I’ve always loved puzzles. I’m not sure how many puzzle games I currently have on my phone, and every time I head out on vacation, I pack a couple of puzzle books. I like problem solving, I guess. I went to an escape room with my family a few years ago and we had a blast. I’m happy to report that we did escape. 🎉
When I got the opportunity to review Escape Book: Madam Mortell’s Haunted House by Arthur Tenor, I was very excited. Escape rooms? Monsters? Puzzles? This is right up my alley!
I felt so much nostalgia while reading this. Another thing I loved as a child was choose your own adventure books! Though in order to actually complete the story, readers actually have to take all the paths, Escape Book reads like a CYOA at times. For instance, readers are given a choice of which room to explore first at the beginning of the book, and whether to continue deeper into the haunted mansion, or return to the Entryway.
I also love the bright, colorful illustrations throughout the book. The monsters are campy, and not too scary. I enjoyed picking out all the little details in the scenes.
My nephew is a lover of problem solving like me, and I know he would get a kick out of this book. But I also know how easy it would be for him to cheat with the way the book is set up. I tried my hardest to follow the rules exactly and not skim to find the right answer, but it was difficult with the correct and incorrect solutions being on the same page and close together.
If you have a kiddo who likes to solve puzzles and likes monsters, this might be a fun book for them! Escape Book: Madam Mortell’s Haunted House will be released April 27th, 2021.
I received an advanced copy of this book for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.