Game On! Virtual Book Tour, Review and Giveaway

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Game On! USA: Awesome Activities for Clever Kids 
Written by Patrick Merrell 
Ages 8-12 | 144 Pages 
Publisher: Dover Publications | ISBN-13: 978-0486841854 

Publisher’s Synopsis: The newest Game On! Awesome Activities for Clever Kids title, this activity book has dozens of new and challenging brain games for ages 8 to 12. More than 100 colorful puzzles feature the excitement and adventure of the United States, including crosswords, secret codes, word scrambles, spot the differences, mazes, and much more. It’s the perfect book for at home or on the go, and the fun starts with just a pencil — no electricity or batteries needed! Complete solutions appear at the end of the book. 

Available for purchase on Amazon, Dover Publications, and Bookshop.

Patrick Merrell is a professional puzzlemaker, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, and graphic designer. He’s one of MAD magazine’s “Usual Gang of Idiots.” He’s created over 250 books, including 75 puzzle books, and written 81 crosswords for The New York Times (including 19 Sundays). Six of his Times crosswords appear in Will Shortz Picks His Favorite Puzzles, the most of any constructor. From 2009 to 2011, he wrote for Wordplay, the daily online crossword column for The New York Times. He’s also created puzzles for the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, People, Sports Illustrated, MAD, National Wildlife Foundation, Crayola, Scholastic, the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, the World Puzzle Championship, and many, many others. 

The Game On! Awesome Activities for Kids books are fun books for kids! Shortly after I opened the box with the books, my son (age 7-1/2) asked if he could do the activities in the books. I agreed and he spent several days working on the puzzles and activities. He really enjoyed the challenges and figuring out how to solve the puzzles. Some of the activities, he needed a little help. My five-year-old daughter was even interested in the books, but they're a little too old for her. My son worked on the books on his own and without any promptings from me or his dad. I think the fact that my son enjoyed these books and worked on his own demonstrates that these are books that kids will enjoy and want to do. My son enjoyed working on the activities and found a lot of enjoyment from being challenged. These books would be fun for kids to do over the summer, just for fun, or on road trips. The activities and puzzles are kid-friendly, challenging and yet-fun. The illustrations are attractive, kid-friendly, and eye-catching. I could see these books used at home, on the road, or even in a classroom setting. This is a great introduction to puzzles for kids.

Enter for a chance to win a set of three Game On! Awesome Activities for Kids books! 

Three (3) winners receive: 
  • A copy of Game On! Awesome Activities for Clever Kids 
  • A copy of Game On! MORE Awesome Activities for Clever Kids 
  • A copy of Game On! USA: Awesome Activities for Clever Kids

The giveaway begins May 31, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends June 30, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT. 

This post is in partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Dover Publications. Please note that I received copies to review, however, I shared my honest opinions.


  1. I think this would be good to play with my granddaughters.

  2. I would like to have these for the girls when they visit.

  3. I like to do things like this with the girls.

  4. I love playing with the girls and this would be another memory for them

  5. I love doing anything with the girls. This would be nice too.

  6. The girls and I could have so much fun with these and making memories.


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