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Space Chase / Pet Chase (Rollerball Races board books) Review by Dr. Anne Margaret Wright

Pat Hegarty
IllustratorBrett Hudson
Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
250 Wireless Boulevard
Hauppauge, New York 11788

The Rollerball Races books ($4.99) are great little board books with the game built right into the book! I reviewed Space Chase and Pet Chase. Both books have thick board book pages with a cutout in the middle. A clear plastic cover over each maze keeps the ball in the game, and a hole in the puzzle allows it to slip through to the other side, ready for the next puzzle. Each book has a clever story with colorful illustrations and three heavy pages with a maze on each side, for a total of six progressively more difficult mazes. The books are built to take the use they will inevitably enjoy!

These addictive little maze books would be great for elementary-age kids but would also be a hit with younger and older family members or friends. We all had a hard time putting them down! They would work well for car trips or anytime the kids need something to keep their hands busy. They build eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills while engaging the kids in a fun, challenging activity. We really liked the color pictures, clever mazes, and the fun concept of the books. The only problem we had was the occasional stuck ball, but a tap on the book usually took care of the problem. If your kids enjoy mazes, they will love these handy little books!

Product review by Dr. Anne Margaret Wright, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, May 2007