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Games From Childhood
Karen Dolby

Michael O’Mara Books Ltd
27 April 2017/ ISBN 9781782437215

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Turn off the cellphone, leave the console behind and get out the pencils. Take a break from modern technology and enjoy some good old-fashioned fun with this book of family friendly pen and paper games.

This would be a great book to take on vacation, especially if you have a young family. You won’t need chargers and nothing crashes; two benefits of these types of games, and many can be played with more than just two players, which is a bonus. Printed on good quality bright white paper this is a book you can write in; take my advice and do it lightly so you can erase it and get the maximum use out of it. Each chapter introduces a new game with a very brief history and rules. The game grids are neat and attractive, printed in red and green but visible and easy to use with perforations for easy cutting out. You also get quite a number of them per game type plus a few variations in some cases. Choose from old favorites like battleships, noughts and crosses/tic tac toe, Guggenheim, cootie catchers/fortune tellers, a crossword variation for groups, nine men’s morris and hangman. There are helpful lists of words for this, plus categories for Guggenheim and variations of three and six men’s morris for smaller groups to name some useful hints. I had a ball playing these games as a child and suspect that even the most tech-obsessed person would derive much enjoyment from them as well. You can play them virtually anywhere and they cost next to nothing, which also counts in their favor. A great idea for a book.

Reviewed 2017