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Space Puzzles: Minkie Monster and the Birthday Surprise (Preschool Puzzlers) (Volume 1) Paperback – August 29, 2016
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Space Puzzles: Minkie Monster and the Birthday Surprise is a children's puzzle book written and illustrated by Ceri Clark. Minkie Monster is from outer space. He and his little friend, Bob, are going to a party, but Bob likes to hide from Minkie. Readers are invited to help Minkie find Bob in a series of puzzles and counting games. There are books to count in a library, rocket ships to identify and find, a countdown to trace into action and stars to count. Clark also includes mazes, coloring pages, and an interplanetary word search. It's a hard job looking for Bob with lots of challenges and tasks for Minkie's helpers. There's even a snakes and ladders game to get past in order to enter the rocket that will take Minkie and Bob to the party. Clark provides the reader with a link and password to get extra copies of the pages of this book, so puzzles can be worked on again and again.
I love numbers and puzzles, and I fell in love with Ceri Clark's children's puzzle book, Space Puzzles: Minkie Monster and the Birthday Surprise, the minute my eyes hit the title page, and I saw those numbered rockets. Clark makes counting and writing fun as she weaves those skills in with the puzzles and games that appear in this disarming and very funny book. Minkie Monster and Bob are glorious aliens, brightly colored, and with the most cheerful and monstrous expressions on their faces.
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Every page of this delightful new book by Ceri poses a puzzle, a question or engages the redder in a game and as such it is a learning adventure as well as a fun little story children will enjoy, keeping up with older children and adult obsessions with science fiction and space odysseys.
The little story is well condensed by Ceri – ‘Minkie Monster has a problem. He’s been invited to a birthday party, but he can’t seem to remember whose. To top it all off, his best friend, Bob, is hiding – again. Now, Minkie has to go on the journey of his young lifetime to the planet Venus to find answers. Along the way, he’ll have to solve problems and follow the clues.’
Numbers become math problems/games, rhymes enter to keep the story light, space questions and investigations, word puzzles – it is all a fun experience to be shared between child and parent or older children. Ceri Clark has provided a fine new series of ideas to blend fun and learning with reading and adventure stories. Grady Harp, September 16
This book was sent gratis from the author for an unbiased review
Of course, my mathematical tendencies wanted extra clues for the simple numbers games. I wished the numbered spaceships had port holes to match,etc. But this book includes all the other favorite puzzles from childhood too—tracing lines to destinations, joining the dots to make letters and numbers, pattern matching and more. Space Puzzles is short, bright-colored and fun, with the added attraction of a snakes and ladders game, and downloadable content to use over and again.
Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy and I offer my honest review
It begins with Minkie Monster introducing himself. He is looking for his friend, Bob, who hides in every page. They have been invited to a party, and he must find Bob. It is very much like Where's Waldo.
What I love about this book is there are different activities that my daughter can do, and not get bored easily. There is counting, tracing numbers, following trails, coloring, word searches, spot the difference, etc.
My daughter has had me read her this book several times now. She enjoys looking at the pictures, and I am pleased she enjoys reading. I feel this is a great book for the younger kids. It definitely keeps them occupied.