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March 20, 2014

All You Need Is a Pencil: The Stuck in a Car, Plane, or Train Activity Book

*I received a free book for review purpose. I did not receive any compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the product or products might be different from mine.

All You Need Is a Pencil: The Stuck in a Car, Plane, or Train Activity Book
By author: Joe Rhatigan

JUST ONE PENCIL...is the key to world's of fun!
Vacation. It usually begins with the family sitting around somewhere or stuck in a plane, train, or car. BOR-IIIING! Fortunately, with these quizzes, puzzles, games, and doodles, the fun doesn’t have to wait, even if you do. And you can do them anywhere—no electricity needed.
Fill in travel quotes, writing in the name of anyone who says one of the phrases on the page—like “I have to go to the bathroom ” or “I think we’re lost.” Draw creepy critters, try tongue-tripping-twisters, and unscramble anagrams. It’s all so entertaining that no one will ask the dreaded question: are we there yet?


Our Review:
In addition to traveling out of town to visit my in laws on a regular basis, we also typically travel long distances in the winter and summer breaks. My kids have sat for many hours in a car driving to another state and flew internationally as well. Typically they pass the time by playing games on their tablets, but I love the concept of giving them a pencil and let their creativity take over. Unfortunately, my son is too young to use the book so we could not test it on him. However, my 8 year old daughter is the prefect age for it. I gave her the book for the hour long drive to visit the grandparents.  During that time, she flipped through the book and selected a couple of pages to complete. She's especially a fan of anything that involves drawing. For instance, she loved drawing Fast Food. On two blank pages, she had 5 minutes to draw pictures of as many types of food as she could think of. To make it more difficult, I told her that if I could not name it properly from her drawings, then it did not count. If she could do 10 successful ones, she would be rewarded with an ice cream cone. She also like drawing Space Jam. For it, she needed to imagine what traffic jam in space would look like and doodle it onto the book. Instead of wasting time on the tablet, I love that my daughter got to use her creativity and had fun doing it. We love this book and we would recommend it without any hesitations.

To buy it, please go to Charlesbridge website.


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