Book review: The Challenging Riddle Book for Kids

The Challenging Riddle Book for KidsThe Challenging Riddle Book for Kids:
Fun Brain-Busters for Ages 9-12,
by Danielle Hall
Illustrated by
Mary Kate McDevitt

Rockridge Press
Juvenile Nonfiction/Humor
Age Range: 9-12 years
82 pages


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Because of Covid-19, this summer is unlike any other summer: very few camps open if any, and you may wonder what activities you are going to offer your children. The Challenging Riddle Book for Kids is the perfect book to have a bit of fun every day with them, outdoors or indoors.

The author first explains ways of solving the riddles and offers some warm up, before the 175 questions – plus three matchstick puzzles! The answers are given at the end of the book.

The riddles come with a great variety. Some are just one simple question, like for instance #69: “What do a dog, a boat, and a town have but never use?” Others are more complex and are made up of a short paragraph.

The illustrations are not the best, but they use bright and cheerful colors.

What’s really unique and fascinating about this book is the riddles with a colored background page, interspersed throughout the book. These riddles are special: they come from various traditions (Sumer, Egypt, Aztec, China, etc.) or from novels, such as Emma by Jane Austen, The Hobbit byTolkien, among others. After the solution, a short paragraph introduced by the question Did you know? explains the origin and background of this riddle,  like the famous riddle of the Sphinx (page 13). 
I really like this dimension, which allows the young players to learn while having  fun.
And as often for that type of book, you can enjoy it even if you are much older than 12!

VERDICT: No camp no problem: learn and have fun with this smart riddle book!

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What other riddle book would you recommend?

In full compliance with FTC Guidelines, I received this book free of charge from the publisher through The Callisto Publisher’s Club. I was in no way compensated for this post as a reviewer, and the thoughts are my own.


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