Will Shortz Presents: The Monster Book of Sudoku for Kids


Sudoku has taken America by storm! Now kids can enjoy the puzzle that keeps their parents' minds racing and pencils sharpened. This edition, designed for children 8 and up, begins with a sudoku lesson from Will Shortz and very easy 4 x 4 grids to warm up. Then young solvers advance to more challenging 6 x 6 grids and finally tradition 9 x 9 ...

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Sudoku has taken America by storm! Now kids can enjoy the puzzle that keeps their parents' minds racing and pencils sharpened. This edition, designed for children 8 and up, begins with a sudoku lesson from Will Shortz and very easy 4 x 4 grids to warm up. Then young solvers advance to more challenging 6 x 6 grids and finally tradition 9 x 9 sudoku puzzles.

· 150 all-new sudoku puzzles
· Four difficulty levels including smaller "kid grids"
· Fun commentary and illustrations
· Edited by legendary New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz
· Big grids with lots of space for easy solving

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"A puzzling global phenomenon"
--The Economist

"The biggest craze to hit The Times since the first crossword puzzle was published in 1935."
--The Times of London

"England's most addictive newspaper puzzle."
--New York magazine

"The latest craze in games"
- BBC News

"Sudoku is dangerous stuff. Forget work and family--think papers hurled across the room and industrial-sized blobs of correction fluid. I love it!"
--The Times of London

"Sudokus are to the first decade of the 21st century what Rubik's Cube was to the 1970s."
- The Daily Telegraph

"Britain has a new addiction. Hunched over newspapers on crowded subway trains, sneaking secret peeks in the office, a puzzle-crazy nation is trying to slot numbers into small checkerboard grids."
--Associated Press

"Forget crosswords."
--The Christian Science Monitor

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312368425
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 12/26/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 190,739
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.15 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Will Shortz has been the crossword puzzle editor of The New York Times since 1993. He is also the puzzlemaster on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday and is founder and director of the annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. He has edited countless books of crossword puzzles, Sudoku, KenKen, and all manner of brain-busters.

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Will Shortz Presents the Monster Book of Sudoku for Kids

150 Fun Puzzles
By Will Shortz

St. Martin's Griffin

Copyright © 2006 Will Shortz
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780312368425

More than a century ago the great American puzzlemaker Sam Loyd listed four minimal criteria a puzzle must have in order to spark a craze: The invention must be “entirely new,” its name must not bear the slightest resemblance to anything that has gone before, its object must be evident to the average person at a glance, and the thing must be so engaging that it “will make a person study over it until he is mad with himself.”
By these criteria, sudoku has all the makings of a craze—which, in fact, it has become during the past year worldwide. The idea is so simple that it can be explained in a sentence. Nothing like it has ever been seen before. The very name “sudoku” (pronounced “soo-DOH-koo,” and meaning, loosely, “single number” in Japanese) is exotic and appealing. And as nearly anyone who has tried sudoku will attest, the puzzle is utterly addictive. When you finish one, you immediately want to do more—better and faster. Moreover, you can spend weeks doing sudoku and not understand all the subtle solving strategies. Even for experts it remains mysterious and fascinating.
This book contains300 sudoku puzzles carefully calibrated for difficulty and arranged in approximate order of difficulty, from very easy (#1) to brain-bustingly hard (#298). The last two (#299–#300) are giant 12 x 12 sudoku.
All the puzzles can be solved using certain, step-by-step logic. You never have to guess and hope the path you have chosen is correct.
The sudoku puzzles in this book were created by Peter Ritmeester and the staff of PZZL.com, an Internet-based company specializing in puzzles and games. Peter is the general secretary of the World Puzzle Federation and a onetime director of the annual World Puzzle Championship, which is devoted mainly to logical puzzles like sudoku.
Now, if you’re ready, get out a sharpened pencil with an eraser (you’ll need it), and have at it!
—Will Shortz
Copyright © 2006 by Will Shortz


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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2007

    Highly Recommended

    This is a great book on Sudoku for kids. The book includes 150 puzzles. The puzzles are of various sizes: 4x4, 6x6, and 9x9. The solutions are at the end of the book. There are four levels of difficulty for the puzzles. The first four pages in this book are dedicated for strategy, hints, rules, or tips. All the puzzles in the book are Classic Sudoku (with numbers). There are no Alphabet Sudoku (with letters) or Symbol Sudoku (with shapes and symbols) like the two books 'Kindergarten Sudoku' and 'Super Sudoku for Kids'.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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