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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel (Book 7)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel (Book 7)
by Jeff Kinney
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 3.89

3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed but hardly enriching!, 8 May 2014
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Not everything has to be educational but these books, though fun, are really not very rich. Useful for the totally reluctant reader or when just a bit of fun is needed (rather like reading a comic) but I wouldn't add it to a reading list. There's so much great stuff around.


The 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Practice Book with Assessment Tests (ages 9-10)
The 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Practice Book with Assessment Tests (ages 9-10)
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Tough, 8 May 2014
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This book is excellent as the first section explains and gives practice at each type of question they are likely to encounter eg. Layering or counting sides. After you've practiced all the different aspects individually, there are progressively harder full test papers that follow. Answer sheets are available to print off on the CGP website free of charge. It means kids practice using the sort of answer sheets used in exams. This is important as they need to learn that skill too. Marking the actual book is easier but not what you do in exams. Some kids easily get mixed up using the answer sheets incorrectly and this can seriously affect their result.
Also great instructions in the books for parents and the test can be repeated many times. This is useful as they learn from repetition. If you suspect they have memorised the answers, ask them why they chose that answer If they can't tell, you can ask them to try to work it out. The book suggest repeating tests til a certain mark is attained before moving on.
NB. These books are TOUGH so you may want to start a step back first and work up to the 11+ one. Not many schools have anything much tougher than these.

Non-verbal tests are losing popularity with some schools so be sure you actually need them. One very good school told me that they stopped non V-R after testing their staff on 11+ papers and finding they didn't do very well!!!!! It is practice though. When you first look, the questions are hair-raising sometimes for the age (for adults too) but you do get to learn how to do them.


The Reason I Jump: One Boy's Voice from the Silence of Autism
The Reason I Jump: One Boy's Voice from the Silence of Autism
by Naoki Higashida
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, 8 May 2014
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This was fascinating and very sad at the same time. Definitely worth reading by anyone who wants the inside view.


Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
by Scott McCloud
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Loved by recipient, 8 May 2014
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I gave this to an 18 yr old who loves graphic novels and he was very pleased with it. Great.


Scotchgard Water Repellent Shoe Protector - 2 Cans - 400 ml
Scotchgard Water Repellent Shoe Protector - 2 Cans - 400 ml
Price: 11.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful, 8 May 2014
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Good protection for nubuck or suede shoes to avoid staining that occur and give some protection from water. Stains wipe off more easily.


Borrowers Afield, the (Odyssey/Harcourt Young Classic)
Borrowers Afield, the (Odyssey/Harcourt Young Classic)
by Mary Norton
Edition: Paperback
Price: 4.48

4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it, 8 May 2014
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My son loved the first book but this one slightly less as he felt the " borrowing" theme was a bit lost now they have moved outside. He read it fast as its an easy read for 11 and did enjoy it. He said it got better closer to the end. Not so enthused as he was with book 1 though.


Dark Lord: 3: Eternal Detention
Dark Lord: 3: Eternal Detention
by Jamie Thomson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 4.79

5.0 out of 5 stars He loved it., 8 May 2014
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My son has read all three as they've come out. Loved them and laughed out loud in places. He read this last one at just 11. Not a hard read but well written and fun for the age group.


Microfibre Duster Magic Duster Extendable Rod Home Dusting Dust Collecter Microfiber Rod (190) (Pink)
Microfibre Duster Magic Duster Extendable Rod Home Dusting Dust Collecter Microfiber Rod (190) (Pink)
Offered by Daily Buy
Price: 6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Does exactly what it says, 8 May 2014
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Very useful. Gets into small places. The head fits over like a sock which can be washed or replaced when warn. Also useful to get mice out from uner appliances when cat soooo kindly brings them in live and let's them get away. Not much of a cat.


The Encyclopedia of Early Earth
The Encyclopedia of Early Earth
by Isabel Greenberg
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 6.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Very popular with teens and young adults, 15 Mar 2014
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This went down very well with my 19 yr old daughter and her boyfriend. This particular book had a lot of praise in the press and does have terrific appeal in it's quirky way.


The Beano - Vintage Comic Duvet Cover Set, Single
The Beano - Vintage Comic Duvet Cover Set, Single
Offered by Papa Jones Ltd
Price: 29.85

3.0 out of 5 stars Looks great, feels very rough, 15 Mar 2014
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Bought this for my son aged 10. He loves it and if does look good on the bed but the amount of printing makes the fabric very very rough. I washed it five times before he was happier with it but I still wouldn't say it's soft. I wouldnt have returned it though either.


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