Tuesday, 1 September 2020

The Great Aotearoa Puzzle Book


The Great Aotearoa Puzzle Book

Barbara Telfer, ill. Minky Stapleton

Scholastic, 96 pages, paperback

ISBN 978 1 77543 659 1


This is a lively little book which deserves to be a birthday bonus or a stocking-stuffer at Christmas. 

Barbara Telfer has created 96 pages of interesting questions all related to New Zealand, with a cheerful emphasis on native plants and animals, familiar places and faces, and traditional Māori culture. Anagrams and code-crackers abound. Kiwi general knowledge is well tested and you’ll be surprised at how much te reo you have at your fingertips. 

Some of the questions are hilarious. I had no idea that the LINE that runs across Gisborne’s airfield is the RAILWAY!

Minky Stapleton has done a superb job of creating attractive framework illustrations for the various puzzles. The result is simply enjoyable good fun.  

Trevor Agnew

 1 Sep 2020

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