We recently received a copy of The Secret of the Chatter Blocks by Don Bosco and were quickly ushered into New Toy-ko City, the capital of the world’s toy industry.
We became part of a team whose mission is to find out who stole the Chatter Blocks. The Chatter Blocks are an ancient toy; when you roll them like dice, these Blocks actually talk! You have to help Kei and Will catch the thief and recover the blocks. And watch out for the Perplexity gang while you’re at it!
My kids found the book really fun and exciting, as this was one of their first choose-your-own-adventure (CYOA) books!
My eldest, V, said, “That’s because you don’t know where you’ll end up next.”
My middle child said, “It’s thrilling, because it’s unpredictable and not easy to get to the end. If you make a wrong move, you may get kicked out of the team.”
I like it that there are many stories and possibilities in one book, and that the kids get to exercise the power to choose their actions and handle the consequences. I appreciate that it is really an art (and maybe a science) to craft a coherent plot while still allowing the reader to interact and make decisions about how it will turn out!
Recommended for ages 8-10, it is quite a short book, so maybe those around 7yo can also handle it.
Now that we are all staying home, it is fun to let the kids try new things. If you’ve never done a CYOA book before, you may want to get your hands on a copy of The Secret of the Chatter Blocks – from Book Depository or Amazon SG.
Read more about Don’s book here!
PS. Thanks Don, for sending us a copy for this review!