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What Will You Read Next?

The Pocket Guide to Games (Reissue)


Gibbs Smith
Available: 07/14/08
4 x 6 · 248 pages
Ages 8 and up
CDN $13.99 · pb

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Bart King

The tradition of game playing without computers, joysticks, boards, or game pieces is celebrated in this compendium of more than 100 physical games that can be played by all ages, from elementary-age children to grandparents. All you need to play these games can be purchased at your local big box, superstore, or hardware store. With tools such as balls, beanbags, broomsticks, and ropes, parents and teachers can organize dozens of hours of fun and challenging activities for parties, summer camps, neighborhood gatherings, and school groups. Includes active games and quiet games in a range of variations, including counting-out, choosing sides, who's it? and feats and forfeits. Sample games include Bull in the Ring; Cross Tag; Do This, Do That; Kaleidoscope; Lady of the Land; Old Buzzard; Potato Race; and Shadow Tag.

Bart King taught middle school for many years. He's written a bunch of other cool books, including The Big Book of Girl Stuff, The Big Book of Boy Stuff, The Big Book of Superheroes, The Big Book of Gross Stuff, and Bart's King-Sized Book of Fun. Residence: Portland, Oregon.