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Creative Haven Fanciful Foxes Coloring Book
Creative Haven Fanciful Foxes Coloring Book
by Marjorie Sarnat
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 8.00
32 used & new from CDN$ 4.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!, Feb. 12 2017
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This book is absolutely beautiful! It's the third one of hers I've bought, and while I got it as a gift for a fox-obsessed friend, I'm going to have to get one for myself as well. I think it may actually be the best of the three... I really liked her Creative Cats book, with the variety of strange and magical-looking cat tableaux, but found Dazzling Dogs to be a let-down - most of that one was less weird and magical, more just Hallmark syrupy cuteness, which is not my thing. But the fox book is definitely more in the realm of Creative Cats, and maybe even a touch better!


National Geographic Ultimate Dinosaur Play Sand
National Geographic Ultimate Dinosaur Play Sand
Offered by Discover With Dr. Cool
Price: CDN$ 19.99
5 used & new from CDN$ 17.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made one little boy VERY happy, Feb. 12 2017
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Arrived promptly, and was very happy-making for the 6-year-old I ordered it for. He was especially excited about the bonus dinosaur poop fossil because like pretty much every kid that age, he thinks poop is the most hilarious thing in the world, so when you combine poop and dinosaurs into a single item, it was like the holy grail of awesomeness to him.


Pioneer 8-Inch by 8-Inch Postbound Fabric Frame Cover Memory Book, Cobalt Blue
Pioneer 8-Inch by 8-Inch Postbound Fabric Frame Cover Memory Book, Cobalt Blue
Price: CDN$ 14.36
8 used & new from CDN$ 13.10

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice compact scrapbook binder, Feb. 12 2017
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This is a nice scrapbook, of a more manageable size than the 12" x 12" ones you see so many of - I got it to make a "support book" for my son that he can carry in his school backpack and take out when he's having a rough time and needs to feel better, so the compact size is good. And it seems quite sturdy, and can expand to fit a massive number of pages, which is nice.

My only criticisms are that the starting number of pages is quite small, so you'll likely need to order refills at the same time as you get the book, because you'll need them pretty soon, and that I found the way the pages are bound in a little difficult to undo when I needed to add the refills. Maybe just because I'm not very used to it, but it took me a while to sort out that you had to actually use two screwdrivers, one on each side of the bolt, because if you tried to just unscrew one end with the book lying flat, it would just turn and turn and never open. And the two-screwdriver approach can be a bit awkward if you don't have a third hand to hold the book steady. But it's probably one of those things that gets easier with practice...


Creative Haven Dazzling Dogs Coloring Book
Creative Haven Dazzling Dogs Coloring Book
by Marjorie Sarnat
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 8.00
37 used & new from CDN$ 2.91

3.0 out of 5 stars A few bright spots, but overall, too much cuteness and not enough creativity, Sept. 8 2016
I was hoping this one would be basically a dog version of the Creative Cats colouring book, since I really loved that one. And that does seem to be sort of what it's aiming at, but I don't think it quite hits the mark. The cats one comes across as more quirky and varied, while only a few of the pages in this one seem to have that feel. The majority of images in this book tend toward a more Hallmark-ish cutesy aesthetic, with big-eyed, long-lashed puppies, usually cocker spaniels or something similar, adorned with ribbons and flowers and what not, which is really not my thing. The cats book did contain a few of those, but overall the images in that one were a lot more varied. I do like some of the images in this book (notably the bloodhound paleontologist, the collie, and the space dog - the latter IS one of those cutesy puppies, but at least the setting is interesting), but on the whole I would have preferred more creativity and variety, and less syrupy Precious Moments cuteness.


Meredead
Meredead
Offered by fastmetalcds
Price: CDN$ 9.99
5 used & new from CDN$ 9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars By far their best album, Dec 17 2013
This review is from: Meredead (Audio CD)
There are only a few albums I can think of that are just outstanding all the way through, with not a weak track on them - but this is one. I liked Leaves' Eyes' previous albums just fine, but this one is breathtaking - by far their best.

The Celtic and Scandinavian folk elements are more prominent than usual on this album, but integrated beautifully with the metal side - it's not a folk album by any means. It's just a perfect folk-metal hybrid, with a truly magical feel.


Fox
Fox
by Kate Banks
Edition: Hardcover
15 used & new from CDN$ 9.67

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and poetic, April 10 2010
This review is from: Fox (Hardcover)
This is one of the loveliest children's books I've yet come across. The painted illustrations are done in a simple way that looks almost like children's art, but is still evocative, and the text is lyrical and poetic, with an almost hypnotic rhythm - but not too abstract for kids to understand.

My 2-1/2-year-old son really loves it, and although he's asked a few times about some of the wordier bits ("What's a 'peaceable hum'? What's a 'billowy gust'?"), he never gets tired of having it read to him, and I've even heard him use a couple of the expressions in other contexts, like when we were out walking on windy day one time and when a the wind picked up in intensity, he suddenly called out "Billowy gust!" and started laughing.

The storyline is also nice, with the baby fox slowly learning life skills and growing to independence as the seasons pass. It's provided a useful example on more than one occasion for when I've had to tell my son he wasn't yet ready to do something he wanted to do, but that one day he would be.


Torchwood: The Complete First Season
Torchwood: The Complete First Season
DVD ~ Various
Price: CDN$ 58.50
25 used & new from CDN$ 5.49

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic, July 27 2008
I'm not much of a fan of TV in general, but there are a few series here and there that really stand out for their intelligence, innovation and quality... and Torchwood is a standout even among those.

While season one didn't quite hit the same level as season two eventually did, it was still stunningly good -- far more interesting, entertaining and mature than the vast majority of other shows. Torchwood even at its worst is better than most other shows at their best.

The acting is consistently excellent, and the characters all intriguingly complex, flawed people, who are not overidealized but shown as being capable of both heroism and terrible mistakes. Above all, they're very, very human. It does take a while for some of them to fully develop over the course of the series, though, so don't expect to feel like you fully know everyone after just the first few episodes (or even by the end of the first season, for that matter).

However, it's definitely not for everyone's tastes - Torchwood does not shy away from dealing with dark and/or controversial themes, and the conservative or easily offended should probably stay far away. In particular, those who are expecting it to be similar in style and tone to Doctor Who may be in for a bit of a shock. Even the character they have in common has gone through a lot of changes between his parting of ways with the Doctor at the end of DW season one, and the beginning of this series (for reasons that are eventually made clear in season 3 of DW) - Captain Jack as he appears here is a lot more serious and driven, and less playfully hedonistic than we originally saw him, though there are certainly still flashes of that.

But many of the same things that upset some viewers - like the strong presence of LGBT themes and characters, sudden shifts in style or content just when you think you've got the series pinned down, exploration of moral ambiguities, and the occasional shock of having "good" characters do very bad things - are what make the series so unique and compelling for those of us who find most television banal.

The only real flaw I've found in Torchwood is that it sometimes seems to focus on character development and emotional impact to the point where logic suffers. There are things that seem to happen for no other reason than that they provide an opportunity for intense and emotionally affecting scenes, and don't really stand up to logical scrutiny afterwards. But on the whole that seems like a minor failing in a series that's otherwise so powerful.

All in all, highly recommended for anyone who wants a change from the usual TV fare, and isn't afraid of being shaken out of their comfort zone.


The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health
The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health
by T. Colin Campbell
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 20.65
61 used & new from CDN$ 5.16

26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solidly researched and guaranteed to shake up your worldview, April 15 2008
I tend to be pretty skeptical of nutrition books, particularly those coming from "alternative" perspectives, since they're often quite faddish and unsubstantiated by science. But this one really blew me away.

While the author advocates a diet that might be considered extreme by some -- a whole foods, plant-based, mostly vegan diet -- his background is anything but fringe or faddish. He's got very solid scientific credentials, and came to his conclusions over the course of years of research. Every claim in this book is backed up by references, the vast majority of them to articles from peer-reviewed medical or scientific journals.

As of starting the book, I was an ex-vegetarian who'd gone back to being a moderate meat eater and had been for over a decade now, but by the time I was halfway through it I was pretty sure my eating habits were about to seriously change. I'm not sure any reasonably intelligent and open-minded person could look at the research Dr. Campbell cites and not come to the same conclusion.

Having said that, I don't think the book is quite flawless -- there are times, particularly toward the latter part of the book, when it gets a bit heavy-handed and feels like the author's trying to drive home his point with a sledgehammer. But on the whole that's a small failing compared to the wealth of useful and potentially life-saving information in it -- not enough for me not to give it a 5-star review, though if fractions were allowed I might have gone for 4.75.


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