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Brought to you by the authors and editors that created the Minecrafter and Minecrafter 2.0 Advanced guide books, The Big Book of Minecraft features more of everything—more mods, more mining, more mobs, and more Minecraft! Up to date for the 2014 holiday season, The Big Book of Minecraft is packed with the most recent training, tools, and techniques to help readers get more out of their favorite sandbox game. 2014 was a pivotal year for Minecraft, and this book captures all the latest and greatest things that have happened to one of the most brilliant and immersive games in video game history. From a brief overview of the game to advanced farming, mining, and building techniques, this guide touches on everything Minecraft enthusiasts could ever ask for. Featuring authoritative and engaging content from our internal experts, The Big Book of Minecraft also highlights some of the most influential builders in the Minecraft community today and examines their creations and techniques that catapulted them to fame.

Hardcover book containing 192 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 Mojang

You're alone, in a mysterious new world, full of hidden dangers. You only have a few minutes to find food and shelter before darkness falls and the monsters come looking for you... What do you do?

The Minecraft Beginner's Handbook might just save your life. Inside you'’ll find expert tips on how to build shelter, find and gather resources, and craft armour and weapons to protect yourself from the terrifying creatures that come out at night.

Filled with exclusive tips from the creator, Markus "Notch" Persson, as well as experts and celebrities, the Minecraft Beginners Handbook teaches readers how to survive and make it to the next level in this elaborate gaming universe.

Hardcover book contains 80 pages.

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By DK Publishing

Love creepy crawlies? Fascinated with bugs of all kinds? Take a closer look at the miniature world of incredible insects and amazing arachnids with Ultimate Factivity Collection: Bugs. Packed with fun activities and amazing facts about bugs, you'll find everything you want to know about creepy crawlies, such as the migration of the monarch butterfly, which insects have unusual superpowers, and which spider has the deadliest venom. Fascinating!
Packed with fun activities including games, doodle and colouring pages, puzzles, and crafts, plus more than 500 stickers, each book in the Ultimate Factivity Collection contains amazing facts and educational information that encourage learning while at the same time improving social, emotional, cognitive, and language skills. The Ultimate Factivity Collection series will keep kids busy and learning for hours.

Includes more than 500 stickers.

Softcover containing 96 pages.

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By Christopher Jordan

With thirty teams in the NHL, We Are the Goalies showcases the starting netminder of each club and provides young fans with exciting photos, a detailed history, and an introduction to each of these star players. Along with full colour photos, young and eager fans will enjoy reading about their goalie heroes.

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By Christopher Jordan

In We Are the Goal Scorers, the NHL's top point leaders are celebrated for their contribution to the game. Along with photos, player history, and personal information, young and eager fans will enjoy learning about each of their hockey heroes.

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By Ron Davidson, Foreword by Ron MacLean

At last! A book that focuses on the development of individual hockey skills and promotes a mastery of body positioning, skating and stick work. Learning these skills gives players a strong fundamental understanding of how to move effectively on the ice in any gameplay situation.

The skills are organized in 4 sections: Fundamentals, Skating Techniques, Stick Work, and Dekeing and Deception. As the reader progresses through a chapter, the level of difficulty of each skill increases, ultimately covering every fundamental move and technique needed for an outstanding and total comprehension of the play. Davidson's progressive-learning approach teaches beginners the proper techniques, hones the skills of intermediate-level players and challenges elite players with the additional skills they need!

Some of the 50 critical skills presented in this eye-opening collection include:

  • Forward stride
  • Backward crossunder
  • Drive and delay
  • Heel-to-heel turns
  • Tight turns
  • Extending your reach
  • Receiving off-target shooting
  • The Forsberg deke
  • The Datsyuk deke

Ron Davidson played on Canada's national team at the Lake Placid Olympics in 1980. He has directed hockey camps, schools and clinics in Canada, the U.S. and throughout Europe, and he has directed schools and clinics for the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes and Ottawa Senators. His hockey-skill philosophies and teachings are seen on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada in a segment called "Think Hockey."

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By David Burnie

Explore the world of bugs through hands-on insect activities. Eyewitness Explorer: Bug Hunter includes more than 30 fun activities that you can do to learn more about bugs! Enter the kingdom of the creepy crawlies, and learn about everything from beetles to bees to spiders to scorpions. Identify bugs of all kinds, and learn to study insects in their natural habitats. You can even raise your own caterpillars with the step-by-step instructions you'll find in Eyewitness Explorer: Bug Hunter!
Eyewitness Explorers encourage hands-on learning with 30 easy activities that help children observe, explore, and learn about the natural world. Each book explains the science behind the activities, laying the essential groundwork for contextualizing the experience to come. But at the heart of the books are the activities themselves — a chance to learn by doing with experiments that can be carried out right at home. Simply choose one of the projects and follow the step-by-step, photographically illustrated instructions to learn about bugs, explore insect habitats, and raise a caterpillar.

Softcover containing 72 pages.

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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 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 Helen Davies and Francoise Holmes, Illustrated by John Shackell

A colourful dictionary with over 2000 words and phrases illustrated with amusing pictures of busy everyday scenes. Arranged thematically so words appear in context with topics on “Buying Food”, “At Work”, “In the Countryside” and more! With a pronunciation guide to every word read by a native French speaker at the Usborne Quicklinks Website.

Softcover containing 128 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 DK Publishing

All About Everything is the ultimate almanac that will keep children busy and engaged for hours. Containing a diverse mix of topics, from dinosaurs and animals to history and space, this highly illustrated collection of information is presented in a colourful, kid-friendly style with lively, informative text including quizzes and activities in a handy and accessible paperback format. Packed with essential facts, All About Everything will inspire, entertain, and inform kids about the world around them.

Softcover containing 304 pages.

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By Mark Shulman and James Buckley Jr.

Do you know what makes something a robot? Can you name the six types of robots? Can robots really fly? What kinds of robots are being designed by spy agencies, the military, and our first responders? And best of all, what's next?

Rich with photos, facts, and fun, Robots will cover the world of robots as it exists today - and will exist tomorrow.

Hardcover containing 96 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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By Julie Montalbano

Starting middle school can be scary. But knowing what to expect will make girls feel more confident. Packed with tips and fun quizzes, she will get the inside scoop on topics like classes, lockers, homework, and getting involved in after-school activities.

She will get help deciding the best way to introduce herself to those new classmates.

Plus, there are letters from girls who were just as worried about starting middle school, and advice from girls who have already been there.

Paperback book containing 96 pages.

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By Jackie Zorovich and Kristina Sacci

Master the art of creating Zoku Quick Pops faster than ever! With over 40 quick and delicious recipes, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Those with a penchant for light and healthy pops will love Just Peachy and Watermelon, while those with a love for decadent desserts will devour Marble Cheesecake and Key Lime Pie. The collection ranges from nostalgic favourites like Neapolitan and Mint Chip to trendy flavours like Pink Mojito and Chai!

Also included are Zoku's original pop-making techniques, decorating ideas, and tips to inspire Quick Pop enthusiasts to create their own unique recipes!

Intended for use with Zoku Quick Pop Makers (sold separately).

Softcover containing 96 pages.

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By Mojang

It's time to wire up and get connected to one of the most complex areas of the Minecraft universe - Redstone. Minecraft experts guide you through all aspects of working with Redstone, including: mining, smelting, using repeaters, circuit components, and circuit designs. This comprehensive guide also includes exclusive tips from game creator 'Notch', as well as some of the most extraordinary Redstone creations ever made.

Hardcover book contains 80 pages.

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By Mojang

This comprehensive handbook will teach readers everything they need to know about defense from hostile monsters and enemy players in the elaborate world of Minecraft. Learn how to build a fort, craft armour and weapons, set mob traps, defeat enemies in combat, as well as how to battle your way out of "the Nether" and "the End."

With tips and tricks from experts and celebrities, including Minecraft developer, Jens “Jeb” Bergensten, and creator, Markus “Notch” Persson, readers will learn the skills needed to becoming the ultimate Minecraft warrior in no time!

Hardcover book contains 80 pages.

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