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Winding Oak's Bookology Magazine

Books Plus: The Goods by McSweeney’s

The Goods by McSweeney'sThe Goods by McSweeney’s:
Games and Activities for Big Kids,
Little Kids, and Medium-Size Kids

edited by Mac Barnett and Brian McMullen
featuring Adam Rex, Jon Scieszka, and more
Big Picture Press, an imprint of Candlewick Press, 2013

For your holiday gift-giving consideration …

An oversized book filled with every imaginable distraction, this should be on every family’s holiday gift list. Seriously. With the crafty appearance of fun and frivolity, there’s a whole lot of learnin’ going on between the covers of this book. And nobody will know that except a few odd teachers and parents who look for learning opportunities everywhere.

Is a lot of this goofy? Yes. Would you find Rasputin paper dolls with an astronaut costume anywhere else? No. Have you ever counted chickens after they’ve hatched? Possibly not.

From spatial relationships to etymology to cognitive problem-solving to learning facts to reasoning and deduction to reading skills … there’s something for everyone here. And did I mention … FUN? Isn’t that what we want everyone to understand? Learning is FUN. This book proves it.

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