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Choose Your Own Adventure: Endless Possibilities for Fun
on October 21, 2015
The Choose Your Own Adventure set of four complete books, with black and white illustrations, by R.A. Montgomery comes in a nicely boxed set which will be adored by any child, especially in the age range of around 8-12.
There are plenty more of these great adventures, which have been reissued to delight a whole new generation of kids. This set comes with
The Abominable Snowman, Journey Under the Sea, Space and Beyond, and The Lost Jewels of Nabooti. All of the books are written by R.A. Montgomery.
This dramatic admonishment which leads off each book: "Beware and Warning! This book is different from other books. You and you alone are in charge of what happens in this story." This serves to add to the anticipation for the child reading.Each book abounds with different choices at every turn for the reader. What he or she does next determines another set of choices, and so on. When you come to an impasse in your adventure, it is very empowering to be able to choose which page to read next. You are, in fact, in charge!
For example, I read "The Lost Jewels of Nabooti" all the way through. I made some very poor choices which led to my premature death around four times, in different ways. It is actually not scary when you die or lose, within the plot in each book. For a child of the appropriate age (and for me) it is, rather, very amusing and at times totally funny. After you have killed yourself off or blown it in another way, you simply go back to the beginning, or back to where you left off, and try another choice of which page to turn to next.
It is quite ingenious and loads of fun. I was very glad and filled with pride when I was able to return the jewels to the Nabooti Tribe on the shores of Lake Chad. Alternate endings are plentiful. They have you giving up the search and going home, or smashing your boat with all hands lost at sea, or ending up in Paris as you receive a message from your cousins that all is well. These books can be read over and over because of the alternate choices which can be made by each child. Although the illustrations are in black and white, they are appealing and add to whichever book is being read.
Reading was my greatest love as a child. I would have adored these books. It is this sort of adventure within a book which encourages a child's desire to read more. The appeal of being able to create your own destiny has wonderful allure for anyone of any age. The Choose Your Own Adventure series doesn't take itself too seriously and yet it is first rate enjoyment. The outer case says,"A Gamer's Mind Starts with Choose Your Own Adventure..." As I have plenty of experience with gamers, because of my own children, I can understand what this means. When you are a gamer, it is all about fast thinking and choices. This kind of thinking is encouraged by Choose Your Own Adventure books. This set would make a great holiday gift, or birthday gift, for any girl or boy. It is a blast and a wonderful way to spend some quiet time, something no child seems to have enough of these days. Recommended!