Like many boys H is a bit of a fan of non-fiction books: he’s fascinated with facts and figures and likes to learn more about the world about him. He was thrilled to get sent a stack of DK Books to try out, so we could help you pick out something suitable for a child around 9 for Christmas.
What I like about this book is that most of the props come with it. Some of the tricks require a pack of playing cards, a bit of string, a pencil, some coins, a small cloth like a handkerchief and a clear plastic cup with a bottle of water. All of those are things that we have around the house and can find without too much routing around. That said, if you are giving this book as a present, you might want to have them to hand on Christmas morning. H took this book to his grandparents, practised hard and put on a magic show for them. Highly recommended.
This book looks super cool even before you open it with its laptop style appearance. In fact that layout continues through the book and you need to read it the other way round to normal books. I was less keen on this because it got a bit tiring to hold the book up, but it works well on a flat surface like a table. Inside a lot is about modern technology, but it also features classic designs which I think will help with longevity. H liked that it featured things like games consoles, so he now has an insight into how the Xbox One works for instance.
This is a book that inspires you to look at your LEGO bricks in new and exciting ways. There are lots of ideas of things to do in here. It’s a bit of a mixed bag because some ideas (mostly the engineering ones) appealed to H more than some of the more arty stuff, but there is plenty to enjoy here and this one is suitable for Lego fans of many ages. There’s some general advice at the start and H liked the guide to the right words for certain pieces. Another fun touch is the countdown timer, so you can see how quickly you can complete a project.
Staying on the Lego theme, H was thrilled by this book because he’s really got into the Lego Nexo Knights range (it’s one of their newer offerings). With this book there aren’t a huge number of pages, but the Merlok minifigure is a big draw and there is also access to exclusive online content. Nexo Knights fans will love this.
It Can’t Be True 2!is just H’s sort of book. There are lots of amazing facts to read and H coming to let me know what they were. This is a perfect Christmas present for any child fascinated by facts about the world, its inhabitants and man’s achievements.