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The Moon Bandits (DC Super Heroes: The Man of Steel)
The Moon Bandits (DC Super Heroes: The Man of Steel)
by Scott Sonneborn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

3.0 out of 5 stars A good adventure story for younger readers, 24 Sept. 2017
This is an excellent adventure story for younger readers who are interested in the exploits of Superman. The style of the artwork illustrating the text story is heavily influenced by the animated TV / DVD series of DC Comics’ superheroes, and so is likely to be familiar to readers. The five-chapter story is well-written with a clear storyline and well-described action and problem solving situations. There are 76 pages of story, which includes 9 full-page and one double-page illustrations, as well as supporting pages of character (and writer & artist) biography and a Glossary, along with a page each of Discussion Questions and Writing Prompts to make it acceptable to school libraries and disapproving parents.

THE SPOILER ZONE
This is a Big Giant Alien Robot story, as well as featuring Lex Luthor and some of his henchmen in power-armour. However, it is a bit whimsical, so it might be better suited for younger rather than older children, who might question the ‘seriousness’ of it.

Basically, some Big Giant Alien Robots are out to steal the moon to use in a construction project of theirs. This affects the Earth’s tides and threatens Metropolis with tidal waves.

There is also a sub-plot involving Luthor’s own development plans for a suburb of Metropolis, which you will find mirrors the aliens’, though on a lesser scale, but still cruel and nefarious to the people who get in the way.

The story is well written and well structured, so each chapter is a definite stage in the story, making it a serial suitable for reading to or with children in instalments.

FURTHER READING
The original Superman comic books are often reprinted, and there is a new range currently in progress. They are no less suitable for younger readers than these more modern stories aimed at the same age group as the originals were.

Superman The Golden Age TP Vol 1
Superman The Golden Age Omnibus


Shade the Changing Girl TP Vol 1 Earth Girl Made Easy (Young Animal)
Shade the Changing Girl TP Vol 1 Earth Girl Made Easy (Young Animal)
by Cecil Castellucci
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebirth!, 23 Sept. 2017
Shade the Changing Girl TP Vol 1 Earth Girl Made Easy (Young Animal) collects the firs six issues of this American Vertigo title. I keep referring to the Young Animal range as American Vertigo, not to deride it, but to make a distinction between the British and American cultures that infuse British and American writers.

British writers can write “American” stories, and some American writers can write “British” stories, or at least Vertigo stories that fit the feel of the original Vertigo line. This story is undoubtedly American Vertigo, for it features that most American of cultural icons (which, along with baseball and American football, nobody else, other than possibly the Japanese, has adopted) – High School.

This Shade series is set long after the original(s), with Rac Shade, apparently, now just a minor poet of little consequence, and, apparently, dead, with his coat of many colours just a museum exhibit. I use the term ‘apparently dead’ because this is a comic book, and we all know what ‘dead’ means (Don’t we, Jean?).

So, a young female, inspired by Rac Shade’s poetry, decides to visit Earth and experience what he did, so she steals a TARDIS and runs off to – sorry, wrong book – so she seduces a guard at the museum, tries on the coat, and falls into a coma…

Meanwhile, on Earth, a schoolgirl in a coma wakes up…

On Meta, alarm bells are ringing over the disappearance of Shade’s coat, for it is still considered to be dangerous technology, and soon characters from past continuity are busy investigating.

Meanwhile on Earth, everyone is terrified of the girl, not because she is now inhabited by an alien, but she was the Queen of the High School, and feared and hated by everyone, including her parents, who are hoping that they get to keep the new daughter. However, there is the question of how she got to be in that coma in the first place, and the 'new girl' has no memories of her host's life (but remembers her own on Meta).

Once you get over the psychedelic opening and occasional outbursts, this really was a superb comic book, with an interesting story that really is a continuation of the old Shade series, while making it all new again; and the art and even the paper stock just makes it feel like a classic Vertigo story.

This is an American comic. This is a Vertigo comic. Welcome to Young Animal.


Lonely Planet Discover Tokyo 2018 (Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Discover Tokyo 2018 (Travel Guide)
by Lonely Planet
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.18

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pocket guide that won’t quite fit in a pocket, 23 Sept. 2017
This 258-page book - the 1st edition of September 2017 - is an interesting guide to the best of the best bits of Tokyo, capital city of Japan, and Godzilla’s traditional stamping ground; but don’t be put off by that.

Note that this volume does look like an exact copy of the Lonely Planet Best of Tokyo, published at the beginning of the month. The reason for that is that the "Discover" series is the same as the "Best of" series, but repackaged for the American market. Be aware that they are, in fact, the same book.

This is a well-designed and presented guide, with useful maps. This is more of a ‘regular’ guide, with lots of colour, photographs, bright maps, and large fonts; but it is still a better-designed and laid out guide than many others that I have seen. It is still intended to be a meaningful guide to things to see and do, but now contains detailed lists of things to see and do and eat, but written by people who know where to go to find really interesting things to see, do and eat.

Note that this is a “BEST OF”, concentrating on the heart of the city, much like the Eyewitness Top 10 or Lonely Planet’s own Pocket Guides, but unlike those ‘pocket’ guides, this is the size of a regular LP guide; so unless you are one of the backpack and cargo pants generation, you might find this a bit unwieldy.

Also, if you are only visiting for a couple of days, a proper pocket guide to use while you are there will be of more use and be more convenient to carry regardless of luggage and pocket capacity.

If you are staying for a longer period, then a regular guide for planning would be more useful, and just bring a few notes and a map with you. And don’t forget, you can borrow travel guides from your local library - I do.

The Contents are -
P004: Plan Your Trip - a general introduction and what to think about and look out for
P035: Top Experiences - 23 in-depth entries on things to see and do
P117: Dining Out - 11 entries for the various areas/districts covered by the guide
P147: Treasure Hunt - the best of things to look out for in Tokyo, divided up by district
P169- Bar Open - places to drink in 10 districts
P185: Showtime - what’s on in the 11 districts
P197: Active Tokyo - sports, tours, courses and amusement parks
P205: Rest Your Head - a guide to places to stay
P212: In Focus - features on history, architecture & arts, and pop culture

Survival Guide
P229: A-Z Directory
P234: Transport
P238: Language
P240: Index
P245: Maps (13 pages, including keys)


Lonely Planet Discover Barcelona 2018 (Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Discover Barcelona 2018 (Travel Guide)
by Andy Symington
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pocket guide that won’t quite fit in a pocket, 23 Sept. 2017
This 258-page book - the 2nd edition of September 2017 - is an interesting guide to the best of the best bits of Barcelona, capital of the Spanish province of Catalonia.

Note that this volume does look like an exact copy of the Lonely Planet Best of Paris, published at the beginning of the month. The reason for that is that the "Discover" series is the same as the "Best of" series, but repackaged for the American market. Be aware that they are in fact the same book, but in a different cover.

This is a well-designed and presented guide, with useful maps. This is more of a ‘regular’ guide, with lots of colour, photographs, bright maps, and large fonts; but it is still a better-designed and laid out guide than many others that I have seen. It is still intended to be a meaningful guide to things to see and do, but now contains detailed lists of things to see and do and eat, but written by people who know where to go to find really interesting things to see, do and eat.

Note that this is a “BEST OF”, concentrating on the heart of the city, much like the Eyewitness Top 10 or Lonely Planet’s own Pocket Guides, but unlike those ‘pocket’ guides, this is the size of a regular LP guide; so unless you are one of the backpack and cargo pants generation, you might find this a bit unwieldy.

Also, if you are only visiting for a couple of days, a proper pocket guide to use while you are there will be of more use and be more convenient to carry regardless of luggage and pocket capacity.

If you are staying for a longer period, then a regular guide for planning would be more useful, and just bring a few notes and a map with you. And don’t forget, you can borrow travel guides from your local library - I do.

The Contents are -
P004: Plan Your Trip - a general introduction and what to think about and look out for when you get there
P035: Top Experiences - 27 in-depth entries on things to see and do
P127: Dining Out - 8 entries for a selection of various areas/districts covered by the guide
P149: Treasure Hunt - the best of the 8 districts
P169: Bar Open - places to drink in the 8 districts
P191: Showtime - what’s on in the 8 districts
P205: Active Barcelona - sports & activities, tours & courses
P213: Rest Your Head - a guide to places to stay
P220: In Focus - features on history, architecture, art & culture

Survival Guide
P236: A-Z Directory
P239: Transport
P242: Language
P244: Index
P248: Maps (10 pages, including keys)


Lonely Planet Discover Paris 2018 (Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Discover Paris 2018 (Travel Guide)
by Catherine Le Nevez
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pocket guide that won’t quite fit in a pocket, 23 Sept. 2017
This 258-page book - the 1st edition of September 2017 - is an interesting guide to the best of the best bits of Paris (France), written by an inhabitant since the age of 4 and regular Lonely Planet author, aided by 2 other LP veterans.

Note that this volume does look like an exact copy of the Lonely Planet Best of Paris, published at the beginning of the month. The reason for that is that the "Discover" series is the same as the "Best of" series, but repackaged for the American market. Be aware that they are the same book.

This is a well-designed and presented guide, with useful maps. This is more of a ‘regular’ guide, with lots of colour, photographs, bright maps, and large fonts; but it is still a better-designed and laid out guide than many others that I have seen. It is still intended to be a meaningful guide to things to see and do, but now contains detailed lists of things to see and do and eat, but written by people who know where to go to find really interesting things to see, do and eat.

Note that this is a “BEST OF”, concentrating on the heart of the city, much like the Eyewitness Top 10 or Lonely Planet’s own Pocket Guides, but unlike those ‘pocket’ guides, this is the size of a regular LP guide; so unless you are one of the backpack and cargo pants generation, you might find this a bit unwieldy.

Also, if you are only visiting for a couple of days, a proper pocket guide to use while you are there will be of more use and be more convenient to carry regardless of luggage and pocket capacity.

If you are staying for a longer period, then a regular guide for planning would be more useful, and just bring a few notes and a map with you. And don’t forget, you can borrow travel guides from your local library - I do.

The Contents are -
P004: Plan Your Trip - a general introduction and what to think about and look out for
P035: Top Experiences - 26 in-depth entries on things to see and do
P117: Dining Out - 10 entries for the various areas/districts covered by the guide
P143: Treasure Hunt - the best of 8 of districts covered by the guide (Montparnasse (south) & Eiffel Tower (west) don’t feature here)
P163- Bar Open - places to drink in the 10 districts
P185: Showtime - what’s on in 8 of the districts
P197: Active Paris - sports, tours and parks & forests
P203: Rest Your Head - a guide to places to stay
P212: In Focus - features on history, architecture & arts

Survival Guide
P230: A-Z Directory
P233: Transport
P238: Language
P240: Index
P245: Maps (13 pages, including keys)


Lonely Planet Discover Rome 2018 (Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Discover Rome 2018 (Travel Guide)
by Lonely Planet
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.18

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pocket guide that won’t quite fit in a pocket, 23 Sept. 2017
This 258-page book - the 2nd edition of September 2017 - is an interesting guide to the best of the best bits of Rome, written by a British resident (16 years) and an Italian resident (13 years).

Note that this volume does look like an exact copy of the Lonely Planet Best of Rome, published at the beginning of the month. The reason for that is that the "Discover" series is the same as the "Best of" series, but repackaged for the American market. Be aware that they are the same book.

This is a well-designed and presented guide, with useful maps. This is more of a ‘regular’ guide, with lots of colour, photographs, bright maps, and large fonts; but it is still a better-designed and laid out guide than many others that I have seen. It is still intended to be a meaningful guide to things to see and do, but now contains detailed lists of things to see and do and eat, but written by people who know where to go to find really interesting things to see, do and eat.

Note that this is a “BEST OF”, concentrating on the heart of the city, much like the Eyewitness Top 10 or Lonely Planet’s own Pocket Guides, but unlike those ‘pocket’ guides, this is the size of a regular LP guide; so unless you are one of the backpack and cargo pants generation, you might find this a bit unwieldy.

Also, if you are only visiting for a couple of days, a proper pocket guide to use while you are there will be of more use and be more convenient to carry regardless of luggage and pocket capacity.

If you are staying for a longer period, then a regular guide for planning would be more useful, and just bring a few notes and a map with you. And don’t forget, you can borrow travel guides from your local library - I do.

The Contents are -
P004: Plan Your Trip - a general introduction and what to think about and look out for when you get there
P035: Top Experiences - 26 in-depth entries on things to see and do
P117: Dining Out - 9 entries for a selection of various areas/districts covered by the guide
P143: Treasure Hunt - the best of everything in 7 districts
P163: Bar Open – the best places to drink in 9 districts
P181: Showtime – the best of what’s on in 8 districts
P191: Active Rome - sports, tours, courses and spas
P195: Rest Your Head - a guide to places to stay
P208: In Focus - features on history, architecture & arts, etc.

Survival Guide
P230: A-Z Directory
P233: Transport
P238: Language
P240: Index
P245: Maps (13 pages, including keys)


Lonely Planet Discover London 2018 (Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Discover London 2018 (Travel Guide)
by Lonely Planet
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pocket guide that won’t quite fit in a pocket, 23 Sept. 2017
This 258-page book - the 2nd edition of September 2017 - is an interesting guide to the best of the best bits of London, written by a Frenchwoman and some of Lonely Planet’s experts for the city.

Note that this volume does look like an exact copy of the Lonely Planet Best of London, published at the beginning of the month. The reason for that is that the "Discover" series is the same as the "Best of" series, but repackaged for the American market. Be aware that they are the same book.

This is a well-designed and presented guide, with useful maps. This is more of a ‘regular’ guide, with lots of colour, photographs, bright maps, and large fonts; but it is still a better-designed and laid out guide than most others that I have seen. It is still intended to be a meaningful guide to things to see and do, but now contains detailed lists of things to see and do and eat, but written by people who know where to go to find really interesting things to see, do and eat.

Note that this is a “BEST OF”, concentrating on the inner city and boroughs, much like the Eyewitness Top 10 or Lonely Planet’s own Pocket Guides, but unlike those ‘pocket’ guides, this is the size of a regular LP guide; so unless you are one of the backpack and cargo pants generation, you might find this a bit unwieldy.

Also, if you are only visiting for a couple of days, a proper pocket guide to use while you are here (I live in London, so I can say that) will be of more use and be more convenient to carry regardless of luggage and pocket capacity.

If you are staying for a longer period, then a regular guide for planning would be more useful, and just bring a few notes and a map with you. Also note that London is full of local libraries, so you can just go in and look at a reference book or travel guide in one of those - I am looking at a library copy of this book to write this review.

The Contents are -
P004: Plan Your Trip - a general introduction and what to think about and look out for
P035: Top Experiences - 28 in-depth entries on things to see and do
P134: Dining Out - 9 entries for the various areas/districts covered by the guide
P154: Treasure Hunt - the best of the 9 districts covered by the guide
P170- Bar Open - places to drink in the districts (one more than last time; they found somewhere in Kensington for this edition!)
P186: Showtime - what’s on in the usual 9 districts
P198: Active London - sports, tours and spas
P206: Rest Your Head - a guide to places to stay
P212: In Focus - features on London’s history, architecture, art & literature

Survival Guide
P229: A-Z Directory
P233: Transport
P239: Index
P244: Maps (14 pages, with keys)


Sheep (Pebble Plus: Farm Animals)
Sheep (Pebble Plus: Farm Animals)
by Michelle M. Hasselius
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and colourful introduction to the world of sheep and lambs, 22 Sept. 2017
This 32-page book is a comprehensive, readable and colourful introduction to lives of sheep and lambs. Its two-page chapters contain large colourful photographs - with easy-to-read text-pieces and captions. Certain words are printed in a bold font to indicate that they are explained in the Glossary. There is also a fact File section, as well as a list of further reading. These books are ideal for young children to learn about these animals.


Polar Lands (Amazing Habitats)
Polar Lands (Amazing Habitats)
by Leon Gray
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and colourful introduction to the world of the polar habitat, 22 Sept. 2017
This 32-page book is an interesting and colourful introduction to the world of the polar habitats, which the land areas and seas found in and around the Arctic and Antarctic circles. The chapters are extremely well illustrated, with informative text-pieces and colourful captions, information boxes and notes, telling you all about the climate and the plants and wildlife that live in these habitats. These are ideal introductory volumes for schoolchildren and also adults looking for a place to start their reading.

The Contents are –
P04: Introduction
P06: World Polar Lands
P08: Climate
P12: Plants
P16: Animals
P22: People
P26: The Future
P28: Quiz and Fact File
P30: Glossary
P31: Further Resources & Index


Tropical Rainforests (Amazing Habitats)
Tropical Rainforests (Amazing Habitats)
by Tim Harris
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and colourful introduction to the world of the rainforest habitat, 22 Sept. 2017
This 32-page book is an interesting and colourful introduction to the world of the rainforest habitats, which are found in most tropical regions of the world. The chapters are extremely well illustrated, with informative text-pieces and colourful captions, information boxes and notes, telling you all about the climates, plants and wildlife that live in these habitats. These are ideal introductory volumes for schoolchildren and also adults looking for a place to start their reading.

The Contents are –
P04: Introduction
P06: Rainforests of the World
P08: Climate
P12: Plants
P16: Animals
P22: People
P26: The Future
P28: Quiz and Fact File
P30: Glossary
P31: Further Resources & Index


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