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
These are wonderful books that will stay in my family. Fun times reading and rereading with the kids. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Kara
Our grandchildren have loved every book in this series! I highly recommend them -- they're beautifully written and are fun and interesting and truly hold even a less than... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nancy Nice
I read the first book in the MBS series with my 10 and 7 year old girls. The loved it. We loved it. So I bought the entire series including this cool puzzle book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by coleopreacher
Both Mom and kids played this book. Super fun puzzles. Helps to have read the rest of the series before coming to this one, but it works as a stand alone as well. Read morePublished 8 months ago by D. Proctor
My kids love this book. The biggest this is to keep them from telling the answers to the other kids before they have a chance to figure it out.Published 9 months ago by Blake
This book is well made with interesting puzzles and challenges. It should keep the kids busy for a few hours!Published 11 months ago by Trudy Johnson
The book arrived weeks later than I anticipated . . .it was to have been a birthday gift. Will save this purchase for Christmas . . . Read morePublished 15 months ago by mary
Reviewed the fourth book in the series (the prequel of Mr Benedict's life) above; this book is different, but engaging, and helps with interactive ideas with the intellectual... Read morePublished 15 months ago by tcrimm