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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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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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By Jerry Slocum, David Singmaster, Dieter Gebhardt, Wei-Hwa Huang, Geerl Hellings, and Erno Rubik

Just in time to satisfy the kids of all ages who received Rubik's Cubes as holiday gifts, here is the book to ensure that the gift won’t go unused (or unsolved).

Puzzle Masters Jerry Slocum, David Singmaster, Dieter Gebhardt, Wei-Hwa Huang, and Geert Hellings, share their expertise on the greatest puzzle ever created. Not only does The Cube provide dozens of strategies for competitive cubing—including speedcubing—it also shows you how to solve every kind of cube that exists: the "Mini Cube" 2x2x2; the "Classic" 3x3x3; the "Rubik's Revenge" 4x4x4; the "Professor's Cube" 5x5x5; and the largest cubes available, the "V-Cube 6" 6x6x6 and the "V-Cube 7" 7x7x7. The book even includes modular instructions for cubes of any potential size! All solutions are fully illustrated with all-new, easy-to-follow instructions created specially for this book.

This unique book also includes a fascinating history of the Rubik's Cube—from its invention in 1974 by Ernö Rubik to the '80s craze to its resurgence today, including dozens of rare photographs of vintage cubes, ephemera, and more!

Packed with color photos from Jerry Slocum's extensive and unique collection of mechanical puzzles, The Cube is a must-have companion to the ultimate brainteaser.

Softcover containing 142 pages.

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The newest book in the LEGO® Nonfiction line, Lego Factastic, takes on the biggest subject of all: our world and everything in it! There's a whole world of information inside on almost every subject under the sun, from science to technology, from history to geography to popular culture. Each spread contains a LEGO® scene to facilitate the learning journey: a vignette, mini story, or icon featuring LEGO® models, characters, and sensibility. Graphic design combines the LEGO® illustration with real-world photography and facts for an immersive experience.
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By DK

Designed for visually impaired readers, this fascinating book uses texture, braille and high-contrast photography to convey amazing animal lessons that sighted kids will enjoy, too.

Take a walk on the wild side with DK Braille: Animals.

Learn about lions, elephants, koalas, and more in this exciting reference book designed specifically for blind or visually impaired readers. The pages combine braille, large print, and high-contrast photography with clear and predictive layouts for curious young readers. The images are large and embossed, flocked, or glossed with explanatory text, and the text is both embossed braille and printed in large text format for a shared reading experience for sighted readers.

DK Braille: Animals is a unique reference book that presents an exciting introduction to the animal kingdom for inquiring young minds.

A high-quality book with braille and tactile images for visually impaired children, or sighted children with visually impaired parents. A combination of uncontracted Unified English Braille and large type with high-contrast colours, embossed images, and tactile cutout shapes for children to feel with their fingers. The combination of text alongside the braille enables families with both sighted and visually impaired family members, to share the reading and learning experience.

Hardcover braille, embossed, high-contrast reference book, 32 pages.

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Merriam-Webster's French-English Dictionary is designed to meet the needs of English and French speakers throughout the world. It is intended for language learners, teachers, office workers, tourists- anyone who needs to communicate effectively in the French and English languages as they are spoken and written today.

Understand quickly and easily! Clear, precise definitions, sensibly organized, deliver the words you need, including Internet terms, abbreviations, and geographical names.

Speak and write accurately! Abundant examples of words used in context, IPA pronunciations, an introduction to French grammar, and tables of regular and irregular verbs guide correct usage.

Communicate globally! Features European French and American English. Also includes more Canadian terms than any other bilingual dictionary, as well as popular British variants.

Softcover containing 804 pages.

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By David Pagano and David Pickett

A great gift for would-be movie-makers: get tools, tips and tricks for creating effects, sets and characters for stop-motion videos—even making camera rigs! Have you ever wondered what your toys would look like on the big screen? In The LEGO Animation Book you'll learn how to bring your LEGO creations to life with the art of stop-motion animation. Before you know it, you'll be making your minifigs walk, talk, jump, and fly!

Softcover, 216 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 Sarah Dees

Old bricks—new tricks! Kids can choose step-by-step instructions for toys, animals, models and gadgets or just work from a picture…if they’re pros.

Have a Blast Building New LEGO Toys, Animals, Scenes and Working Contraptions!
Turn your pile of LEGO® bricks into a day of fun! This unique activity book has step-by-step instructions and tons of photos to teach you how to build all-new and totally awesome robots and a robot lab, race cars to race your friends and jet planes to zoom across the room at lightning speed or fit in your pocket for on-the-go play. You can build wild animals then take your minifigures on a safari to see a lion, tiger, monkey and more! Build your own LEGO® town with a playground, skate park and go-cart entertainment arena. Your knight minifigures will have a real adventure when they encounter a green fire-breathing dragon! Help the knights win the battle by building a catapult and a crossbow that really work.Think you’re a LEGO® pro? Then try the no-instruction projects, where you can put your creativity and LEGO building skills to the test by building something using just a photo as a guide. No matter how you use it, this book will help you and your family or friends have a crazy amount of fun building new toys and scenes with your LEGO® bricks!

Paperback, 192 pages.

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By Simon Hugo with contributions by Alice Finch

Boss builders aren’t bound by sets and instructions! This guide offers innovative ideas for birck-based games and activities and a timer and random number generator to help choose.

365 Things to Do with LEGO® Bricks inspires you to look at your LEGO® bricks in new and exciting ways. This interactive book features imaginative play and building ideas, from LEGO® projects that take just a few minutes and require a handful of bricks to inspirational build ideas and activities to keep you occupied for hours.

Visual tips and advice from LEGO® fan builders will encourage you to get creative and have fun while learning new building skills such as building your own LEGO® pet, challenging your friends to make the tallest LEGO® tower against the clock, and creating a LEGO® treasure hunt.

Featuring a timer and random number generator for selecting activities, 365 Things to Do with LEGO® Bricks is full of games and activities that will keep you busy every day of the year.

Hardcover, 256 pages.

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By Catherine D. Hughes, Illustrated by Franco Tempesta

The third title in National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book series, this book is for kids who LOVE dinos! The prehistoric world comes alive with dinosaurs small, big, giant, and gigantic, with stunning illustrations by Franco Tempesta—who illustrated National Geographic Kids The Ultimate Dinopedia. Bursting with fun facts and age appropriate information, each spread features a different dinosaur, along with simple text in big type that is perfect for little kids. Young dino fans will love the interactivity included in every chapter, and parents will appreciate tips to help carry readers’ experience beyond the page.

Hardcover reference book, 128 pages.

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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 Hugh Danks

Kids are crazy about bugs! And kids and parents alike are crazy about the Bug Book and Bug Bottle. Packed with activities and packaged in its own collecting bottle, the full-colour book provides field notes to 47 bugs arranged by habitat, including pond, forest, ground, leaves, field, and flower. The ingeniously designed, safe plastic bottle is perfect for catching and viewing creepy crawlies, then letting them go unharmed(this is a bug kit with a conscience)!

Written by entomologist Hugh Danks, the Bug Book gives comprehensive information about these fascinating creatures - how they live, what they eat, unusual characteristics, and more. It offers simple, clear guidelines on how to collect and care for bugs, and equally helpful hints on which bugs not to catch. New to the kit are a fold-out bug chart for quick identification, a magnifier to see the critters up close, and a bug explorer's journal to record discoveries.

Discover how the whirligig beetle got its name, why fireflies light up, and how water striders walk on water. And then impress parents and friends - here are all the tools kids need to become bona fide bug experts!

Includes: The Bug Book, ventilated bug container with ruler lid, magnifiying glass, bug identification chart and bug journal.

Softcover containing 112 pages.

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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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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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The book that millions of SCRABBLE players consider the only necessary resource. More than 100,000 playable two - to eight-letter words including more than 5,000 newly added entries. Includes variant spellings with expanded coverage of Canadian and British words. Updated to include new vocabulary such as fracking, hashtag, and selfie. Main entries include a brief definition, a part-of-speech label, and inflected forms for fast, easy word validation. Ideal for recreational and school use.
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This edition is revised to include the 1.8 update. You're alone, in a mysterious new world, full of hidden dangers. You have only minutes to find food and shelter before darkness falls and the monsters come looking for you. What do you do? The updated Minecraft Beginner's Handbook might just save your life. Learn how to find resources, make a shelter, craft tools, armour and weapons, and protect yourself from monsters. With tips from Minecraft experts, as well as developer Jeb and creator Notch himself, it's the definitive guide to surviving your first few days in Minecraft.
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This edition is revised to include the 1.8 update. From basic mining and logic circuits to more advanced mechanics, the updated Redstone Handbook will give you step-by-step instructions to get you fully wired to the electrifying possibilities of redstone. With builds including redstone traps and flaming arrow dispensers, you never need fear creepers again! Plus, see some of the most amazing community creations from the very best redstone builders - they'll blow your mind!
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This edition is revised to include the 1.8 update. In Minecraft, you're never alone and the threat of attack is constant. How can you survive? The updated Combat Handbook will teach you everything you need to know to defend yourself from hostile monsters and enemy players. Learn how to build a fort, craft armour and weapons, set mob traps, defeat your enemies in one-to-one combat, and battle your way out of the Nether and the End. With tips from Minecraft experts, as well as developer Jeb and creator Notch himself, you'll be a Minecraft warrior in no time!
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