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Collectopia Books

by Catherine Rondeau and Peggy Brown
Illustrated by Lisa Perrett

      Every once in a while you stumble across a perfect idea - this book would be one of those times. It combines several things tween girls love: Collecting, puzzles, quizzes, and things to do with friends. My third grader grabbed it the day it came in and it took some effort to separate girl and book so I could do the review. When you hold Wacktivity, you immediately know it's something unusual. A magnet holds it closed and when you open it, you see it comes in three parts: a spiral-bound removable activity book, an envelope of funny stickers, and a box with labeled dividers to hold a collection. At first, this box contains an assortment of c'ectomaniacs - little pom-pom creatures with specific collecting passions. After you fish these little cuties out of the compartments, what remains is used for an unusual scavenger hunt to build a unique collection right in the cubicles. The scavenger hunt is fun for just one girl but would also be great for a group or slumber party. So would the puzzle and activity book. The puzzles and quizzes are fun for one, but even more of a blast when shared. We've had Wacktivity for a couple of weeks now and it's still a favorite - which reminds me, I better put it back before I'm caught with it! But if you want a super gift for a tween girl, this one definitely has staying power.

The Book

Random House Books for Young Readers
August 2007
0375841105 / 978-0375841101
Children’s Activity Book with Activities Ages 9 - 12
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The Reviewer

Jan Fields
Reviewed 2007
NOTE: Reviewer Jan Fields is the editor of Kid Magazine Writers emagazine and has written dozens of stories and articles for the children's magazine market.
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