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A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
Edition: Audio CD

5.0 out of 5 stars David Jason is amazing!, 19 July 2013
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This review is from: A Christmas Carol (Audio CD)
This audio book was judiciously abridged, to contain everything I wanted and one needs from a shortened version of this classic, and Jason is amazing. A wonderful actor reading a wonderful story.


Anne Bronte's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Talking Classics)
Anne Bronte's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Talking Classics)
by Anne Bronte
Edition: Audio CD
Price: 9.07

2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 19 July 2013
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I felt this audio version of Anne Bronte's classic was injudiciously abridged, leaving out very parts while including a long, rather circular conversation that - while a fine example of Anne's writing that is right for the full text - could have been omitted to make way for significant plot points. The two actors read very well, and I don't wish to decry them - they did make the story entertaining, and can't be blamed for the abridgement. Unfortunately I felt that their voices weren't quite right for the parts. Helen in particular did not sound young enough. Overall I was disappointed.


The Night Dance: A Retelling of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" (Once Upon a Time (Simon Pulse))
The Night Dance: A Retelling of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" (Once Upon a Time (Simon Pulse))
by Suzanne Weyn
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 4.08

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best, but good, 21 Aug 2012
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After reading many more of the books in the Once Upon a Time series, I found this one a little disappointing. The story isn't told as well, being rushed in places, and the narrative can get rather static. It's entertaining, and an essential part of the collection. However, it is far below Suzanne Weyn's usual standard. The other two books of hers in the series I have read are historical stories - both excellent - whereas this is straight fantasy, which I think is not her forte.

This works as a sequel to the Camlet legends. I liked this aspect, although I think Morgan is one of the many aspects the author could have done more with. It's an enjoyable tale, and a nice take on both the legend and 'The Twelve Dancing Princesses', which for me work well together.


Beauty Sleep: A Retelling of "Sleeping Beauty" (Once Upon a Time)
Beauty Sleep: A Retelling of "Sleeping Beauty" (Once Upon a Time)
by Cameron Dokey
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 4.17

3.0 out of 5 stars An essential part of the collection, 20 Nov 2011
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Overall, this is an enjoyable book with some great ideas and twists on the fairytale. I haven't checked this, but I'm sure this was the first book that Cameron Dokey wrote for the series, as the style is not so polished as in other books and she seems to be finding her feet here. As such, it isn't the best.

Some of the dialogue is uncertain; some sections seem overlong and stretched out, while other aspects of the story are not explored enough. There are also a few grammatical issues, and this book has more typos than any in the series I have read so far. I was put off by the prologue, which is completely unnecessary and not good to read, but after that it does pick up.

The book is true to the fairytale, but provides some interesting new ideas and characterisation. Dokey's heroines in this series are all likeable, if remarkably similar (it would be nice to see some variety in their ideology, outlook and motivation). Still, her writing style is always engaging, and no fairytale collection would be complete without 'Sleeping Beauty'; the Once Upon A Time series is no exception.


The World Above (Once Upon a Time (Simon Pulse))
The World Above (Once Upon a Time (Simon Pulse))
by Cameron Dokey
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 4.14

5.0 out of 5 stars Dokey On Form, 18 Sep 2011
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A terrific title in the Once Upon a Time series. Dokey's re-tellings are original and imaginative. Her writing isn't always perfect, and may not please readers of high-brow literature, but it's engaging and this story was a page-turner for me. As well as re-telling 'Jack and the Beanstalk', there is also huge focus on the Robin Hood legend in this story. In fact you can forget about Jack for a while, and the (friendly and helpful) giant, as both go missing and Jack's sister Gen must climb her own beanstalk to find them. I think this works for Once Upon a Time, and for a Dokey in particular, as all her stories are narrated by likeable young heroines and I wouldn't want to see her deviate too much from this formula.


Sylvanian Families Cottage Hospital
Sylvanian Families Cottage Hospital

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 30 Aug 2011
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
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Superbly detailed addition to the Sylvanian collection. Be sure to buy this rather than the general hospital, as it is exactly the same with Dr. Murdoch as extra! If you're concerned about little pieces, be cautious, but most of them will fit in the cupboard and can be looked after. The reception desk is more detailed than the picture shows - a lovely little area. The set includes details such as medical records, appointment cards, syringes, pill packets, pencils and other little gems. Children will really relate to this, as it is evocative of visits to the GP, complete with posters advertising various medical help.


Sylvanian Families Baby Carry Case in CDU
Sylvanian Families Baby Carry Case in CDU
Offered by Grasshopper Toys
Price: 5.90

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 20 Aug 2011
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
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The item I got was not one of the three specified in the description: 'The 3 designs available are Beaver baby boy in baby bath, Cat baby boy on potty and Duck baby in egg pram.' These are all delightful, so I was happy to take the gamble, but instead I got a disappointing older model with unimaginative accessories, and not even the moving hip and shoulder joints that you can normally expect from Sylvanian Families.

It's a bear, and as always he's cute, though he doesn't fit in with the current Rainbow Nursery range as I was hoping due to his older uniform design. Children will be disappointed if they think they're getting one of the three advertised, and then end up with something else. Whoever picks the items isn't to know the intricacies of collecting Sylvanian Families, so the issue here is really with the description. Unless it has changed to something much more general since I wrote this review, don't set any store by it.

I'm very annoyed to see that the price has gone down by almost a pound since I ordered mine a few days ago, so there perhaps is another reason for you not to buy this item from here. I wonder if Amazon is having trouble selling them. If so, Amazon, you'd do better to go through your stock and give customers the option to choose which carry case they would like to order. I only ever intended to order one, as I do not want to risk a duplicate. These baby carry cases can be selected individually in most toy shops and directly from the Sylvanian Families website, so that is where people will go for them, and know what they're getting.


Sylvanian Families Toymakers Set
Sylvanian Families Toymakers Set
Offered by dazzink
Price: 12.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!, 17 Aug 2011
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
I must first point out that the actual product differs slightly from the picture here, for some reason. I don't recognise the pink pot, the tools are not coloured in such detail (just a silvery paint) and the toy train doesn't look like that. In fact, it's bigger, and looks more like it represents a chunky plastic toy than a wooden one. There are lots of lovely accessories with this set, pretty much everything a toymaker needs. Some stickers are small and fiddly, and may need adult help. Others small children can stick on themselves. Uncle Mulberry can't hold his larger tools, which is a shame, but he can hold his pens and pencils. My favourite part of this is the dolls' house. It can be finished, with the roof on, or when the roof is off it fits neatly into Uncle Mulberry's hand. He also sits surprisingly well on the stool, given his tail, but actually I think it helps him balance. Position him right and he won't fall off the stool whilst on display.


Sylvanian Families Village Postman Set
Sylvanian Families Village Postman Set

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, 17 Aug 2011
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
This set is absolutely sweet. The different coloured letters that slot into envelopes of the same colours (or you could mix them up!) are such a lovely touch. You can even write your own letters on them on behalf of your Sylvanians, if you have small enough handwriting, and fill in the 'To' and 'From' spaces on the envelopes (the postman knows everyone so well he just needs a name and no address, obviously). The big parcel does not clip or stick to the back of the bike, but sits there beautifully, and only falls off if violently shaken. My one gripe is the mouth of the letter box; there is a bit of plastic preventing you from actually dropping the letters right down into it. If you try too hard, you will damage them - quite a serious oversight on the part of the manufacturer! With the back open and the postman collecting the letters, it looks at its best, and quite lovely.


Sylvanian Families Rainbow Nursery
Sylvanian Families Rainbow Nursery
Offered by Toybroker-UK
Price: 37.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable, 17 Aug 2011
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:2.0 out of 5 stars 
An exquisite set with lovely detail. I was particularly happy with the four different coloured chairs, and they fit both crawling and sitting babies every bit as well as the demonstative pictures suggest. The paper hats can be a bit fiddly to put together, especially the conical ones, but once you master the technique they look great on your little Sylvanian babies. There is some assembly required with slide and ladders, but it's very simple. Baby figures go down the slide at quite a speed - great fun! The set also includes two story books (which you must fold into shape yourself), fully illustrated, and at one time the text was probably readable but has now been too much shrunk! On the reverse of the rainbow play backdrop is a birthday display, and so there is much scope for your games! As always with Sylvanian Families, watch your little ones with those small pieces.


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