The Mysterious Benedict Society: Mr. Benedict's Book Of Perplexing Puzzles, Elusive Enigmas, And Curious Conundrums (2011)
The Mysterious Benedict Society: Mr. Benedict's Book of Perplexing Puzzles, Elusive Enigmas, and Curious Conundrums (2011)
4.22 of 5 Votes: 4
0316181935 (ISBN13: 9780316181938)
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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It's very surprising to me the reasons why reviewers are rating this book down. I'm fine if you don't like the book, but it seems like so few of these reviewers are thinking like I did when I got this book. Some say they "would have preferred a real book", and that they weren't expecting a puzzle book. To that I say pshaw, don't tell the author what to do and actually read the title and/or description of a book that you're buying if you're planning to complain about what the book actually is. Others say that they found it too hard, to which I also say pshaw! I was expecting the book to be much easier, and I admit there were quite a few where I had to check the hints and/or ask someone for help. But when I found some too challenging, I was delighted! I didn't want Mr. Stewart to humor me and let me find all the answers within a second, nor was I irritated when I found that there were hints, not answers, in the back of the book. I thought that was one of its best qualities, actually! I probably would knock off a star had the answers been given to me. Overall, I thought it was really great. The challenging puzzles, conundrums and riddles made me feel much more like I was taking some of Mr. Benedict's tests than I would have had they been much easier. The book is great. Unfortunately, I was just expecting something else entirely. You know in the beginning of the first book, when you and Reynie solved the puzzles "together"? Well, I was expecting something like that, like a puzzle in the story. Instead, I got a book of (fun) individual puzzles without a story, in the theme of The Mysterious Benedict Society.For examples of puzzles, there are, to name a few: decoding morse code; navigating the maze; or helping Mage (Kate's falcon) find Kate. There is always a trick to the puzzle, and a riddle to help you. This is very different from most books of brain teasers for the reasons above.Though the puzzles were quite fun, I just wasn't expecting them to be in brain teaser format, as appose to story format. I suggest you read this book if you like puzzles, and the The Mysterious Benedict Society. Just be aware what this book is about.
I enjoyed reading this book with Sami.
Tricky puzzles; lots of fun! :D
fun and mind bending activities
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