Get lost in this incredible search, find, and solve maze mystery.

Title: Pierre the Maze Detective: The Search for the Stolen Maze Stone
Author: Chihiro Maruyama
Translator: Emma Sakamiya
Illustrator: Hiro Kamigaki and IC4 Design
Rating: 11
Readability: 10
Source: Raincoast Books for review

Description from Goodreads:

Pierre the Maze Detective has a new case. Mr X has stolen the Maze Stone, which has the power to turn the whole of Opera City into a maze. Can you help Pierre and his friend Carmen find their way through the mazes – and stop Mr X before it’s too late? This beautifully illustrated book features 15 full-spread illustrations of intricate, magical mazes. Take a trip through a fantastic world of underground cities, hot-air balloons, tree-top towns and haunted houses. Trace your way through each maze, spot the clues and solve the extra mystery challenges along the way. Hours of puzzle fun, for all maze detectives aged 8+. A page of answers with the routes through the mazes and other solutions is included at the end of the book.

Pierre the Maze Detective Illustration

What I Thought:

This book is beyond extraordinary.

The best way I can explain this is as Where’s Waldo on crack.

The attention to detail in this book is astounding. There were so many little hidden surprises that I spent a ridiculous amount of time finding. I was pleased to note a few nods to Waldo in the form of red and white stripes scattered throughout the story. And I’m pretty sure I even found a Weeping Angel in Dracula’s castle…

Another part of this book that I LOVE are the little instructions on what to find that are at the bottom of each page. They include all sorts of different mediums – shopping lists, newspaper articles, museum pamphlets, and Balloon Association handouts. It was such a clever and interesting way to present the information, and was one of the many ways in which this book went above and beyond.

The recommended age is 8+ but my 4 year old did pretty well with it. I think she may have jumped over a few barriers on the page but she didn’t notice and just thought she had done extra well on the maze! She will grab this book and sit down for thirty minutes at a time – every mother’s dream.

When I saw the matching colouring book I nearly died. The colouring book is a page by page copy of the original book, but with different activities to do, which was awesome. The pages lay open well to make it easier to colour. It is just such a clever idea! This would make such an amazing present coupled with the regular book. I LOVED IT.

Pierre the Maze Detective Coloring Book

Extras:

In other news as I was looking for an “extra” to put in here, I was scrolling through Google trying to find an interesting picture of a map. Evelyn was sitting beside me and saw the picture below and said,
“Hey!! Mom!! It’s you!!!!”
“Uhhh… thanks Evelyn.”

The Shining.jpg

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TL;DR:

I usually try and say something clever here but I actually can’t get over the Jack Nicholson thing so here we are.