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Captain America: English Vocabulary, Ages 6-7 (Marvel Learning)
Captain America: English Vocabulary, Ages 6-7 (Marvel Learning)
by Scholastic
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars how to encourage as love of reading, 26 Jun. 2016
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What a brilliant idea = a reading scheme using Marvel's Captain America and other sundry super heroes !!

Having been an educator of reluctant readers for over three decades I was always on the lookout for progressive reading schemes that would appeal to those kids for whom reading did not come easily or naturally. I even devised some of my own to include contemporary telly and music heroes.

This well thought through addition (I have only seen this single book) addresses all the essentials required by the National curriculum to form part of any school's literacy programme. It is an exciting and vividly illustrated book with recognisable imagery from the world of super heroes as well as setting out the educational requirements e. g. adjectives to describe, synonyms for language expansion, verbs for "Action" plus tenses,adverbs, nouns and other expressive words.

Also for a break from the learning there are colouring pictures, crossword and a double spread of stickers that can be used as reward for progress or just plain fun...

One of the main purposes in reading should be for enjoyment and NEVER a chore which can destroy all enthusiasm. Books of this kind can go a long way to introduce children to a love of reading and a life long pleasure.


Treasure Ahoy! Pirates Can Share (Pirates to the Rescue)
Treasure Ahoy! Pirates Can Share (Pirates to the Rescue)
by Tom Easton (Author)
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars another brilliant book from this thought- provoking series for little folk, 23 Jun. 2016
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Another brilliant addition to this series of thoughtful and thought provoking stories for young folk to share with the big folk who sit by the bed an beddy byes time.

Children should be encouraged to think about, not only the contents of these stories but also the implications they may have on their own lives. We all know that the concept of sharing is a double-edges sword one when it comes to the little folk for whom the world centres on them and bartering seems to be a very early idea of social interaction.

As with the other volumes this book comes complete with excellent and interesting illustration that can be subject for discussion as well as notes for teachers and parents including follow-up activities and of course a wonderfully written story about Captain Cod, Nell, Polly Parrot and Sam.

Read and enjoy


L'Oreal Paris ME Shower Gel 300 ml, Cool Power
L'Oreal Paris ME Shower Gel 300 ml, Cool Power
Offered by MM Health and Beauty
Price: £6.25

3.0 out of 5 stars ice blue showe experience, 22 Jun. 2016
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Although advertised as some kind of breakthrough in shower & cleanliness technology it is really little more than a very refreshing gel that treats the whole you when in the shower so you have no need to fumble with a variety of products.

It's -4 degrees C is little more than a product hype and certainly does make for a striking logo on this ice blue pack ~ its "cool power" is multi loaded with modern linguistic fascination.

I have to admit that even after a single use I was tingling ~ try it


SlimFast Meal Replacement Bar Chocolate Indulgence (4x Box of 4, Total 16 Bars)
SlimFast Meal Replacement Bar Chocolate Indulgence (4x Box of 4, Total 16 Bars)
Price: £22.15

4.0 out of 5 stars what no cabbage?, 22 Jun. 2016
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These "feast" bars are certainly filling and as part of the Slimfast programme certainly work to fill that gap between meal and next meal. They are tasty and very chocolatey with a definite breakfast attitude due to the cereal style content.

If you are a determined food-intake controller then you will not do better than this "dietary" plan as it feels as if you can eat almost anything as well as indulge your sweet tooth

Each bar contains 217 calories, 15g protein and is as high in fibre as you would expect.

Go for it!


My Best Friend's Exorcism: A Novel
My Best Friend's Exorcism: A Novel
by Grady Hendrix
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.48

4.0 out of 5 stars ...and after the party..., 21 Jun. 2016
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The nineteen eighties huh? how did we ever survive them? well it was one hell of a crazy decade but friendships that were formed then seem to have survived as Abby and Gretchen's mutual madness has in this pageturning book by the masterful Mr Hendrix

It is obvious by his cultural references, not to mention his assimilation of the bizarre attitudes of the time that he truly was there !!

This is a splendid addition to the growing importance of YA literature; it seems that 21st century kids are getting all the good writer, shame about the plodding nonsense that goes by the name of adult literature!!

Presented in a really appealing way , loved the end papers and original acknowledgement pages, this is a read not just for its teenage demographic but also for those of us who grew up in this decade and are still alive to appreciate the in-jokes and remember the days before the fashion police too

Well worthy of a summer read


Sevenhills Wholefoods Organic Coconut Flour 500g, gluten free, Soil Association certified organic
Sevenhills Wholefoods Organic Coconut Flour 500g, gluten free, Soil Association certified organic
Offered by Sevenhills Wholefoods
Price: £3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars great alternative though not so different, 19 Jun. 2016
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My first experience with coconut flour but, undaunted I put on my baker's hat and proceeded to make some pastry, as a baker from time to time you get a feeling for your dough and this indeed did need, as advertised a little more liquid than usual. The dough is pliable and the pastry rolled out well
and was transformed into jam tartlets as an experiment.

I will try it for sauces and pie crusts. It has a very "natural" flavour, not overwhelmingly coconutty. Probably best fro sweet pastries and pancakes.

I am interested in the new breed of gluten free products on the market and this from Sevenhills certainly fits the bill

As a cook you might like to try a few experiments. I could have done with a few recipe hints included with the flour but following my usual guidelines has worked out in my favour


Mad Men - Complete Season 1 [DVD]
Mad Men - Complete Season 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jon Hamm
Price: £9.95

1.0 out of 5 stars takes tedious to a whole new height, 16 Jun. 2016
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Was persuaded to watch this tv show and was told how brilliant it was!! Oh boy who knew breeders could be so tedious??


STABILO FUN rollerball Baby Blue/Ice Blue pen, Blue ink - includes free mini sticker and hints booklet
STABILO FUN rollerball Baby Blue/Ice Blue pen, Blue ink - includes free mini sticker and hints booklet
Price: £5.99

3.0 out of 5 stars cool pen, silly stuff included; no refill, 14 Jun. 2016
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you might need a degree in mechanical engineering to release this pen from its packaging which is safety gone crazy and the pen itself is stylishly modern looking not dissimilar to the space craft in 2001; a space odyssey (though considerably smaller !

The next trick is to find a way to open it (hint ~ the top with serpentine "air holes" un screws)

The flow of ink is gel like and a bit of practice might be required before you use it for assessable homework and it really tests your skill at handwriting, not a bad thing this as I welcome the return of handwritten script.

Must bring Stabilo up on naughty advertising as it clearly states on the multi lingual blurb that the pack "includes one refill" which it doesn't ! naughty Stabilo, is this economic or forgetfulness???

The miserable little sticker included is abysmal and my "tip" Did you know you cant sneeze with your eyes open? (spoiler sorry) is hardly earth-shatteringly new.

The pen is cool, writes smoothly and will be a great addition to any pen case


BIC Student Highlighter (Pack of 15)
BIC Student Highlighter (Pack of 15)
Price: £10.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars a pen for every occasion, 13 Jun. 2016
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From therapeutic colouring in books to bingo triumphs, from highlighted exam texts to a spot of face painting, all your needs are met here with this bumper pack of Bic Highlighter pens.

In three grades = original highlighters in nuanced techno neon colours; yellow, pink orange green and blue; comfort highlighters in the same colours, pens are a little chunkier and finally three XL Highlighters ready made for dabbing those lotto cards or writing BIG addresses on mail.

15 pens in all with Bic' message " on a mission to reignite the nation's passion for writing" though I doubt whether they have taken handwriting into account as there are no fine nibs included here.

A further promise "Will not dry out - up to 8 hours cap-off time" will have to be seen to believe.

No school satchel will be complete without this grand set of pens !!


Be Frank With Me: A Novel
Be Frank With Me: A Novel
by Julia Claiborne Johnson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.99

5.0 out of 5 stars "A sensitive book of incredible insight", 12 Jun. 2016
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The ghost of the late, great Harper Lee hovers over this tremendous new novel by Julia Claiborne Johnson. There are many parallels between Lee and the central character of M.M. Banning; the single genius novel written when young, the reclusive nature and the "need" to write a new best seller

But this is so much more than an homage to that literary giant for there is Frank, her son

Frank is both novel and arcane, a 10 year old steeped in the popular culture of America he has made eccentricity his home, though unconsciously and unpretentiously he is a loveable child and a true product of all that has gone before him. He dresses like a character from his own fantasy and is indulged in his eccentricity by his "Mom". He may dress like Rudolph Valentino and speak like a character from a Noel Coward paly or a Fred Astaire movie.

Enter Alice Whitley, answering an ad she applies for and gets a job that involves entering the eccentric world of Frank and M.M. and trying to coax a new book out of the reclusive writer. The rest is pure magic in this wickedly written book that balances the two main states of the human condition i.e. Comedy v tragedy. The ghost of Norma Desmond is only just offstage too

The book is a post modern triumph with its references to 20th century culture and 21st century chaos.


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