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Baby Touch: Peekaboo - Ladybird 03/11/2009

Peekaboo! But where's the story?

Baby Touch: Peekaboo - Ladybird When my son was ill earlier this year my best friend bought him this book as a get well present. I’m not sure that this helped him feel better (he was only six months old at the time) but when he’d recovered this fast became his favourite book. Description This book is quite large as baby board books go at about 25cm square. The corners of the book on the right hand side are nicely rounded so there are no sharp edges. The pages of the book are made from reasonably thick board. My son has been chewing his copy of the book and although you can see teeth marks in it, the pages have not been scratched or torn as a result. The book has twelve pages, five with peekaboo flaps for baby to lift up. Each flap has a hole in it so baby can see what is underneath. On each page there are three smaller pictures on the left hand side with a larger picture underneath a flap on the right. Some of the pages have textures for baby to touch and these are not just restricted to the large picture under the flap. Each page has a sort of theme: 1. The sea – a starfish, a boat and a whale appear on the left hand side of the page and a bumpy octopus is hiding under the right hand flap. 2. The countryside – a bee, a fluffy bunny and a tractor are on the left hand side and a fuzzy caterpillar is under the flap. 3. Wild animals – a zebra and giraffe are on the left along with a colourful hot air balloon (ok so that doesn’t really fit with any kind of theme!). On the right is a tiger with stripes ...

Organix Fruit Purees - Pear And Raspberry 29/10/2009

Pricey but convenient baby food

I'm Not Scary - Rod Campbell 23/10/2009

A scary baby book!

I'm Not Scary - Rod Campbell Rod Campbell is a very popular author of books for young children. I first came across his books when I took my son to a singing and story session at our local library and Dear Zoo was the book they read to the children. My son sat listening very attentively to the story and seemed to really enjoy it. I certainly enjoyed it and soon after went to my local bookshop to seek out other books by this author to read to my son. I’m Not Scary was one of the books I bought for him. Description I’m Not Scary is a touch-and-feel board book and in typical Rod Campbell style, the story is short and sweet. On each page is an animal that you might find in your garden and each animal says, “Touch me, I’m not scary!” The animals all have interesting textures for your child to feel and some of them are hiding under flaps that the child can lift up. At the end of the book is a big pop-up spider who says, “I am scary! Touch me if you dare!” The animals your child can discover in this book are: A scratchy grasshopper with a sandpaper-y leg A snail hiding under a flowerpot with a raised snail slime trail going across the page A dragonfly with pink sparkly wings A caterpillar with a soft, spongy body A beetle hiding under a leaf with a shiny red body And the scary pop-up cardboard spider The version we have is a board book although the pages are not as thick as that of some board books so it would be fairly easy for them to get bent and spoilt. This book is also available in a hardback ...

1000 Things to Do in Britain - Time Out Guides 21/10/2009

Plan your next day out!

1000 Things to Do in Britain - Time Out Guides I have always been fascinated by books of lists. Lists of things to do, books to read, films to see, places to visit – I have lots of them on my bookshelves. So when I spotted Time Out’s guide to ‘1000 Things to do in Britain’ in my local branch of Waterstones, I knew I had to add it to my collection. Description of the Book As you’ve probably guessed, this book is a list of a thousand things to do in Britain. These range from obscure to more mainstream places and include places to visit as well as activities to do. Just to whet your appetite, here are some entries chosen at random from the book: No. 541-550 Ride Britain’s best rollercoasters No. 223 Marvel at Orkney’s Italian Chapel No. 835 Tour a turbine in Norfolk No. 763 Stay in a stately home (without spending a fortune) No. 341 See Shakespeare under the stars No. 188 Uncover the secrets of real ale at the Hook Norton Brewery No. 804 Have a Brief Encounter at Carnforth (Station) Each entry is one or two paragraphs long but gives you all the information you need such as addresses and website details. The book also has fifteen special features written by Time Out journalists taking part in particular activities such as going wild camping or learning circus skills. These are two to three pages long and make a good read as well as providing a more in-depth guide. As well as this, ten famous individuals such as David Starkey and Katharine Hamnett have provided lists of their favourite things to do. The entries ...

Trentham Monkey Forest, United Kingdom 18/10/2009

Take your little monkeys to see some monkeys

1000 Things for Kids to Do in the Holidays - Time Out Guides 16/10/2009

With half term coming up you may want to read this...

Early Learning Centre Toddle Truck 14/10/2009

Let your toddler loose with this truck

Chad Valley Musical Tractor & Trailer 12/10/2009

Finally a noisy baby toy that isn't incredibly annoying!

Chad Valley Musical Tractor & Trailer My son was given this by his grandparents last Christmas when he was two months old. As the box says it is for twelve months and up, I hid it away until he got closer to the twelve month mark. Having rearranged his bedroom a few months ago I rediscovered this toy and got it out for him to play with. He is now a year old and is not usually that keen on complicated plastic toys, preferring instead to play with his stacking cups, building blocks and anything he can put in his mouth to chew! However, this toy proved to be an exception. From the moment I took it out of the box he has been playing with it avidly, even though it is far to big to go in his mouth. The toy looks exactly as in the picture above. The colours are all nice and bright to capture your child’s attention. The tractor and trailer cannot be separated but are attached by a hinge so it can be pushed around corners. In the tractor sits a farmer and in the trailer there are four farmyard animals – a cow, a sheep, a chicken (actually a cockerel I think) and a pig. Each of these sit in their own shaped slots so the cow can’t steal the pig’s seat in the trailer. When you put each animal in their slot they make the relevant noise. So the sheep goes ‘baaaaa’, the cow goes ‘moooooo’, the pig goes ‘oink oink oink oink’ and the cockerel goes ‘cockadoodle’. When you put the farmer in the driving seat of the tractor it plays Old MacDonald with various animal sounds in the background. Thankfully this version of Old ...

BeneFit Posietint Poppy-Pink Tinted Lip & Cheek Stain 09/10/2009

Put some colour in your cheeks

BeneFit Posietint Poppy-Pink Tinted Lip & Cheek Stain I’m a recent convert to Benefit cosmetics having stuck with various mass market brands plus a bit of Clinique every so often when I can afford it. The first Benefit product I ever bought was Benetint which I purchased a couple of years ago. I was really impressed with this so given that my skin tone is pale and pinky, I thought that Posietint would be an even better match for me. Benetint and Posietint are dual-purpose products that can be used either as a lip or cheek stain. Benetint is a red tone and Posietint is pink. The product comes very attractively packaged in a printed box. Inside is a small glass bottle, similar to a bottle of nail varnish. It is covered in a pink coloured foil. I was pleased with the appearance of this product, it looks like a premium product and given the price I paid for it (£22.50 for 12.5ml) it made me feel a little better for spending out all that money. The product itself is a bright pink liquid which is applied with a small brush, again similar to a nail varnish. The best way of describing the consistency of this is that it is mid-way between that of nail varnish and water. I thought that it looked worryingly pink and I was a little scared that it would not blend in properly. Contained within the box are the instructions for application which advise you to put three small strokes of the tint on the apple of your cheek and blend it up and outwards immediately. I followed these instructions and found that I ended up with very very rosy ...

Tomy Choo Choo Loop 04/10/2009

Choo Choo - somebody switch that annoying toy off!

Fermats Last Theorem - Simon Singh 03/10/2009

Fermats Last Theorem - For the mathematically minded

Fermats Last Theorem - Simon Singh I always enjoyed maths lessons at school (sad as that may sound) and since then have made a point of reading my way through some of the maths books to be found in the ‘Popular Science’ section of my local bookshop. I was initially put off this book as I was expecting it to be a boring and hard to follow description of a proof of some obscure mathematical theorem. However there being few alternatives (my local bookshop is not very large), I thought I’d give this a go. When I was at school, Fermat’s Last Theorem didn’t feature on the GCSE or A Level maths syllabus so I had no clue what it was about. On picking up this book I was pleased to find that the theorem is actually quite easy to understand and not only that but the author explains it so well that I grasped what the book was about immediately. Whilst Fermat’s Last Theorem itself may seem simple if you have a reasonable level of mathematical knowledge (A Level standard maybe), the proof of it is actually very complex. So complex, in fact, that it took 358 years for the theorem to finally be proved by a British mathematician named Andrew Wiles. A professor at Princeton who has since been knighted, Wiles first came across Fermat’s Last Theorem as a young boy and decided there and then that he would be the first person to prove it. This book tells the story of how Wiles did just that. It describes over two thousand years of mathematical investigation which lead up to the formulation of Fermat’s Last Theorem, and then ...

Cat - Freya North 02/10/2009

Bicycles, thighs, sex and bananas!

Cat - Freya North When I first met my husband, a keen cyclist, I impressed him no end with my knowledge of the world of cycling. I’ll let you into a little secret. At the time all of my cycling knowledge had been gleaned from Freya North’s book, ‘Cat’, but don’t tell him that! Synopsis This was Freya North’s fourth novel and introduced the three McCabe sisters who feature in this book and three subsequent ones. Cat, Fen and Pip McCabe had an eclectic upbringing by their uncle Django after their mother ran off with a cowboy from Denver. Freya’s fifth and sixth books focus on Fen and Pip but as you’ve probably guessed by the title of this book, Cat (short for Catriona) is the main character of this one. Cat is a 28 year old sports journalist who leaves England to get over a failed relationship and rebuild her self-confidence whilst she reports on the Tour De France. Cat soon finds that the Tour is a very male dominated world – she is one of only twelve females in a press corps of a thousand. But like the feisty heroine she is, she soon finds her way and forms a good working relationship with two other English journalists, Josh and Alex. Whilst following the Tour, Cat encounters a host of interesting characters from riders to podium girls but is drawn towards Ben York, a doctor for the American team Megapac. She just can’t work out whether or not he is interested in her. The majority of this book takes place during the three weeks of the Tour De France and follows the race on its two ...

Avon Perfect Wear Liquid Eye Liner Pen 02/10/2009

Not so Perfect to Wear

Avon Perfect Wear Liquid Eye Liner Pen I have to admit that I’m a bit rubbish at applying eye liner and at my age I really should have perfected the technique. The eyeliner I find easiest to apply comes in pen form but I have found two problems with this type; Firstly it tends to be quite a bit more expensive than a pencil and secondly if you don’t replace the lid very tightly, it dries up within a few weeks. I had been waiting for ages for there to be a special offer on this Avon Perfect Wear Eyeliner Pen so that I could try it at an affordable price and a few weeks ago, the offer materialised and I purchased one in Brown. I was quite excited about going back to pen eyeliner again after my budget had restricted me to pencil eyeliner for so long. I opened the packaging of this Avon eyeliner (it comes wrapped in a sheath of plastic), removed the lid and was very hopeful that I had discovered a new and fantastic addition to my make-up collection. The pen itself looks a lot like a felt tip. It has a long tip to it which tapers to a very fine point so you would think that it would be perfect for applying your eyeliner with precision. Well, it might be if the nib of the eyeliner wasn’t so wet with ink that as soon as you touch it to your skin, the ink bleeds into any small creases nearby. The tip of the pen should mean that you could draw a line of less than 1mm in diameter but the ink runs so much that you end up with a line which is more like 2-3mm. Unlike liquid eyeliner which come with a brush, you cannot ...

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Feeding Bottles 01/10/2009

As close to nature as you can get with a bottle

Lamaze Spin and Explore Garden Gym 30/09/2009

It's Tummy Time!

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