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Children's LiteratureCollected here are so many riddles, rhyming or otherwise, that the riddling child will have a great time asking others to answer: What did the Pilgrims say when Squanto showed them how to grow corn? "How a-maize-ing!" Many are on that level—bad puns that delight some and annoy others. There are chestnuts and fresh material, themed pages such as one on the Revolutionary War and Britain and another on "Heading West." There are also rebus riddles, a "name that invention" riddle collection, and many proper names. Teachers of American history could use this book to enliven any subject therein because there are riddles for nearly every era, about government, presidents, patriots, sports figures, inventors, explorers, and other people, plus buildings, sites, and movements. For individual reading, however, the answers appear immediately beneath each riddle so that readers can't help but see the answer before they've even engaged their brains. It's an annoyance but it beats turning the book upside down each time you want an answer. Buttler's lively scratchboard and watercolor illustrations are fun to look at with no attempt to unify the page. Rather, they provide another bit to laugh over as readers share this book with friends, quiz their parents to distraction, or beg the teacher for one more riddle before lunch. 2003, Whitman, Ages 7 to 10.
— Susan Hepler, Ph.D.