Aiden loves very intricate books and books that contain puzzles or challenges so when I heard about Hoakes Island: A Fiendish Puzzle Adventure book from Laurence King I figured it would be right up his street. The cover caught Aiden’s attention immediately as it has a slip that comes off and unfolds into a map as well as a section to slip the magnifying glass that comes with it in to. Aiden was fascinated with unwrapping the book and putting it back together. I must admit I was won over by the design element, harking back to those old circus posters and postcards from seaside resorts.
Once inside the design theme continues and Aiden was engrossed in searching out the tiniest details on each page with the accompanying magnifying glass. The puzzles themselves were a bit too complex for Aiden to follow in the manner they were intended as a continuous narrative (he in only turning 4 next month though so this book will certainly be kept till he can fully enjoy it in a few years time) but he did enjoy trying out some elements and looking at the illustrations very much.
I remember when I was a teenager, detective computer games were all the rage, and as a literary fan of Sherlock Holmes novels, I love the idea of a book that gets children involved in puzzle solving. It is beautifully brought together and I certainly enjoyed the content so I imagine my little detective will when he is a bit older too.
Disclaimer: We were sent this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. As always, all opinions are our own and truthful.