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We love eight-year-olds! They’re just the right age for all kinds of fun. They still love the pretend play they’ve been enjoying for years, yet they’re also ready to move ahead into more advanced toys and learning. All of these toys and activities will appeal to their natural sense of fun and wonder.

 

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Have you ever wondered which LEGO® minifigure had the first double-sided head? Or which one was the first to have a printed torso or peg leg? Discover all the answers to these questions and more in DK's I Love That Minifigure!

Meet more than 200 amazing LEGO minifigures and find out what makes each one special. With stunning images and informative annotations, this encyclopedia features the most unique minifigures in amazing detail — all accompanied by fascinating facts and trivia that bring them to life.

Perfect for LEGO fans and collectors of all ages, I Love That Minifigure! is the official guide to the rarest and most desirable minifigures, and also comes with its own exclusive minifigure.

Includes 1 minifigure.

Hardcover collector's guide, 208 pages.

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Ages 8 and up

Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Star Wars®: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know is crammed with weird and wonderful Star Wars trivia, strange-but-true facts and fascinating "Did you know?" Q&As via a highly engaging infographic design. Find out who cleans the floors of the Death Stars and what takes 1,000 years to digest its victims! From movie-making trivia to quirky facts you never knew, this guide will excite new and old fans alike!

Hardcover reference book, 200 pages.

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By DK Publishing

The full collection of LEGO Star Wars minifigures in one place! Discover a galaxy of LEGO Star Wars minifigures in this fully updated and expanded guide. Meet all your favourites from the movie saga, and find out fascinating facts about rare and exclusive releases!

Hardcover book, 288 pages.

LEGO® and the LEGO® logo are trademarks of the ©2015 LEGO® Group.

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By Dan Kainen, Text by Carol Kaufmann

If you liked Gallop! A Scanimation Book, you'll love the magical journey that is Safari. Readers, as if on safari, encounter 8 wild animals that come alive! Using an innovative lenticular-based technology, precision sliding lenses, and original four-color video imagery, each image is like a 3-D movie on the page, delivering a rich, fluid, immersive visual experience. The cheetah bounds. The gazelle leaps. The African elephant snaps its ears. The gorilla munches the leaves off a branch. Mesmerizing!

Accompanying the images is Safari, the guide: It begins with an evocative journal of a safari along the Mara River in Kenya and interweaves the history of safaris. Then for each animal there is a lively, informative essay and an at-a-glance list of important facts. It's the romance of being on safari - and the almost visceral thrill of seeing the animals in motion - in a book unlike any other.

Hardcover containing 16 pages.

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By Jason Fry, Illustrated by Kemp Remillard

See the vehicles of Star Wars: The Force Awakens™ in unparalleled detail with this newest addition to the Star Wars Incredible Cross Sections series. Twelve breathtaking artworks bring the new craft to life, showing all of the weapons, engines, and technology, while engaging text explains each vehicle's backstory and key features.

Hardcover reference book, 48 pages.

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An epic retelling of six Star Wars films in 100 of the most iconic scenes – recreated with LEGO. Now fans can relive the amazing Star Wars adventure in brick form, while also learning interesting facts about Star Wars LEGO sets and minifigures.

Hardcover book, 216 pages.

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By J.M. Hirsch

Longing for more than yet another limp salad? Tired of tussling with the kids over junk food lunch kits? Sounds like you’ve got the lunch box blues. J. M. Hirsch has the fix.

But it isn’t a cookbook. Because when it comes to lunch, nobody has time to break out a recipe to bang out a brown bag special. Busy people need lunch ideas. Lots of them. And those ideas need to be healthy, fast, easy, affordable, and delicious.

That’s what Beating the Lunch Box Blues is—an idea book to inspire anyone daunted by the daily ordeal of packing lunch. Jammed with nearly 200 photos and more than 500 tips and meals, this book is designed to save families time, money, and their sanity.

Whether you want to jazz up a grilled cheese, turn leftover steak into a DIY taco kit, or make pizza “sushi,” Hirsch has it covered. And because the best lunches often are built from the leftovers of great suppers, he has also included 30 fast and flavorful dinner recipes designed to make enough for tomorrow, too. Crazy good stuff like short ribs braised in a Rosemary-Port Sauce, Hoisin-Glazed Meatloaf, and kid-friendly classics such as Turkey Sloppy Joes and American Chop Suey.

With ideas this easy and this delicious, there’s no reason to let the lunch box blues get you down.

Paperback book containing 208 pages.

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Ages 8 and up

More exciting than a video game, this boredom-busting book is an explosion of information about sensational topics kids love: dessert, underwear, amusement parks, pirates, famous criminals, marsupials, Ancient Egypt, famous landmarks, you name it! The new 5,000 Awesome Facts (About Everything!) 2 has even more brain and eye candy rolled into one beautifully designed, high-octane treasure trove that captures kids' attention and keeps them yearning to learn more.

Hardcover book containing 224 pages.

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By Lynn Brunelle, Illustrated by Brian Biggs and Elara Tanguy

From the backyard to the backwoods, this Ultimate Kids Guide has 247 skills, games, activities, projects, recipes, songs, experiments, crafts and more to make, do, learn and play outdoors! Tips cover everything from wilderness showers, to building a tarp tent, to telling the temperature by counting the cricket chirps!

Tasty outdoor recipes include Solar Oven Pizza and a whopping 8 variations of s'mores! Plus: how to keep a Field Journal, exploring the starry sky, creepy campfire stories and eco-responsibility. Whether you're planning an overnight adventure in the backyard or a weekend in the wilderness, this book is packed with everything you need to know!

Softcover containing 384 pages.

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Ages 8 and up

Building on the success of wildly popular The LEGO® Ideas Book, LEGO® Play Book has all-new ways to encourage kids to think, build, and play creatively.

Featuring more than 200 different LEGO® builds, this fun guide encourages readers to use their imagination and play in new ways, creating amazing LEGO® models of their very own. Featuring a mixture of simple, medium, and complex models, LEGO® Play Book will teach builders tips and tricks to get the most out of their blocks. All-new models along with all-new photography bring LEGO® bricks to life.

There are "ten-minute builds" for quick play sessions, a "cool brick" feature with ideas for using key LEGO® bricks, and a "handful of bricks" section exploring what can be done with a limited collection of LEGO® bricks. This book is fantastic for any LEGO® builder looking to be inspired to build and create.

Hardcover containing 200 pages.

LEGO® and the LEGO® logo are trademarks of the ©2013 LEGO® Group.

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By Jennifer Farley

It seemed as though frozen drinks had been stuck in a rut for quite some time. Zoku noticed that they mainly showed up in convenience stores and movie theaters and the options were usually limited to artificial ingredients and basic flavours. Zoku decided it was time to introduce The Art of Slush!

This book features an assortment of slushies (as well as milkshakes and smoothies) that are designed to work with the Zoku Slush and Shake Maker. The Art of Slush contains both healthy and decadent options with room for flexibility and fun. With the broad range of ingredients in these recipes, you can create artful slush masterpieces to delight everyone.

 

Soft cover containing 96 pages.

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Ages 8 and up

Venture deep into the dark side and discover the world of the evil Sith. Find out more about incredible Sith powers and ruthless plots to take over the galaxy with this all-new DK Adventures: Star Wars: Sith Wars!

Softcover book, 128 pages.

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By Catherine Saunders

Take a trip to Heartlake City and join in on the fun with the LEGO® Friends in the new LEGO® Friends Character Encyclopedia from DK.

Meet Mia, Stephanie, Andrea, Olivia, and Emma-and all the LEGO® Friends characters! Find out about their pets, hobbies, vehicles, and favorite places to just hang out. Learn about their likes and dislikes, their cool outfits, and even discover their top secrets!

Includes book and LEGO® mini-doll.

Hardcover book containing 176 pages.

LEGO® and the LEGO® logo are trademarks of the ©2014 LEGO® Group.

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By Lori C. Froeb

 

Quit buggin' and get busy on a new learning adventure! Animal Adventures: Insects and Spiders will take you deep into nature to discover the enormous world of all the creepy-crawly creatures around us. Have fun while learning and see all of your favorites like you never have before, with colorful illustrations, fascinating facts about insects and spiders, and finally building a diorama. Everything you need to delve into the world of bugs is right here, ready to assemble at home or to take on the go. This unique set includes a book full of colorful illustrations and intriguing facts about spiders and insects, plus three-dimensional models and a diorama with reusable stickers.

Includes 40 page book, 9 piece diorama, 6 plastic animals, 5 3-D models, 40 reusable stickers, and 20 fact cards.

Activity Kit, contains 40 pages

 

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By Greg Farshtey

Welcome to the world of LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes! From Batman to Superman; Catwoman to Wonder Woman; the Joker to Lex Luthor - this official guidebook is the perfect introduction to your favourite LEGO® heroes and villains. This book includes top secret information about every hero and villain, from their favorite weapons to their coolest vehicles and much, much more. There's even an amazing poster you can hang on your wall!

This updated and extended edition has more heroes, more villains, and more awesome! Brand new poster included!

Softcover reference book, 144 pages.

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Ages 8 and up

Take a world tour through 200 countries with this brand new edition of the bestselling kids' version of Lonely Planet's popular The Travel Book, loaded with thousands of amazing facts on wildlife, how people live, sports, hideous and mouthwatering food, festivals and a wide range of other quirky insights on every page. Every single country gets its own dedicated page, and a mix of photography and beautiful illustrations brings each land to life. Perfect for keeping explorers aged 8 years and up entertained on the road.

Hardcover travel guide book, 212 pages.

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By Gail MacColl

National Bestseller - over 1 million copies in print! A complete introduction for kids and a refresher for adults, this set includes an everything-you-need-to-know guide to 35 great card games and an oversized, durably laminated 52-card playing deck with 2 jokers included! Symbols and numbers are extra large, plus each suit's background colour is different.

Book includes:

  • Objectives, rules, score-keeping, favourite variations
  • How to shuffle, cut and deal
  • Strategy (even the art of bluffing!)
  • Glossary of card terms

Softcover containing 128 pages.

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By Dorling Kindersley

After ten years of study and consultation, UNICEF, the premier organization devoted to the care and welfare of the world's children, published the results of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Using these tenets as a base, A Life Like Mine profiles children from all over the globe leading their lives in different and fascinating ways. The challenges of nations both developed and developing are revealed in the stories and photographs in this special volume. DK and UNICEF have combined their inspirational forces to provide remarkable insight into children's lives.

Softcover, contains 128 pages filled with full-colour photographs.

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Illustrated by Steve Noon

This DK classic is back in a beautiful hardcover edition, telling the 100-year-old story of the Titanic's fateful voyage through vivid original artwork. Young readers will learn and discover how the ship was built and equipped, what kind of passengers and crew she carried, and what facilities she offered onboard. Learn how she struck an iceberg, why she sank so quickly, how many people were saved, and how many lives were lost.

  • Detailed double-page artwork with cutaway scenes tell the tragic story of the 'unsinkable' liner
  • Pictorial details and lively annotation give fascinating insight into the Titanic's construction and the daily life of its passengers and crew, from the start of the maiden voyage to its sinking
  • Covers the official inquiries into the sinking, as well as the discovery of the wreck

Hardcover containing 48 pages.

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By Daniel Lipkowitz

Journey to the dark side of a galaxy far, far away and meet the LEGO® Star Wars minifigure members of the ruthless Imperial Army in LEGO Star Wars: The Dark Side!

Witness Darth Vader battling Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker, meet the Sith and all of Darth Vader's minifigure subjects, and explore the Death Star and all of the Sith starships. Turn the pages to find facts and information about your favorite LEGO® Star Wars minifigures and vehicles from the dark side in action-packed situations and discover everything there is to know about the legendary Darth Vader.

With new and exciting photography and an evil exclusive minifigure, LEGO® Star Wars: The Dark Side will have you questioning on which side your allegiances lie.

Hardcover containing 96 pages.

Includes: book and Emperor Palpatine Lego® minifigure.

LEGO® and the LEGO® logo are trademarks of the ©2014 LEGO® Group.

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