrations will help a younger reader ready for a stretch! There are also curriculum notes at the back of my hardback copy that teachers would find very useful; though I did find one very basic grammatical error in the book (your instead of you're); and the spelling is American. Elizabeth Haydon knows how to tell a story, and handles the young adult style very well. My daughter is badgering me for the second book.

The Assassin King (Symphony of Ages)
The Assassin King (Symphony of Ages)
by Elizabeth Haydon
Edition: Hardcover

12 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This is half a book!, 16 April 2007
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This book is the sixth in the increasingly misnamed Symphony of Ages Trilogy.

First, the cover. At the time of writing only the HB TOR Fantasy edition was available, with a tacky cover illustration that does no justice to the characters it portrays. Barbie meets Father Christmas and Lawrence of Arabia. And there should be a baby in that scene. Those who know the series will know what I mean.

Second, the good points... An interesting and menacing new character is introduced. Er.. that's it.

Third, the bad points. Word use: 'reverie' is used more sparingly, thank goodness; but Haydon still annoyingly mis-uses 'whence' as 'from whence' ('whence', on its own, means 'from where', making the additional 'from' redundant) and 'traverse' which she uses regularly to mean 'cross over' when it should only be used for a zig-zag route, eg: when climbing steep slopes, or ski-ing or the zig-zag course of a ship battling the wind.
The story: Don't look for a story arc - there isn't one. This is a mess of threads so complicated that a thumbnail map (in my edition) is supplied at the head of each chapter to reduce the confusion. Many of these story threads are left dangling, not with a gripping cliffhanger that leaves you checking your supplier for the next edition, but just dropped threads - characters left wandering about the countryside, characters missing, journeys half finished. It was a dull read, but unfortunately essential if you are an "I've started so I'll finish" reader. It was with increasing disappointment that I got towards the end of the book and realised how little story there was in it. It would be a confusing read for anyone who picked it up at random from an airport shop, even though much of the book is spent recapping the previous books for such readers.
I hope that Haydon has not got herself bogged down with all this meandering, and that the next book makes up for this very disappointing read.

*update* It seems she did get bogged down: it is 5 years later and there is no sign of the next book yet! I now have to advise that readers stop at the end of the first three books, where there is some closure; until there is some indication that another book is on its way.
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I Hate to Exercise I Love to Tap [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
I Hate to Exercise I Love to Tap [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £6.96

47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best 'Learn to tap' video I've found, 30 Jan. 2007
My daughters took up dancing late, and so I looked for videos to help them get up to speed. One was dire! Another was dull. But Bonnie Franklin's 'I hate to exercise, I love to tap' is excellent! She starts from absolute scratch and her explanations and demonstrations are clear and easy to understand. She incorporates timing and step counting right from the beginning so it becomes second nature; and her enthusiasm for tap dancing is infectious. This is marketed as a fun way of exercising; but it's the best introduction to tap dancing around!

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
by Susanna Clarke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.49

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't judge this book by its cover., 13 Aug. 2006
This book is written in the style (and somewhat of the spellings) of the era in which it is set - beginning in the year 1806, and those looking for a 'Harry Potter' read might take a while to get used to this. I would describe it as historical fantasy fiction. There are long foot notes on characters and/or events mentioned in the story, which gives the book a historical air. Some of the notes are so long that I got quite absorbed in the stories therein; so that when they ended, I had to read back a bit to pick up the main story again. The Raven King is a 'historical' thread throughout the story - a magician of great power, long gone, and a type of Merlin still revered in some circles in the story (see the other reviews for more). The King of Faerie is another character threaded throughout, who adds to the tension as the reader has more knowledge of his presence and actions than the characters in the story; and at times, this reader was prone to want to shout "Look behind you!". This book is highly original in style and an excellent holiday read, being 1000+ pages full of adventure. Be prepared for a slow build up and for accounts of the Battle of Waterloo not found in most history books!

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