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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
Counting the correct colored books * Finding a number * Tracing letters * Coloring * Word search * Spot the difference * Space snakes and ladders and more.
IMPORTANT to note that this book is NOT suitable for all Kindles so please check the list provided in listing to ensure you are not disappointed. Not only that, most of the puzzles require using a pen. HOWEVER you don't need to panic either as no matter which book format you purchase you will be be provided with the PDF link enabling you to print off extra copies of the book thus providing your child with more than one opportunity of doing the puzzles in this book.
When viewing the PDF on my screen I did not think the white areas were as clean and clear as they could have been. There were a lot of light grayish areas that a good graphics program should be able to fix. With that said though this book teaches little ones a LOT including the order of the planets, constellation Gemini etc.
We received this product for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thanks, Liz
Minkie Monster and the Birthday Surprise by Ceri Clark is for the age group 3-6. It is a fun, interactive novella for kids that teaches them to count the objects they see, and follow the instructions for other activities. These include match games, word search puzzles, space puzzles, count the objects in the pictures, and connect the dots.
Ceri Clark’s objective in writing this book is to develop children’s cognitive skills, counting and an appreciation for reading. She has included a link in the novella to her website where the coloring pages and puzzles can be downloaded in PDF format. The illustrations are colourful and will attract young readers. This novella is from the Minkie Monster series and is a good addition to school libraries as well as homes.