“ Paperback: 192 pages / Publisher: Buster Books / Published: 3 Nov 2011 „
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At Christmas I got my son a few activity type books that I thought would also make him use his brain as well as being fun for him! One of the books that I bought for him was the kids book of crosswords and this is my review of it.
I bought the book from amazon and it costs £3.79 currently so it isn't a book that is going to blow your budget really. The recommended retail price is only £3.99 and so you get a slight saving on this buying it from amazon. The book is a paper back and is quite small and is what I would call pocket sized really. The cover of the book is simple enough and just has a picture of an empty crossword grid as well as the name of the book. We are also told on the front cover that there are 150 crosswords in the book.
Inside the book there is a little bit of an introduction about crosswords, how to complete them and some tips as well. I think this is a good touch for a kids crossword book as it is likely they won't have had all that much experience with them. The book is separated in to four different levels of crosswords these being beginner, intermediates, advanced and ace puzzlers. There is also a section at the end with all of the answers to the crossword puzzles which again I think is useful especially for children who may not know all of the answers and may need a little bit of help!
The crosswords start small in the beginners section and then get larger as they go on up to the ace puzzler section. In the beginner section there are generally three clues both up and down and then in the ace puzzler section there are twelve or so. I would say that the clues don't really seem to change all that much and it is just the size of the puzzle which changes and so whilst my son can tackle some of the clues there are some that he asks me to help with and even sometimes I can struggle to think of the answer! Some clues are nice and easy though such as "young sheep" and things like that.
My son was seven when he received this book as a gift and I think this is probably about the right sort of age for the book. I think any younger would struggle too much with this book and it may well put them off. There are clues in this which my son does struggle with as I said and I think much older children would also struggle but he does like it when he manages to complete a crossword in the book and I am happy that he is using his brain to work things out whilst having fun too.
The book is a great size to be able to pop in your bag if you know you are heading somewhere that your child may be a little bit bored and it would help to keep them occupied. I like the fact that my son is learning new words as he works through this book and I also think it helps with their description of items too so it has been a worthwhile purchase. It isn't his favourite book but it is one that he pops in and out of and that is exactly what I thought he would do!
I would recommend this book for those aged probably seven upwards and would imagine it would suit those up to around ten or so years old. It is a book that a child can dip in and out of and will keep them occupied and so I do recommend it.
Thank you for reading my review!