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The Mysterious Benedict Society: Mr. Benedict's Book of Perplexing Puzzles, Elusive Enigmas, and Curious Conundrums Hardcover – October 11, 2011
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Trenton Lee Stewart, author of The Mysterious Benedict Society series, recently sat down with Mr. Nicholas Benedict, the esteemed scientist and intelligence expert, to discuss his new books.
Trenton Lee Stewart: Welcome, Mr. Benedict!
Mr. Benedict: Thank you indeed. Now, why don't we begin with your interest in riddles?
Stewart: My interest? Um, well ... I suppose I've always been drawn to constructive trickery. Riddles, jokes, stories--all these things depend on deception and surprise, yet they also depend on a shared understanding with the audience. Riddles are meant to be solved, just as stories and jokes are meant to be heard. So the successful ones are a sort of collaboration between--sorry, am I going on too long?
Mr. Benedict: [closing his pocket watch] Not at all. Please continue.
Stewart: Let me back up. As a child, I adored a chapter in The Hobbit called "Riddles in the Dark," in which the hero's life depends upon winning a riddle contest... but I feel silly telling you this, Mr. Benedict. You had to solve a real mystery as a boy--when you were a young orphan with narcolepsy, no less--and the stakes were significant. [Smiling at the reader] I give a full account of it in my next book, The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict.
Mr. Benedict: [nodding] A perfectly competent account.
Stewart: Perfectly... competent? Not... not brilliant?
Mr. Benedict: [yawning] Oh, I'm sure it is. And now, a thousand pardons, but I'm afraid I must go.
Stewart: Already? Go where?
Mr. Benedict: [eyelids drooping] To sleep.
Stewart: [catching Mr. Benedict as he slumps forward] Oh, right--the narcolepsy. I guess this, um, concludes our interview, then? Mr. Benedict? Shall I take that snore as a yes?
A Look Inside The Mysterious Benedict Society: Mr. Benedict's Book of Perplexing Puzzles, Elusive Enigmas, and Curious Conundrums
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A special message from Mr. Benedict
An elusive enigma worthy of a Society Member
Rules of the Society and a Member Bio
Two perplexing puzzles compiled by Mr. Benedict
-A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
-Winner of the E.B. White Read Aloud Award
-A Today show Al's Book Club for Kids Pick
- Received critical praise, including four starred reviews
Praise for The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey:
* A rip-roaring adventure with plenty of clever twists and hair's-breadth escapes... [and] a warm and satisfying tale about friendship."―School Library Journal (starred review)
Praise for The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma:
"Fresh and frightfully funny."―School Library Journal
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This new hardcover book offers readers plenty of opportunities to do just that, with classic games such as secret codes and "spot the difference" puzzles, as well as unusual mazes, visual and spatial puzzles, and games involving words and math. Like the Mysterious Benedict Society, solving all these puzzles would require a particularly well-rounded set of skills. The good news is that the book also offers clues in the back, to help get young puzzle-solvers on the right track without giving away the answers. Some may also benefit from being worked on in pairs or as a team --- just as they do in the Mysterious Benedict Society!
Scattered throughout the full-color volume are quotes from the original novels as well as dossiers on its most notable characters. It's unlikely, though, that readers not already familiar with the Mysterious Benedict Society books will be drawn to this puzzle compendium. For one thing, some of the puzzles require at least a basic knowledge of the characters involved. Diana Sudyka's detailed illustrations do an admirable job of evoking, if not quite capturing, Carson Ellis's original drawings for the series.
The difficulty of the puzzles varies; some may be solved almost immediately, while others involve multiple steps or significant investment of time.Read more ›
They tied in nicely and are especially fun for fans of The Mysterious Benedict Society series. I enjoyed solving these puzzles, some of which took more time than others. I also liked the fact that there were hints to help you solve the puzzle when things got a little tricky.
I would recommend this book to any middle school age student with a love of puzzles (ages 10 - 13).
Review by Young Mensan Adam A., age 13
This is by a girl not Randall.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 10-year old great nephew absolutely loves this book (gave as Christmas gift)!Published 25 days ago by Jules
Great book for the advanced child reader. My daughter is 10 and loves this series. She is an advanced reader and pretty much reads as well as High School level.Published 29 days ago by Barb W
After my son devoured the 4 books in this series, he was so excited to get this book of puzzles. He was disappointed and did not find it worth the money.Published 5 months ago by Drew B. Moser
It is a good book and puzzles your mind. I recommend this book to everyone.Published 5 months ago by Yash Kalwani
The Benedictine Society is a great book, and this puzzle book will confound your kid for days.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer