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Kingsman - The Secret Service
Kingsman - The Secret Service
Dvd
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars, 6 Nov. 2015
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Entertaining but over-long spy film parody. Don't bother. Watch an actual Bond film instead.


Still Alice
Still Alice
Dvd
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3.0 out of 5 stars brilliantly acted but plot limited, 6 Nov. 2015
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This review is from: Still Alice (DVD)
Moving drama of loss and decay; brilliantly acted but plot limited.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and informative, 17 Jan. 2013
Despite an opening couple of chapters that would be confusing for anyone without a working knowledge of the Windsor family tree, this is a very enjoyable and interesting read. It is particularly valuable for the author's rapid summary of British social and political change in the second-half of the twentieth century. The author is clearly a devoted admirer of the Queen, but this loyalty does not stop the book from being a fascinating and useful insight into how the British constitution works.


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

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 20 Nov. 2012
A review from my 10-year-old bookworm:

This is really great, as are Jeff Kinney's previous books. It is really funny seeing Greg twist and turn under the mounting pressure of finding a date for Valentine's. I enjoyed his secretive schemes for school dictatorship and seeing how he trips and fails at each hurdle to get his dream girl. His stresses and anxiety about avoiding Fregley and his girlfriend are brilliant. The Third Wheel is not the best in the series because it doesn't have the same side-splitting cringes as some of the others but it's still a top read. I recommend this book as a cool stocking-filler.


Geronimo Stilton: Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye (#1)
Geronimo Stilton: Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye (#1)
by Geronimo Stilton
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect bridge from picture book to chapter book, 1 Aug. 2012
The full-colour artwork in the brilliantly entertaining Geronimo Stilton series makes these books the perfect next step for children who love picture books but want longer and more demanding stories. When my daughter was 5 and 6 she found black-and-white books off-putting although she was a confident reader for her age. Understandably, she still wanted the fun of full-colour pictures. She loved the Geronimo Stilton books, and her older brother lapped them up at the same time too.


Gangsta Granny
Gangsta Granny
by David Walliams
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great as a read-aloud, 12 July 2012
This review is from: Gangsta Granny (Hardcover)
My six-year-old daughter thoroughly enjoyed having this read aloud to her. She wasn't bothered by the plot flaw that has irritated me - Granny claims she was only pretending to be a jewel thief. Why then does Ben find her dressed in black about to smash the window of a jewellery shop? I'd be happy to interpret this as 'the real truth' that Granny is trying to conceal from Ben if this was in any way hinted at in the text, but it isn't. Did this bother anyone else?
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The Secrets Club: Alice in the Spotlight
The Secrets Club: Alice in the Spotlight
by Chris Higgins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll want to know the secret, 7 Jun. 2012
'Alice in the Spotlight' is the start of a series 'The Secrets Club', about four friends in their first year at secondary school. Alice is a quiet girl, a bit nervous about starting at her new school and overshadowed at home by her larger-than-life big sister. Alice is passionate about the environment, but will anyone at school share her views? Or are they only interested in fashion and gossip? Happily Alice finds three great friends at school, but there is something she just can't tell them. What is Alice hiding? And will the new friendships survive such a big secret? Girls of 8 to 12, especially fans of Jacqueline Wilson, will love this accessible, funny story about friendship.


Life: An Exploded Diagram
Life: An Exploded Diagram
by Mal Peet
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A totally satisfying read, 13 Feb. 2012
Mal Peet's extremely satisfying novel is a both a tender love story and a brillliant piece of analysis of the social and political history of the twentieth century. I recommend it highly to anyone who lived through the summer of 1962, who has parents who did or who simply enjoys a page-turning story that sheds light on what it means to be young, to be English or to be in love at any time.


Mr Chartwell
Mr Chartwell
by Rebecca Hunt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A startlingly good debut novel, 6 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Mr Chartwell (Paperback)
A highly original central premise is handled with verve and described in lyrical prose. What could easily have become whimsical or too fantastical for my taste in fact remains highly readable, believable and very moving. I thoroughly recommend this novel from a talented new writer.


Popular
Popular
by Gareth Russell
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty, funny and entertaining, 23 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Popular (Paperback)
This is the story of the achingly attractive and devastatingly rich Meredith and the social clique she runs with an iron fist. Meredith's attempts to ensure total control over her friends and their lives make for a very entertaining holiday read. Add in the story of her good-looking friend Cameron and his struggle with his own sexuality and you have a book that has surprising depth and is thought-provoking in a way that a lot of chick-lit isn't. Pack this one for the beach, or indulge yourself on a rainy afternoon. You won't regret it.


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