________________ CM . . . . Volume XVII Number 31. . . .April 15, 2011.


The Quiz Book for Girls.

H. Becker. Illustrated by Isabelle Charbonneau.
Toronto, ON: Scholastic Canada, 2011.
95 pp., pbk., $5.99.
ISBN 978-1-4431-0462-3.

Grades 2-5 / Ages 7-10.

Review by Tanya Boudreau.





What Superheroine are You?

Answer yes or no to each of the following questions:

  1. I am a strong athlete and enjoy sports.
  2. I love animals of all kinds.
  3. I consider myself kind of geeky and smart.
  4. I have a secret dark side.
  5. I like to wear funky jewelry, especially bracelets.
  6. I really dig ancient civilizations.
  7. I am very future-oriented.
  8. I can sometimes be a real drama queen.
  9. I enjoy singing and playing musical instruments.
  10. I love to fly but get claustrophobic in airplanes.

Popular magazines usually have one, maybe two quizzes inside. The Quiz Book for Girls has twenty-nine. Quizzes vary in length (six to twenty questions), but each has scoring instructions and a list of answers on the pages following the last question. The quizzes focus on beliefs, values, friends, talents, and in one quiz, the county of Canada. Questions are answered by choosing yes or no, true or false, or the letter A, B, or C. Answers are compiled by using simple addition. A few quizzes stand out from the rest because physical activity is involved. The quiz entitled “How Artsy are You?” involves folding hands and arms, and the quiz about fitness has directions for push-ups, sit-ups and balancing on one leg.

     Some quizzes in magazines can be judgmental, but after completing the quizzes in this book, girls can come away with positive feelings about themselves. Some categories give tips for improvement (such as how to be a better listener) or include words of praise or self-acceptance. Black and white illustrations appear as decorations on the top and bottom of each page. Within each quiz, the illustrations depict the theme of the quiz. Answers can be written inside the book, and the quizzes can be completed in any order. A table of contents lists the title of each quiz. This book would be entertaining for girls to do alone or with friends, or it could be used as a fun way for reluctant female readers to interact with a book.

Highly Recommended.

Tanya Boudreau is a librarian at the Cold Lake Public Library in Cold Lake, AB.

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