Bookchase Board Game

In the January sales at work I stumbled upon a board game called ‘Bookchase.’ The purpose of the game is to travel to each of the six different coloured section, and answer a question correctly to receive a book of the corresponding colour. Once you have collected one book in each colour you have to roll the exact number necessary to land on the centre square to win the game. However, it is necessary to do this without ‘losing’ any books on the way – therefore it is necessary to avoid the ‘sentence or reward’ cards. The game is similar to ‘Trivial Pursuit,’ just with a sole focus on books.

Even though the game is completely book based, it is not just a game for book lovers. My boyfriend has become thoroughly addicted, even though he is not a regular reader. All of the questions have multiple choice answers, but that certainly doesn’t make the game any less challenging! The questions also focus on six different genres, so there are areas that every player, reader or non-reader will be confident in answering.

The questions all come under the following genres:

  • Fantasy and Science Fiction
  • Children and Fun
  • Travel and Adventure
  • Classics and Modern
  • Poetry and Plays
  • Crime and Thrillers

Included with the game are some miniature ‘book jacket’ stickers, which you can stick onto the plastic books. All of the jackets have titles on them so you can customise your game to your reading tastes.

This game is incredibly fun and definitely very competitive! I would recommend it to any book-lover and encourage them to get everyone involved so they can see that you don’t have to read lots to win this game! Penguin have also released their own version of Bookchase using their trademark coloured covers for each section, which is beautifully presented in a giant box that looks like a book.


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‘It’s a Book’ by Lane Smith

Author/Illustrator: Lane Smith

Genre: Children’s Picture Flat

First Published: 2011

Lane Smith’s beautifully simple children’s book captivates both the young and old, as well as reminding us of the joys of reading a printed book.

 ‘It’s a Book’ was shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Children’s Prize this year, and I was lucky enough to receive a copy to review. I really enjoyed reading ‘It’s a Book,’ which surprised me as I don’t usually read picture flats because I haven’t got children. However, since reading this one I have been encouraged to read the others that have been shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Children’s Prize as I was greatly surprised by how much they differed from my memories of childhood books.

Smith’s unique book tells the conversation between a monkey and a donkey about books. While the monkey appreciates the beauty of books, the donkey is much more distracted by the technology around him such as computers and video games. The donkey cannot comprehend the pleasure of reading a book that cannot tweet, text or TOOT! However, once he gives it a go, he thoroughly enjoys his reading experience.

I really loved the way in which ‘It’s a Book’ deals with the increasing popularity of technology and gadgets, (which, after volunteering with children as young as five, I know are becoming ever more popular Christmas presents!) So this book shows how up to date it is with the next generation of readers. I feel that the story does a great job of highlighting the importance of the continuation of the book because, (even though technical alternatives are available) we all know that nothing can replace an actual book, particularly children’s picture books like this one.

I am a great believer in the importance of encouraging children to read and I think that this book, with its somewhat naughty punch line, helps children from a very young age also become aware of the importance of reading. Not only is the story incredibly entertaining, but the artwork is wonderfully unique and captivating. I think that the characters are cute and lovable, which makes the book even more of a pleasure to read.

Favourite quote: “Do you blog with it?”

“No, it’s a book.”

Rating: 10/10

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