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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1000L (What's this?)
  • Series: Pokemon
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; unknown edition (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545427711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545427715
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (483 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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76 of 81 people found the following review helpful By ✧ St. Winter ✧ on August 5, 2012
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In case you didn't take the time to read the item's description, this is essentially the same exact book published in 2008. Pokemon: Ultimate Handbook) The only difference is the inclusion of the fifth generation of Pokémon (included in Pokemon: Black & White Handbook.) A major improvement upon both is the lack of a lot of the flaws that hindered each of the previous releases. After careful examination, it appears only a couple of typo errors have carried over. Also notable is the lack of evolution info, as it was in the Ultimate Handbook. Event Pokémon are classified as "Mythical", and rare in-game Pokémon are classified as "Legendary". Otherwise, the artwork, information, etc. is all exactly the same as it was for each of the prior publications. For obvious reasons, Keldeo, Meloetta, and Genesect are not included in this handbook.

Regardless, this is worth buying if you're missing Ultimate Handbook or Black & White Handbook, or both. Great if you're a collector and just want to own all of the handbooks.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By aaa-Pam TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 25, 2012
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I have to say that this book is very cool and would make a fantastic gift for the young fan.

The pages are bright and colorful and full of facts for over 640 Pokémon. And while some pages feature 2 characters per page, others have only one. All though will show a featured picture, as well as images of the evolutionary path(s).

There isn't a huge amount written about the Pokémon, but there's a pronunciation guide, list of possible moves, type, weight, height, and region in which it can be found.

For example, about Rhydon the book says, "Rhydon can use the horn on it's head to barrel though thick rock. It is slightly smarter than Rhyhorn." The region is Kanto; and the type is 'Ground-rock'.

A fun book that's kid-friendly. The Essential Handbook just might motivate your youngster to read more.

Pam T~
mom to a Poké fan
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By teacher lady on January 8, 2013
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One of my granddaughters and a grandson from the same household had this book on their Christmas list. They wanted separate books so they didn't have to share. My children were skeptical. When the books were opened, they were the hit of everyone under 40. My kids could barely let the kids look at them and the other grandkids want the book now. A big hit!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Butler on January 13, 2013
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My 8 year old daughter loves everything Pokémon. She checked this book out at her school's library and asked Santa for it because she loved it so much. Santa delivered and so did Amazon, the best buying site on the web.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gadgester HALL OF FAME on November 27, 2013
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The list in this book is a bit outdated, nonetheless it's a great fan's guide to the many Pokémon characters. Detailed info is given and the artwork is really nice. Print and paper quality is high, too.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mom of 2 on January 9, 2013
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He is crazy about Pokemon now and we recently ordered this book for him. He loves it! He doesn't play the game yet but is lovin' it all.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lance Peterson on November 10, 2013
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My son loves it! This is a very detailed book with great illustrations and facts. Pokemon fans will love it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G-Money on April 10, 2014
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If you have a child that is into Pokemon, look no further than this handbook. It shows every pokemon (does not include x/y generation) and its different evolution stagesif applicable. It is basically a Pokemon encyclopedia. Son loves it and reads it daily.
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