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Search Terms

You can search our site by adding one or more words to one or more of the search boxes below.

Each box searches a different field and the 'Search All' box searches them all.

If you enter multiple words in in any search box then one of those words MUST be in that field for the product to be returned but all of them don’t have to be present.

The results will be ordered by products with more of the specified words first (if in “Relevance” order) then any products that have less of your specified words.

For example if you search for “Red Dog” in the title field and “James Ben” in the Author field then ether “Red” or “Dog” must be present in the title AND ether “James” or “Ben” must be present in the Author field for a product to be shown in the results. If both “Red” and “Dog” is present in the Title as well as “James” and “Ben” in the Author then that product will appear first in the results followed by any products with fewer of the optional words.

Wildcard Searches

We support single and multiple character wildcard searches within single words.

To perform a single character wildcard search use the ""?"" symbol.

To perform a multiple character wildcard search use the ""*"" symbol.

The single character wildcard search looks for terms that match that with the single character replaced. For example, to search for ""text"" or ""test"" you can use the search:

te?t

Multiple character wildcard searches looks for 0 or more characters. For example, to search for test, tests or tester, you can use the search:

test*

You can also use the wildcard searches in the middle of a term:

te*t

Warning: You should avoid using wildcard searches as the first character of a word as it will dramatically slow down searches:

?est

*st

Boolean Operators

Boolean operators allow terms to be combined through logic operators. We support AND, ""+"", OR, NOT and ""-"" as Boolean operators(Note: Boolean operators must be ALL CAPS).

The OR operator is the default conjunction operator. This means that if there is no Boolean operator between two terms, the OR operator is used. The OR operator links two terms and finds a matching document if either of the terms exist in a document. This is equivalent to a union using sets. The symbol || can be used in place of the word OR.

To search for documents that contain either ""another book"" or just ""another"" use the query:

""another book"" another

or

""another book"" OR another

AND

The AND operator matches documents where both terms exist anywhere in the text of a single document. This is equivalent to an intersection using sets. The symbol && can be used in place of the word AND.

To search for documents that contain ""another book"" and ""Some Book"" use the query:

""another book"" AND ""Some Book""

+

The ""+"" or required operator requires that the term after the ""+"" symbol exist somewhere in a the field of a single document.

To search for documents that must contain ""another"" and may contain ""search"" use the query:

+another search

NOT

The NOT operator excludes documents that contain the term after NOT. This is equivalent to a difference using sets. The symbol ! can be used in place of the word NOT.

To search for documents that contain ""another book"" but not ""Some Book"" use the query:

""another book"" NOT ""Some Book""

-

The ""-"" or prohibit operator excludes documents that contain the term after the ""-"" symbol.

To search for documents that contain ""another book"" but not ""Some Book"" use the query:

""another book"" -""Some Book""

Fuzzy Searches

We support fuzzy searches based on the Levenshtein Distance, or Edit Distance algorithm. To do a fuzzy search use the tilde, ""~"", symbol at the end of a Single word Term. For example to search for a term similar in spelling to ""roam"" use the fuzzy search:

roam~

This search will find terms like foam and roams.

An additional (optional) parameter can specify the required similarity. The value is between 0 and 1, with a value closer to 1 only terms with a higher similarity will be matched. For example:

roam~0.8

The default that is used if the parameter is not given is 0.5.

Grouping

We support using parentheses to group clauses to form sub queries. This can be very useful if you want to control the boolean logic for a query.

To search for either ""another"" or ""book"" and ""website"" use the query:

(another OR book) AND website

This eliminates any confusion and makes sure you that website must exist and either term another or book may exist.

Escaping Special Characters

We support escaping special characters that are part of the query syntax. The current list special characters are:

+ - && || ! ( ) { } [ ] ^ "" ~ * ? : \

To escape these character use the \ before the character. For example to search for (1+1):2 use the query:

\(1\+1\)\:2

Boosting a Term

We provide the relevance level of matching documents based on the terms found. To boost a term use the caret, ""^"", symbol with a boost factor (a number) at the end of the term you are searching. The higher the boost factor, the more relevant the term will be.

Boosting allows you to control the relevance of a document by boosting its term. For example, if you are searching for

another book

and you want the term ""another"" to be more relevant boost it using the ^ symbol along with the boost factor next to the term. You would type:

another^4 book

This will make documents with the term another appear more relevant. You can also boost Phrase Terms as in the example:

""another book""^4 ""Some Book""

By default, the boost factor is 1. Although the boost factor must be positive, it can be less than 1 (e.g. 0.2)

Proximity Searches

We support finding words are a within a specific distance away. To do a proximity search use the tilde, ""~"", symbol at the end of a Phrase. For example to search for a ""book"" and ""another"" within 10 words of each other in a document use the search:

""another book""~10
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Little Red Train: Faster, Faster

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ISBN/EAN: 9780099264996

The fast rain to Pebblecombe has broken down. Everyone on the train wants to get to the fair and enjoy a great day out but now they're all stuck on the tracks. It is up to the Little Red Train and Duffy Driver to save the day. Do the little Red Train speeds up and is determined to get her passengers to the fair on time.
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
Pub. Date: January 6 2000
Author: Blathwayt, Benedict
Format: Paperback
Availability: 1 – 9 copies in stock
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Price: €9.63

Little Red Train: Great Big Train

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ISBN/EAN: 9780099455974

When a lorry driver scoffs at the Little Red Train for looking old and useless, Duffy is quite upset. But the Little Red Train soon proves its worth when terrible traffic, breakdowns and faulty lights stop the lorries being able to deliver.
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
Pub. Date: October 7 2004
Author: Blathwayt, Benedict
Format: Paperback
Availability: 1 – 9 copies in stock
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Price: €9.63

Little Red Train's Race to the Finish

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ISBN/EAN: 9780099495178

The Swish Train drivers have challenged Duffy and Jack to a race and the winner gets to keep the Little Red Train's last route! When the flag goes down, the Swish Train speeds straight out of sight, but there's worse to come. There's oil on the tracks, sheep on the line and someone has switched the points! Can Jack's quick-thinking save the day?
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
Pub. Date: April 2 2009
Author: Blathwayt, Benedict
Format: Paperback
Availability: 1 – 9 copies in stock
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Price: €9.63

Little Red Train: To The Rescue

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ISBN/EAN: 9780099692218

Another charming tale in The Little Red Train series which will appeal to all little boys and girls obsessed with engines, trains and things that go! There's a big surprise around every bend in the railway track to Birchcombe village - but Duffy Driver, The Little Red Train and all their friends are ready to come to the rescue EVERY time!
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
Pub. Date: June 4 1998
Author: Blathwayt, Benedict
Format: Paperback
Availability: 10 – 99 copies in stock
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Price: €9.63

Minnow and the Bear

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ISBN/EAN: 9781849410533

Minnow the cave boy lives in the Stone Age and he longs to be big enough to go hunting. When he is swept away by the river, he loves learning to fend for himself. He even finds a friend far from home - a little bear. Together Minnow and the bear grow big and strong, but winter forces them to make the difficult journey home.
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
Pub. Date: March 1 2012
Author: Blathwayt, Benedict
Format: Paperback
Availability: Not available
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Price: €7.22

Little Red Train

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ISBN/EAN: 9781862302273

The Little Red Train has set off down the track without sleepy-head Duffy Driver! Poor Duffy tries everything to catch up - he hitches a lift on a lorry, clambers aboard a motor boat, grabs the chance to ride a tractor and finally makes a heroic leap from a speeding helicopter! At last Duffy is safely back in the driver's cab.
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
Pub. Date: January 4 2007
Author: Blathwayt, Benedict
Format: Hardback
Availability: Not available
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Runaway Train

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ISBN/EAN: 9781862302488

Part of the popular "Little Red Train" series, this edition contains two whole pages of re-usable stickers and a pull-out, double-sided frieze.
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
Pub. Date: October 19 2006
Author: Blathwayt, Benedict
Format: Paperback
Availability: Not available
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Price: €8.42

Dougal the Digger

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ISBN/EAN: 9781862306257

There's trouble amongst the rubble when, Patch, the foreman's dog goes missing. But luckily, Dougal is there to save the day.
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
Pub. Date: December 13 2008
Author: Blathwayt, Benedict
Format: Paperback
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Little Red Train Magnetic Playbook

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ISBN/EAN: 9780091798772

With aeroplane, digger, lorry, boat and train magnets, this is an interactive book from the bestselling "Little Red Train". It enables children to take control of an environment they know and love as they drive the Little Red Train out of its sidings and past a big traffic jam, the local airport and the quarry.
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
Pub. Date: October 1 2006
Author: Blathwayt, Benedict
Format: Hardback
Availability: Temporarily unavailable
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Price: €12.04

Little Red Train: Busy Day

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ISBN/EAN: 9781862301931

The Little Red Train is in for a very busy day. Peek inside the Little Red Train's engine and East Sidings station with fun cut-aways! use the map to follow the the Little Red Train on his very busy day! You'll never have a dull journey with the Little Red Train!
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
Pub. Date: October 1 2009
Author: Blathwayt, Benedict
Format: Paperback
Availability: Temporarily unavailable
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Price: €9.63