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THE GREAT CITY SEARCH (Usborne)

Author: Rosie Heywood

Illustrator: David Hancock

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Publisher: Usborne Publishing Limited,

Material: paperback

Summary: This is one busy city. Join the mayor as you visit lots of places en route to the grand opening of the City's new swimming pool! This is a seek and find book that combines picture puzzle searches with factual information.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, interactive reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 10 and up

Interest Level: 9 to 12

Age of Child: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: Wowsa! If you don't want to wear glasses after you explore this book, grab a magnifying glass. It is very easy to get lost in (and hooked on) the seek-and-find activities in the City. I love the idea that you can start with an individual page, or, if you want the full effect of the story, follow a special route (hint: you don't just turn the page).

Pros: This is an I Spy-like book that will engage advanced puzzlers for hours. In addition to building the seek-and-find activities around a theme, readers have other tasks to complete ... requiring planning, memory, and critical thinking skills.

Cons: This is a paperback, and in order to view the full two-page spread, you will very quickly break its spine. Otherwise, you'll miss out on the material in the middle.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a book with puzzle-solving activities on several levels; from seek-and-find to hunting for clues. Whether or not it's a must have really depends on the level of sophistication of the puzzler and his/her level of patience.

If You Liked This Book, Try: SEE INSIDE ANCIENT ROME (Usborne Flap Book)   SWORD QUEST (Usborne Fantazy Puzzle Books)   HOLIDAY HIDDEN TREASURES; HIDDEN PICTURE PUZZLES

Educational Themes: This is multi-level puzzle book that encourages reading through exploring. There are clues to solve, things to find, and facts to learn about how a city works.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, puzzles, interactive learning, middle grade

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2008

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