BananaGrams!: The Official Book

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Game of the Year winner at the 2009 International Toy Fair, Bananagrams is the international phenomenon that started with a simple idea: "An anagram game that is so fast it will drive you bananas!" Doing for letters what Sudoku did for numbers, it's the obsessive new puzzle craze that starts with 144 letter tiles in a banana-shaped bag and captures all the fun of crosswords and word games like Scrabble and Boggle.

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Overview

Game of the Year winner at the 2009 International Toy Fair, Bananagrams is the international phenomenon that started with a simple idea: "An anagram game that is so fast it will drive you bananas!" Doing for letters what Sudoku did for numbers, it's the obsessive new puzzle craze that starts with 144 letter tiles in a banana-shaped bag and captures all the fun of crosswords and word games like Scrabble and Boggle.

Now comes Bananagrams! The Official Book, which translates the brain-twisting word fun of the game onto the page, and adds much, much more. Even if you've never dipped your hand into the Bananagrams pouch, the book stands on its own with hours of challenging play. Written by the only three-time National Scrabble Champion, Joe Edley, Bananagrams! offers sixteen clever puzzle types, including Banana Trees, where the object is to build word grids based on a theme; Banana Splits, a collection of four quick anagram puzzles to be solved in rapid-fire style; Banana Leaves, with its four-, five-, six- and seven-letter words; Banana Filling—what happens when you add a "K"?; and more. The puzzles have four levels of difficulty, from one banana to four bananas. Plus, there are glossaries; special strategies for Bananagrams: The Game; a list of "Weords"—weird words that are cool to play; two- and three-letter words to take your game to the next level; fun banana facts; and, of course, an answer key.

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If you're not yet addicted to Banana-Grams!, it's probably because this versatile anagram game is so new. The Game of the Year winner at the 2009 International Toy Fair introduces readers to 16 flavorful varieties, including Banana Splits; a collection of four rapid-fire puzzles; Banana Leaves, with four to seven-letter words; and Banana Filling.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761156352
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/13/2009
  • Pages: 282
  • Sales rank: 222,834
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Abe Nathanson and his daughter, Rena, along with his grandchildren Aaron and Ava invented Bananagrams while spending the summer of 2005 together at a beach house in Narragansett, Rhode Island. The whole Nathanson family is involved in the growing game business. Rena and her family reside in the U.K., and Abe lives in Providence, Rhode Island, where he runs the company's headquarters.

Joe Edley, the only three-time National Scrabble Champion, is the author of The Official Scrabble Puzzle Book, Everything Scrabble, and Scrabble Puzzles Volumes 1–4, as well as Workman's Scrabble Page-A-Day Calendar. Director of Clubs and Tournaments for the National Scrabble Association, he's created thousands of word puzzles for The Scrabble News and writes the syndicated newspaper column "Scrabblegrams." He lives with his family on Long Island, New York.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    A good change for scrabble

    I still prefer scrabble, but this was a good choice for something to do with letters. Great for traveling!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2010

    BananaGrams! does the brain good!

    Addictive, frustrating, brain food. Will use some of these puzzles with my literacy student. Scrabble tiles will be used in place of the book so that the student can move the tiles to create words - will help spelling and vocabulary.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2010

    Fun, interesting, intelligent

    Having a great time working on the puzzles in this book. It's really worth the money. Good way to improve brain power in a fun way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2010

    Bananagrams Book

    If you are a fan of the Bananagrams Game, you will find this book fun and challenging. I have used the book along with the bananagram tiles on puzzles that were more difficult. Good for the beach or pool too!

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