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Helpful votes received on reviews: 85% (11 of 13)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 181,731 - Total Helpful Votes: 11 of 13
Grandma Goes Shopping (Picture Puffin) by Ronda Armitage
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We love this book, 14 Feb 2014
What a pity this little gem is out of print. The illustrations are a joy to pore over, full of humour and imagination. Grandma's shopping includes everything from an amiable alligator to a variegated vicuña . Our six year old can read it herself. The storyline builds up as the shopping list grows longer, so unusual words are reinforced, but you'll need extra time to find the mouse on each page and take in all the other quirky details of the pictures.
The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Written from the point of view of a young man with 'an illness that sounds like a snake', this impressive first novel uses the author's professional experience of working with the mentally ill, to build a sympathetic and very convincing picture. The story line is simple, using the young man's everyday life and experiences to gradually reveal his back story. There's no happy ending, no cure, the peaks and troughs will continue, but I felt a more informed and understanding person for having read this book. Enjoyment is not the right word for a novel with a serious and disturbing subject, but I was completely involved with the characters. I'll probably read this again.
The Miser of Mayfair (A House for the Season) by M.C. Beaton
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok for a light read., 26 Jan 2014
I quite enjoyed this light read, but it turned into rather a silly romp at the end. This was my first experience of MC Beaton. I might pick up another to read on holiday if it was lying around, but I doubt I'll actually buy one.

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