On your mark, get set, GO! It's time for hours of fun with Roxie Munro's A-to-Z round-trip search-and-find.
Publishers WeeklyRoxie Munro uses eye-popping artwork to lead readers on a drive to the zoo in Mazescapes. Children are invited to navigate through aerial mazes with any of six punch-out cars; each maze connects to the one on the following page. Along the way, kids can play five additional games (e.g., the "ABC travel game," counting bicycles and school buses). Munro's signature style guides drivers through small towns, bustling cities and finally to the zoo, and she encourages them to take an alternate route home. (Aug.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's LiteratureWhen the hours seem to drag on while driving in the car or you're trapped inside on a rainy day with nothing to do, one quick solution is Mazescapes. Navigating your way through thirteen aerial landscapes with looping roadways, twisting side streets and winding tunnels poses a challenge for all ages. Your observation skills will be tested as you search for hidden letters along the way. Don't let the one way streets lure you down the wrong path. Keep track of bicycles and schools buses you can find along your journey and challenge your family to do the same. Each book comes complete with six punch-out cars and an answer key for those having more trouble. 2001, SeaStar Books, $16.95. Ages 7 to 10. Reviewer: Sharon Tolle
School Library JournalGr 1-4-Graduates of "Where's Waldo?" who are looking for something a little more challenging will find it in Munro's brightly colored and intricate paintings, which lend themselves to careful examination as readers enjoy bird's-eye views of the landscape. The title page gives a clue as to how this work might be used: a hand is shown carrying the book toward a car being loaded for a trip. The next spread shows the car on its way, with the book open to the page of instructions. What follows is a series of mazes that lead youngsters through cityscapes and over country roads. The game is to "Find the way to the zoo and back home again." It becomes more challenging if readers follow suggestions for other activities, such as "Search for the family car" or "Count the number of people walking dogs." The many interesting details will keep car-bound children occupied for a long time. Concluding answer keys will help those who become lost along the way.-Alison Kastner, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus ReviewsChildren who enjoy poring over Bonnie and Arthur Geisert's "town" plans (Desert Town, p. 182, etc.) and the like will have a ball with this series of connected mazes from the author of the "Inside Outside" series. In high, finely detailed aerial views, Munro takes a family on a drive, from house to the zoo and back-a trip that requires passing through successive tangles of city streets, highway interchanges, and busy traffic circles. There's plenty to spot on the way, too, from school buses, bicycles, and dog walkers to letters of the alphabet and items beginning with those letters. Fellow travelers can even choose their own cars, from a set of punch-out models tucked into an envelope, and a concluding set of visual keys to the mazes will give impatient or clueless viewers a leg up. It's a ride worth taking more than once. (Picture book. 5-8)
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- 10.62(w) x 10.62(h) x 0.12(d)
- Age Range:
- 6 - 9 Years
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