Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Micro-Review of Pocket Posh William Shakespeare

The Puzzle Society. Pocket Posh William Shakespeare: 100 Puzzles and Quizzes. Kansas City: Andrews McMeel, 2011.

The good people of Andrews McMeel Publishing sent me a copy of Pocket Posh William Shakespeare: 100 Puzzles and Quizzes to review. It's a fun book, perfect in size and just right for spending time waiting in airports, dentists' offices, grocery stores, or movie theatres. It's also extremely carefully put together. The book is absolutely beautiful. Indeed, it's so beautiful that one feels reluctant to write in it!

The puzzles are pretty good, too. I'm not very good at word games, I'm afraid, and some of the puzzles went over my head entirely. But I enjoyed the trivia questions and some of the crossword puzzles. And the book was so lovely that I ended up using it as a note pad, jotting down telephone numbers and notes about films in the margins throughout.

Pocket Posh William Shakespeare: 100 Puzzles and Quizzes is a good gift for the Shakespeare- and word-lover on your shopping list. If that's your mom, it's deal for Mother's Day, too!

Note: For a longer review, head over to Shakespeare Geek's take on the book.

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