________________ CM . . . . Volume XV Number 11 . . . . January 23, 2009

cover Itís All Fun and Games: 230 Activities for the Whole Family.

Isabelle Bertrand. Illustrated by Joëlle Dreidemy, Aurélien Débat & Roland Garrigue. Translated by Mark Stout.
Toronto, ON: Owlkids, 2008.
112 pp., spiral bound, $29.95.
ISBN 978-2-89579-210-9.

Subject Headings:
Amusements.
Games.

Grades 3 and up / Ages 8 and up, including parents.

Review by Ruth McMahon.

*** /4

excerpt:

Concentration

Place all of the cards face down in rows on the table. Turn over two cards. If they make a pair (same value and color), remove the cards, put them aside, and go again. If not turn both cards face down again and have the next player take a turn.

When all of the cards are gone, the player with the most pairs is the winner.

Indoor and outdoor games, crafts, science experiments, tricks, magic tricks, board games and songs, in all 230 activities to drive away boredom and keep parents and care givers sane.

     The activities are divided into 25 groups, each colour coded. Each activity has a brief description, recommended age group, suggested number of players and needed materials. Those requiring adult assistance are marked with an icon (an adult holding a child's hand). Some of the activities require cards, game boards etc. to be cut out of the book.

     Our family enjoyed taking this volume with us on a weekend car trip. We particularly enjoyed reading the practical jokes and reminiscing about favourite songs and enjoying a rollicking version of "There's a hole in the bucket."

     Itís All Fun and Games will likely be used primarily by adults, but older children will find some of the activities easy to follow. Librarians and teachers may find it helpful, but the parts that can be cut out may make it problematic as a circulating item. It would also be a handy item for babysitters to take with them on a job. And as we found out, it was fun to have along for long car rides.

     The illustrations are fun, and the book is very colourful and pleasing.

Recommended.

Ruth McMahon is a professional children's librarian, storyteller, co-chair of the Rocky Mountain Children's Choice Book Award, and the mother of two elementary school aged children.

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