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The Everything Kids Riddles & Brain Teasers Book: Hours of Challenging Fun Paperback – March 8, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Everything® Kids
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (March 8, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593370369
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593370367
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kathi Wagner, author of The Everything Kids' Bugs Book and The Rugrat's Potty Book, has been a children's librarian at her local library for nineteen years. She has a degree in early education and journalism and is the mother of two. Aubrey Wagner is a freelance writer with a B.F.A. in art and design.

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3.4 out of 5 stars

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102 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Michael Everett-Lane on August 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
If you want to introduce your children to the world of brain teasers, puzzles, and riddles, this just might be the worst book you could give to them. It is chock full of wrong answers, ambiguous questions, factual errors, and logical fallacies. There are "brain teasers" that no one could possibly answer "correctly." There are questions whose premises make no sense whatsoever.

After we kept running across wrong answers, I confiscated this book from my son. I imagine most parents buy this for their children without reading it themselves. Let me save you the trouble. I read through 117 pages of this book and found 68 questions with errors (wrong facts, unworkable puzzles, etc.) Here are a few choice examples:

"Once upon a time, a little girl dressed in blue went to her grandmother's Swiss cottage. Why?" Answer: "She was hungry for some cheese."

"When Mini's family pulled up at the motel, Mini, her parents, and 12 brothers and sisters poured out of the car. How could that happen?" Answer: "Mini and her family are mice." Mice, of course, that drive. There couldn't be any other explanation, right?

"When Maddy started school, she was 5 years old. Now that she is in third grade, she is only 6. How can that be? Hint: Maddy's birthday is in February." Answer: "Maddy's birthday is on February 29th." Never mind the distinction between "having your 5th birthday" and "being 5 years old" -- by the premise of the question, Maddy would be 20 years old when she entered Kindergarten.

"It's Norma's 12th birthday. This year, her family gave her a boom box. If every year before were the same, how many does she have?" Answer: "One -- every year is not the same!" Have you heard of the subjunctive, Ms. Wagner? Do you know what an "If-Then" statement is? Do I want to throw your book out the window?

This book will make you stupid.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Margaret P. on June 20, 2005
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This book is advertised as being suitable for ages 9 to 12. Well, after getting it for my young daughter, it really looks to be more suitable for the upper end of that spectrum. The book is nicely laid out with an interspersing of jokes and exercises, but so far the actual riddles that you've got a chance at figuring out are pretty few and far between. Most of the riddles are ones that you really can't figure out.

Anyway, I'm more impressed with the other "everything kids" books I've purchased.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mysay on May 2, 2012
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I wanted riddles and brain teasers. This book had puzzles and games that I wasn't interested in. It didn't srve my purpose but would be ok if you wanted puzzles and games.
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By JoAnn Schueler on January 13, 2014
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The grandson I purchased this for, really enjoys it. He loves brainteasers and is always trying to stump someone, if course the riddles are fun also
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"Why is the ruler one of the stubborn of your school supplies? Because it's very narrow minded" (cue the groans of frustration)

"When Maddy started school, she was 5 years old. Now that she is in third grade, she is only 6. How can that be? Answer: Maddy's birthday is on Feb 29, it comes only once every 4 years, in a leap year." (Which is totally inaccurate. Just because the physical date of my birthday comes only once every 4 years, doesn't mean I somehow skip time and I don't actually age...)

"What did one test say to the other? My life is an open book" (really?)

"What is something only two brains can have? A brain baby." (What in the heck is a brain baby?!)

"Why did all the letters have to stay after school? They were caught making alpha bets." (Not funny)

"What would the Count say if she did? 'Fang you' very much." (doesn't even make sense...)

Since I could only find 1 or 2 reasonable options per section, this book is essentially useless. And it certainly won't make my kids smarter, just potentially teach them silly sayings. I regret buying it.
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By Reddsilk65 on July 20, 2013
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Good variety of problems, but again much more a word problem book. Pretty light on the puzzles. Could have wished fo rmore
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