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The Cellist of Sarajevo
The Cellist of Sarajevo
by Steven Galloway
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars First chapter good , but then disappointing., 18 Dec 2009
Albinoni's Adagio is a beautiful piece of music. Find it on You Tube if you've never heard it !!. The opening chapter of this book had me completely hooked. The haunting picture of the Cellist playing his Cello every day for 22 days in memory of his 22 friends that had died was heartbreaking. The scene was set for what could have been a heart wrenching story of ordinary people trying to go about their ordinary lives in a war-torn city.

But what followed was disappointing, alternate chapters on the three main characters - Kenan , Arrow and Dragan. What they had in common was war torn Sarajevo - but these people never met. This could have been three separate stories. The book just didn't come together, it seemed fragmented and distracted.
I read another review that said that Arrow the sniper was the most interesting character and I agree. She also had the biggest link to the Cellist as she was there to protect him . Perhaps the author could have concentrated on Arrow as the main character and developed her some more.
This book started out with great potential - but then failed to deliver.


Reading Corner Phonics: Dan In A Mess
Reading Corner Phonics: Dan In A Mess
by Sue Graves
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.97

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good easy reader for first readers, 15 Dec 2009
Dan in a mess, he is in bed and he is ill. Nice short sentences, with very simple words; rhyming used throughout to make for easier reading , e.g top, pop; can, Dan; Not more that 8/10 sentences - and vivid illustrations. Last 2 pages has an exercise on finding rhyming word matches. Simplistic but effective.


Reading Corner: Where Are My Shoes?
Reading Corner: Where Are My Shoes?
by Karen Wallace
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More interesting stories are available for early readers, 15 Dec 2009
There really is only about 9 sentences in this book across maybe 20 pages, that in itself is fine - but it's not exactly captivating. There is good repetition which is important for early readers, but it should never be used so much that reader doesn't even bother to look at the words on page and just rhymes it off. That said, the illustrations are bright and vivid, and may captivate a young reader for the first read. So it's one to get from the library - not to buy!


Hedgehog Howdedo (Puffin Picture Books)
Hedgehog Howdedo (Puffin Picture Books)
by Lynley Dodd
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Counting hedgehogs, 29 Nov 2009
This is a good book for pre-school children learning to count. It has 30 pages, with pictures on left hand page and words on right hand page, so effectively 15 pages of text. Each page of text only has one or two sentences. It follows a little girl in winter time as she looks around her garden for hedgehogs. It's written in rhyme and has soft sing song effect to it. The illustration are good and young children will love counting the number of hedgehogs on each page. Besides counting the hedgehogs around the garden , the little girl also wonders about what will happen in spring when the hedgehogs awaken.


Duplicity [DVD]
Duplicity [DVD]
Dvd ~ Julia Roberts
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.72

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, unnecessariliy compl, 29 Nov 2009
This review is from: Duplicity [DVD] (DVD)
I generally don't mind a complicated plot or multiple characters in a movie, usually it keeps me interested. But I don't like complexity just for the sake of it and this movie was just unnecessarily complex. As a result it bored me intensely. The two lead characters appear to be some kind of special agents and working for competing firms, but I never really figured it out - and really I had no desire to figure it out. The jumping back and forward from present time to the past was also another layer of distraction.
As well as there being no chemistry at all between the two lead characters, and neither of them were looking particularly attractive - this movie has nothing going for it.
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Read at Home: More Level 2A: Super Dad (Read at Home Level 2a)
Read at Home: More Level 2A: Super Dad (Read at Home Level 2a)
by Roderick Hunt
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars One to borrow from library - not to buy!, 21 Nov 2009
This book has nice short sentences and children will like the illustrations. My 5 year old found it relatively easy to read and it was an interesting enough story that she wanted to read to the end of the book. Dad is all dressed up as Super Dad and the children think he looks a bit silly. But then he has to act as Super Dad because a thief comes to the party and steals his money. Good for early readers but it's not a book a child will read more than once!.


The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium Trilogy Book 2)
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium Trilogy Book 2)
by Stieg Larsson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.74

4.0 out of 5 stars A tiring read but still engrossing, 20 Nov 2009
I really didn't want to read this book, I didn't believe the sequel could have the same effect on me as the first book. I was so engrossed in the first book - i couldn't put it down. This second book is good, the character of Lisbeth is still as endearing as before and we get to know her better. But, the book is slightly more complex - there seems to be a lot more characters - police, the baddies , Armansky's men, the reporters. I was almost halfway through the book before I had a good handle on who was who. That's not necessarily a bad thing - but made it sometimes a tiring read, maybe that's not fair ?


fuzzbuzz: Level 1A Storybooks: Eggin and his Playthings: A Remedial Reading Scheme: Storybook Level 1A
fuzzbuzz: Level 1A Storybooks: Eggin and his Playthings: A Remedial Reading Scheme: Storybook Level 1A
by Colin Harris
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars More fun with Fuzzbuzz and eggin, 20 Nov 2009
This is another book in the fuzzbuzz series at Level 1. It is 24 pages long with simple text. Eggin greenback finds a red tin box at the end of his garden. Someone is playing a trick on him. It's a fun story. There is a small section on every second page for writing practice. These books may have been written for older children learning to read , but they are also very suitable for early readers too.


Baby Pie
Baby Pie
by Tom MacRae
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the most enthralling story for young children, 17 Nov 2009
This review is from: Baby Pie (Hardcover)
Baby Pie just didn't do it for us. While the illustrations of the trolls are cute, the idea of searching for a baby for a baby pie is a little scary . The trolls eventually find a baby and they get a surprise as the baby is very BIG , so the trolls are the ones who are scared and not the baby..
Very young children may find it a little scary and not get the end message at all. Older children might find it a little boring. We're Going on a Bear Hunt is a little similar in theme but so much more enjoyable , the repetition and rhyme is great with young children.


Reading Corner: Touch The Moon
Reading Corner: Touch The Moon
by Carrie Weston
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for early readers, 12 Nov 2009
My 5 year old daughter sort of liked this; it's very similar in style to "A Bunch of Balloons" A Bunch of Balloons (Reading Corner) which we also reviewed as we really liked it.
However, we were not as enthralled with this one. Maybe my daughter just relates better to the idea of losing ten balloons as she walks home than she can relate to a crazy King who tries to reach up to the moon.
Either way , illustrations are good and text is great for early readers. But just not to our liking as much as other stories from this "reading corner" series.


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