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Beyond Jennifer & Jason, Madison & Montana
Beyond Jennifer & Jason, Madison & Montana
by Linda Rosenkrantz
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fresh approach to an old question, 28 Oct. 2008
So many baby name books use the same old alphabetical listings. This one is different, and much more useful. It groups name by type, which makes it far easier to use, especially for second and subsequent children (need a name that sort of goes with the first one?)

Written for an American audience, it is much better for mainstream (British / American) names then for "ethnic" names. Well worth a look though.


The Zookeeper's War
The Zookeeper's War
by Steven Conte
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing, 28 Oct. 2008
This review is from: The Zookeeper's War (Paperback)
This novel fails on a number of levels. Conte's characters are undeveloped and unattractive and, even though they live through interesting events, their own flatness renders otherwise moving situations rather dull. Characters' behaviour is often unexplained and inconsistent, and the authentic historical detail drowns them out. There was no one to really love or even to really hate in this book and the impression given is that the author may not like people as much as he likes historical research and cheap shocks.


Aye
Aye

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High energy music, 28 Dec. 2006
This review is from: Aye (Audio CD)
I first heard this on a roadtrip in a friend's car and we nearly ran off the road trying to dance while driving. The only disadvantage about having my own copy is that I must play is on high volume and I still can't sit still while it is playing. It is wonderful to find some good music that does not correspond to any of the market's categories or styles. This is just itself, and it is very good.

(Wish I knew what the lyrics meant though)


Childhood: a Novel
Childhood: a Novel
by André Alexis
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Skillful build up to a climax which never arrives, 28 Jun. 2006
This review is from: Childhood: a Novel (Hardcover)
I enjoyed reading this novel well enough. It flowed quite satisfactorily and built up a pleasant tension which seemed to promise a revelation at the end. Unfortunately, for me, the "punchline" was not insightful enough to reward the effort of reading the whole book.

The novel centres on the early life of Thomas, who has been abandoned by his mother and left with a grandmother who also abandons him, through death. The story is told by a forty-ish Thomas, who addresses it to a significant other who is not identified until the very end of the novel. An intriguing enough device, but at the end of the story one is left still wondering much about this person, and about what happened Thomas between the end of the phase of his life which he describes and point at which he started to describe it.

This "hole" ruined it for me really. Although the author seems to be making the point that the past can never be really regarded as finished I do think that he might have made a better job of finishing this novel!


Tumble Tots: Action Song Favourites [DVD]
Tumble Tots: Action Song Favourites [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tumble Tots

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value entertainment, 3 July 2005
A video that encourages movement and teaches fun songs and actions. It is well produced and has subtitles to assist learning of lyrics. It is not overly or glossy and does not feature any cartoon characters, but who needs all that? It gets the basics just right and has enduring appeal.


Small Island: Winner of the 'best of the best' Orange Prize
Small Island: Winner of the 'best of the best' Orange Prize
by Andrea Levy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diverse and credible characters- emotion without sentiment, 7 Jun. 2005
My two favourite things about this excellent book were, firstly, the fact that the characters were so different from each other and yet all had so credible a voice and, secondly, that the tricky issues dealt with (including racism, war, disability, disappointment in marriage) always seemed to be serving the story, rather than the other way around, and were never used in a sentimental or patronising way.
Levy's achievement of describing the same situations from several viewpoints so sympathetically would of itself be enough reason to read this book. But, as other reviewers have remarked, it has many other points to recommend it too.


Moving House (Usborne First Experiences)
Moving House (Usborne First Experiences)
by Anne Civardi
Edition: Paperback

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warmly recommended, 23 July 2004
I bought this to read to our 3 and a half year old daughter in advance of our house move. It is a simple book but has been very useful to us in raising issues in a way which makes it easier for her to discuss her concerns. She often asks for it at bedtime and this gives us an opportunity to reasssure her that all the things from her room will be taken carefully to our new house, and to talk about making new friends, etc. It also allows her to see some of the inevitable distruption (packing boxes, moving lorry, people in the house). She is now quite excited by real life developments which she recognises proudly as "just like in my moving house book!".


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