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Bird Brainteasers: Puzzles, Games & Avian Trivia Paperback – September 24, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; First Edition edition (September 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603420800
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603420808
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 0.8 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Patrick Merrell is a cartoonist, puzzle maker, and author whose work has appeared in hundreds of publications. He is a regular contributor to the New York Times crossword, the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, and the World Puzzle Championship. His other books include Bird Brainteasers and Coffee Time. He lives in Mt. Vernon, New York.


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Customer Reviews

I recommend this book for Bird lovers, puzzle lovers and trivia lovers.
Mona Lisa
This is a great little book to carry in a brief case or purse to pass the time while waiting for an appointment.
L. A.
The trivia includes facts about birds in movies, literature, music, quotes and television.
Sarah Vigil Swiger

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Hamm VINE VOICE on November 25, 2008
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This book claims to be great for "birdwatchers and puzzle fans alike," but with over 300 pages there are only 40 puzzles so it is definitely more for the former. Most of the puzzles are very easy and will take no more than a few minutes to complete. (I worked 10 random puzzles in less than an hour.) There is quite a variety of filler in the rest of the book, including cartoons, quotes and trivia.

There is a tradeoff in making the book small (good for portability), in that it's thick enough that it doesn't lie flat at all and can be awkward to hold open and work the puzzles at the same time. As a puzzle fan, I would only give the book three stars, but for bird lovers, it's worth four.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Guild TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 27, 2010
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Next to reading ,Birding and Puzzles are my most popular pastimes.In my personal library,I have over 1200 books about Birds and over 700 books about Puzzles.When I came across this little tome,it immediately caught my attention,because these two hobbies are not usually combined.The reason both of these pastimes attract so many is that the breadth and scope of both are limitless.With Birding, there are so many ways people partake,and many partake in many ways;simply watching and feeding birds around their homes,making lists of how many seen in a day,a year,in a particular location,making large lists that run into the thousands worldwide,banding birds ,learning to tell different birds by their sounds,and that is only a few ,but they are all a challenge in one way or another.With Puzzles the ways people partake are just as varied;such as Sudoku ,Word Search,Mensa Puzzles,Spot-The Differences,Sticklers,Visual Illusions,Hidden Objects,Hand Held such as Rubik's Cubes and Take Apart puzzles ,and again that is only a few of the endless kinds that exist.
But the one thing that is common to both pastimes is that one picks the kinds they like the best.
Hence;since I had never come across a book like this,I immediately bought it.
Although the book is very basic and covers a lot of the different kinds of puzzles, as well as a lot of intreresting things about birds;the book sticks with the themes of birds and puzzles,and the puzzles involve birds in one way or another.
The puzzles are really quite easy but the book is a good introduction to both puzzles and to birds.
If you have never had much interest in puzzles or birds;or simply looking for something to challenge yourself;these are excellent pastimes.Amongst my reviews you can find many I have written on both subjects.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Krystal James VINE VOICE on February 12, 2009
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I am not an avid bird fan myself, but I love having this book around, testing my bird knowledge and learning much more as I play and read my way through it. It is a great combination of fun games and puzzles (including Birdoku), trivia, quotes, and informational facts on a variety of bird species (even the extinct Dodo Bird!) with some poetry and interesting historic tidbits thrown in there as well.

This is definately a great gift for any avid bird fan. I know my mom would love it. I can't wait to show it to her. (And maybe testing her bird knowledge some before I do!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Faasse VINE VOICE on January 8, 2009
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This little book of trivia was and is great fun. If you are interested in the subject of birds or not it is still a great book for entertainment on a lazy day. Great book to take with you when you travel as I do. I enjoyed reading it on the plane from MSP to DFW recently and I found it to be a great conversational peice too in the airport. Fun for all ages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lisa from steamboat on September 13, 2013
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i bought this book for a friend of mine who is an avid birdewatcher, puzzle author and lover of puns. he got a real kick out of it. it was perfect for him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angela M. on April 15, 2013
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This book is not for just backyard watchers but for true birders like my husband. If you have a wealth a bird knowledge it is a fun and challenging book and we enjoy working on it together. Very fun and worth the money.
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By Karen S. Garvin on December 10, 2008
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First, this little book is smaller than a standard paperback, but it weighs in at just over 300 pages. It's a good size for packing into a suitcase or car glovebox, or just laying around on a coffee table.

Like most trivia and puzzle books, it's not the kind of book you'd want to read in one sitting, and you certainly don't have to read it in any kind of order. However, be forewarned that puzzles have their answers on following pages -- not at the back of the book -- so if you work back-to-front you might see the answers before you see the puzzle.

The trivia runs the gamut from poems and tidbits to diagrams of egg sizes and a short list of White House Pets. Did you know Teddy Roosevelt had a one-legged rooster?

Puzzles take the form of crosswords, matching, scrambled words, word search, and short quizzes. One called "Bill Me" shows line drawings of 12 different bird beaks, and a list of 24 words that must be combined into 12 words. So you first need to make the name of the bird, and then identify its beak shape.

Avid birders will probably make short work of most of the puzzles, but the appeal of the book is that it's for everyone. The book is suitable for children; I'm not sure of the age range, but I'd say children 10 years old or more should be fine with the material.

I only gave three stars because I felt the puzzles didn't task me hard enough, and the smaller size book format makes it hard to hold open the book to work on the puzzles -- the spine is nearly an inch thick and the book won't lay flat. I think this book would make a nice stocking-stuffer or a party prize, and it would be nice book to have on the coffee table for bored holiday company. Some of the puzzles could work well for a small group of people, and maybe the trivia could be conversation starters.
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