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Crash Landing (Hyperspace High)
Crash Landing (Hyperspace High)
by Zac Harrison
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars My 9 year old read this to himself in a ..., 3 Sept. 2014
My 9 year old read this to himself in a few sittings (less than a week), and was keen to read the rest of the series. His homework for the summer was to read two new books by an author he had not read before. The only trouble is the lack of info about Mr Harrison - Curious Fox's website is rather coy. Perhaps it is a pen name?


Groovy UK Kids Star Wars Jedi Bathrobe, Large (10 - 12 yrs)
Groovy UK Kids Star Wars Jedi Bathrobe, Large (10 - 12 yrs)
Offered by Findmeagift
Price: £18.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dressing gown that my son actually wears..., 3 Mar. 2014
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This has gone down very well with my 9 year old son, who no longer has to be encouraged to wear a dressing gown. It's really just an ordinary soft velour gown with the addition of a Star wars badge and - crucially - a hood, which allows the wearer to disguise themselves as a young Padawan, but hey, it works :-)
The only thing I would say is that the sizing details are a bit awry. Having read other reviews, I ordered a large one. My boy is very small for his age (118cm), but the 10-12 one is by no means vast. It will fit him for a while, though, which is what I wanted.


Moonshot: The Inside Story of Mankind's Greatest Adventure
Moonshot: The Inside Story of Mankind's Greatest Adventure
by Dan Parry
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Suitable for children (mostly...), 3 Mar. 2014
I have just read this to my 9 year old son over the course of several weeks ( 2 or 3 nights a week). He lapped it up, as did I, and we now know much more about Lunar Orbit Rendezvous and why it was chosen, why and how Neil picked the exact spot he did to land, and much more besides, including the individual personalities of the three astronauts, and not forgetting the mission controllers and others who made it all possible.
I did not really have to censor anything, although others may wish to note I was faced with question 'What's a brothel, Daddy?' in response to the revelation that one of Collins's childhood homes was close to one! The tragic fate of Apollo 1, and occasional details of the astronauts' personal bereavements, and the stresses they were under, are sensitively handled.
Note this book ends with the return of Apollo 11. There is nothing on Apollo 12 to 17. While the story of that 11 flight is the main focus of the book throughout, it is interweaved with an account of the development of the Mercury, Gemini and prior Apollo flights. I found the frequent switches from the exciting missions back to the slightly-less-interesting history a little distracting, but I presume the idea was to ration the more exciting bits, and it wasn't really a problem.
All in all, a wonderful book, which I have been privileged to share with my son. Thank you, Mr Parry!


Belonging and Betrayal: Bronia's story
Belonging and Betrayal: Bronia's story
by Dr Gervase Vernon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brief but thoroughly recommended fictionalised history, 8 April 2013
A beautifully-written short book, based on the real life-journey of the author's grandmother.
The main character confides her story to the author, imagining himself as a baby. This is a neat authorial device, allowing `her' to tell him of her life and of the grandfather he will never know, with frank honesty and with a delightfully subtle poignancy.
Evocative episodes are set in the Paris of World War I, the St Petersburg of the Russian Revolution, Interwar Poland (where Bronia's husband was `President-for-a-day' just after the Nazi invasion), and also Rome and New York (to name but a few).
The book should especially appeal to anyone interested in 20th Century European History particularly Russian History, or Polish History. Bronia was a woman who was quite close to several of the major events of the time, and she frequently took an active part. For serious students, the book is extensively sourced, but even as a casual reader, I found myself eager for more details about many of the characters, all of whom lived in real-life, and would recommend looking them up elsewhere.
Last, but by no means least, the cover of the book is graced by a lovely portrait of the main character, by the Polish artist Witkacy (1885-1939).


Belonging and Betrayal: Bronia's story
Belonging and Betrayal: Bronia's story
Price: £3.17

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brief but thoroughly recommended fictionalised history, 5 April 2013
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A beautifully-written short book, based on the real life-journey of the author's grandmother.
The main character confides her story to the author, imagining himself as a baby. This is a neat authorial device, allowing `her' to tell him of her life and of the grandfather he will never know, with frank honesty and with a delightfully subtle poignancy.
Evocative episodes are set in the Paris of World War I, the St Petersburg of the Russian Revolution, Interwar Poland (where Bronia's husband was `President-for-a-day' just after the Nazi invasion), and also Rome and New York (to name but a few).
The book should especially appeal to anyone interested in 20th Century European History particularly Russian History, or Polish History. Bronia was a woman who was quite close to several of the major events of the time, and she frequently took an active part. For serious students, the book is extensively sourced, but even as a casual reader, I found myself eager for more details about many of the characters, all of whom lived in real-life, and would recommend looking them up elsewhere.
Last, but by no means least, the cover of the book is graced by a lovely portrait of the main character, by the Polish artist Witkacy (1885-1939).


Spacebusters: The Race to the Moon (DK Reader - Level 3 (Quality))
Spacebusters: The Race to the Moon (DK Reader - Level 3 (Quality))
by Philip Wilkinson
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent factual account, 23 Aug. 2011
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I wanted a factual account of the Apollo 11 mission suitable to be read to a then 4 year old boy, and bought this for the price of the P&P plus a penny, after seeing someone else's copy at a Norfolk Astronomical Society meeting, as it fits the bill perfectly. I think it is now out of print, which is a shame.

It's 48 pages including the one page glossary, with about 60-70 words and one big or two smaller pictures to each double paged opening. At 4, he lapped up the exciting story of man's first moon landing; hopefully at 6 (just about to start year 2) he is nearly ready to read some of it to me, as a bit of variety from Biff and Chip....

The story is well-covered, from blast off to a few brief words about what happened in the three astronauts' later careers. There are also some interesting asides e.g. about what gravity is, the spacesuits, the astronauts' food, etc.

All in all, this is education as it ought to be: factual, fun, informative.


LEGO Indiana Jones (PS2)
LEGO Indiana Jones (PS2)
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £21.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good game, but Platinum edition is cheaper, 23 Aug. 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This (borrowed from a Norfolk library), has my 6 year old Indy fan entranced, but I've given it 1 star as I note that the Platinum edition is quite a bit cheaper (here on Amazon!) at the time of writing!

Anyone know the difference between the two editions?
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Dynamode USB External Floppy Disc Drive
Dynamode USB External Floppy Disc Drive
Offered by Ballicom International
Price: £13.46

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good service and does what it says., 21 Jun. 2011
I bought this to transfer files from my old mid-90s PC (no CD burner) to a newer Windows Vista laptop (without a floppy drive). It installed automatically upon plug-in, without software, though there is a mini compact disc supplied for installing it on Windows 98. Solved a problem at a minimal cost. Star-E-Shop turned round my weekend order quickly; it was delivered on Tuesday by Royal Mail.


Dictionary of Liberal Biography
Dictionary of Liberal Biography
by Duncan Brack
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for Liberal historians, 23 July 2008
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This is a useful set of potted biographies of Liberal politicians past and 'present' - though note that it is now almost ten years out of date, so no Nick Clegg nor Chris Huhne - it might be better to use the internet for up to date information about current figures. This is more useful for historical research - indeed, it might be better to confine any future editions of a volume like this to those whose biographies can be completed - i.e. those who have died already!

A wealth of fascinating detail for anyone with an interest in Liberal politics, though, and I have no hesitation in awarding it four stars.


Yakumo Dvd Master Dx4 Divx Dvd Player
Yakumo Dvd Master Dx4 Divx Dvd Player

2.0 out of 5 stars Nice player, shame about the remote, 23 July 2008
The player itself works well and is packed with good features such as slow motion and zoom (ideal for those film credits with tiny fonts).

Sadly the range on the remote control seems to be about 2 or 3 feet max, even with new Duracell batteries. Yakumo were helpful and sent a replacement, but it was no better.


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