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Masquerade: The Complete Book with the Answer Explained Paperback – January 10, 1993
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Which is too bad, because Williams' lush paintings deserve to be seen in a large hardcover version, not the tiny paperback available now. Not only are the illustrations beautiful to look at, but they are filled with details that invite the eye to search for clues. The text is also filled with riddles that are fun to solve too. This is a book you'll want to read again and again, even if you can't solve the main riddle.
One last point--the recent book "The Merlin Mystery" tries to duplicate Masquerade's feat, but the illustrator is no Kit Williams. If you want to read other puzzle books like "Masquerade", I recommend "The Egyptian Jukebox" by Nick Bartcock and "The Eleventh Hour" by Graeme Base. Neither of these books, I should warn, hide any treasure however.
How close did I come to solving it? Not nearly as close as I would have liked--as an American, I have very little knowledge of England's geography (mandatory to solving the puzzle, despite the previous disclaimers). I did have part of the solution correct; I knew the letters that bordered each painting spelled out locations, but the method was not as simple as the author pretended. Needless to say, I feel much better now that I know this.
That having been said, let me conclude by stating that the story of Jack Hare's journey is enjoyable, the paintings are absolutely exquisite and the mystery is still intriguing, whether the jewel is still in the ground or not. I recommend it to anyone who loves puzzles--just be prepared to work hard at the solution; it's not easy!
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I was disappointed to find a very slim, small paperback version of what I'd expected which I was led to believe was a large hardback picturebook.Published 12 months ago by Ruth Nathan
This was a great childhood book. The artistic visuals are great at trying to fool the eye. There are so many details. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Librowork
I first learned of this by reading a book with information on treasure hunts. It told the answers, and I thought, "How hard could this be? Read morePublished on October 20, 2001
I received the original hardback book as a gift when it first came out and spent hours and hours picking out all the clues that were hidden in the text, boarders and luscious... Read morePublished on February 15, 2001 by Sam G
Although I have only recently read Masquerade, it comes to mind that there was *another* book by Kit Williams; and the prize was a golden bee. Read morePublished on August 23, 1999