School is back in session, a cold wind is coming from the East, and it’s #PlayTestShare GIVEAWAY time again!

Okay well I’m not so sure about the East wind, but it is fall, and that means transitioning inside after a summer full of outdoor fun. We LOVE to play games and read books (obviously), and this fall Raincoast Books has their amazing #PlayTestShare giveaway to enjoy!

One lucky reader will get to pick one of these awesome books and games for their very own!

Scroll down to see my reviews of a few of the items, and make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom to enter!

Star Wars Super Graphic

Graphic design guru Tim Leong presents STAR WARS trivia via playful pie charts, bar graphs, and other data-driven infographics. From a Venn diagram of Yoda’s idiosyncrasies to an organizational chart of the Empire to a line graph of Grand Moff Tarkin’s management decisions, STAR WARS SUPER GRAPHIC shines a new light on the much-adored universe. Equal parts playful and informative, this visual love letter to the vast STAR WARS universe will enchant fans of all ages.

MY REVIEW:

My husband’s whole family is a bunch of scruffy-looking, nerf-herding Star Wars geeks, so I knew I had to review this book!

There are so many fun pages in it, including an infographic showing exactly how much man vs machine a character is, a page explaining the different light saber colours (THANK YOU. I HAVE ALWAYS WONDERED ABOUT THIS.) and a page with the best insults.

The infographics are all beautifully presented in a very minimalist style, which makes them easy to read and easy to develop into questions for a fun game! You could honestly pull out any page from this book (DON’T) and turn it into a gorgeous poster for your wall. We seriously love this book!

(Special thanks to my long-suffering and very obliging mother-in-law, brother-in-law, and husband (left to right), for indulging me for this picture, and to my sister-in-law for bringing the sheets and toys!)

Say Zoop!

The newest book from Herve Tullet magically responds with bursts of color and moving shapes, empowering children by letting their imaginations liberate and direct each page’s reaction. Tullet’s books define the genre of participatory bookmaking, encouraging readers to explore and interact with the physical book in all its dimensions. The reward is tremendous: a journey of whimsy and sheer fun that extends well beyond the book’s pages.

MY REVIEW:

My kids LOVE anything by Herve Tullet, and this book only solidified that love.

This time Tullet asks the kids to use their voices to play along, saying OH, AH, and WAHOO! There are paths to follow with your finger and your voice at the same time, songs to make up, and even a fight and reconciliation.

The bright and bold colours make this perfect for teaching colours to young ones, and the simple words make it perfect for teaching older kids how to read. And of course it is a fantastic read aloud book. With so many pages it would even be great for reading with a class, and each child would get a turn to participate on a different page. You basically have to read it aloud!

I love giving this book to my girls to read on their own, since they always end up oohing and ahhing at each other, which always ends in peals of laughter.

Donner Dinner Party

Who’s safe when there are cannibals hiding among you? That’s the question at the heart of this fast-paced game of social deduction in which cannibals and pioneers face off in a fight for survival. Set in the winter of 1846, players are members of the ill-fated Donner Party wagon train, stranded atop a mountain with no food. Rowdy, outrageous, and full of deception, this party game packs a delightfully wicked twist!

 MY REVIEW:

We are a huge gaming family, so this slightly-morbid game was one I had to try!

It reminded us a lot of BANG! (which is very fun if you haven’t played it before) in that you have a secret identity, are trying to either kill or be killed, and may have to resort to trickery to get your way!

We played with four people, which was fun, but this is definitely a game that would be even more fun with a larger group of people. Both the pioneers and the cannibal were able to win the different rounds we played, so it doesn’t seem to be too weighted one way or the other.

The sturdy game pieces, cute graphics, and incredibly easy rules will mean this game will be a go-to game for years to come!

After Dinner Amusements: Family Time

This is a fun little twist on classic games and activities and offers easy amusement during family dinners, holiday gatherings and road trips! This miniature deck of cards features fifty thoughtful and playful questions about the past, present, and future – a great way for family members to connect and learn new things about one another.

Animal Friends on Parade Puzzle

From a gorilla in a party hat to a hedgehog rat-a-tat-tatting on his drum, these animal friends from different habitats-the jungle, farm, woodland, and Arctic-know that togetherness is something to celebrate. Featuring twelve double-sided uniquely die-cut pieces by artist Junzo Terada, this fun puzzle offers (nearly) endless combinations, providing hours of entertainment.

Ghost Story Box

Based on a unique and original format, this game contains 20 story-telling puzzle pieces printed on both sides. Each piece can be interchanged or flipped over to allow for all kinds of plot twists and turns, and there are even two alternative endings! When all the puzzle pieces are used, they stretch out to over 8-feet long to tell your own mega ghost story!

Make and Move Mega: Dinosaurs

Press out, slot together and play with your very own T-Rex, Triceratops, Apatosaurus, Stegosaurus, and Pteranodon. Created by talented paper artist and engineer Sato Hisao, each of these detailed 3D models comes with easy-to-follow assembly instructions. No scissors or glue required!

Travel Matching Game

Mix and match with this classic matching game, which includes 36 robust, jumbo-size cards featuring charming illustrations by Greg Pizzoli that will have kids ready to pack up their bags and explore the world! Children will adore pairing colorful images of suitcases, taxis, stop signs, and other classic travel imagery as they develop memory, concentration, and identification skills.

Royal Bingo

This majestically illustrated bingo game features portraits of 64 royal icons from around the world. Spot famous faces like William and Kate, or meet some less familiar figures such as the playboy prince Wenzeslaus of Liechtenstein. Each royal is further brought to life in an accompanying booklet, which details their personalities, foibles, gaffes and romances. Who will reign supreme?

 

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