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Pokemon: Ultimate Handbook Paperback – October 1, 2008

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 1040L (What's this?)
  • Series: Pokemon
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; Updated edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545078865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545078863
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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75 of 76 people found the following review helpful By S. Lipson VINE VOICE on September 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
My boys, 8 and 9, are really interested in Pokemon, particularly the video games and card collecting. I purchased one "Pocket Pokedex" book for them while on vacation this Summer and it proved to be the most desired and used item since. I actually had to replace the book within 2wks partly d/t to a bad binding and also because it was read for hours a day by both of them. The "Pocket Pokedex" has microscopic print and very little readability-mostly just the hard facts and technical points of each character listed in microscopic graphs. I saw this new version coming out a month ago and figured I'd treat my kids to it. I didn't preview the book, just hoped it would be as well liked as the one they already have. Well, this version absolutely blows away the "Pocket Pokedex"! This book is chock full of all the best details about every Pokemon (inc Darkrai!!)! It has large easy to read print, full color text and pictures of every Pokemon, all their strengths, weaknesses, battle criteria, their character morphing capabilities (including pictures of those), and they are all listed alphabetically for convience! My kids just screamed when I gave them to them and showered me with gratitude. They had no idea there was even a new referrence book available. Any Poke' fan will be thrilled with this outstanding see-all, tell-all, user friendly resource! Purely a grand-slam!
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Lesley Aeschliman VINE VOICE on April 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book covers all Pokemon except for Shaymin. The book opens with an introductory section explaining how to read and utilize the book. This section explains what the reader will find in each Pokemon entry. This information includes its name, its species, how to pronounce its name, its possible moves, its type (or types), its height, its weight, its region, a description, and what its evolution is (if it has one). In this book, the Pokemon are listed in alphabetical order (except for Darkrai, which gets its own section at the back of the book).

Looking through this book, it feels as if the author threw this together in a hurry. This is especially evident by some of the mistakes I found while reading it. There are two major issues in the book. First, the pictures of Porygon and Porygon 2 are flipped wherever these two Pokemon appear in the book (the picture for Porygon is always mislabeled as Porygon 2, and the picture for Porygon 2 is always mislabeled as Porygon). Another major mistake I found was in the entry for Scyther. For its evolution, it has the pictures in the right order, but the Pokemon were mislabeled (Scyther was labeled as Scizor, and Scizor was labeled as Scyther).

Another major issue I had was the fact that Darkrai was separated out from the rest of the Pokemon for some unknown reason. To top it off, Darkrai is not labeled as being a "Legendary Pokemon," when the rest of the Legendary Pokemon are given this designation in their respective entries. Also, in the "Legendary Lineup" feature at the very back of the book (where each Legendary Pokemon is listed in alphabetical order, and their Pokemon number is included), Darkrai is also excluded.

I did also find some minor mistakes in the book as well.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Michael Jandrok on September 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
Allrightythen...first things first. For those parents who might still not be in the know, Pokemon is Nintendo's blockbuster videogame/TV series/movie/book/toy mega-multimedia franchise. Debuting in the mid-90's, Pokemon (short for Pocket Monsters) has become one of the most thoroughly developed and complex alternate-reality worlds in multimedia gaming. Both of my kids (ages 7 and 12) can't get enough Pokemon, so when my son saw this guidebook at his elementary school's book fair, it was a no-brainer purchase.

What you get here is basically a print version of the National Pokedex, a running index of each and every known Pokemon. An online version can be accessed on the official Pokemon website. This book carries more detail than the online version, though, so it's very handy to have. The Pokemon are listed in alphabetical order, and you get a great amount of detail on each character, including possible moves, weights, heights, regions found in, and so forth. All of the listings are accompanied by full-color illustrations and as a bonus you also get the evolution paths for each Pokemon, making for easy cross-reference. Might have been nice to have a master index in the back of the book that gave page listings, but the alphabetical ordering makes it pretty easy to find specific characters without too much trouble.

All I can say is that I can't recommend it enough if you have kids that are into the Pokemon phenomenon. It's way worth the 10-spot IMO.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chris W on February 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
My six-year-old son loves this book. He's had it for several months now and keeps it under his pillow, so it is looking quite worn. He appreciates the illustrations and the simple format because he is a beginning reader and the layout helps him find what he is looking for, even if he has to ask an adult to read exactly what it says.

The content of the book is simple but in depth--check out the "Look Inside" feature. Each alphabetical entry includes the "scientific" name, another name, and interesting fact or two about the Pokemon, and statistics such as type, height, region, and special moves. Each Pokemon is illustrated, and each form of a Pokemon's "evolutionary track" has its own entry with a chart showing all of its forms.

In short, this book is very colorful and kid appropriate. The only suggestion I could make is that there be a hardcover version for greater durability. =)
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