5 Minutes for Books:
Bookish Board Games

by CarrieB


I don’t know about you guys, but we like reading books around here. Furthermore, it’s a real treat to play games in our home (because I confess, mommy isn’t much of a game player!) But to combine the two activities? Well, to suggest such is to secure the enthusiasm of a certain little 3 1/2 year old.

One of my son’s favorite book-ish characters is Horton and when I showed him Horton Hears a Who – You to the Rescue! Game he went bonkers.

As you can see from the pictures, it comes with a Horton “hat” that you wear on your head. You are given six clover, all different in color, to hide in your house. The goal of the game is to recollect all six clover. You accomplish this task with the help of a spinner which you hope will lead you to a “clover card.” If and when you land on the clover card, you are to don the Horton head and following the intructions to a specific clover (and you have to remember where it is hidden!) The game is absolutely perfect for active toddlers as it directs them to flap, crawl and hop their way to the hidden clover. Then they get to attach the clover to their elephant trunk and bring it back to the board. Horton Hears a Who – You to the Rescue! Game is simplistic and straight forward in nature. Wear hat. Collect clover. Yet it is also imaginative and fun, giving children permission to be Horton and actively participate in saving the Whos! We were bit fans of this game.

Another book-ish game that we were recently afforded the opportunity to play is the Richard Scarry Busy Town game. This game, along with the Horton game, I might add, has won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Toy Award. It also bears the National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval. For that matter, it also bears my son’s seal of approval which, quite frankly, I think counts more than the National Parenting Center’s opinion! (At least, that’s my opinion.) This game combines elements of I Spy (“Eye found it!”) into a group game wherein all of the players are working together to make it to the picnic grounds before Scarry pigs eat up all the food! All of the players win together and, likewise, they all bear the possibility of losing together.

You use a spinner in this game as well to advance along the board which, by the way, is over six feet in length! You definitely need space to play this game, and you should expect to crawl around the board trying to “spy” the hidden items illustrated in a Richard Scarry scene. This is a game that mommy and daddy both played with the toddler and it made for a fun way to spend some time in play as a family. The directions are easy to comprehend and hunting for specific items helps keeps the adults engaged in the game as well! Here is a picture of the game board which we spread out on our floor:

I personally enjoyed playing these games with my son as a way to draw him into these books and stories which I enjoyed so much growing up and which he is now identifying with in his own way. It’s fun to play with kids as well as read to them and so I’m happy to have had the chance to introduce them to you!

Would you like to win a copy of these games? Well then, all you need to do is leave a comment below! Thanks to I Can Do That! Games (who also sent me copies to review), we have one of each of the games mentioned above to giveaway to one of you. This contest is open to U.S. Residents only. We’ll announce the winner in the April 5 5 Minutes for Books column.

We don’t have a winner to announce from last week, because we are running a special promotion with Fireworks over Toccoa and providing books to bookclubs and bloggers for review. You can also still enter HERE to win one of 300 copies of the book!

Book blogger Carrie comes by her book obsession honestly, having descended from a long line of bibliophiles. She blogs about books, and how she tries to draw her children into them, regularly at Reading to Know and Reading My Library and is a staff reviewer at 5 Minutes for Books.



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1 Dezi A March 22, 2010 at 12:46 am

We can’t get enough of games at our house. Sure would love to try these.

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2 stacy March 22, 2010 at 1:13 am

I love Dr. Seuss! A game would be wonderful.

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3 ivy March 22, 2010 at 1:24 am

Our little girl is just getting into board games and wants to play them whenever she can. I think she would love these!

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4 annika March 22, 2010 at 2:45 am

We would love to play these games!

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5 Sarah G March 22, 2010 at 7:59 am

Our family would LOVE to win these board games!

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6 Janelle March 22, 2010 at 9:01 am

My kids would love playing these games, especially the Busytown one. These book board games sound like they belong in our house.

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7 Michelle March 22, 2010 at 9:19 am

my kids love books and one of these games would be a hit

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8 Ticia March 22, 2010 at 9:38 am

Oh, I love games for kids. I hope I win!

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9 Kim March 22, 2010 at 9:48 am

would love to win! I love richard scarry’s books! This seems fun!

xoxo

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10 Unique R March 22, 2010 at 9:49 am

A great way to motivate kids to read tthe books as well!

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11 JEn March 22, 2010 at 10:46 am

Would love to win these for the kids I work with in the preschool dept at my church. Thanks for the contest!

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12 Debbie Rinehart March 22, 2010 at 10:46 am

My son and I have learned that books, puzzles and board games can be just as much fun as television. I am thankful for this time together.

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13 Kristina March 22, 2010 at 11:27 am

I would love to win either one of these games. My daughter is such a gamer! We had to start a game night or we would have to play games everyday (all day ;)

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14 Katie March 22, 2010 at 11:32 am

These look so fun!

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15 Francine Anchondo March 22, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Thanks for the giveaway.

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16 Elizabeth March 22, 2010 at 12:37 pm

these look like great fun for my 3 and 6 year olds… and maybe my 10 and 11 year olds wouldn’t mind playing along either.

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17 Stacie March 22, 2010 at 1:17 pm

would love to win games!

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18 Marj Mcclendon March 22, 2010 at 3:21 pm

These games would be good for use in the church I attend.

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19 Jackie H March 22, 2010 at 3:25 pm

What fun games for kids! :)

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20 Kirsten T. March 22, 2010 at 3:41 pm

My daughter is just starting to get into board games (although following the rules is a tad elusive right now)…but she loves any book related game. Thanks!

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21 Linda Kish March 22, 2010 at 3:42 pm

My maiden name is Horton so I love everything Horton the elephant

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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22 Some Lucky Dog March 22, 2010 at 3:42 pm

These games are perfect for the ages of our grandsons! Thanks!

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23 Linda Kish March 22, 2010 at 3:43 pm

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lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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24 Jen March 22, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Lil. Bit would love these! Throw my name in!

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25 heather erbe March 22, 2010 at 4:42 pm

my kids would love one of these

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26 Prakash Dheeriya, PhD March 22, 2010 at 6:28 pm

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These books are actually children’s stories with financial lessons embedded in them. So anyone can read these and learn about important financial concepts. Try them. Like I said, these books will give you a lifelong return. Not many books can do that :)
Prakash Dheeriya, PhD
Father, Author & Professor of Finance
Finance for Kidz series
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27 Ellen C. March 22, 2010 at 9:18 pm

we’d had a blast with either of these games. Thanks for the chance.

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28 Page Turner (Heather) March 22, 2010 at 10:14 pm

These look like so much fun! Please enter me for the enjoyment of my 6 and 3 year-old!

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29 katklaw777 March 23, 2010 at 1:30 am

We luv games, these look cool. Thanks for the giveaway.

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30 Idaho Jill March 23, 2010 at 11:05 am

We love to play games at our house!

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31 Donna C. March 23, 2010 at 2:43 pm

I love Dr Seuss. This games would be great for when my niece and nephews visit.

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32 Carolyn March 23, 2010 at 3:37 pm

I’d love to win. My two little ones would have such fun.

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33 melissa n March 23, 2010 at 7:02 pm

These are the cutest games! Thanks for the chance!

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34 Beth C March 23, 2010 at 8:03 pm

I’d love to be entered. We love games!

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35 @Colorado_Mom March 24, 2010 at 10:17 am

Those games are sooo cute! LOVE Richard Scarry here!

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36 Tracy March 24, 2010 at 12:11 pm

looks like fun games!

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37 Kelly Ann T. March 24, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Great games to keep the kids busy and they look like fun too. Thank you for the giveaway.

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38 LaVonne March 24, 2010 at 7:48 pm

We love books and games in our family. Thanks for the chance to win.

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39 Erin Pyle March 25, 2010 at 4:10 am

These games look like so much fun! My son is little young for them yet, but I can see him loving them in no time!

:) Thank you for the entries!


Erin
ejsmomej{at}gmail{dot}com

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40 sheree March 25, 2010 at 12:24 pm

my kids love games and we try to play them with the kids all the time. So much fun

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41 deb March 25, 2010 at 2:07 pm

we love board games

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42 Kristie March 26, 2010 at 8:10 am

My kiddos LOVE playing games! These look like they would be a ton of fun! :-)

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43 Bridget March 26, 2010 at 9:23 am

What great games! I love the idea of bookish games. One of my favorite is HP & the Sorcerer’s Stone Trivia Game. I also like the Authors card game (mentioned in Little Women). You can turn most books into memory/matching/bingo games with a little work and a lot of creativity. Thanks for offering the giveaway.

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44 Steph March 26, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Richard Scarry’s Busytown Eye Found It! game looks like one my kids would love to play. I think all the games from this company are really great, very creative and engaging.

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45 debp March 26, 2010 at 2:17 pm

I love playing these kind of games. It is a great family time form of entertainment.
debp
twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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46 Wehaf March 26, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Who can resist a Dr. Seuss game?

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47 Nancy T. March 26, 2010 at 3:23 pm

I’d love to win, my boys would love either one of these!

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48 Ann F. March 26, 2010 at 5:16 pm

We’re always looking for new game to play for our family game night. Please enter me in the giveaway.

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49 Shannon Baas March 26, 2010 at 5:56 pm

I think these would be a lot of fun.

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50 Cassandra March 26, 2010 at 6:22 pm

What can I say?I hope I win.

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51 nan lara March 26, 2010 at 9:36 pm

my son loves busytown, thanks for the chance
nannypanpan@sbcglobal.net

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52 Diane Baum March 26, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Great game and book-thank you

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53 Jill L March 26, 2010 at 10:36 pm

My daughter absolutely loves playing games. This would be a wonderful treat.

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54 Heather March 27, 2010 at 12:42 am

We would love to add these to our collection of board games!! Thank you!

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55 carol March 27, 2010 at 4:22 am

These would be great for our little one.

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56 joni March 27, 2010 at 4:32 am

I would play these in a boat. I would play these on a goat. I would play these on a chair. I would play these anywhere!
dolniaks[at]consolidated[dot]net

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57 Kristi C March 27, 2010 at 7:26 am

I would love to have these games to play with my son.

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58 Kerrie Mayans March 27, 2010 at 8:05 am

My girls love playing games! Thanks for the chance to win!

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59 chris g. March 27, 2010 at 8:50 am

My son loves Horton. and would love and I spy game.

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60 Denise B. March 27, 2010 at 9:37 am

Happy Easter!

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61 lizzy March 27, 2010 at 5:06 pm

my daughter would love this! boutique1976 at yahoo dot com

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62 Andria March 27, 2010 at 5:39 pm

I would love a chance to win. Thank you.

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63 djsp March 27, 2010 at 9:05 pm

this would be great for family night

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64 valerie mabrey March 28, 2010 at 7:35 pm

count me in too

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65 Alyson March 29, 2010 at 7:18 am

I would love to win! My daughter (we) would love these games.

Alyzabeth’s Mommy

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66 msjem2001 March 29, 2010 at 9:56 am

My kids would love all these games!! My fingers are crossed!!

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67 Mellissa C March 29, 2010 at 12:28 pm

I would love this for my son.

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68 katklaw777 March 29, 2010 at 1:05 pm

We luv games…thanks!

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69 Tarah March 29, 2010 at 2:27 pm

These would be perfect games for them to play when the weather isn’t great for playing outside!

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70 Susan C March 29, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Horton Hears a Who is one of my favorite stories-so original and charming!
smchester at gmail dot com

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71 Benita March 29, 2010 at 5:38 pm

These sound like so much fun. Thanks for the possibility.

bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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72 Linda March 29, 2010 at 6:46 pm

The boys love to play board games and these both sound like fun!

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73 Secret Burkheiser March 29, 2010 at 11:22 pm

My daughter and I would love these games

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74 Toni Trainor March 30, 2010 at 8:56 am

The Horton Hears a Who looks like a fun game. This is one of our favorite movies.

Thanks for the chance.

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75 Jennifer C March 30, 2010 at 11:40 am

We love these books, bet the games would be a big hit around here.

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76 Wendy March 30, 2010 at 11:56 am

We love books and games at our house. Please enter me.

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77 Monique Rizzo March 30, 2010 at 12:30 pm

We have friday night game night. I would love to break these games out!!
Thanks for the chance.
mogrill@comcast.net

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78 Heather M. March 31, 2010 at 11:44 am

I’d love to win! I think my son would love these.

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79 Melissa P. March 31, 2010 at 12:31 pm

I’d love to win these games. We love games.

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80 Melissa M. March 31, 2010 at 12:54 pm

My daughter would love these games!

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81 Shilo Beedy March 31, 2010 at 10:23 pm

My son would enjoy these games.

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82 Molly Capel April 1, 2010 at 1:07 am

I would love to win these for my kids.

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83 Cher April 1, 2010 at 2:23 am

My son would love this!!! Thank you.

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84 Jessica April 1, 2010 at 6:04 am

These look like really cute games. Thanks for the giveaway!

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85 Winning Readings April 1, 2010 at 9:10 am

These look like such fun!

We posted about this giveaway at Winning Readings: http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2010/04/bookish-board-games.html

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

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86 Merry April 1, 2010 at 1:12 pm

These games look so fun! I’d love a chance to share these with my grandchildren. Thanks!

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87 Jason April 1, 2010 at 4:53 pm

We love board games, and the kids loved Horton Hears a Who

jason(at)allworldautomotive(dot)com

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88 Katie April 1, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Would love to win these games for my preschoolers!

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89 Daniel M April 1, 2010 at 11:50 pm

the horton game looks like fun!

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90 Jaclyn Reynolds April 2, 2010 at 12:16 am

These games look so smart and so much fun! We’d love to win!

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91 Angela Winesburg April 2, 2010 at 9:50 am

I would love to win! Thanks for the chance!

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92 Betsy April 2, 2010 at 11:39 am

Looks like fun games.

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93 Jennifer M April 2, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Thanks so much for the chance!

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94 Holly G. April 3, 2010 at 3:18 am

Any kid who loves to read would love these games, including mine. Great giveaway – thanks!

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95 Karen April 3, 2010 at 6:19 am

My son loves Richard Scarry and Busytown! He would be thrilled with these games.

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96 erma April 3, 2010 at 8:29 am

My kids would love these.

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97 Melissa B. April 3, 2010 at 8:39 am

What a great prize. I would love to win this.

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98 Jennifer R April 3, 2010 at 3:47 pm

My kids are just starting to like to play board games and I would love to have some new ones to introduce to them.

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99 Sandy M April 3, 2010 at 4:04 pm

My grandsons love everything ‘Dr. Seuss’. And the are just getting to the board game age so i know they’d love these.

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100 Lindsay April 3, 2010 at 4:27 pm

We’d love to win this – my kids are Horton fans! :)

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101 Tiffanie M. April 3, 2010 at 4:35 pm

My daughter is just now getting old enough to understand games. This would be a great head-start for her!

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102 Rosey April 3, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Neat, I love the idea of turning a book into a game.

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103 Marc April 3, 2010 at 5:49 pm

If I win Horton will hear a “HOORAY!!!”.

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104 Erica C. April 3, 2010 at 8:36 pm

My niece would love playing these!

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105 Hesper F. April 3, 2010 at 9:07 pm

I would love to win this for my son!

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106 Donna L April 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm

My granddaughter would love to have this. Great blog! Thank You

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107 Sheila April 3, 2010 at 10:18 pm

I would like to add these game to our collection.

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108 Chrysa April 3, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Looks fun! Thanks for the giveaway!

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109 Melissa Painter April 4, 2010 at 2:59 am

Thanks for the giveaway. I’d love to win!

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110 Kimberly April 4, 2010 at 5:10 am

These would be fun games for my son to play.

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111 oneangel April 4, 2010 at 8:46 am

This is a great giveaway-looks like a fun game!

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112 Alison April 4, 2010 at 9:03 am

I’d love to win this for my three kiddos. THANK YOU!!!

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113 Karla April 4, 2010 at 9:10 am

I would love these games for my grandkids!

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114 kathy pease April 4, 2010 at 11:07 am

Thank you for the Great giveaway please count me in :)

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115 Tammy April 4, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Thanks for the chance, my nephews would love these~

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116 Gianna April 4, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Please enter me :)

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117 Lily Kwan April 4, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!

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118 Ken April 4, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Sounds like a lot of fun

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119 Morgan April 4, 2010 at 2:44 pm

I would very much like to give this to my niece. Thank you for the chance.

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120 John Deal April 4, 2010 at 4:22 pm

This would be great for mygranddaughter.

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121 Melaie April 4, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Educational games are the best.

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122 Hannah April 4, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Seems like a really nice game!

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123 newmom8404 April 4, 2010 at 7:55 pm

I love games and books, what a perfect combo for kids!

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124 maja April 4, 2010 at 8:33 pm

my son would love this!

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125 DEBIJOT April 4, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Would love these for my grandkids. Thanks

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126 Sara Olsen April 4, 2010 at 11:26 pm

I would be so excited to win one of these games. We have a Curious George “I Can Do” game and my son absolutely loves it!

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127 Kathy S April 4, 2010 at 11:35 pm

I enjoy visiting my granddaughters who live out of state, and while I’m there, we like to have fun by playing games. The girls are big Dr. Seus and Richard Scarry fans (they love the books,) and would really enjoy these games. And as you know, grandmothers never arrive “empty handed!”

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128 Nancy C April 4, 2010 at 11:59 pm

I loved Richard Scarry when I was a kid and would love for my daughter to do the same.

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129 Angela June 1, 2014 at 8:51 am

I have also played Busy Town with my kids last month. This game is so entertaining!

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