May 2014, Buster Books, 192 pages, Paperback, Review copy
Summary from Buster Books
Kids of all ages will love to lose themselves in this bumper book of mazes. With hundreds of twists and turns, the magical mazes get more fiendish with every turn of the page. This pocket-sized book is the perfect travel companion, and is sure to delight kids and adults alike.
I have fond memories of having great fun when I was up early in the morning, having to stay in my room until the rest of my family got up. Yes, I read a lot. Or I sewed. But, I also did my beloved puzzle books. I remember some of those included mazes, which made this book bring back a few memories. And it re-ignited my passion for puzzles so much so that I went and got a puzzle magazine subscription. Books are wonderful for things like that!
This is a really fun activity book, with the title of Kids being a small misnomer as it's perfect if you want something not too complex to get your brain ticking over. I enjoyed the 4 different levels, because if you want something superquick you can just do level one, or if you want to tax your brain you can go straight to level 5. It seems that my brain is wired for mazes and I solved some of them at lightning speed which was a little freakish. Y
ou'll probably find like I did that sitting down to do just one maze turns into just five + . If you're forward thinking you can either photocopy the pages and blow them up (enlarge, not make it go boom) for the rest of your family to get their thinking caps on, or you can just solve the pages in pencil and rub it out when someone else wants a go. You'll certainly have fun while doing it!
I'm a fan of Criss Cross puzzle magazine - I'm not under any obligation to mention it, but want to. It's a bit easier than a cross word because you don't have to think of the answers. It's a little like a wordsearch, only instead of looking for words you figure out where they go. It still has a few cartoons in which I remember from when I was little (yes, I used to get them from family after they'd done all the puzzles they could), and a few other puzzles beside kriss kross ones. There are other puzzle magazines, but this is my favourite as it isn't too brain taxing for me. They are sold along with other magazines, or can be bought online. I ended up using their customer service which is first class over an honest mistake on their behalf.