Adventure Time Which Way Dude: BMO’s Day Out

Adventure Time Which Way Dude: BMO's Day Out

Adventure Time Which Way Dude: BMO’s Day Out











Adventure Time Which Way Dude: BMO’s Day Out

Cartoon Network, 2015

124pp., pbk., RRP $A14.95


BMO is the cutest, tiniest little robot in the Land of Ooo but the future of Ooo is in the hands of the reader because at the end of each chapter it is up to the reader to decide what happens next.  By solving riddles, puzzles and codes the reader can alter the characters paths thus leading them on to new adventures.  It’s a chance to let BMO be the hero for once.  Along the way the reader gathers Adventure Minutes and the challenge is to read the book many times, make different choices and try to better the number of Adventure Minutes gained.

A new take on the popular Choose Your Own Adventure format, written in the present tense to increase the pace and sense of urgency, this is likely to appeal to those who enjoy cartoons and computer games and can visualise the action. They will enjoy its interactivity as they try to solve the puzzles and the challenge to gain Adventure Minutes gives that competitive element that is a characteristic of the gaming environment.

If we are looking to capitalise of the interest in cartoons and computer games that our younger readers are so familiar with, offering them that in print format may be the way to hook them into a whole new world of adventure.

Where are Santa’s Pants?

Where are Santa's Pants?

Where are Santa’s Pants?











Where are Santa’s Pants?

Richard Merritt

Little Hare, 2014

pbk., RRP $A9.95


 Santa has been on a diet – perhaps he has been paying attention to all the messages about healthy eating – and now he’s so trim his pants have fallen off!!  Shock!  Horror! Christmas cannot have a Santa with no pants and so the readers are challenged to find them hidden in these brightly-coloured, strikingly-detailed, double-spread pictures that cover a variety of locations from the North Pole to the Post Office.  Each pair is a different colour and pattern so they blend in well with the background.  There is also a lucky sixpence (the UK equivalent of Australia’s 5c) as well as eight reindeer to be found, adding to the puzzle as well as the shareability of the book – each child can search for something different. And as they search within particular contexts, there is much to see and talk about.

In the style of “Where’s Wally?”, this Christmas title proved a winner with Year 3-4 on Friday!  Given over 30 brand new books to choose from, this one created the most interest and the person who “won” was so engrossed in the puzzles that she didn’t get around to doing the review.  That says it all to me.  If you’re engaged with a picture book for over 45 minutes, then it is offering something special.

Puzzle books of this nature intrigue younger readers (even Year 6s like the challenge, and, in this case, even adult eyes were tested) and they all contribute to the development of the child’s visual acuity – the ability to see fine detail and essential for writing, spelling and information literacy as they examine pictures for clues. This is a new, seasonal addition to your Pick-a-Puzzle section that will delight a new audience each year.


A peek inside...

A peek inside…