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Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book (Beginner Books)
Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book (Beginner Books)
by Dr. Seuss
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly my favourite Dr Seuss book - and that is really saying something!, 15 April 2009
Dr Seuss's Sleep Book is a work of near-unparallelled genius, in my very humble opinion. Starting off with a tiny bug yawning a rather large yawn, the story takes the reader on a dreamy journey to meet lots of sleepy, wildly imaginative beasts as the narrator keeps a count of how many creatures are currently asleep. As is to be expected from a Dr Seuss book, the lovely rhymes and vivid imagination on display make this a supremely entertaining book to read over and over again.

It really does help you get to sleep too!

The Ultimates volume 1: Super-human TPB
The Ultimates volume 1: Super-human TPB
by Mark Millar
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 21st Century Super Heroes, 22 Oct 2002
Forget everything you think you know about your favourite Marvel icons. The Ultimates drops them in a new universe with a clean slate (The Ultimate Universe), also populated by the Ultimate X-Men and Ultimate Spider-Man, for a refreshingly continuity free and bang up to date experience. The Ultimates are a UN funded superteam, formed in order to combat the ever increasing threat of superhuman rampages.

A big part of what makes The Ultimates stand out is the stunningly high standard of scripting, which slowly builds tension and drama through the interaction between the characters, rather than featuring fight scene after fight scene. This means that when everything does kick off, it is all the more dramatic and involving - you really do care about what happens to these characters, even if they aren't the most likable bunch of people. Which is another point: they feel like well rounded, real people. They have flaws just like you and me.

The script also provides lots of fun references to pop culture, another facet that keeps the story as close as possible to the real world.

The artwork also impresses, with Bryan Hitch delivering ultra realistic and believable characters and settings. The eventual disaster in New York is made all the more exciting due to the recognisable settings that it takes place in.

I cannot recommend The Ultimates highly enough, but be warned - this collection finishes on a startling, shocking note which will be picked up in the monthly series...only available through specialist retailers in the UK.

What are you waiting for? Grab a copy of The Ultimates, sit back and enjoy what is, in my humble opinion, the most believable and involving super hero story in recent memory.

Batman: Year One
Batman: Year One
by Frank Miller
Edition: Paperback

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The compelling story of the Dark Knight's first year..., 22 July 2001
This review is from: Batman: Year One (Paperback)
Frank Miller's stunning tale of an young Bruce Wayne's first attempts to dispense justice in the dark and seedy streets of Gotham City. Along with the startlingly compelling account of a Batman who is not quite the highly skilled vigilante that he will one day become, is a sub-plot that bri ngs a young James Gordon (Lieutenant Gordon at this point in time...) to Gotham, a James Gordon who is willing to bend the rules to see justice served...
Characterisation is second to none, with possibly the most well rounded characters I have ever seen in the medium, and the art brings a neo-noir feel with washed out colours reflecting the cloudy morality on display. In short, this is an awesome companion piece to Miller's more highly regarded classic, The Dark Knight Returns, an exceptional tribute to the Dark Knight that lurks within us all...

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