UNBORED Games: Serious Fun for Everyone

UNBORED Games: Serious Fun for Everyone

by Joshua Glenn, Elizabeth Foy Larsen, Tony Leone
     
 

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The best games book ever--for kids and the whole family, from the team that bought us the critically acclaimed, award-winning, best-selling UNBORED: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun.

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The best games book ever--for kids and the whole family, from the team that bought us the critically acclaimed, award-winning, best-selling UNBORED: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/29/2014
Glenn and Larsen follow 2012’s Unbored with a second collection of DIY activities and ideas for children and families, this time built around the idea of game play, whether it takes place around the kitchen table, outdoors, or online. As in the previous book, the authors employ a team of contributors who bring backgrounds in video games, crafting, computers, and more to the table. Over four chapters, readers receive dozens of recommendations for existing games and apps to check out, ideas for how to “hack” said games to keep them fresh, activities that require no more than one’s body or mind, and information about the history of gaming. From creating “exquisite corpse” drawings to tossing cabers, “larping,” and everything in between, there’s more than enough to entice kids of all interests and abilities. All ages. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
“An old-fashioned child’s activity book for a modern Gen-X parented family.” —The New York Times on UNBORED: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun

“If you can’t find an exciting activity to do in this book, there might be something wrong with you.” —Sports Illustrated Kids on UNBORED: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun

“Encourage[s] kids to use their technical skills as well as their natural curiosity to be creative, try new things, figure out how things and systems work, and just maybe change the world in the process.” —Parents & Kids Magazine on UNBORED: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun

“This book busts boredom . . . You may never hear those dreaded words again.” —Family Fun on UNBORED: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun

"This year's hottest activity book for kids." —Publishers Weekly on UNBORED: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun

"Exactly the book parents need during a weeklong school break that feels like a month." —New York Magazine (Approval Matrix) on UNBORED: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun

Library Journal
★ 09/15/2014
Coauthors Glenn and Larsen (Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun) have reunited to create a delightful and engaging compilation of games galore, from the indoors to the outdoors, from the computer to the traditional board game. This well-illustrated and visually enhanced book, designed by Leone and illustrated by Heather Kasunick and Mister Reusch, draws the reader in from the get-go, creating curiosity about what lies ahead. The book is divided into several chapters, each containing various types of games: those to play at home, electronic games (including apps), adventure games, and more. Detailed explanations of rules and engaging illustrations are present throughout. Some highlights include sections on "instant games," which are rules to games that you can play "on the fly" without any extra items or props. Additionally, passages to popular "game-like" stories are also included, which fit in with the overall theme of the offerings at hand. One example of this is a passage from Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll, which details a chess match. VERDICT Overall, this book just screams "fun." Readers both young and old will find something appealing here, as there is a game or activity to fit every mood and every game-playing preference. Highly recommended for all ages.—Annette Haldeman, Dept. of Legislative Svcs., Maryland General Assembly, Annapolis

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781620407066
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
10/14/2014
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
141,559
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Joshua Glenn is editor of the website HiLobrow, and coauthor and coeditor of several books. In 2011, he produced Ker-Punch!, a brainteaser iPhone app for kids. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons. He is the co-author of Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun
Elizabeth Foy Larsen is a writer and editor whose stories on children and families have appeared in numerous national publications, including theNew York Times, Slate, and Parents. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, daughter, and two sons. She is the co-author of Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun
Designed by Tony Leone. Illustrated by Heather Kasunick and Mister Reusch.

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