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Super Saxoflute
Super Saxoflute
Offered by Otherland
Price: 10.65

5.0 out of 5 stars good old fashioned fun that still appeals to kids today, 15 Oct 2010
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Super Saxoflute (Toy)
I had something similar to this when I was a child and really wanted to get one for my son. I must say I was slightly nervous as it is less sophisticated - and certainly cheaper - than most of the modern toys (and lego) that he wants. He is 5 and I'm pleased to say absolutely loved it. The fact that there are two moutpieces and plenty of pieces is the key because he enjoys building the most ridiculous 'trumpets' he can think of. He likes playing it too, but the building is the bit that really appeals. The best bit is that as there are two of most bits he can even make an identical one for his little sister - who's just turned 2 - who loves it just as much as him. I have to say I am a bit dubious about how long it will take before someone sits on or treads on one of the plastic components and breaks it but so far it seems to be bearing up well to some rigorous play. Makes a really cost effective present and suitable I'd say for ages from 2 right up to 6 or 7.


Melissa & Doug Dinosaurs Chunky Puzzle
Melissa & Doug Dinosaurs Chunky Puzzle
Price: 7.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars looks great and offers more fun than a puzzle, 15 Oct 2010
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
I bought this for my nephew because I knew his parents would like the look of it more than anything. Last week we got to see it in action though and I was really impressed. The fact that the pieces stick up above the holes slightly make it a great first puzzle for younger children and even my 5 year old played with it, building dinosaur towers with the chunky pieces. This looks lovely and will appeal to parents and children alike and offers more play options that the average puzzle because of the chunky standalone pieces.


Melissa & Doug Happy Handle Stamp Set
Melissa & Doug Happy Handle Stamp Set
Price: 5.99

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars would make a great present, 15 Oct 2010
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
I bought this for my friend's 4 year old and she absolutely loves it. I've watched her spend ages creating pictures or stamping home made envelopes. It also looks lovely and will appeal to parents dreading something too messy or too plasticy so manages to hit the mark of a present that can wow child and parent alike.


1 Ltr Stainless Steel Tea Pot
1 Ltr Stainless Steel Tea Pot
Offered by ViaGenius
Price: 6.28

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars made me eat (or drink) my words, 15 Oct 2010
I bought this for my husband for his birthday after getting very bored with hearing how tea tastes better out of a metal teapot. I was sceptical to say the least but actually, it turns out to be true. Now wouldn't be without my new teapot.


What Should I Do With My Life?
What Should I Do With My Life?
by Po Bronson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.69

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars non-judgmental way to broaden your horizons on 'what to do next', 15 Oct 2010
This is a collection of stories and interviews with people from all walks of life, linked by the fact that they chose to do something different with their life. Some of them acted out of necessity, some were helped by the luxury of financial security. Some are high flying executives or talented artists, some are housewives or voluntary workers. I had worried it might be full of twee tales of backpacking in Peru and 'finding yourself'. It's not. Bronson passes no judgment - he himself has been trader, greetings card maker and writer - and is more concerned with the process of finding out what you should do rather than what that thing is. Good for someone pondering their next move or looking for inspiration, or just a nosey parker who wants a window on to other people's lives.


The To-do List
The To-do List
by Mike Gayle
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Simple idea, surprisingly compelling, 15 Oct 2010
This review is from: The To-do List (Paperback)
Despite the fact that this is the type of book that only published authors would ever get paid to write, there is something oddly compelling about sneaking a peek at another's 'to-do list'. In it, Gayle writes a list of everything he has ever wanted or needed to do and sets about getting it all done before his next birthday, enlisting the help of his friends as referees. Watching him try to complete it, particularly when he frequently appears to teeter on the brink of failure, is quite addictive. A mundane topic but surprisingly able to hold the attention.


Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
by Daniel H. Pink
Edition: Paperback

38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars autonomy, mastery and purpose - all you need for a good life, 15 Oct 2010
The underlying theory of this book is that three ingredients make for a good and fulfilling life: autonomy, mastery and purpose. Pink produces an easy to read and compelling summary of the best research and literature on drive, motivation and happiness that will greatly enhance the understanding of the lay reader. There is also a toolkit designed to help you on your way, consisting of exercises such as running your own experiment to see what really makes you happy, deciding what 'your sentence' should be - i.e. one sentence that sums you up, or you hope will do in the future and a list of suggested further reading. All of it only makes the book more interactive and interesting. Thoroughly recommended.


At Home with Books: How Booklovers Live with and Care for Their Libraries
At Home with Books: How Booklovers Live with and Care for Their Libraries
by Estelle Ellis
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars porn for book lovers, 15 Oct 2010
This is like porn for book lovers, and high class porn at that. Its subtitle - how booklovers live with and care for their libraries' sums it up. The book consists of hundreds of photos of home libraries, large and even larger, alongside interviews with their owners and advice for people wishing to indulge their wildest fantasies and start their own. There are sections on serious collectors e.g. The Duke of Devonshire and Paul Getty, literary lairs from people such as Frances Fitzgerald and 'Designer stacks' offering some more contemporary inspiration. The perfect coffee table book or gift for a bibliophile.


Superfreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance
Superfreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance
by Steven D. Levitt
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

3.0 out of 5 stars A shadow of its former self, but still worth reading, 15 Oct 2010
I was genuinely excited when I read Freakonomics, excited that I could injest so much information whilst reading what felt like an easy-going page turner. This sequel, sadly, does not live up to such heady praise. It is still packed full of interesting nuggests within topics such as how/why monkeys pay for sex, the economics of prostitution, global warning (the contents of which has attracted a lot of controvery) and whether or not seat belts and car seats actually work. The reason is isn't good as the first book is really more to do with how many similar books have been written in the intervening years, some of them by such expert storytellers (not economists) as Malcolm Gladwell, than any real lack of quality here. If there is a lack of something, however, it is content. A section on how when you're born affects future success - a key topic in Gladwell's book Outliers - remains despite the fact that so much has already been written on it by others (which they do concede) that it suggests they didn't have anything better to replace it with. In short, an interesting read worth the time you'll spend reading it but don't expect it to match the first Freakonomics book.


Snobs: A Novel
Snobs: A Novel
by Lord Julian Fellowes
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Like Wodehouse but without the razor sharp wit, 14 Oct 2010
This review is from: Snobs: A Novel (Paperback)
Snobs is a meticulously detailed satire of upper class living. The English aristocrats that inhabit its pages are carefully, and sympathetically, drawn. I knew little about Julian Fellowes before picking up this book but after a little research that sympathy is easy to understand for Fellowes, like his narrator, is an upper class actor with a penchant for nice things, and a foot inside the drawing room door.

The novel is slightly reminiscent of P G Wodehouse in as far as both provide a historical account of a certain type of society. As with the former, Fellowes' plot is secondary to the characters within it. With Wodehouse the fact that the plot is predictable is part of the fun. It breeds a comforting familiarity and requires little concentration on clues and events, leaving the reader to bask instead in the undeniably glory of the prose. Wodehouse crafts language like no-one else, least of all Julian Fellowes. Whilst Fellowes' characters are well observed, he does not possess the razor sharp wit of his predecessor.

Snobs offers an entertaining peek into another world - that mostly appears grotesque - but not much more.


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