Puzzlebook: 100 Puzzle Quizzes
by The Grabarchuk Family
Wow! What a cool idea! This is a whole new use of the ebook format that I would have never have thought of. Using the in-document hyperlinks in the Kindle format, the Grabarchuck family have made a fun and brain-exercising quiz book that works like a program more than a book. Primarily math and spacial puzzles with a few tricks thrown in, this was a fun two-and-a half hour exercise. Increasing in difficulty as it progressed through the problems, I got to number 97 before I couldn’t figure out any of the puzzles and had to guess. I’d say that was a good balance, challenging enough without missing out on very many questions. I loved the cute and modern smileys references!
I ran the puzzles on my Toshiba Thrive tablet with Android operating system using the Kindle app. It worked great in the standard book format, but when I tried to flip to the landscape view, some of the quiz answer choices appeared on a different page. The colors were stimulating and having it in a portable format was especially good for ease of play. Since it is a “Family” puzzle book, I tried it out on my kids too. They were able to use it with ease, provided they could read.
Mira, our family’s almost-eight-year-old puzzle princess, thought the games were fun until about half way through, and too hard after number 60. Her favorites were the “arrow ones”. They were also a good reading challenge for her age group. (“Mommy what does this spell…D…I….”)
Caius, age 11, thought it was “OK”, however he was enrapt. He ignored everything, playing up to number 70 until the bacon was done cooking. He snapped at his sister when she tried to interrupt him too, so I think he was just being cool. He did say he thought there were too many repeats of the same puzzle with a higher difficulty level.
I haven’t seen anything else like this puzzle book! Great job, Grabarchuks!