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The Silver Spoon for Children: Favourite Italian Recipes
The Silver Spoon for Children: Favourite Italian Recipes
by Phaidon Editors
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.56

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Children's cookery book that actually captures the child's imagination!, 12 Jan. 2012
My 9 year old son loves cooking but had got very bored with the usual run-of-the-mill Cooking For Kids sort of books and isn't quite up to the next step of Nigella, Jamie or Delia. Having been to Italy and loved the food he saw this and thought he would give it a try and he has now cooked several things from it, all with great results. Instructions are clear, preparation simple, and the food is getting high scores from any appreciative adults who have been cooked for. Very well worth it.


How To Train Your Dragon: 9: How to Steal a Dragon's Sword
How To Train Your Dragon: 9: How to Steal a Dragon's Sword
by Cressida Cowell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a book about growing up, 21 Nov. 2011
This isn't quite the usual rollicking Hiccup story, as is made very clear at the start by the author: this is a book about growing up, about grown-up decisions and what happens when the effect of a chain of events starts to gather a dreadful and unstoppable momentum.

It is a much darker story than the previous books, with Hiccup still waiting for the Dragon Furious to begin his rebellion and with Alvin and his mother the witch waiting to exact their revenge.

There are some very funny moments and it is in many ways the best book of the series so far, but don't be at all surprised if you find either yourself or your children (or all of you together) with tears in your eyes towards the end - and it will certainly leave you hoping that the gap between this book and the next won't be quite so long as it has been between this one and it's predecessor.


Frommer's Tuscany, Umbria and Florence with Your Family (Frommers With Your Family Series)
Frommer's Tuscany, Umbria and Florence with Your Family (Frommers With Your Family Series)
by Donald Strachan
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Family Guide, 13 Sept. 2011
There are many, many excellent guidebooks for Tuscany and Florence but none are as geared up to the requirements of children as this one. With great information for fun things to do with children (and what's best avoided), good restaurants to go to and all the best ice cream shops, we found this invaluable, along with an 'adult' guide to tell us more in depth information as well. We would have missed several really enjoyable outings without it (and probably several very enjoyable ice creams as well).

Highly recommended.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Great little MP3, 18 Feb. 2010
We got this for my 7 year old son for Christmas after a huge amount of research. We didn't want anything that was too expensive in case it got lost or dropped but we did want something that held a large amount of stuff so he could put audio books on it as well as music. So far it has fulfilled every expectation and he loves it, especially the fact he can change the facia (though he wouldn't choose pink!) plus the fact that with each different track the screen comes up a different colour. Cool.

If you want something with good long battery life, for a really good price, this seems to be just the job.


How To Train Your Dragon: 5: How to Twist a Dragon's Tale
How To Train Your Dragon: 5: How to Twist a Dragon's Tale
by Cressida Cowell
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £12.78

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hiccup is Back!, 27 July 2009
It has been a long wait, but finally How to Twist a Dragon's Tale is out on CD. Absolutely as good as the others in the series, and with David Tennant reading with his usual flair, it is a joy to listen to; so much so, I've taken to nicking my son's copy once he is asleep so I can hear it all the way through.

Strongly recommended for long car journeys as the cds keep everyone amused from 7 year old to 85 year old - let us hope it isn't quite such a long wait for the next books to emerge in their audio form too.


Flood and Fang (The Raven Mysteries - book 1)
Flood and Fang (The Raven Mysteries - book 1)
by Marcus Sedgwick
Edition: Hardcover

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gormenghast for Children!, 5 Jun. 2009
The very first page of this book made me laugh out loud and it has been a pleasure to read this to my 7 year old, who begs for more and more chapters each night.

Told by an elderly raven called Edgar, in gentle homage to Edgar Allen Poe's famous bird, there are constant echoes of the Gormenghast Trilogy, with a variety of mad characters, not least of which is the very castle they all live in. Lord Valevine keeps trying to show that frogs produce thunder and lightening with bad consequences for the frogs. Minty wanders round the kitchens ignoring the constant dangers her baby twins are in. Solstice has a ribbon tied round her neck having come back from her first Vampire Ball with two neat puncture marks at her throat. Cudweed roams about with his loathesome monkey Fellah, much hated by Edgar - while Edgar himself is trying to save the lot of them from something nasty lurking in the depths of the drowning cellars of the castle.

Marcus Sedgwick makes great use of language, stretching a child's vocabulary, as well as marvellous alliteration so it's a joy to read out loud.

Strongly recommended for anyone 7 and up - and we are hugely looking forward to the next in the series.


Eledees: The Adventures of Kai and Zero (Nintendo DS)
Eledees: The Adventures of Kai and Zero (Nintendo DS)
Offered by zoverstocks
Price: £9.84

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun Game, 23 April 2009
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Got this for my 7 year old son as he had enjoyed the Wii game and it has been a huge success, surpassing even Mario Kart for the time being. He thinks the Eledees are very cute and has found it quite easy to move up levels so it has been a big hit.

Not for the dedicated dyed-in-the-wool gamer - far too easy I should think - but we like it.


Pretty Dead Things (Inspector Ikmen Mysteries)
Pretty Dead Things (Inspector Ikmen Mysteries)
by Barbara Nadel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the best of her books by a long chalk, 4 Dec. 2008
I've always enjoyed Barbara Nadel's novels about the Istanbul detective Cetin Ikmen but this one was a sorry showing. Clunkily plotted and poorly written she has reduced her likeable characters to mere cardboard cut-outs whilst the other characters barely make it off the page. One of the things I had always enjoyed was her deep knowledge of the Turks, Turkey and particularly Istanbul, but now this knowledge is wheeled out in indigestible chunks I would be better off looking up in a good travel guide.

I really hope this was just a one-off dip in the Ikmen series, but if you are looking at this and haven't read any of the others, don't give this one a go - it will do nothing but put you off when there are other much better ones to read.


BT Studio 1500 DECT Cordless Phone with Answering Machine - Metallic Silver
BT Studio 1500 DECT Cordless Phone with Answering Machine - Metallic Silver

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Glad to see it's not just me..., 1 Dec. 2008
Very glad to see I'm not the only person who has found this phone isn't that good. Display has faded away so you can only see who you are calling on a good day when the display is feeling a bit stronger than usual, and even with new batteries the phone now won't charge for longer than about a twenty minute call which is really irritating. As mobile reception is very poor in our house I do need a landline so I'm going to have to buy something to replace this - or tell everyone that a call has to be very short and sweet and that's assuming I can see the number to dial in the first place.


Bob's Best Ever Friend
Bob's Best Ever Friend
by Simon Bartram
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sequel to Man on the Moon, 20 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Bob's Best Ever Friend (Hardcover)
Simon Bartram has created another beautifully detailed book to join Man on the Moon and Dougall's Deep Sea Diary. This time Bob, the Man on the Moon, is lonely. He wants a companion - but where to find one?

Bob continues to be utterly unaware of the aliens about him and this book gives the chance, yet again, to look out for the funny and the unlikely (a particular favourite is the alien in Bob's mug of tea) in the colourful illustrations whilst telling a nicely crafted story. It also delivers a happy ending in the shape of Barry, the six-legged, one-eyed alien dog bourne to Earth by asteriod from a pet show on Pluto.

Much loved in our house since Nursery, these books continue to be enjoyed in Year 2, which I think shows a well told, engaging and beautifully illustrated story, and this new one is already as popular as the others. Highly recommended, especially for boys.


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