GameLogic_Cover.jpgI grew up with board games. Long sessions of Monopoly were interspersed with shorter sessions of Sorry, Clue, and Operation. With the popularity of online gaming, one would suspect games where you interact with other players around a board are a thing of the past. Not the case at all.

This new book by Angie Smibert (Author of the GHOST OF ORDINARY OBJECTS MG fiction series) features six chapters covering the past, present, and future of games.

  • CHAPTER 1 Even Pharaohs Loved Board Games
  • CHAPTER 2 Modern Game Changers
  • CHAPTER 3 Your Brain on Games
  • CHAPTER 4 Game Design
  • CHAPTER 5 Game Development and Beyond
  • CHAPTER 6 The Future of Games

Each of the chapters begins with an essential question, encouraging kids to develop both their critical and creative thinking skills. Like other books in the BUILD IT YOURSELF series, QR codes take you to primary sources and a frequent WORDS TO KNOW box defines challenging vocabulary.

Along the way, activities encourage readers to create their own game just like the industries experts. You’ll learn how to make it challenging, fun, and addictive. I’d rather write stories than create games, but the process is surprisingly similar.

After my initial reading of the 122 pages, I was motivated to search  for some of the modern board games covered here like TICKET TO RIDE. For young readers, the ideas and projects are perfect to keep those Summer brains churning. The volume would also work well in the classroom this Fall.

Don’t bother rolling the dice because GAME LOGIC is available now for all game lovers.


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3 Responses to GAME LOGIC

  1. I loved playing games as child and with my daughter. But, things changed in the 80s. Such a great social activity. Have not heard of or seen The Ticket to Ride board game. Glad to know they are updating it. I bought my great grandson and great niece, “Yeti in My Spaghetti.” Very similar to Jenga, but with spaghetti noodles. A college store clerk introduced me to the game, and said he and his college room mates have a blast playing the game — really for younger kids. Couldn’t believe his enthusiasm, as I think he’d played every board game in the store. I like that kids can still interact, have fun and learn strategies while they play.

  2. Pingback: Game Logic: Level Up and Create Your Own Games with Science Activities for Kids (Build It Yourself) – storemello

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