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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 Janet Sacks

Not only is this incredible kit packed with more than 100 mind-boggling illusions, it also explains the science behind them. Kids will love learning how the brain tricks the eye into seeing what may—or may not—actually be there.

Sections explore:

  • Impossible shapes that appear real but are not
  • Static objects that seem to move
  • Camouflage techniques used by animals
  • The magic behind animation
  • 3D images, and more

This fun and unusual pack comes complete with lots of cool accessories to help with the illusions including: 3D glasses, a thaumatrope (for animated illusions), a press-out impossible triangle, plus acetate sheets and spinners for creating vibrating lines and other illusions. A built-in storage pocket secures illusion accessories.

Hardcover book containing 36 pages.

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The first edition of Ultimate Weird But True was an instant hit in Fall 2011. Now the second edition has even more zany fun! Ultimate Weird But True 2 has a fun cover with lots of sparkle, is packed with cool photos, and features the same dynamic design that made the first book such a hit. Content is all-new, with new chapter titles and even more too-strange-to-believe stories, such as: the world's most expensive hamburger, which breaks the bank at $295; the world's largest chocolate sculpture; duck fashion models; and many more oddities.

Hardcover containing 192 pages.

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By the Editors of Time for Kids Magazine

TIME For Kids The NEW BIG Book of Why Crazy, Cool & Outrageous answers the questions that kids commonly ask and adults can rarely answer. Why are our eyes different colors? Why do we put candles on a birthday cake? Why do we high five our friends? Why do elephants have big ears?

Packed with hundreds of new brain busting questions with easy to understand answers that made the first Big Book of Why a best seller. The book is divided by subject area - humans, animals, environment/nature, technology and space - and written in an upbeat manner, each answer is accompanied by either a photo or an illustration to show the reasons why.

TIME For Kids The NEW BIG Book of Why Crazy, Cool & Outrageous is a must-have book to satisfy the most curious of kids. Kids will be desperate to share what they've learned with their parents, teachers, and friends...and anyone else who will listen!

Hardcover containing 192 pages.

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Now you can own all four Minecraft Handbooks in one handy slipcase!

The "Minecraft Beginners Handbook" will teach you how to build shelter, find and gather resources, and craft weapons and armor to protect yourself from monsters during your first few days.

In the "Redstone Handbook," experts guide you through all aspects of working with this unique substance - including mining, smelting, using repeaters, circuit design, etc. - teaching you how to use it for traps and weapons.

Teaching everything you need to know about defense from hostile monsters and enemy players, the "Combat Handbook" will help you to become a Minecraft warrior in no time!

Cultivate your own creative style to rival those of the experts with the "Construction Handbook." Packed with step-by-step instructions and countless pointers from the renowned master build team, FyreUK, readers will learn how to construct houses, bridges, ships, floating islands, and roller coasters of the highest quality.

Contains 4 Minecraft handbooks totaling 320 pages.

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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 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 Mike Leonetti

Hockey Now! is the most comprehensive guide to the stars of today's fast-paced NHL. In its seventh edition, Hockey Now! continues to provide fast-pace, totally up-to-date and strikingly illustrated profiles of the best and brightest the NHL has to offer. Like previous editions, the seventh is jam-packed with 140 colorful action photos of star players in the heat of competition.

Softcover containing 176 pages.

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By Sarah Courtauld, Illustrated by Adam Larkum

Cultivate art appreciation as you are introduced to 30 of the world's most beloved paintings! Each Usborne Famous Paintings Card has an image of a famous painting on one side and fun illustrated facts on the reverse, including the story behind the painting, when, where and by whom it was painted and interesting details. What are you waiting for? Dive into the world of art with Famous Paintings Cards from Usborne!

Includes masterpieces by da Vinci, Vermeer, Kandinsky, Pollock, Monet, van Gogh, Renoir, Picasso, Dali, Matisse, and more!

Deck containing 30 cards.

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By Lonely Planet

A whirlwind tour of the globe, seeking out the highest, deepest, widest, narrowest, coolest, hottest, scariest ... things on the planet! What's the longest place name? The oldest fossil? Most treacherous road in the world and why? Most dangerous food to eat? Scariest place to stand because you're most likely to be struck by lightning? It's all here in this Not-for-Parents book!

containing 192 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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By Lia Foa

This stunning box is an ideal introduction to crystals and gemstones! Open the lid to reveal a 6-compartment display case, each compartment holding an assortment of polished gemstones. Kids will learn how to sort and identify each of the stones in their collection. Beneath the display case, they’ll find the Little Book of Crystals and Gemstones, filled with fascinating facts about more than 50 crystals and gemstones. It identifies each stone by name and describes some of the stone's unique properties. Also included are tweezers for examining stones, and a miniature geode - a stone with tiny crystals that are naturally embedded on its surface.

Included softcover book contains 48 pages.

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By Simon Beecroft and Jason Fry

With more than two million copies of the original sold worldwide since 2009, DK now brings you a fully revised and updated edition of the #1 New York Times bestseller, LEGO® Star Wars®: The Visual Dictionary.

Complete with 48 additional pages and updated throughout to show all of the new sets and innovations from LEGO® Star Wars®, LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary: Update and Expanded provides detailed and annotated photography giving insight into the characters, locations, creatures, and spacecraft of the LEGO galaxy far, far away. Young Padawans will learn the ins and outs about their favorite vehicles, weapons, and minifigures such as Anakin, Yoda, Luke Skywalker, and Darth Vader.

Fans of all ages will learn about every LEGO Star Wars set released while exploring the updated cross sections that expose the inner workings of larger-piece sets such as the Death Star or Millennium Falcon. The updated "Beyond the Bricks" chapter goes behind-the-scenes to take a look at how LEGO sets are made, new models, plus fun fan creations. Of course this book would not be complete without an exclusive LEGO Star Wars minifigure, which is sure to impress even the most dedicated collector.

Includes book and LEGO® minifigure.

Hardcover containing 144 pages.

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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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 DK Publishing

When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer, Sven, on an epic journey to find Anna's sister, the Snow Queen Elsa, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes, and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.

Learn about the characters, locations, themes, and iconic moments of Disney's newest princess tale, Frozen. A fact-filled reference, Frozen: The Essential Guide takes you inside this enchanting world featuring beautiful movie stills and fun and interesting facts!

Hardcover containing 64 pages.

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The perfect companion to the Pokémon animated series, the Pokémon Visual Companion is the follow-up to the highly regarded PokémonVisual Guide, complete with updated content covering new events and characters, as well as the Unova region! This entertaining and informative volume packs the Pokémon world between its covers, with amazing artwork, fascinating facts, and comical anecdotes. This is truly a must-have reference for every Pokémon fan, and is the ultimate reference to key characters, famous battles, and important places. Every region has been revised and updated, including new events, people, and Pokémon from Unova. You also meet Ash, trace his journey, and get to know his Pokémon, friends, and travel companions, as well as villains and rivals throughout the Pokémon world. This is the ultimate guide to the Pokémon animated series, guaranteed to delight any Pokémon fan!

Hardcover containing 208 pages.

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By Annabel Karmel

Get mixing and have fun cooking with these new flip-over cooking cards from Annabel Karmel. "My Favourite Recipes" features over 50 carefully selected recipes from Annabel Karmel that will feed the whole family. Your child will love cooking with these fantastic new ring bound cooking cards - so easy to use with their flip-over format and built-in stand. They take up less space on the counter than ordinary cookery books, leaving more room for weighing, whisking, mixing and rolling out. Each recipe card comes with clear step-by-step photos and instructions that will teach your child essential cooking skills. From savoury and sweet dishes, healthy dinners or treats for tea, all the recipes you need are right here. Once they've made a dish, they'll love eating it too! Get mixing, get messy and have fun cooking!

Hardcover spiral-bound containing 96 pages.

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By Paul Romanuk

Hockey Superstars 2014-2015 is the must-have hockey annual for fans young and old! From Sidney Crosby to Alex Ovechkin, P. K. Subban to Jonathan Toews, learn everything there is to know about seventeen of the NHL's biggest superstars with full-colour photos, biographies, stats, and quotes. Plus: show off your own hockey expertise with fill-in pages where you can track favourite players, predict the season, practice referee signals, and count down to the Cup!

Softcover containing 48 pages.

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By The Editors of Sports Illustrated Kids

How often do golfers make a hole in one? What are the chances you'll catch a foul ball at a baseball game? How often do Number 1 draft picks become Super Bowl winners? This book is the perfect combination of little-known stats, amazing plays, and fun facts. This book highlights some incredible moments and underscore exactly how special those highlight-reel plays are.

Softcover containing 128 pages.

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By Daniel Lipkowitz

Enter the world of your favorite LEGO® super hero in the first ever guide to LEGO® Batman™! LEGO® Batman™: The Visual Dictionary combines DK's famous Visual Dictionary format with the adventurous world of the LEGO® Caped Crusader. Every set and minifigure from the LEGO® Batman™ universe will now be at your fingertips.

Explore each LEGO® Batman™ set according to its location, key themes, events, and characters, including the cunning Catwoman, the daredevil Robin, and the villainous Joker.

Go beyond the bricks to look at the wider world of LEGO® Batman™ — including video games, merchandise, and the intense fan community. As an extra bonus, the bottom corners of each page create two great flip-books!

Includes book and LEGO® Batman™ minifigure!

Hardcover book containing 96 pages.

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

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