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Peter Rabbit Figures (Pack of 3)
Peter Rabbit Figures (Pack of 3)
Price: 7.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Peter Rabbit Figures, 23 Aug 2014
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This set contains three characters from the Peter Rabbit and Friends show (obviously based on the Beatrix Potter books). There are Peter Rabbit, Lily Bobtail and Squirrel Nutkin. The figures cannot sit, although you can move their arms, and they are nicely detailed. Peter has a smart blue jacket and a school satchel, Lily has a red dress and cardigan and Squirrel Nutkin wears a flying helmet and goggles (the clothes are all painted on and can’t be removed). I purchased these to go with the Peter Rabbit treehouse playset, but obviously they can be played with on their own. They are quite sturdy and should stand up to some vigorous playtimes without any problems.


Peter Rabbit Treehouse Playset
Peter Rabbit Treehouse Playset
Price: 29.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Peter Rabbit Treehouse Playset, 23 Aug 2014
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This is a fun playset based on the beloved Beatrix Potter characters, which has recently been made into a television show featuring Peter Rabbit and his friends. This set comes with one character – Peter Rabbit – and his tree house home, complete with secret trapdoor, escape slide and a lift. There is only one piece of furniture – a table which flips over to show either a map or a picture of a book, magnifying glass and telescope. Peter is obviously prepared for trouble as she has a telescope to keep an eye out for anybody approaching, plus he can escape quickly via his slide. If you drop a figure through the trapdoor, it also falls down the slide. The tree house has a door, a window and children can pull up the life and also a bucket. This playset has become a real favourite with the children in my family – it is probably suitable for age 3+ - and my little niece adores it. You can purchase extra characters for Peter to play with and this would certainly be a welcome present for any child who enjoys either the show or the original books.


Clementine Rose and the Pet Day Disaster
Clementine Rose and the Pet Day Disaster
by Jacqueline Harvey
Edition: Paperback
Price: 4.57

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Clementine Rose and the Pet Day Disaster, 22 Aug 2014
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This is the second book featuring Clementine Rose, following on from “Clementine Rose and the Surprise Visitor.” Clementine Rose has a slightly unconventional life – having arrived at Penberthy House as a baby in a basket of dinner rolls, she lives with Lady Clarissa, grumpy Aunt Violet and Uncle Digby, the family butler; not forgetting her pet pig, Lavender.

Clementine Rose is so excited about starting school that she has been virtually living in her new uniform. However, her first day does not go as planned... In what seems a rather strict and formal educational setting, Clementine Rose is forced to sit next to the unkind Angus Archibald. What is worse, he turns out to be her new teacher, Miss Bottomley’s, grandson. I have to say that my daughter got a little upset at this point in the book and, although she has not personally been bullied at school, she felt so distressed at what was happening that we had to put the book away for a few days and come back to it. Obviously, this was an extreme reaction and nothing terrible happens to Clementine Rose, but it is probably best not to read this book just before your child starts school for the first time or if he/she is sensitive about bullying.

Miss Bottomley is extremely unfair to Clementine Rose and this results in her developing the dreaded tummy ache and not wanting to go back to class. However, eventually she tells someone what is worrying her and her mother can help address her concerns and she begins to enjoy herself. School improves even more when Clementine Rose learns that there is to be a pet day and Lavender can come to school with her. She really hopes that Lavender will win a prize, but will she?

Although my daughter really enjoyed the first Clementine Rose book, she struggled with this one. I am glad we finished it together, so she saw that school improved for Clementine Rose and that everything worked out. Oddly, she was not upset by Roald Dahl’s “Matilda,” which also has a horrible teacher, but perhaps that was so extreme and bizarre that it was not something she could relate to. Angus, with his name calling and unkind behaviour, plus Miss Bottomley’s stern manner, seemed to be a little too realistic. I think she will read on in the series, as she adored the first book, but I don’t think she will come back to this one, for a while at least.


Oral-B Trizone 2000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Oral-B Trizone 2000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Price: 35.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Braun Oral-B TriZone 2000, 22 Aug 2014
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This rechargeable toothbrush comes with two different brushing modes – daily clean and gum care (gentle massage). The brush head fades, to show you when to change it, lights up to warn you if you are brushing too hard and it can be interchanged with other Oral-B brush heads – so if you prefer the round shaped brush found on many electric toothbrushes, then you can simply choose the Cross Action one, or whichever you decide to pick. This toothbrush also has a timer – every thirty seconds there is a stuttering sound to remind you to brush all four areas of your mouth equally.

Long gone are the days when you chose only between a manual or electric toothbrush. There are a bewildering number of different choices; from basic models to those offering internet access. This is not quite a basic model, but – apart from the gum massage and timer – it is a fairly standard choice. Saying that, it depends on what you expect your toothbrush to do and this leaves your mouth feeling fresh and clean, the gum care mode is very useful and the timer helpful. It would have been nice had the toothbrush come with extra brush heads, but these can obviously be purchased and, perhaps, with so many options available it is a good idea to let you choose the one which suits you. Overall, a good buy.


National Curriculum Mathematics Practice - Year 3 (100 Lessons - 2014 Curriculum)
National Curriculum Mathematics Practice - Year 3 (100 Lessons - 2014 Curriculum)
by Scholastic
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.24

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars National Curriculum Mathematics Practice - Year 3, 21 Aug 2014
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This is one of a new series of books in English and Maths, from Year 1 to Year 6. This particular book is aimed at Year 3 (aged 7-8) and is based on the new National Curriculum. Although the new maths curriculum has changed less than the English curriculum there are many basic differences, which can be easily discovered on the internet. For Year 3 a basic difference is the adding and subtraction of fractions, plus an emphasis on the times tables. However, whatever is included in the new maths curriculum is certainly included in this well laid out and quite large workbook; which represents good value for money and an excellent way of making sure your child will understand all the work covered in Year 3.

At 125 pages, this is far thicker than most workbooks and is packed with activities. My only concern about this book is that the answers are not included; which I feel should be available within the book itself, as maths answer books are usually straight forward and do not take up much room. However, you can access them on the website (a ruse to get you to visit?) as well as further information. The book does contain a progress chart and a nice certificate – probably more attractive to younger children in KS1. Good value and helpful to make sure your child is familiar with all the maths work they will be covering in the academic year, as well as giving extra homework and support. There is a similar book available in English for each year group.


Barbie Chelsea Flipping Pup Pool Set
Barbie Chelsea Flipping Pup Pool Set
Price: 22.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Barbie Chelsea Flipping Pup Pool Set, 21 Aug 2014
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This playset contains a plastic swimming pool for Chelsea and her three pups, with a diving board, a slide and a small, plastic float for one of the pups to sit in. Two of the pups can squirt water and the third does a neat little somersault as it comes down the slide (only one of the pups can do this, but it seems to cause endless fun for small children). All the pups can jump off the diving board, courtesy of a small lever for little hands to push.

Generally, I was quite impressed with this playset. The slide and diving board clip securely to the pool and the toy is much sturdier than I thought it would be. Chelsea herself squirts water through the little pink plastic dolphin clutched in her hand. My daughter was a little upset that you cannot remove the yellow, rubber ring around Chelsea's waist, but that was a minor point. Good for imaginative play and my daughter and her friends spent ages playing with it. Even better while the sun is out and the toy can be played with in the garden, but the pool does not hold that much water, so it would be fine indoors if you put it on a towel to catch splashes.


Sarah and Duck meet the Penguins (Sarah & Duck)
Sarah and Duck meet the Penguins (Sarah & Duck)
by Sarah Gomes Harris
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.24

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sarah and Duck Meet the Penguins, 20 Aug 2014
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Sarah and Duck are looking for something interesting to do and decide to go to the zoo. Duck really wants to meet the penguins – will they find them and have an exciting day? Sarah decides she wants to be a zookeeper and Duck dons his penguin costume for the special visit. However, by the end of their visit, Duck has decided he would much rather be a duck than a penguin... Based on the popular television show, this is a delightful story set in a familiar setting which young children will enjoy. Sarah and Duck are lovely characters and this story is based on an episode of the show.


Sarah and Duck Go To The Funfair (Sarah & Duck 1)
Sarah and Duck Go To The Funfair (Sarah & Duck 1)
by Sarah Gomes Harris
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.24

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sarah and Duck Go To The Funfair, 20 Aug 2014
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Sarah and Duck go to the park to relax on their favourite bench, but when they arrive the park looks different and the familiar has suddenly become exciting. There is a funfair and Sarah and Duck discover the joys of the carousel, candy floss and the ferris wheel – but will they find their bench? This is a lovely, bright picture book, based on the popular television show. A nice quality, well presented story, which will appeal to children who enjoy the programme.


Murder by the Book (A Langham and Dupre Mystery)
Murder by the Book (A Langham and Dupre Mystery)
Price: 5.51

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5.0 out of 5 stars Murder by the Book, 19 Aug 2014
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This is a delightful crime novel set in 1950’s London. Donald Langham is a forty year old author of crime mysteries, featuring his private detective Sam Brooke. Langham is widowed and lives a slightly solitary life, but is successful at what he does and enjoys his writing. His literary agent, Charles Elder, invites him to lunch and then asks him for his advice. Elder is being blackmailed after being photographed with a young man in a very compromising position. Donald Langham had worked briefly for a detective agency after the war and has lived vicariously though his Sam Brooke novels, so offers to help. This also brings him into closer proximity with the lovely Maria Dupre, who works with Charles Elder.

Before long, Donald and Maria, find themselves involved in ransom demands, blackmail and murder. For it seems that there is a sudden spate of suicides and murders among literary figures, authors, agents and reviewers, many known to Donald personally. Can he untangle the crimes and find the link between blackmail and murder? What is more, can he solve the crimes before he too becomes a victim?

If you enjoy Golden Age detective fiction, you will be sure to like this intelligent and witty novel. Although it is set in a slightly later period – post war London – it has an evocative sense of time and place. The plot is full of twists and turns and there are many nods to authors from that period, which will appeal to lovers of the mystery genre. Donald Langham is a wonderfully understated hero and the other characters help flesh out the storyline. Events are fast moving and this looks to be the start of a wonderful series.


Sarah and Duck Cbeebies Plush with Sound (Small, Assortment)
Sarah and Duck Cbeebies Plush with Sound (Small, Assortment)
Price: 15.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Sarah and Duck Cbeebies Plush with Sound, 19 Aug 2014
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These are extremely cute plush toys, suitable for age 1+. They are quite small, but lovely for little hands to hold and play with. If you press them, Duck quacks and Sarah says, “Come on, duck.” I am not sure how long the 'voices' will work for though and there is no way to replace them, or batteries, if they stop - other than replacing the toys of course. The toys are surface wash only (you cannot remove Sarah’s dress to wash it) and, although Duck is the more cuddly of the two toys, Sarah was the most popular with the little girl I purchased them for. Overall a nice buy, with good detail and they look very much like the characters in the show. As in the show, Sarah has a very large head/small body and so she obviously will not stand. However, children are pretty adept at propping things up in imaginative play and it wasn’t a problem. It was nice that the characters came as a pair – however, larger versions are available individually.


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