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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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Big Alfie And Annie Rose Storybook

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ISBN/EAN: 9780099750307

This gorgeous storybook is full of snapshots of family life, from breakfast to bedtime and from birthdays to walks in the park. All small children will be able to identify with Alfie and Annie Rose, two hugely appealing pre-schoolers who are constantly tackling new experiences and making new friends.
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
Pub. Date: July 5 1990
Author: Hughes, Shirley
Format: Paperback
Availability: Delivery usually within 5-10 working days
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Price: €9.63

123 Olly And Me (With Free Wall Frieze)

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ISBN/EAN: 9781406315134

Learning to count is fun and easy with Katie and her baby brother, Olly. At the seaside, on the bus, playing with friends or just home with Mum - anytime, anywhere, there's always a chance to practice numbers.
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Pub. Date: May 1 2009
Author: Hughes, Shirley
Format: Hardback
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Price: €13.24

Alfie's Christmas

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ISBN/EAN: 9780370332307

Alfie opens his advent calendar and makes cards and presents. He sings carols and decorates the tree. And he writes a special letter to Father Christmas...But what will Father Christmas bring on Christmas Day?
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Pub. Date: October 3 2013
Author: Hughes, Shirley
Format: Hardback
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Dixie O'Day: In The Fast Lane

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ISBN/EAN: 9781782300120

Introducing Dixie O'Day and also, of course, his friend Percy! This dashing duo are always getting into adventures - here they enter the All-Day Car Race little knowing what is ahead of them! Dixie and Percy run into all sorts of peril, as does their arch enemy, Lou Ella. But who will win, and will Lou Ella get her comeuppance?
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Pub. Date: August 8 2013
Author: Hughes, Shirley
Format: Hardback
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Bobbo Goes To School

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ISBN/EAN: 9781849415385

When Lily throws Bobbo onto the top of the school bus, she has no idea what an adventure he has in store. This drama-packed book is a race to reunite Lily and lost Bobbo, as well as learning all about school...
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
Pub. Date: August 1 2013
Author: Hughes, Shirley
Format: Paperback
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Alfie's Alphabet

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ISBN/EAN: 9781849418454

A is for Alfie! Let Alfie take you all the way from A to Z in this alphabet of Alfie's world. Learn how B is for Bedtime and how P is for park and puddles. It's as easy as A, B, C with Alfie!
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
Pub. Date: February 7 2013
Author: Hughes, Shirley
Format: Paperback
Availability: 1 – 9 copies in stock
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Alfie's Numbers

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ISBN/EAN: 9781849418461

1, 2, 3 - go! It's time to count with Alfie... Alfie and Annie Rose make two, and take you on a journey all the way to 10! It takes two to see-saw, and there's four in Alfie's family. Alfie's world is full of numbers: fingers and toes and children playing. You can count on Alfie!
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
Pub. Date: February 7 2013
Author: Hughes, Shirley
Format: Paperback
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Don't Want to Go!

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ISBN/EAN: 9781862306707

Mum is ill and Dad has to go to work, so Lily will have to go to Melanie's house for the day. Dad says she'll have lots of fun, but there's a problem: Lily doesn't want to go!Join Lily as she braves Melanie's house, and realises that doing new things needn't be scary after all...
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
Pub. Date: April 7 2011
Author: Hughes, Shirley
Format: Paperback
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Alfie Gets in First

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ISBN/EAN: 9781862307834

Alfie and his mum and baby sister, Annie Rose, arrive home after shopping. So now Alfie's stuck INSIDE and his mum and Annie Rose are stuck OUTSIDE without a key! Soon everyone in the street is trying to help rescue Alfie - but he's got a plan of his own .
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
Pub. Date: January 10 2009
Author: Hughes, Shirley
Format: Paperback
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Alfie's Feet

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ISBN/EAN: 9781862307841

Splish, splash, splosh! Alfie has new yellow boots that are perfect for walking through puddles and stamping in mud. There's something not quite right about them, though - they're making Alfie's feet turn outwards...Join Alfie as he works out what's wrong with his boots in this wonderfully splashy adventure.
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
Pub. Date: May 29 2009
Author: Hughes, Shirley
Format: Paperback
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Price: €8.42