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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Greatest Dot-To-Dot Book in the World (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Monkeying Around (May 31, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970043708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970043702
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

When I was a kid I remember having this amazing dot-to-dot book. I saw page after page of dots and had no idea what they were before I started. It's been a long time since I've seen anything like that. I really wanted to recreate the magical experience I had for people today.

The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Book in the World is a vast collection of mystery images that won't reveal themselves until you get started. Also included are unique new connect-the-dot inventions and ideas that have never before seen print. I think that this is the most exciting dot-to-dot book to come out in 30 years.

About the Author

A designer and artist, David Kalvitis has a fine arts degree from Syracuse University where he studied editorial design, painting and photography. He has operated a graphic design business in Upstate New York since 1987. David is a lifelong fan of puzzles and games of all kinds, and has spent many hours both playing games and designing them. He is pleased to release his products to the public, and hopes they will be fun and relaxing for people of all ages.

More About the Author

David Kalvitis is an artist, graphic designer, puzzle inventor and owner of Monkeying Around Publishing. Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, Kalvitis is the eldest of three children. He currently resides in Rochester, New York.[1]

Kalvitis is a graduate of Syracuse University, where he earned a Fine Arts degree in Editorial Design. During his senior year, he placed second in the International Print Magazine Cover Design Contest.

After running his own graphic design business in Rochester for 13 years, Kalvitis began his publishing career with the creation of The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Books in the World in 2000.

Since 2001 Kalvitis has published seventeen hand-designed puzzle books, which have received numerous awards by parenting, educational and toy organizations. To date, his books have sold over a half of a million copies worldwide.

Customer Reviews

Great stress reliever!
L. M. Clark
I bought this book for my 9 year old son, who loves Dot to Dot books.
Bikeler
I have a child who LOVES dot to dots!
Stinker's Mom

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

76 of 78 people found the following review helpful By audrey TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 16, 2002
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This is a surprisingly fun book. I was curious but mildly skeptical after reading the description and reviews here, but find that the puzzles are rewarding. In addition to challenging examples of the conventional connect-the-dot method, author David Kalvitis introduces creative variations called Sets, Stars, Field of Dots, Odd/Even and No Dots! Sound intriguing? That essentially captures the spirit of this tantalizing set of pictures waiting to be liberated from obscurity by your erstwhile efforts on their behalf! It really is fun to see what's hidden there among those dots. Kalvitis also gives some information about the origins of the form and getting the best results. If you're at all interested in this puzzle form, and want to exercise your left and right brain simultaneously, you will enjoy this fun book.
Note that even the simplest puzzle contains 49 dots and most contain many more, so this is too difficult for little kids but a very nice choice for those who are beginning to outgrow their lower-level puzzles or the child who enjoys/needs practice with fine motor skills or has some interest in art. Also for puzzle-loving adults. Nicely done.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By "maydeb" on October 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
This series of dot-to-dot books are wonderful. As a child, I loved games and challenges. Dot-to-dots and mazes were my favorites. I had no idea these books even existed until I saw them in a Bits and Pieces catalog several weeks ago. I looked them up on Amazon and found there were four books. I ordered all four books from Amazon even though I thought I would probably be disappointed if they were too simple. Even as an adult, I still work dot-to-dots when I find them in magazines and newspapers, so I figured I had nothing to lose even if these books were for children. I'm in the baby-boomer generation, so I confess I like to revisit my childhood era occasionally.

Boy, was I surprised! When they came in the mail, I sat up until 5 a.m. the next morning working some of the puzzles. I am retired with 30 years in my local school system, so it wasn't like I had to get up early. After I would complete one puzzle, I would think I'll just do one more. Then another. Then another. I tried all the different types of puzzles. I am so excited and I wanted your customers to know how much I enjoyed them.

Even my 76 year old mother enjoyed working the puzzles. Like me, she was very skeptical about ordering sight unseen.

I hope to see future publications of new books. I look forward to seeing Books 5, 6, 7, etc. real soon.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By L. Moss on July 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
This isn't like the dot-to-dot books I had as a kid. Like many others, I did them until I felt I had outgrown dot-to-dots. It wasn't until I saw these puzzles that I realized it wasn't dot-to-dots I had outgrown. It was the existing dot-to-dot books out there. This book, however, takes these simple puzzles to a new level.
This book presents dot-to-dots in a fun way, and more importantly, leaves you until the last few pen strokes before you're able to identify the incredibly detailed drawings.
Highly recommended for kids and adults.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Marcia J. Poling on January 23, 2007
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My 8 year old son loves dot to dots, but seems to have outgrown most of the activity books that I usually find. He just wants the dot to dots, not the mazes, coloring, and word puzzles that he usually gets mixed in. This book had some really fun pictures. I had no idea what most of them were going to be until he was almost done. He could not put the book down!! I will most definately buy more books like this one.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "ceilworks" on November 10, 2001
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A wonderful collection for all of us who love dot-to-dot but despaired of anything beyond the kiddie level. Great way to relax for adults; kids learn as well as connect. Kalvitis makes it fun and informative at all levels; the results are intelligent and interesting�never obvious or cute. Introduces some variety into the traditional dot-to-dot with alternative ways to follow directions and connect. Well thought out and attractively produced; lives up to its title (so far, there are two books in the series).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 26, 2001
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I originally bought this book for my son to practice his eye-hand coordination but immediately fell in love with it myself!
Adults and children alike will LOVE this book. It's neat when the pictures magically appear before your eyes. I find the "grid" dot-to-dot puzzles very challenging! This book would make a great gift for just about anybody.
My son loves the book because you can't tell what the picture will be until you have them finished. The puzzles have helped tremendously with his eye-hand coordination. I'm going to look for book #2 as soon as possible!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anita K. Snider on April 16, 2003
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I found my first Dot to Dot in the GAMES magazine. Boy, was I hooked!!! As a kid I loved doing Dot to Dot books. I'm so happy that I came across that puzzle. I went to his web address and downloaded the samples there, I made several copies to do until my three Dot to Dot books that I ordered come in the mail. I highly recommend these books to everyone. I can't wait until Book 4 comes out. Mr. Kalvitis, keep up the good work.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By rubyvixen on June 26, 2000
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The images are impressive, and the book is entertaining for all ages. I find I must ration myself to one or two puzzles a day -- I could easily take the time to complete the book in one sitting. The tip about the "fat" markers is great; I grabbed my son's Crayola markers and enjoy looking at the completed pictures almost as much as doing them.
One of the neatest things about the book is that I usually have no idea what the picture will be. It's like opening a present on every page.
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