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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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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 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 National Geographic Kids

The world's best-selling almanac for kids is back! A #1 Globe and Mail bestseller, this annual is packed with incredible photos, fun facts, crafts, activities, and fascinating articles about animals, science, nature, and more. This edition includes special Canadian sections, such as maps of the Canadian provinces, and Canadian Prime Ministers. New features include a special section on cute animals; a "Fun and Games" chapter with all-new games, jokes, and comics; redesigned continents of the world section; updated reference material, and more!

Softcover containing 352 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 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 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

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 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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By Mojang

The possibilities are endless in Minecraft. This handbook will teach players how they too can cultivate a creative style to rival those of the experts!

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 rollercoasters of the highest quality.

Along with the tools to become master builders themselves, players will also be inspired to fuel their own creative genius through the inclusion of some of the most astounding and influential community builds ever!

Hardcover book contains 80 pages.

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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.

 

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This set of over 50 colourful cards shows the flags of every country in the world! Each flag is accompanied by country fact data, from capital cities to currencies. Feature panels on each Usborne Spotter's Card tell more about flag designs, symbols and traditions and internet links provide lots more flag information!

Box contains approximately 54 cards, measuring approximately 4" wide x 6" high.

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By Rick Riordan

It's the handbook no half-blood should be without: a fully illustrated, in-depth guide to gods, monsters, and all things Percy! This novelty companion to the best-selling series comes complete with trading cards, full-colour diagrams and maps, all packaged in a handy, "manual-size" book with a crisp, magnetic flap enclosure.

Hardcover containing 148 pages.

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Perfect for getting children out into the open air to discover nature, this colourful, easy and fun bird guide is ideal for beginning birders! DK Spot the Bird covers more than 100 of the most common North American birds. Each page features one bird, along with a full-colour photograph and clear, concise text to pick out the main identifying features.

Colourful symbols let young naturalists know what the bird eats, where it lives, how many eggs it lays, and whether it will be seen alone or in flocks. To add fun to the challenge of spotting them, all the birds have stickers - when children spot the bird, they can add their sticker!

Softcover containig 120 pages.

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By Chris Cerasi

New and classic Star Wars facts, photos and trivia at your fingertips! This "book" actually consists of die-cut cards filled with facts about Star Wars characters, vehicles, weapons and more. Test your knowledge with this Fandex Deluxe!

Deck containing 75 cards.

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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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