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1. Lost Encyclopedia
2. The Encyclopedia of Country Living
3. Encyclopedia of Counseling, Third
4. Encyclopedia Brown Box Set (4
5. The New Encyclopedia of Modern
6. Star Wars Clone Wars Character
7. Marvel Encyclopedia
8. Encyclopedia of the Exquisite:
9. Halo Encyclopedia
10. Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective
11. DK First Encyclopedia
12. The DC Comics Encyclopedia, Updated
13. Encyclopedia Brown Solves Them
14. The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia
15. Oh, Yuck! The Encyclopedia of
16. The Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia
17. First Animal Encyclopedia (Dk
18. Encyclopedia Brown Keeps the Peace
19. Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia
20. WWE Encyclopedia

1. Lost Encyclopedia
by Tara Bennett, Paul Terry
Hardcover: 404 Pages
list price: US$45.00 -- used & new: US$23.89
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Asin: 0756665949
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Featuring more than 400 pages and over 1500 images, the LOST Encyclopedia will be a comprehensive guide to the characters, items, locations, plotlines, relationships, and mythologies from all six seasons of the landmark series aired on ABC-TV and produced by ABC Studios. Created in full collaboration with ABC Entertainment and ABC Studios, this will be the first and only fully licensed and comprehensive reference to all things LOST, and it includes a foreword by executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.

LOST © 2010. ABC Studios. All Rights Reserved. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (14)

5-0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece!
What a stunning book. Readers can truly get "Lost" in it. The photos are gorgeous and the text informative and entertaining. Even if you know a lot about "Lost," you'll learn much, much more with this book. Bravo to the creators!

4-0 out of 5 stars Overall pleased
As a fanatic of the show who followed all things CANON, I enjoyed the book overall.It's a great overall resource if you want to look something quick for reference.Whenever I thought something was omitted, it would pop up as information under a different entry.

There are some small errors here and there.But I think they can be taken with a "grain of salt."

Overall it's a great resource for the show.It doesn't offer "answers", but I felt the clarifications on things can be considered as new information.Such as how Ethan joined the others, that Widmore ordered the purge an JAcob suggested to Richard that he be removed from power, etc.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great book, but with painful grammatical and other editing errors
This is a great book for any die-hard LOST fan. It includes a number of details and clarifications that have not been offered anyplace else, which makes it indispensable. At the same time, many valuable features that one can find on Lostpedia.com (unofficial Lost encyclopedia online) are missing. Things like full lists of episode titles and summaries of each season, and, especially, timelines, character and mystery statuses. The book is also missing an index, which is quite odd for a publication of this nature, and makes it impossible to cross reference. This would lead me to believe there was not enough room to include all these features, which makes it somewhat curious that Sawyer's reading list, for example, is including twice in the book. Indeed, a number of facts and pictures are duplicated, while others are left out entirely.

My biggest complaint though is the number of grammatical errors. Someone who wrote or edited the book has a lot of trouble identifying the subject of a sentence. For instance, one sentence reads "Before his father went on the Kahana mission, Michael tried to make contact with Walt." What this sentence means is that Michael's father went on the Kahana mission, but this is incorrect--it was Walt's father, Michael, who went on the mission. This type of incongruent-subject error is very frequent in the book. I've only read about 1/10 of it so far and have found similar mistakes five times already, as well as a number of typos.

Most books have some mistakes, partly because our eyes tend to see what we know to be correct, so even astute editors miss some of these things. But there's a reasonable limit on just how many mistakes there should be, especially when this book is published by DK, known for its reference and educational books.

I'm glad I bought the book now, but I'm also hoping for a second, improved edition, at which time I'll sell the current one on Ebay and cut my losses.

3-0 out of 5 stars A good, if not definitive resource with some noticeable flaws
The LOST Encyclopedia will not bring a bevy of new insights or craved "answers" for fans of the show, but it is a solid catalog of facts and histories from the show's vast mythology. I wouldn't call it comprehensive, but it's an enjoyably casual reference for fans of the show.

The biggest negative trait of the book is the sloppy editing. Despite being delayed multiple times before its release, the articles still contain numerous typographical errors (I'd estimate one every couple of pages on average), far more than should be acceptable for a professionally published work like this. There are even entries that are OUT OF ALPHABETICAL ORDER: under "D," there are three entries ordered "Donovan," "Dogen" and "Doctors." I know it's something most people won't lose a lot of sleep over, but as an English major I found them impossible to ignore and quite distracting from the flow of the book.

More important and germane to the nature of the LOST Encyclopedia, there doesn't seem to be much rhyme or reason to the emphasis placed on some elements of the show in contrast to others. For example, on the same two-page spread, Eddie Colburn, a minor character featured in ONE flashback episode, is given as much attention as Edward Mars, a character who appeared in multiple flashbacks and on the Island. Another example: there's a massive two-page entry dedicated to the RECORD PLAYER in the Swan station. The same amount of space is given to the blast door map, one of the pivotal set pieces of the series. If I had to guess, I'd say that such decisions were made to make the articles fit into neat two-page layouts, with the visual presentation emphasized over the relevance of information.

As mentioned in a previous review, the alphabetization of the entries is slapdash. If you want to actually look up an obscure element of the show rather than just casually browse the book, you may find yourself taking several guesses on what your query may be titled before you find it. For example, if you want to look up the glowing river alternatively called "The Source" or "The Heart of the Island," you won't find it listed under either of those two names. Instead, it is mentioned in a brief paragraph in the massive entry "The Island," as well as intermittently in other entries. Other aspects of the show that this fan thinks should have entries but do not, based on their importance in the show, include the Whispers, Time Travel, and the Donkey Wheel.

Now, to the positive. Given the existence of the much more comprehensive fan wiki "Lostpedia," the biggest appeal of The LOST Encyclopedia is not the depth or organization of its entries. Instead, it is the hundreds and hundreds of visual aids that accompany the entries, along with photos of LOST props and locales sprinkled liberally throughout the book. All of the entries on the major Dharma stations feature original diagrams. There are hundreds of close-ups of key props, such as Faraday's journal and maps used by the characters, as well as more obscure pieces like Drive Shaft promotional posters and the contents of Kate's time capsule. Most fans have never had an opportunity to see such components of LOST lore this clearly and up close.

The encyclopedia also features a number of ancillary elements that exist outside of the show, thus establishing them as canon while also exposing them to fans who may not have seen them before. The entry for Alvar Hanso contains information about Thomas Mittlewerk and Rachel Blake, characters featured only in the LOST Alternate Reality Game "The LOST Experience." The article on the Purge includes a copy of the truce between the Others and the Dharma Initiative, previously available only to those who bought the special edition of the Season Five box set. There are even translations of many of the hieroglyphics featured on sets and props from the show, engravings that would be impossible to discern from screencaps.

Ironically, the unofficial Lostpedia easily remains the definitive source of information on LOST even after the release of this book. Really, The LOST Encyclopedia functions best as a kind of coffee table attraction, a tome to peruse for the sake of curiosity as opposed to a serious study of the show's mythology. While its numerous textual errors give some entries an unpolished feel, from a strictly visual perspective the book is stunning. It's not easy to produce as many new images from a show as heavily scrutinized as LOST, but the material unique to the book, as well as the conversational tone best suited to enjoyable casual reading, make it worth the buy.

3-0 out of 5 stars Proofread!
I'm a huge fan of the show and was quite excited about this reference. After reading it, I'm still excited if a bit let down by one issue. The numerous editing errors detract from the encyclopedia's authority and muddle the experience. Don't forget to proofread! ... Read more

2. The Encyclopedia of Country Living
by Carla Emery
Paperback: 928 Pages (2008-07-28)
list price: US$29.95 -- used & new: US$17.99
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Asin: 1570615535
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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No home, whether in the country, the city, or somewhere in between, should be without this one-of-a-kind encyclopedia — the most complete source of information available about growing, processing, cooking, and preserving homegrown foods from the garden, orchard, field, or barnyard. For more than 30 years, people have relied on its practical, step-by-step advice on basic self-sufficiency skills such as how to cultivate a garden, buy land, bake bread, raise farm animals, make sausage, milk a goat, grow herbs, churn butter, build a chicken coop, cook on a wood stove, and much, much more. First written at the height of the 1960s back-to-the-land movement, the book has been continually revised, updated, and expanded, and has grown from a self-published, mimeographed document to an exhaustive reference of more than one million words, 2,000+ recipes, and over 1,500 mail order sources. Emery’s personal advice, reflections, and anecdotes ensure that this incredibly detailed, diverse reference is as enjoyable as it is useful.
Amazon.com Review
For twenty years people have relied on these hundreds of recipes, instructions, and morsels of invaluable practical advice on all aspects of growing and preparing food. This definitive classic on food, gardening, and self-sufficient living is a complete resource for living off the land with over 800 pages of collected wisdom from country maven, Carla Emery--how to cultivate a garden, buy land, bake bread, raise farm animals, make sausage, milk a goat, grow herbs, churn butter, catch a pig, make soap, work with bees and more. Encyclopedia of Country Living is so basic, so thorough, so reliable, it deserves a place in every home--whether in the country, the city, or somewhere in between. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (177)

5-0 out of 5 stars best all around do it yourself book
This book covers it all!This is my second copy- I wore the first one out!If you live in the country, this is a must have.

3-0 out of 5 stars Mostly a reference list
This book is definitely for 'beginners' as it goes over mostly very simple things.There are a few 'advanced' topics but nothing has much detail.Its very hard to read as in the middle of explaining something they just go and list a bunch of references for you to read.Then they move onto the next topic without much indication. If you have always lived in the city is probably good for you.But if you've lived in the country or have watched a lot of cable shows - probably not going to do you much good.Back to Basics - Readers Digest is a much better option.

4-0 out of 5 stars Defiantly buy this book!
Good book overall... i was rely looking forward to receiving this item. I was very happy with the dairy section, raising livestock, and gardening. All that was great! LOVE it other then the lack of canning. I want to live a more self-sufficient life and this is a book i will never be without .If you have any doubts on getting this book, throw them away! This book is worth the small price, and i don't regret buying it. YOU SHOULD BUY THIS BOOK!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best do it yourself country living book
I love this book! Carla Emory is an expert on homesteading and she has amazing information on every subject with step by step details on how to do it yourself. Her instructions encourage you in believing you can do what she did. The illustrations, while few, are very well done and each portion of the illustration is labeled where needed. I was so impressed with this book that I purchased it for the library I run. It is never on our shelves because since it was cataloged, it has been checked out continually. This is a book everyone interested in learning how to buy a plot of land and everything connected with it to making your own candles should own. It's a great book just for reading and learning about country living and reasonably priced as well.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
I purchased this book for my son's birthday.Although the book did not arrive in perfectly "new" condition as indicated, the book has great information and he is enjoying it very much. ... Read more

3. Encyclopedia of Counseling, Third Edition: Master Review and Tutorial for the National Counselor Examination, State Counseling Exams, and the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination
by Howard Rosenthal
Paperback: 672 Pages (2007-12-17)
list price: US$55.00 -- used & new: US$42.90
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Asin: 0415958628
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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In the third edition of Howard Rosenthal’s best-selling test preparation guide for the National Counselor Examination (NCE), students get more help than ever with an expanded section on marriage and family counseling, new material on web counseling, and updated material throughout. This resource now includes over 1,050 tutorial questions/answers and a new "Final Review and Last Minute Super Review Boot Camp" section. This guide is an ideal review tool for state licensing, the NCC credential, and preparation for written and oral boards. And because the new Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE), draws from the same subject areas, the Encyclopedia is a perfect study guide for the CPCE as well. Written in a unique question/answer format, with a quick reference index, this is also an essential student reference volume for use in any counseling, social work, or human services course.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Encyclopedia
Here's the thing:
The Encyclopedia is less a study guide, and more of a review.

It is set up by topic into 8 sections, and as you read through the questions, one flows right into the next.Each question is also on the same subject as it flows through the book.*THIS IS NOT HOW THE NCE EXAM IS SET UP*.

As others have said, YES the NCE is much, much harder.Rosenthal's questions are a breeze comparatively.In no way does it model what questions might be on the NCE, *however*, it prepares you for the amount of material you NEED to know in order to understand all the questions on the NCE.Questions on the test might drop 3 or 4 "need to know" items that Rosenthal went over in several sections over 7 questions.The NCE is not an easy exam, but Rosenthal's is an easy review, and will help overall.

I must note though: reading through this "review" book builds confidence and familiarity with the multiple choice format.Speaking as the kid who aced essays but always failed multiple choice, reading through his book for a month before the exam no doubt helped me to PASS the NCE.What a relief.I finally passed a multiple choice exam!

I did not use the CD's, but other study material would be helpful.The NCE is HEAVY on *ethics, *practical application, and *statistics!The Encyclopedia is heavy on theory, and the therapeutic relationship.Just know it all.And as Rosenthal recommends, absolutely read your code of ethics.Twice.

My *only* gripe is that Rosenthal uses the phrases "inasmuch" and "ferret out" WAY too many times.I know it shouldn't have, but it started to get under my skin.So Rosenthal, other ways to say "ferret out" include, but are not limited to: weed out, sift through, pick out, identify, discover, delve, dig for, explore, unveil, find, locate, flush out, uncover...you get the idea.

Otherwise, great guide!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great!
fantastic book, arrived right on time and great price.

Thanks so much!

4-0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive Review
I am preparing to take the NCE this fall using this book.It provides a great review of ALL the important concepts in counseling and some more.There are practice questions accompanied with explanations for the correct as well as incorrect responses.I feel more confident having this book as a study guide.I recommend it!!

3-0 out of 5 stars This book was some what helpful...
This book was very helpful as a review tool, however, the questions on the test are written so poorly that it is nearly impossible to use Rosenthal's book to pass the exam.I passed using common sense and a little bit of guessing.The questions are written so badly that you have a difficult time understanding what is expected.I STILL RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AS A STUDY TOOL FOR LEARNING THINGS RELATED TO COUNSELING -BUT DO NOT EXPECT THE TEST TO BE A CLEAR AS THIS STUDY GUIDE.I passed the NCE on July 6, 2010 and I still have anxiety thinking about the way in which the test questions read.

this book is amazing. i used it for the CPCE and got a 106. a lot of my other classmates used it and really enjoyed it. i would recommend getting it AT LEAST 2 months before the test so you can get through it and review it thoroughly. my school didnt know about the book, but since i introduced them to it they have ordered 10 copies of it to keep on reserve at the library. it is money well spent! ... Read more

4. Encyclopedia Brown Box Set (4 Books)
by Donald J. Sobol
Paperback: 384 Pages (2007-10-18)
list price: US$19.96 -- used & new: US$10.82
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Asin: 0142409855
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Encyclopedia Brown has found a home at Puffin, and we’re celebratinghis arrival with a boxed set! Just in time for the holidays,this set contains the first four books in the classic EncyclopediaBrown series. Whether Encyclopedia Brown is solving cases forhis neighborhood friends or his chief-of-police dad, he always hasan intriguing mystery to crack. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Thrilled to be sharing these books for the third time
Loved Encyclopedia Brown when I was growing up.Then when my son was of the proper age, we read them together.Now I am getting a third opportunity to share them with a sweet little girl that I am guardian of who loves to read.I just ordered a the new box set just for her and cannot wait for them to come in and for us to get started reading.Encyclopedia Brown is far superior to any of the other kid detective books out on the market today.

No matter what anyone says, these are not just books for boys.The girls love them to!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
These books are awesome!My son can't wait to the end of each story so he can go to the back of the book to see if he solved the mystery correctly :)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Books
I loved when my Mother would read these books to me and with me, and now I get to share them with my daughter, who loves them!

4-0 out of 5 stars love the product but it arrived too late
I love the Encyclopedia Brown books for my son, but I ordered this product hoping it would arrive around (if not before) Christmas.... I ended up buying the set at a book store on Christmas Eve...the one I ordered arrived Jan 13th. i will give it as a gift to another child.

4-0 out of 5 stars A classic for boys starting chapter books
I enjoyed reading these books as a boy and my son's like them as well.They are a bit dated, but the kids don't seem to notice it."Put a quarter down on the gas can."Kids today are a bit brighter and more worldly than we were back in the day. My 9 year old son had legal questions with jumping to conclusions, probable cause and illegally obtaining evidence done by Enclyopedia Brown, but for an easy read, starter, chapter, kids mystery these are good. ... Read more

5. The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding : The Bible of Bodybuilding, Fully Updated and Revised
by Arnold Schwarzenegger
Paperback: 800 Pages (1999-11-05)
list price: US$29.99 -- used & new: US$16.01
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Asin: 0684857219
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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From elite bodybuilding competitors to gymnasts, from golfers to fitness gurus, anyone who works out with weights must own this book -- a book that only Arnold Schwarzenegger could write, a book that has earned its reputation as "the bible of bodybuilding."

Inside, Arnold covers the very latest advances in both weight training and bodybuilding competition, with new sections on diet and nutrition, sports psychology, the treatment and prevention of injuries, and methods of training, each illustrated with detailed photos of some of bodybuilding's newest stars.

Plus, all the features that have made this book a classic are here:

  • Arnold's tried-and-true tips for sculpting, strengthening, and defining each and every muscle to create the ultimate buff physique

  • The most effective methods of strength training to stilt your needs, whether you're an amateur athlete or a pro bodybuilder preparing for a competition

  • Comprehensive information on health, nutrition, and dietary supplements to help you build muscle, lose fat, and maintain optimum energy

  • Expert advice on the prevention and treatment of sports-related injuries

  • Strategies and tactics for competitive bodybuilders from selecting poses to handling publicity

  • The fascinating history and growth of' bodybuilding as a sport, with a photographic "Bodybuilding Hall of Fame"

  • And, of course, Arnold's individual brand of inspiration and motivation throughout

    Covering every level of expertise and experience, The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding will help you achieve your personal best. With his unique perspective as a seven-time winner of the Mr. Olympia title and all international film star, Arnold shares his secrets to dedication, training, and commitment, and shows you how to take control of your body and realize your own potential for greatness.Amazon.com Review
    Arnold Schwarzenegger hasn't competed as a bodybuilder sincehe won the Mr. Olympia title in 1980, but he remains the sport's No. 1icon. He hosts an annual bodybuilding contest in Columbus, Ohio, andallows a column to be ghost-written under his name in a musclemagazine. Today's bodybuilders may have bigger muscles than Arnoldever did, but everyone inside and outside the iron game gives himcredit for exponentially broadening the popularity of physiquetraining.

    With this updated Encyclopedia (it was originally published in1985), Schwarzenegger wraps his huge arms around the entire sport. Hehits the history of bodybuilding, the champions (he's quite generousin his praise of predecessors, contemporaries, and successors alike),the training systems.Some of the information is more bodybuildinglore than science; for example, exercises are said to "expand the ribcage" or develop the "inner" or "outer" chest, all physiologicalimpossibilities. But they're still good exercises, and the bookincludes every movement imaginable for every muscle group.

    If you love the sport of bodybuilding, you'll want this book in yourlibrary, if for no other reason than to feast your eyes on thehundreds of photos of the best physiques in the history of thesport. And, in a pinch, the 800-page encyclopedia can fill in nicelyfor a missing dumbbell. --Lou Schuler ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars excellent buy
    I was thoroughly statisfied with expedient delivery and condition of this product. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has a passion for fitness and wants to start a serious weight trainning program.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Incompetent Seller
    I purchased this book and it originally had damage to the bind.I contacted seller and they told me there is nothing they could do.I then forwarded a negative remark to amazon.com as my review and received a quick response from the seller.They had told me if I were to remove the negative remark I would receive a full refund and be allowed to keep the book.I agreed and removed the negative remark have NOT SEEN A REFUND TO THIS DAY.They now have another negative remark.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fond memories
    A friend of mine had the first edition back in 1994 when I was young and just learning about bodybuilding and I have been looking around locally for it ever since. I was so glad that Amazon had it for a very reasonable price, and I bought it immediately. This is the book that pulled me through all those years and I will continue to swear by the methods and exercises that Arnold has put forward in here, THEY WORK, plain and simple. Face it, most of us aren't competing in any bodybuilding tournaments, we just want to look good on the beach, or in our fashion clothes, and perform well enough to enjoy our sports and games. A training guide like this is just what we need to ensure we do things correctly and utilize the most efficient way to attain our goals, while staying away from major injuries. I could write pages about this encyclopedia, but all I will say is that if you're serious about going down this road, this is all you'll ever need.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If You Are An Aspiring Bodybuilder, This Is Your Text Book
    The thing that most strikes you and is one of the most impressive features of this book is it's comprehensiveness.Nothing is left to the imagination.In an impressive 791 pages of information and photos, practically every permutation of exercise for every major muscle group is covered in this text.Nutrition, diet and eating is equally discussed in great detail.

    My overall opinion of "The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding" is that it is indeed made for the aspiring professional bodybuilder or for at least one who wants to just look like one.Should you read this book from cover-to-cover, you will be lacking very little in the way of how to and information.A must-have for your bodybuilding library.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Ever
    Gift for hubby - he says it's the best ever.If you want to get big and buff, this is the book for you. ... Read more

  • 6. Star Wars Clone Wars Character Encyclopedia
    by Jason Fry
    Hardcover: 208 Pages (2010-06-21)
    list price: US$16.99 -- used & new: US$9.92
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    Asin: 0756663083
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Learn everything you ever wanted to know about Anakin, Rex, Ahsoka, Cad Bane, Obi-Wan, Yoda, Jabba and all your other favorite Star Wars Clone Wars characters! The Star Wars Clone Wars Character Encyclopedia will give you all the vital information from Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber skills to Ziro the Hutt's scheming, and everything in between. Includes characters from Seasons 1 and 2 of the hit TV series!

    (c) 2009 Lucasfilm Ltd. (r) & TM All Rights Reserved. Used Under Authorization. ... Read more

    Customer Reviews (11)

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's Star Wars
    This will help you put the entire back story to all the characters in the cartoon. Kids ask crazy questions and I like to know all the answers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Star Wars Clone Wars Character Encyclopedia
    America's Galactic Foreign Legion: Book 1: Feeling Lucky (Volume 1)

    This is good wholesome fun to own.A good Christmas present.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have For Star Wars The Clone Wars Fans
    I purchased this for my son's 10th Birthday.He is a huge fan of the show so I knew he would like this book.It is full of information about every character in the series.Since my son can't seem to get enough of The Clone Wars this book helps to give him his Clone Wars fix each week until Friday when the new episode is on TV.

    5-0 out of 5 stars still love books
    This is a great book that goes well with the other "Clone Wars" book. Great pictures. If the children love the characters...this will tell them way more about them.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome book
    I gave this book to my 8 year old grandson and he absolutely loved it. Has wonderful illustrations to go with each character. Would recommend it highly. ... Read more

    7. Marvel Encyclopedia
    by Tom DeFalco, Peter Sanderson, Tom Brevoort, Michael Teitelbaum, Daniel Wallace, Andrew Darling, Matt Forbeck
    Hardcover: 400 Pages (2009-10-05)
    list price: US$40.00 -- used & new: US$21.23
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    Asin: 0756655307
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Celebrate 70 years of Marvel Comics with The Marvel Encyclopedia! Fully updated with new images and text, this one-volume encyclopedia contains more than 1,000 of Marvel's greatest-from well-known characters such as Spider-Man, the Hulk and Wolverine to lesser known heroes and villains.

    An essential book both for new fans and for those who grew up loving the comics, The Marvel Encyclopedia is full of artwork, stats, and history for every character in the Marvel Universe. Updates on characters include information from the story arcs of Civil War and Annihilation, and brings fans up to date with the aftermath of Secret Invasion.

    TM & © 2009 Marvel Entertainment, Inc. and its subsidiaries. Licensed by Marvel Characters B.V. All rights reserved. ... Read more

    Customer Reviews (22)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Shame on you Marvel/DK !!.....
    This is certainly NOT a complete encyclopedia of characters by ANY means !! Your "O" section of characters goes from "Occulus to Overmind"....You completely left out a profile for the classic Daredevil villain "The Owl" who has been excluded in both this Marvel Encyclopedia Edition and the previous edition ! It's inexcusable to leave out such a classic Marvel villain TWICE now from this and the previous edition, while featuring some waaaaaay more obscure villains. Also NO profiles for other popular Marvel villains such as : Bulldozer, Piledriver, Thunderball, Scarecrow, Diamondhead, ManBull, and the supervillain group The Wrecking Crew nas no profile either ! Shame on you Marvel, DK, the writers, and everybody involved, for these terrible mistakes !

    3-0 out of 5 stars too basic
    For Amazon's price this book is a no brainer for any collector or someone interested in learning more about Marvel. However, I was disappointed upon its arrival. Being a longtime reader I found the information far too basic. Nearly the same amount of coverage is listed for insignificant, peripheral characters as it is with classic heroes and villains. This is especially true regarding the 'powers' section. The artwork is good and its number of entries expansive but again, just not enough depth.

    5-0 out of 5 stars love it
    I purchased this book at the IRA conference in Chicago--it is absolutely amazing. The pages are thick and the colors are so very vivid! Sorted alphabetically, it lists all the characters with a "factfile" (height, wiehgt, real name, occupation, first appearance)and then"powers" and "allies/foes" for cross-referencing. I would recommend this book for any-aged Marvel fan. Mom or Dad could read it while Jr. is entertained by the awesome visuals and older children can read alone (my guess is approximately 7th-grade reading level).

    4-0 out of 5 stars suddenimpactmartialarts
    The new entries are good,artwork is good.It would have gotten 5 offive...but,heres the problem...theres no new or different art on all old enties from previous edition,which is 80% of the book, which i own

    5-0 out of 5 stars Loved Book
    This book was purchased for my 9yr old who LOVES anything Marvel.We saw the book at a bookstore for a much higher price, came home and found it for a much lower price on Amazon.The book has very detailed and colorful pictures, but not "comic booky."The book is large and for the marvel fan, this would make a perfect coffee table book to display.My child just loves to look at his, and the first night after recieving his he fell asleep with it. He takes it to school with him everyday to share with his friends and look at during his free reading time. I would have to say this purchase was money well spent. ... Read more

    8. Encyclopedia of the Exquisite: An Anecdotal History of Elegant Delights
    by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins
    Hardcover: 336 Pages (2010-11-02)
    list price: US$27.95 -- used & new: US$15.37
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    Asin: 0385529694
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    Encyclopedia of the Exquisite is a lifestyle guide for the Francophile and the Anglomaniac, the gourmet and the style maven, the armchair traveler and the art lover. It’s an homage to the esoteric world of glamour that doesn’t require much spending but makes us feel rich.

    Taking a cue from the exotic encyclopedias of the sixteenth century, which brimmed with mysterious artifacts, Jessica Kerwin Jenkins’s Encyclopedia of the Exquisite focuses on the elegant, the rare, the commonplace, and the delightful. A com­pendium of style, it merges whimsy and practicality, traipsing through the fine arts and the worlds of fashion, food, travel, home, garden, and beauty.

    Each entry features several engaging anecdotes, illuminating the curious past of each enduring source of beauty. Subjects covered include the explosive history of champagne; the art of lounging on a divan; the emergence of “frillies,” the first lacy, racy lingerie; the ancient uses of sweet-smelling saffron; the wild riot incited by the appearance of London’s first top hat; Julia Child’s tip for cooking the perfect omelet; the polarizing practice of wearing red lipstick during World War II; Louis XIV’s fondness for the luscious Bartlett pear; the Indian origin of badminton; Parliament’s 1650 attempt to suppress Europe’s beauty mark fad; the evolution of the Japanese kimono; the pil­grimage of Central Park’s Egyptian obelisk; and the fanciful thrill of dining alfresco.

    Cleverly illustrated, Encyclopedia of the Exquisite is an ode to life’s plenty, from the extravagant to the eccentric. It is a cele­bration of luxury that doesn’t necessarily require money.Amazon.com Review
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    9. Halo Encyclopedia
    by DK Publishing
    Hardcover: 352 Pages (2009-10-19)
    list price: US$40.00 -- used & new: US$19.95
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    Asin: 0756655498
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    A comprehensive guide to one of the most successful video game franchises in history, the Halo Encyclopedia details the origins of the game along with the characters, weapons, vehicles, equipment and locations from Halo,
    Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3 ODST
    and Halo Wars.

    Created in full collaboration with Microsoft, Halo Encyclopedia is packed with hundreds of images, illustrations, and technical drawings that highlight all the information fans and newcomers to the game need to know.

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good book very interesting
    I thought this was a good book filled with interesting Halo facts. I learned more about Halo then I ever have before and it taught me many things. You should probably wait for the edition including Reach to come out before you buy.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Missed perfection by this much!
    A lot of people have said nice stuff about this book and for the most part of it I agree. I've only played a few multi-player frag matches of Halo with my friends but I'm not a big gamer and don't consider myself a huge Halo fan. But I do like Sci-fi in general and based on the ravings of the game and it's story from my friends I picked this book up. And I'm glad I did!
    This tome has a lot of information and backstory about the Halo universe. Everything you needed to know about all the races, the weapon specs and a section on the Master Chief, along with lots of nice pictures.

    The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars was because most of the pictures are what look like cropped images straight from the game (bulky and odd looking). If the publishers or whoever had hired artists to do some proper artwork for the creatures, weapons and characters this book would have been completely perfect.
    All in all not a bad book and a must have for any Halo fan or fans of sweeping sci-fi epics.

    5-0 out of 5 stars awesome world book
    If you ever wondered about all the amazing nuance of the halo universe - buy this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Halo universe
    Great source of info for halo fans. Has timeline as well as individual historical chapters. The art and graphics are very well put together as well. I'd recommend to any Halo fan.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must have for a Halo fan!
    What to know the history of Halo?Get this book.It gives you the timeline for Halo events with great pics.Get it! ... Read more

    10. Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective
    by Donald J. Sobol
    Paperback: 96 Pages (2007-09-06)
    list price: US$4.99 -- used & new: US$1.49
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    Asin: 0142408883
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Leroy Brown, aka Encyclopedia Brown, is Idaville neighborhood’sten-year-old star detective. With an uncanny knack for trivia, hesolves mysteries for the neighborhood kids through his own detectiveagency. But his dad also happens to be the chief of theIdaville police department, and every night around the dinnertable, Encyclopedia helps him solve his most baffling crimes. Andwith ten confounding mysteries in each book, not only does Encyclopediahave a chance to solve them, but the reader is givenall the clues as well. Interactive and chock full of interesting bitsof information—it’s classic Encyclopedia Brown!Amazon.com Review
    A Civil War sword, missing roller skates, a trapeze artist's inheritance, a ghost who whistles, eight stuffed penguins... Is there any case this kid can't crack? Introduce your favorite bookworm to boy detective Encyclopedia Brown, fifth-grade mastermind behind Idaville's police force, "a complete library walking around in sneakers." Each book is set up so that readers can try to solve the case along with the boy genius, and the answers to all the mysteries are found in the back. This introductory set includes four paperbacks: Donald J. Sobol's Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective (Book 1), Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Secret Pitch (Book 2), Encyclopedia Brown Finds the Clues (Book 3), and Encyclopedia Brown Gets His Man (Book 4). (Ages 7 to 12) ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Encyclopedia Brown

    Encyclopedia is far off the best book that I have read, and I recommend it to others my age to read it.Published in 1963, it has a sweet tone also made into a great television show in the 1950's. Leroy Brown also known as Encyclopedia Brown, is mostly known in his family and neighborhood for solving cases.And other mysteries, his father Chief Brown is a chief police at the neighborhood of where the Brown family lives at. When a case gets too difficult for him he goes to his son Leroy for help, and boy does Leroy enjoy doing this, especially at the dinner table . Leroy got his name Encyclopedia because of the reason that he was the first boy who finished reading a whole Encyclopedia and other amazing long books in his whole neighborhood.Since his father is a police officer, Leroy opened his own detective work; he calls it " Brown Boy detective, no case too small. 25 cents per day plus expenses."

    Each book in the Encyclopedia Brown mystery series is self contained and that the reader is not required to have read earlier books to understand the stories. The author introduces the major characters, and setting at the beginning of the book so you don't have to memorize anything. For what I have read, it has filled me with greater knowledge of solving mysteries. Thanks to Leroy, every child in the neighborhood gets what belongs to them. And Leroy makes 25 cents per case, plus expenses. It all works out in Brown's family neighborhood. The book is divided into sections, usually about short little story put together to complete the book. The author Donald J. Sobol places the answers on the back of the book, usually starts at page 80. You can look at the answer of every mystery that has happened in the book, to make it more fun, you can try solving it yourself before looking. It always leaves you hanging before you know it.

    I repeat what I said before; I recommend this book to others who are looking for good mystery books. Born on October 4th 1924, and at the age of 86. Mr. Sobol has written really amazing and interesting books. A great book to read.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Plot Holes From the Start
    First off, this Macaulay Culkin book cover is absolute bollocks! Encyclopedia Brown is most certainly an African American, from when he was first penned until now. If "Wikipedia" Brown, if you will, is supposed to be so damn smart, why in the hell can he not write the letter N properly? He must have seen a capital N at least eighty nine, if not ninety thousand times considering his free time was often occupied in illegal congress with Ms. Britannica. Thirdly, the Meany gang, I meanie come on! Bugs certainly would have learned a few lessons from being busted the first few times. In fact if this series were to ever make any sort of strides toward coherence the Meany gang should by now be outwitting this toddler. The story is very straightforward, albeit a little (A LOT) improbable. I will commend the novel for it terseness; however at times this writing style limited the author in accomplishing what he set upon to create. In conclusion, and with solemn regret, I must concur, in respectful anguish and of sound mind, upon a most grave finding: Encyclopedia Brown is NOT a novel to approach with expectations of a deep read. If you are trying to read the entire Sobol catalogue DO NOT miss this one, but if you are only trying to become familiar with the author to look smart with the English Major crowd, I'd recommend going straight to "Secret Agents Four". You'll never drink milk again!!!. That latter title may even be a choice read for those in Security Studies. The level of intelligence in the writing is akin to that with which they are familiar.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Thinking Book
    Encyclopedia Brown Boy Detective is the first on this series written years ago, but still loved today.Encyclopedia Brown helps his father solve real live mysteries as well as solving cases for family and friends at the low cost of 25 cents per day.The cases in the book are short to read and after you try to solve the puzzle you can read in the back how he came to the conclusions he did.This book includes missing rollerblades, a stolen necklace, a bank robber and even a knife in a watermelon.Curious yet?If so read for yourself to see how the evidence stacks up.

    These books are a great read for any young reader.The books are probably set for second grade and up.The stories can each be read at one time and the clues force your reader to think outside the box to try to figure out how he came to the conclusion that he did.I enjoyed these books as a child and again now as an adult!

    By Kerri J. Busteed
    Author of Will's First Hunt Will's First Hunt

    5-0 out of 5 stars Second time is the charm
    The Encyclopedia Brown books encourage re-reading -- in fact, they are so much better the second time around because, knowing the solutions for the mysteries, your young reader can spot the clues as they are presented.

    Our set of Encyclopedia Brown books is older than the one pictured here, with illustrations by Leonard Shortall, and they are excellent.I'm sure the content of the books is the same no matter what the cover looks like.

    As a mom, I really like that the detective is a nice, normal kid -- no sass, no gross-out -- and his sidekick is a girl.Encyclopedia Brown gets along with everybody and uses his observations to help his neighbors.

    *** update *** after rereading some of these with the boys, I noticed that they are Christian-friendly.Nothing overtly Christian happens, nobody prays, but the settings sometimes are "after church" or "the building beside the old church..."It's nice.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great book for a 6 year old boy
    My two sons love this book.We read parts of it right before bedtime and they both love it (I have a 5 and 6 year old) ... Read more

    11. DK First Encyclopedia
    Hardcover: 160 Pages (2002-07-01)
    list price: US$16.99 -- used & new: US$8.00
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    Asin: 078948580X
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Bringing the amazing world of words to children ages five and older.

    This exciting photographic encyclopedia is packed with clear, well-researched information and quizzes for curious minds. Lively photographic design makes it especially appealing for children ages 6 and up. Bite-sized key points, fact buttons, and quiz questions bring information to life. Exciting project ideas and games boost learning and capture children's imagination. Also supports school curriculum. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars All the kids love it!
    This books is great! All of my kids (6,4,2) love to just open it up and look at the pictures. It sparks lots of questions from the older ones and is very enjoyable to help them learn and discover new things that they want to learn more about.

    5-0 out of 5 stars DK First Encyclopedia
    I was very pleased with this purchase.The book arrivedquickly and in excellent shape.It has beautiful pictures and info that children (and even adults) of all ages will enjoy.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good for its purpose (except for minor errors)
    I read this book to my daughter when she was 7, before she could really read herself.More accurately, we went through this book together, looking at the many excellent photos as I explained the diverse range of topics in some depth, thus going well beyond the actual text in the book.I think that's the best use of the book, althoughchildren reading it on their own should still enjoy it and benefit from it.

    I did spot a few minor errors in the book, which I was able to correct, and I used these errors to demonstrate to my daughter that one shouldn't automatically believe everything written in books. Nevertheless, I can still recommend this book for children about 4 to 8 years old, especially since there aren't many competing books which cover this range of topics at this level with photos of this quality.

    We've now moved on to One Million Things: A Visual Encyclopedia, also published DK, which likewise has excellent photos but is a much larger and more detailed children's encyclopedia.So far, it's looking very promising.

    5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT Encyclopedia for pre-K - 2nd grade...
    DK is a master at laying out information in appealing yet digestible chunks for children.

    For example, opening the book up at random, "Rivers and Lakes" begins with this introductory paragraph "Many rivers start as a stream or spring, high up on a moutainside.As the water flows downhil, other streams flow into it to make a river."

    Then there are other paragraphs, each illustrated with 1-4 photographs, with the following headings:Waterfalls, Stages of a river, River transportation, River life, Lakes, Salty lakes, Largest Lakes, Lake Life -- all on a two page spread!

    My kids loved to look through this book when they were younger.Sometimes we would go through a few pages as our "bedtime story."

    Highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A good first encyclopedia
    This is one of my 4 yr old's most favorite books right now. It is also a book that we like to read to the kid.

    If you, like us, hear a lot of 'Why' , 'What' , 'How' from your kids, you will enjoy owning/reading this book.

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    12. The DC Comics Encyclopedia, Updated and Expanded Edition
    by Michael Teitelbaum, Scott Beatty, Robert Greenburger, Daniel Wallace
    Hardcover: 400 Pages (2008-09-29)
    list price: US$40.00 -- used & new: US$19.99
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    Asin: 0756641195
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Following the success of the first edition, the updated and revised DC Comics Encyclopedia offers even more incredible DC detail and imagery than the original. 48 brand-new pages include major updates on characters and storylines (including the recent "Infinite Crisis" story arc). This spectacular, up-to-the-minute encyclopedia will delight comic fans of every age. ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Where are they?
    I can remember when comics were "big". There are some you never hear of today,such
    as: Johnny Quick(he has to repeat a formula in order to change from a professor to Johnny Quick);Airboy(he had a airplane that had wing that would flap just like a bird):The Heap(sort of like a huge hairy hulk):Mr. America(had a red or orange suit);Blackhawk(had a group of different nationalities and a oriental side kick called "chop chop"). DOES ANYBODY ELSE RECALL THESE 'SUPER HEROS'/

    5-0 out of 5 stars DC Characters
    Perfect book to add to your library especially if you want to learn more about super heros/villians who make cameo appearances in movies.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Some plagiarism involved
    I'd be very wary of some of the information in this AND the previous printing.I happen to know that the entries for two of the "Marvel Family" characters were plagiarized.Mary Marvel's was lifted off a fanfiction website and Captain Marvel Junior's from a role-playing game site.I know this because I originally wrote them and neither jibe with "history" listed in the DCU Captain Marvel's entry.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A classic expansive detailed overview of the heros & villiains in the dc universe which is an essential character reference
    What can be said about this encyclopaedia that hasn't already been said? I had the previous 2004 edition I was thrilled to have that one, this new expanded encyclopaedia is spectacular. This book is exhaustive on referencing over one thousand DC characters, origins, significant events in DC mythology. It provides a definite order to the pandemonium of DC characters and history in a most visually acceptable way. The encyclopaedia focuses on teams, places, weapons, vehicles, battles and everything that is DC. Emphasised in more brand new pages are the icons of DC mythology like Batman, and Superman which have been around forever in that their are Rich in characters even of the most obscure and overlooked forgotten individuals. The art work is so legendary enviable that it,s beyondthe norm of realistic in that all the characters seem to jump out of youi in the book in all directions. The cover is a masterpiece of expansion in that Alex Ross isthe most artistically talented artist ever to have imagination and flair that go beyond the norm. This is a book for true DC aficionados that no true DC lover can be without it will become a collector's item because everything about it is fabulous. Not only does it supersede the 2004 edition but it also has an added 48 brand new pages in it with expanded detail on some characters of a more pronounced nature in it with updates and new storylines including the recent Infinite crisis story. This book will be even more successful than the previous one. An essential DC mythology and character reference of all the charcters good or bad in the dc universe.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Editorial Disaster but An Exciting Book for Superhero Enthusiasts!
    For collectors who enjoy collecting books about comicbooks and superheroes, this is an essential piece of your library. I am happy to own it, bu I would have been extremely frustrated if I paid the original list price.

    The DC Comics Encyclopedia, by DK Publishing, reflects some of the sloppiest editorial work I have ever read from a professional book publisher. I have been in education most of my adult working life and I expect a higher standard of quality work from my teenage students when it comes to reviewing and editing their own work.

    I am not qualified to evaluate the accuracy of the information but you don't need to be an expert to spot the many flaws. Many pictures are mislabeled. Some sentences just stop midway and pick up with the next sentence. I have even found what looks like editorial notes that were clearly intended for one of the many contributors. It is incredible to believe that this would miss the watchful eye of the editor and publisher and actually make it to print.

    As a reference book, The DC Comics Encyclopedia still has value. I can only hope that the person or people responsible for the sloppy work are not hired on for additional projects in the near future. Comics may not be considered "high literature" but for those of us who admire the work of the creators, artist, writers, and publishers of comic books...we, along with the creators, themselves, deserve more respect than what is evidenced by the work in this book. ... Read more

    13. Encyclopedia Brown Solves Them All
    by Donald J. Sobol
    Paperback: 96 Pages (2008-01-31)
    list price: US$4.99 -- used & new: US$1.74
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    Asin: 0142409200
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Leroy Brown is back in the next six books in the Encyclopedia Brown series. As Idaville’s ten-year-old star detective, Encyclopedia has an uncanny knack for trivia. With his unconventional knowledge, he solves mysteries for the neighborhood kids through his own detective agency. But his dad also happens to be the chief of the Idaville police department, and every night around the dinner table, Encyclopedia helps him solve some of the most baffling crimes. With ten confounding mysteries in each book, not only does Encyclopedia have a chance to solve them, but readers are given all the clues as well and can chime in with their own solutions. Interactive and fun—it’s classic Encyclopedia Brown! ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars great
    I was very excited about introducing my daughter to Encyclopedia Brown.She enjoyed the books immensely.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A truly great series
    I couldn't be happier about the effect this series has had on my daughter. She is so excited about reading each new one that arrives in the mail.This increased interest in reading has now spilled over to lots of of books.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good for young readers
    After I told my 9 year old son I would buy this for him, he wasn't interested.But once it arrived and I read the first story with him, he was hooked.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fun, Readable, Inspiring
    The Encyclopedia Brown series is an excellent way to encourage youngsters to read critically, think, and have fun doing it.In this example, as in others, Leroy (Encyclopedia) Brown and his friend Sally run a youthfuldetective agency in Idaville, matching withs with Bugs Meany, the Lions, and other juvenile wrong-doers.The cases involve theft of fruit wagons, and other minor (and sometimes un-minor) crimes.Each mystery is concise and easiy read, but some are easier than others to solve.I read this book as a kid and often failed to find the answers; as an adult most are solveable, but once or twice I had to peak at the solutions in the back pages. This is excellent reading for youngsters and young mystery fans.

    5-0 out of 5 stars We all love Encyclopedia Brown
    I loved 2 Minute Mysteries when I was a child and now my daughter loves the same type of mysteries in Encyclopedia Brown and the 5 Minute Mysteries. They are fun in the car. ... Read more

    14. The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia
    by Editors of Kingfisher
    Hardcover: 491 Pages (2004-09-09)
    list price: US$29.99 -- used & new: US$16.71
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    Asin: 0753457849
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    This authoritative reference book brings world history to life, from early humans to the current war on terror. Along the way, it reveals riveting facts on the founding of the great Roman Empire, the revolution that changed France forever, the war between the North and South that unified America, the start of World War I and the Great Depression that followed, the first moon landing, and the end of apartheid in South Africa.

    The encyclopedia is organized chronologically and then thematically within each time period. A timeline runs across the top of each page. Each section includes biographies of important people and features on art, architecture, and technology. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars great history overview
    We use this book as our homeschool history textbook.We read two pages a week and then find an interesting subject from those pages for additional study.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent as a spine for a homeschool program, especially classical
    We are using the excellent, chronologically arranged Kingfisher Encyclopedia for my 12 yo for 7th through 9th grade as the key text, or spine. This child loves history and expressed a desire to study from the beginning of history to right now, including all the cultures. Another homeschooling mother whom I respect has raised 5 children who are successful in college on this text (including earlier editions).

    The book is excellent, well thought out, fairly comprehensive, and uses the layout popularized by the DK Eyewitness books. What is meant by spine is that we read the text and then supplement with other texts and activities for more depth. For example, our first units we call Ancient Civilisations; we will also use the DK Eyewitness Mesapotamia, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, as well as the Memoria Press' Famous Men of Greece, and ... of Rome (which have student workbooks and answer keys as well as myths.) And the appropriate Horrible Histories. And the DK Bible. Henty and Sutcliff historical novels, The Children's Homer, and good translations of Gilgamesh and the Aeneid. And a good visual dictionary of the ancient world.

    What this book is not is comprehensive. Were it so, it would be in multiple volumes and cost a fortune! Much more than the cost of this single volume and supplementary texts, many of which may be bought used or borrowed from the library. I also would not use this book as a sole source for the early grades, except as a reference for the teacher and a source of illustrations.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Kingfisher History Enclyclopedia
    A good buy for us!We bought this to supplement the series: The Story of the World by Susan Bauer. It is easy to ready, plenty of pictures and TONs of information.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing text, good pictures
    This book is a world history organized by time.So, the page after ancient greek history is the Shang Dynasty in China.THis could have been a very powerful approach, if the selections had been better organized and had better lead-ins to subsequent pages.But instead it is almost confusing and definitely hard to use as a page-turner for an interested kid.It is easier to progress from ancient greek history to classical greek history than from ancient greek history to chinese history.
    Having said that, the pictures are satisfactory and generate interest in my 6 yr old.So, if you receive this as a gift, don't toss it out.But don't purchase it either.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful History Reference!
    I purchased the Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World for our home school program this year.It is a wonderful reference book, and we use it not only for school subjects, but also in everyday conversations, when something comes up about history that we're not sure of.We run to the shelf to see what the IHW has to say.I decided to look for this older edition as opposed to purchasing the newer edition (Kingfisher History Encyclopedia) after reading reviews and noticing the differences between the two.As an additional note for those who teach from a biblical worldview, this volume does not support a Creation/Flood model, but includes the first chapter as being 40,000-500 B.C., The Ancient World. This does not, in my opinion, necessitate throwing out the rest of the book, but maybe opens up a discussion with older students of differing opinions of early history that arise without knowledge of the truth of God's Word. I appreciate the broad global scope of the historical events included in the book, since I find most American history texts very Western-centric.Definitely a worthwhile investment in any household! ... Read more

    15. Oh, Yuck! The Encyclopedia of Everything Nasty
    by Joy Masoff
    Paperback: 224 Pages (2000-01-02)
    list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$3.49
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    Asin: 0761107711
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Kids love stuff that's gross. From the liquids, solids, andgases--especially the gases!--or their own bodies to the creepy,crawly, slimy, slithery, fetid, and feculent phenomena in the world atlarge, kids with a curious bent just can't get enough. Oh, Yuck! TheEncyclopedia of Everything Nasty brings together, in one book, all thegood things about some of the baddest things on Earth.

    Exhaustively researched and impeccably scientific, yet written witha lively lack of earnestness, Oh, Yuck! is an ants to zitsencyclopedic compendium covering people, animals, insects, plants,foods, and more. Here are vampire bats, which sip blood and pee at thesame time so that they'll always be light enough to fly away; andslime eels, wreathed in mucus and eating fellow fish from the insideout. Oh, Yuck! explains why vomit smells; where dandruff comes from;what pus is all about; and why maggots adore rotting meat. Otherfeatures include gross recipes, putrid projects, 10 foods that makeyou airborne, and more.

    With hundreds of cartoon illustrations and real-life photographs,Oh, Yuck! is the complete guide to the irresistible--at least to an8-to-12 year old--underbelly of life. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Children's book
    Very satified, with quality, price and delivery. My 10 year old loved it so much that he falls asleep with it very frequently. A must read for family with boys.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Oh Yuck!The Encyclopedia of Everything Nasty
    Just what the title says.Yuck!Perfect for youngsters and oldsters who get a kick out of gross.Read most of it before giving it to my step-son for Christmas.
    Had to skip a few sections myself to keep from getting grossed out but I think it was a hit with him.Not for the weak of stomach while being informative.

    4-0 out of 5 stars My grandson loved it.
    The perfect book for 9-year-old boys.My grandson loved it.The book arrived in perfect condition and promptly.Thank you!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not ALL about boogers
    This is a great book for kids, boys especially, to read during those prescribed 15 or 20 minutes of reading time per night.It's fun and informative and not everything is about boogers.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Eww, Gross!
    My 11 y/o son is having more fun learnign about snot, pus, burps, farts, skin eruptions, lice, and other nasty things.It's also educational, and they learn w/o realizing it!How's that for a good book?! ... Read more

    16. The Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia Of World History
    by Jane Bingham, Fiona Chandler, Sam Taplin, Jane Chisholm
    Hardcover: 416 Pages (2001-01)
    list price: US$39.99 -- used & new: US$26.39
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    Asin: 0746041683
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Combining text with photographs and illustrations, this book provides children with a global view of history, from the creation of the Earth to the beginning of the 21st century. It also includes hundreds of web site addresses for further research. It features easy access to Web sites and free downloadable pictures and maps with test covering events from the Big Bang to the dawn of the 21st century. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars awesome pics but...
    This book covers a huge range of time, so I understand some lack of detail.The sheer vagueness is hard to believe.The amount and quality of the pictures is amazing.But...
    Each section is so unbelievably short, you can't even use this book to teach an overview of history.Some famous figures get a sentence or two.Anything at all in the last 1000 years is so brief you might as well not bother.Many important historical figures aren't even mentioned.
    The sectons are so short, there is no way kids bother retaining any information.Even if a child started to show interest, the chapter ends before it could form enough to want another book on it.

    The chapters that are three pages long are enough for very young kids.Any older and it is sort of a waste.

    The book is good
    1. as a breakdown to keep track of what part of history you are actually studying, whether from stories or other history books.It keeps you from missing important pieces.
    2.For the maps.They are very clear about where exactly you are studying, unlike other books that have such close up maps, you can't really tell where you are in the big picture.
    3.The pictures.Such good pics they almost make up for the lack of information
    4.It really does cover everything.It goes over so much history, I can't believe it all fits.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very pleased with this book
    My daughter is a rising 4th grader at a Montessori school and her teacher requires this book.This is a secular book of World History, not Human History.As a result it devotes a large section to events that occurred before people entered the story, and does so in a manner consistent with prevailing, mainstream, scientific thought, presented at an age appropriate level.

    The first section is the Prehistoric World section and there are 2 pages devoted to Evolution, 2 pages devoted to the formation of the Universe and Earth, and 2 pages devoted to Biogenesis.The remainder of the Prehistoric World section is a secular presentation of various prehistoric life forms, extinct animals, and a few pages on the great apes including Australopithecus, Homo habilis, Homo erectus, and Homo sapiens.If this treatment of the prehistoric world offends your religious beliefs then you may want to steer clear of this book.

    The remainder of the book addresses the Ancient World through Modern times in a fairly linear presentation.Every couple of pages is devoted to a topic of interest that tends to define the region or time frame of interest.There is sufficient information to provide the student a high level overview of each topic.I expect my child will take an interest in certain topics and then dive deeper on her own, probably reading a topic specific book, writing a short paper, or creating a diorama.

    In my opinion this is an excellent book, and I'm glad my child's teacher has selected it.I don't have a problem with the earlier sections in the book, but I am really looking forward to some of the latter sections where I plan to combine the book with History Channel and PBS documentaries.I am very pleased with the secular treatment of the topics. There are, though, 2 pages devoted to the rise of Christianity, as well as 2 pages devoted to the rise of Islam.And of course, it is hard to omit discussion of the historic influence of the Catholic Church.Again, these topics are presented without emotional overtures or bias, which I appreciate and do not find inappropriate.

    I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a rational and mainstream treatment of world history that is appropriate for 4th through 6th grades.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Okay (the best I have been able to find for the age group)
    I wish I had been able to preview the book before purchasing.I went ahead and purchased due to the rave reviews and due to the recommendation found in the Well-Trained Mind forums.

    Pros:The pictures are bright and interesting.It is written at a level that my five-year-old can understand the information being read aloud. The pictures are adequate to capture and keep her interest.

    Cons:I am disappointed in how little history is actually presented in some areas where evolution receives around 100 pages worth of attention.I don't have a problem with evolution but perhaps it could have received a little less attention and more attention could have been paid in updating at least a little history from the year 2000.I wish the events of September 11th were included but apparently no updates have been made since 2001.My copy has a copyright of 2006, so I find the omission of the events such as September 11th, the wars In Iraq and Afghanistan, etc., to leave a huge gap in our world's history.I am also not crazy about the mention of global warming as being a serious issue (at least global warming has finally been proven to be a hoax), so I will I be skipping over that section.I am also not crazy about how Christians (especially Catholics) are painted to be violent and intolerant of anyone who happened to disagree with them, so I will make sure to point my daughter to different viewpoints on these and other subjects, as well. I understand that this an encyclopedia of world history, but I really wish there had been a bit more attention given to the establishment of Jamestown, Virginia in 1607, not just a scant paragraph that barely even mentions it.

    Overall:I am not in love with this text but, in the absence of finding anything better at this point, I am trying to live with it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Religion aside, this is a useful tool and a great resource
    To touch on other comments: there is some religion. There are a few links that don't work anymore. Yes, you can find some of the links yourself.The type is NOT too small.

    We used this book AND the kingfisher book for 6 months within our studies of ancient history at a 3rd grade level.Our family of 5 unanimously agreed that this usborn book is far superior to the kingfisher book.

    There is a timeline on the bottom of every page for the spatial learner to see where they are within the context of time.The pages are illustrated nicely and appropriately. Items are labeled for the compulsive reader. The index is comprehensive. The breadth of information is appropriate for kids, under the heading of "put it before them and let them feast."If there is something your child wants to know more about it, for all means, look it up online or in other resource books.Many of the links provided will yield endless hours of additional information (and while you can look them up yourself with a search engine, I have three kids and am not interested in searching through pages of links, and I found it very helpful to have a ready-to-go link handy).

    The comments about religion vs evolution are interesting... I personally don't think it is possible to provide a comprehensive overview of history without some sort of slant.We are a Christian family who also believes in science and evolution, and I am competent and smart enough to use the information in these books as a tool with my kids to teach them about what OUR beliefs are.People who are blaming the information in this book are perhaps expecting this book to parent their kids for them.

    After six months of side-by-side weekly usage between this usborn book and the kingfisher book, this is - in the opinion of our household - a better book, with more interesting illustrations, better written text for kids, and providing in general a better single resource.If you are comparing the two books, this review was for you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wow!!!From the very beginning to 2000 AD!!!
    What an AMAZING book!While it was a required portion of our history program for our son, I will never hesitate to purchase a Usborne IL Encyclopedia again!The information is accurate and descriptive and the book in your hand is worth it's weight in gold (and it's heavy!)But when you add the internet extensions, it becomes a priceless connection to history through the ages for children to explore and enjoy.I can see this book being a favorite in our home for many years to come. ... Read more

    17. First Animal Encyclopedia (Dk First Reference Series)
    by DK Publishing
    Hardcover: 160 Pages (2004-05-17)
    list price: US$16.99 -- used & new: US$8.98
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    Asin: 0756602270
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    An inspiring new addition to the First Reference series, the DK First Animal Encyclopedia is loaded with spectacular photographs showing animal habits and habitats. From aardvark to zebra, this book is packed with fascinating facts about animals, giving children a wonderful head start on learning about the animal world. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Encyclopedia with Wrong Facts
    I am trying to figure out an animal encyclopedia to buy for my 5-year old son. I decided to get a few from library before deciding. I got this one and the National Geographic one. My son likes this BK one much better. Today is a snow day and I decided to read a few pages together with him and we turned to the blue whale page. It is stated that the blue whale "is so big that the next-largest creature on Earth, the bull elephant, could sit on its tongue". My son happens to have a "Toothed Whale" book checked out and we'd just learned a sperm whale can be as much as 50 metric tons and I didn't think elephants were that big. Indeed, largest bull elephant is 12 metric tons, and sperm whale is not even the second largest animal on earth. That honor goes to fin whale, estimated to weigh as much as 70 metric tons. The blue whale page was the first page I seriously read, so chances are such errors are elsewhere in the book also. Encyclopedia is supposed to be thorough and authoritative, not sure I'd want to buy this.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Packed with lush photos. Beautiful!
    Bought this for my 7 year old daughter. Every page is filled with exciting photos and facts and figures. Beautifully printed and produced. Highly recommended!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Learning to conserve animals at a primal young ripe age!
    DK First Animal Encyclopaedia is not by far the most scientifically accurate book around but then again this is a book that is aimed at a certain age group. In my opinion any book that can illustrate the magnificence of our animal world and relate that with reference sections on animal superlatives identifying each one from loudest to tallest to smallest is what a first animal encyclopaedia is expected to do. It's a book that will not only delight children and leave them in awe of the grandeur of the animal world but it will also educate them into understanding the different facets of animals and their lives in their homes of their lands that they belong to which is full of vibrant photos notes and simple references. The animal kingdom is an enduringly informtive topic that has always fascinated kids in which they love the rainbow coloured birdsthe regal elephant andthe fearsome powerful formidable crocodile. This book not only will occupy the curious mind of a smaller child but will also be more than suitable for the older child with its in depth information. But above all it has the potential to educate our future generation; if they learn from an early age how valuable all species of animals are then we can be assured that our world will not lose anymore species because of our negligence.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Errors in an Encyclopedia?
    On page 37, at the bottom, this encyclopedia states that an Elk is another name for a Moose. I sent the book back.

    5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK FOR KIDS INTO ANIMALS

    18. Encyclopedia Brown Keeps the Peace
    by Donald J. Sobol
    Paperback: 96 Pages (2008-01-31)
    list price: US$4.99 -- used & new: US$1.00
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    Asin: 0142409502
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Leroy Brown is back in the next six books in the Encyclopedia Brown series. As Idaville’s ten-year-old star detective, Encyclopedia has an uncanny knack for trivia. With his unconventional knowledge, he solves mysteries for the neighborhood kids through his own detective agency. But his dad also happens to be the chief of the Idaville police department, and every night around the dinner table, Encyclopedia helps him solve some of the most baffling crimes. With ten confounding mysteries in each book, not only does Encyclopedia have a chance to solve them, but readers are given all the clues as well and can chime in with their own solutions. Interactive and fun—it’s classic Encyclopedia Brown! ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Childhood Memories
    I loved Encylopedia Brown as a child so when the time came to get my nephew a Christmas present I saw the books and was reminded of how much fun they were. They make you think through the mystery and try to solve it with Encylopedia. Great books! ... Read more

    19. Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts: Basic Techniques for Sewing, Applique, Embroidery, Quilting, Dyeing, and Printing, plus 150 Inspired Projects from A to Z
    by Martha Stewart Living Magazine
    Hardcover: 400 Pages (2010-03-30)
    list price: US$35.00 -- used & new: US$19.25
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    Asin: 0307450589
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Whether you just bought your first sewing machine or have been sewing for years, Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts will open your eyes to an irresistible range of ideas. A comprehensive visual reference, the book covers everything a home sewer craves: the basics of sewing by hand or machine, along with five other time-honored crafts techniques, and step-by-step instructions for more than 150 projects that reflect not only Martha Stewart’s depth of experience and crafting expertise, but also her singular sense of style.
    Encyclopedic in scope, the book features two main parts to help you brush up on the basics and take your skills to a new level. First, the Techniques section guides readers through Sewing, Appliqué, Embroidery, Quilting, Dyeing, and Printing. Following that, the Projects A to Z section features more than 150 clever ideas (including many no-sew projects), all illustrated and explained with the clear, detailed instructions that have become a signature of Martha Stewart’s  magazines, books, and television shows.
    An enclosed CD includes full-size clothing patterns as well as templates that can be easily produced on a home printer. Fabric, thread, and tool glossaries identify the properties, workability, and best uses of common sewing materials. And, perhaps best of all, when you need it most, Martha and her talented team of crafts editors offer you the reassurance that you really can make it yourself.
    The projects are as delightful as they are imaginative, and include classic Roman shades, hand-drawn stuffed animals, an easy upholstered blanket chest, a quilted crib bumper, French knot-embellished pillowcases and sheets, and Japanese-embroidered table linens, among many others.With gorgeous color photographs as well as expert instruction, this handy guide will surely encourage beginners and keep sewers and crafters of all experience levels wonderfully busy for many years to come. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Thanks Martha
    I bought my first copy of this book at Books A Million along with Martha's sewing book and payed a lot more. I love both books.My daughter came to visit and reviewed it and told me it was on Amazon. She bought it for herself, and suggested I get my niece one as a wedding gift! I am buying this copy today for her as a wedding gift. I think it is a perfect gift for a new bribe and homemaker! Thanks Martha !

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!
    This is an excellent book! Beautifully put together, fun projects, very informative and well organized - I would definitely recommend it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful deal on Martha's new sewing/craft book!
    Every home with kids and crafters should get this book!I am an avid quilter/sewer and LOVE this huge information source.DVD included is worth the cost alone!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Decent book
    Nice layout, I should have rented before buying... not many things I actually want to make out of this book... But 5-8 I will, so... ??

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must have for every crafter
    This is a wonderful reference guide for anyone that enjoys crafting.It clearly explains all of the basics and leaves you plenty of room to create lovely projects.It is filled with pictures that make even the trickiest project seem easy. ... Read more

    20. WWE Encyclopedia
    by Brian Shields and Kevin Sullivan
    Hardcover: 300 Pages (2009-03-05)
    list price: US$45.00 -- used & new: US$20.00
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    Asin: 075664190X
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    As a unique, one-volume encyclopedia with over 350 pages, nearly 1,000 Superstars, and more than 1,500 images, this is the book for all WWE fans! Featuring hundreds of Superstars of all eras, from the World Wrestling Federation of the 60s and 70s to today's WWE, this thrilling, one-of-a-kind reference guide contains a visual glossary of all wrestling moves and provides coverage of the television shows that put the WWE into millions of households. From the Hardcore Champion to the World Heavyweight title holder, from the WWE's showcase events to the Pay-per-views, from Survivor Series to the grand spectacle of WrestleMania this encyclopedia covers it all. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Great price!
    This book was a hit with my son. It was definately cheaper than at local stores..

    5-0 out of 5 stars WWE Encyclopedia

    5-0 out of 5 stars A beautiful keepsake book for the Wrestling lover in your life.
    Beautiful slick stock pages, lot's of color photos. It has everything! It's a beautiful collector's item.Very excited to give this as a gift.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It has it all!
    We bought this for our 10 year old grandson who is a #1 wrestling fan. He is thrilled with it.Every time they come over he has something to share with us that he has discovered in the book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Impressive, worth the money! great gift for the wresting fan
    I purchased this item for my son (9) as a gift and Im proud to say he has spent more time looking through the book than playing with his new video game ... Read more

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