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WWE Superstriker John Cena
WWE Superstriker John Cena
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WWE Double Attack John Cena, 24 April 2015
This review is from: WWE Superstriker John Cena (Toy)
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This is one of a number of WWE figures – this particular one is John Cena, but there are many others to collect. We have had a number of these figures over the years and they are extremely sturdy and well made. His outfit is painted on and the face and expression are quite realistic. This is a ‘double attack’ figure; the toy bends from the waist when you squeeze his legs together, so he punches with first his right and then his left arm. My son has a WWE ring, plus a whole cast of WWE stars – of which John Cena is now another one to enter the fray. If your child likes WWE, then they will certainly like this toy.


Star Wars LEGO Homing Spider Droid
Star Wars LEGO Homing Spider Droid
Price: £7.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Wars Microfighters - Homing Spider Droid, 24 April 2015
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This is one of a series of Lego Star Wars Microfighters (this is from Series 2), which my son has been collecting ever since visiting Legoland recently. Most of the Microfighters are ships, but this is a Battle Droid, with a little cockpit for the figure to sit in (each of these fighters come with one Lego figure), blaster gun and flick missile. I have brought other similar sets – not the Lego brand – but I have found it is worth paying a little extra for the better quality of Lego. The instructions are simple to follow and children can make them without help. Once they are made, the quality is good – the ones my son has made already are still intact, despite being played with by my much younger nephew. The booklet has various web addresses for other Microfighters items/games, so make sure you keep it once this is made (it also has useful numbers for all the bricks in this set, so you can order them from customer services if any get lost).


The Diary Of A Provincial Lady (VMC Designer Collection)
The Diary Of A Provincial Lady (VMC Designer Collection)
by E.M. Delafield
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Diary of a Provincial Lady, 24 April 2015
Although published in book form in 1934, the “Diary of a Provincial Lady,” started life in 1930 as a serial in “Time and Tide.” Largely autobiographical, Delafield substituted the names “Robin” and “Vicky” for her own children, called Lionel and Rosamund, but, aside from name changes, this is very much a light hearted diary of country life and based upon the author’s own experiences.

The Provincial Lady deals with domestic disasters, the W.I., a monosyllabic husband, mutinous staff and the bossy and opinionated Lady Boxe. There are struggles with indoor bulbs and financial worries, tales of friends visits and reciprocal trips to see them – including shopping in London and a rash holiday to the South of France. Obviously, many of the issues raised in this book, such as domestic servants and boarding schools, are not relevant to the majority of people now. However, much of this book still feels relevant today – her musings of parenting especially ring true, as do her statements on social snobbery, her opinions about neighbours, worrying about how she looks and feeling left out of discussions about shows she has not seen or books she has not read (even if you could now substitute this for television shows or films).

There are many sequels to this book and I am sure that I will read them, as I enjoyed this very much. I found the Provincial Lady delightful and this a very light and humorous read. If you also like this, I would recommend, “Henrietta’s War,” by Joyce Dennys, which has a similar feel.

I picked up this copy of 'Provincial Lady' in a local bookshop, as I loved the cover (although the introduction by Jilly Cooper - who seems an unlikely choice anyway - can be happily skipped). I think this book is an ideal bedtime read to dip into, which is, after all, how it was meant to be read, and the cover suits it beautifully. However, it is worth pointing out that you can get the first book and all the sequels on kindle much cheaper.


By Catherine Rayner Smelly Louie (Illustrated edition)
By Catherine Rayner Smelly Louie (Illustrated edition)
by Catherine Rayner
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smelly Louie, 24 April 2015
Louis is a dog with a problem – he smells. However, he doesn’t smell bad, but of roses and apple blossom. In fact, Louis has just had a bath and he is NOT happy about it. Where has his own ‘Special Smell’ gone? Louis goes in search of his smell and manages to undo all the good that his bath has done. This is a funny story, with beautiful illustrations, which is sure to make any young reader smile. A lovely bedtime story, good to read aloud or alone, and ideal for ages 3+.


Max & Ruby's Storybook Treasury (Max and Ruby)
Max & Ruby's Storybook Treasury (Max and Ruby)
by Grosset & Dunlap
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.48

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Max and Ruby's Storybook Treasury, 23 April 2015
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This is a lovely hardback book, with six Max and Ruby stories:

Ruby’s Falling Leaves
Happy Halloween!
A Merry Bunny Christmas
Max’s Easter Surprise
Max Makes a Friend
Ruby’s Cupcakes

All the stories have lovely, colourful pictures and a small amount of text on each page – just a few lines to read aloud. Each story is quite short and will hold the attention of even the youngest reader – or listener. This is a fun collection of bedtime stories for ages of approximately 2+. Max is a lovely character and children will identify with him and all the mischief he gets into – like wanting to hang his toys on the Christmas tree or finding it difficult to share his toys with his new friend. Ruby is an adorable older sister; doing her best to entertain Max, while sometimes wanting to do her own things. A great addition to any child’s bookshelf.


Ever After High: Raven Queen's Story
Ever After High: Raven Queen's Story
Price: £0.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Raven Queen's Story, 23 April 2015
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This is one in a series of short stories, which tells the story of the characters in Ever After High, as they return to school for their second year. This is quite a long story and very enjoyable. We hear all about Raven Queen, daughter of the Evil Queen and the Good King. The magic mirror makes an appearance and we read of Raven’s worries about her mother. Basically, Raven is a kind girl, who is not happy at the thought of wreaking mischief and mayhem and, as such, does not wish to fulfil her destiny as an evil character. If your child is interested in Ever After High, these short stories are a good introduction to the characters and are enjoyable, short reads.


Diary of a Provincial Lady
Diary of a Provincial Lady
Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Diary of a Provincial Lady, 22 April 2015
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Although published in book form in 1934, the “Diary of a Provincial Lady,” started life in 1930 as a serial in “Time and Tide.” Largely autobiographical, Delafield substituted the names “Robin” and “Vicky” for her own children, called Lionel and Rosamund, but, aside from name changes, this is very much a light hearted diary of country life and based upon the author’s own experiences.

The Provincial Lady deals with domestic disasters, the W.I., a monosyllabic husband, mutinous staff and the bossy and opinionated Lady Boxe. There are struggles with indoor bulbs and financial worries, tales of friends visits and reciprocal trips to see them – including shopping in London and a rash holiday to the South of France. Obviously, many of the issues raised in this book, such as domestic servants and boarding schools, are not relevant to the majority of people now. However, much of this book still feels relevant today – her musings of parenting especially ring true, as do her statements on social snobbery, her opinions about neighbours, worrying about how she looks and feeling left out of discussions about shows she has not seen or books she has not read (even if you could now substitute this for television shows or films).

There are many sequels to this book and I am sure that I will read them, as I enjoyed this very much. I found the Provincial Lady delightful and this a very light and humorous read. If you also like this, I would recommend, “Henrietta’s War,” by Joyce Dennys, which has a similar feel.


Maps Activity Book
Maps Activity Book
by Aleksandra Mizielinska
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maps Activity Book, 22 April 2015
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This activity book accompanies the beautiful, “Maps” book by the same authors – Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski. As you would expect, this is also beautifully presented and drawn and contains thirty six activities, with pages that can be torn out and later used as posters. The activities include things like finding , and drawing, the flags for various countries, designing a Kimono, mazes, finding landmarks for different countries, decorating an Indian elephant, etc. This is a wonderful resource for children - whether home schooling or just to add some educational content to a fun activity. Highly recommended, as is the “Maps” book.


Maps
Maps
by Aleksandra Mizielinska
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.60

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maps, 22 April 2015
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This is a huge book – and is, undoubtedly, the best atlas I have come across for children. Each map is beautifully drawn and contains not only geographical features, but places of interest, facts, personalities and animals in each country. The double pages at the front of the book combines a map of the world with a contents page. The map of the United Kingdom, for example, has all the rivers and cities you might expect, along with animals, from the red fox to the legendary Loch Ness Monster, famous people, both fictional (Alice in Wonderland and Sherlock Holmes) and real (The Beatles and William Shakespeare), famous buildings and even British traditions, such as afternoon tea and Sunday roast dinners! Although the drawings appeal to young children, there is enough detail that this is also a perfectly useful book for older children too. As your child grows, they will simply notice different things; but the drawings will always entrance. There is so much to explore and enjoy and this is such a lovely resource that I have brought copies as presents again and again. There is also an accompanying “Maps Activity Book” by the same authors, which is well worth buying as a companion volume to this.


Practise & Pass 11+ Level One: Discover Maths
Practise & Pass 11+ Level One: Discover Maths
by Peter Williams
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practise and Pass 11+ Maths - Level One - Discover Maths, 21 April 2015
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This is a new series of workbooks aimed at helping your child pass the 11+ secondary school selection tests. There are books available in Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, Maths and English. Each subject has three books – so, the Maths course has, “Discover Maths 1”, “Develop Maths 2,” and “Practise Test Papers.” This book has 15 lessons and covers:

Finding place value with whole numbers and decimals
Calculating fractions of a whole number
Finding the whole number from a fraction
Simplifying fractions
Adding and subtracting with decimals
Turning fractions into decimals and percentages
Calculating probability
Calculating ratios
Calculating proportion
Calculating areas and perimeters
Calculating the area of right-angled triangles and irregular shapes
Calculating angles
Multiplying money and decimals
Finding averages and ranges
Finding a percentage of a number

Each lesson has a full explanation, plus examples, before the questions. The questions are given as they would be in the actual exam – with the questions to the left and the multiple choice answer sheet on the left. The workbook has the address for a website, which has lots of information about the 11+. This is an excellent book and will help make your child familiar with the format the test papers will take (assuming they are multiple choice). The layout can throw children, if they have not encountered it before, as usually they would expect the answer boxes to be beneath the question and they are not. I would consider these books best used from mid Year 4 at the earliest, unless your child is very advanced, as the material is quite difficult, but overall, a good buy.


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