Posts Tagged ‘riddles’

I recently read The Puzzling World of Winston Breen written by Eric Berlin. If you like mysteries written for children and you enjoy putting your brain to work solving puzzles then this book will be right up your alley. Eric Berlin, who happens to write crossword puzzles for the New York Times, has written a mystery that weaves a variety of puzzles and riddles into the plot for the reader to solve as they make their way through the story. The main character is twelve-year-old Winston Breen. He is a puzzle lover and often tries to find patterns and puzzles in everyday things, like the arrangement of toppings on a pizza. He is also well-known for creating puzzles for his friends and family to solve. When a small wooden box he gives to his sister at her birthday party reveals a hidden puzzle everyone at the party immediately thinks that Winston created the puzzle as part of the gift. Soon the partygoers realize that Winston is trying hard to figure out the puzzle right along with them and is just as confused as to where it came from.

Winston and his sister Katie agree to share the puzzle and try to solve it together. They discover however that their puzzle is one portion of a larger puzzle that leads to a hidden treasure left behind by a wealthy citizen of their town. The reader is introduced to a whole cast of characters including Winston’s two best friends, a librarian, an ex-police officer, two questionable treasure seekers and a local newspaper reporter. The group of characters come together to set out on a treasure hunt and to solve some mysterious burglaries that have been happening around town.

As the mystery unfolds the reader finds a series of puzzles and riddles sprinkled throughout the story. Some of the puzzles are pertinent to the plot and are revealed through the text, others are just fun riddles to take a couple of minutes out of reading to solve. You can download the puzzles from the author’s website here. The answers are included in the back of the book in case you get stumped. The Puzzling World of Winston Breen is a very entertaining story that keeps you guessing throughout. Eric Berlin does a wonderful job of blending the puzzles and riddles into the story for an interactive reading experience. If you want to solve more puzzles you can check out Winston’s puzzle blog here.

If you like this book or just enjoy reading mysteries you might also like these books:

The sequel to The Puzzling World of Winston Breen is The Potato chip Puzzles.

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin is another book with a puzzle for the reader to solve as they read the book.

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler  by E.L. Konigsburg are both great mysteries to read!

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(highlight the space between the arrows to reveal the answer)

February is sweet and festive at Centerville Library.  We have prepared two free special holiday events for kids and their family.

Happy Chinese New Year! 恭喜發財!

The Year of the Rabbit falls on February 3 this year.  In traditon, the Chinese New Year lasts for 15 days starting with the new moon on the first day of the first lunar month and ends on the full moon 15 days later. The extended celebration can begin 10 days before the New Year Day with different activities and traditions taking place every day.  To learn more about Chinese New Year, click HERE.

Many Alameda County libraries offer a special program in celebration of this most important Chinese holiday.  At Centerville Library, we will be playing the Lantern Riddle Game for 2 weeks. You may play it at the library or on our Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/centervillelibrary


See English Riddles

Lantern Riddle Game
Day: February 3-17.
Time: Library Open Hours or anytime on Facebook.

Bring the whole family in anytime during our open hours to see all the colorful lantern riddles on display. The riddles are in English or Chinese, some are easy and some are challenging. There is also a “super riddle” in each language. A paper lantern will be rewarded for each riddle solved and of course, a “super prize” for the “super riddle”. Up to two riddles can be solved per day per person. So stop by every day and see how many you can solve! Click on the links above and below the lanterns to preview the riddles.
*Prizes are limited and subject to change.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids
Day: Tuesday, February 8.
Time: 1-6 PM.

Make a pop-up Valentine’s card, an origami heart flower, or a special Valentine with your very own creative design. All materials are provided. Just stop by anytime between 1 and 5:30 PM and join the fun! Younger children please bring a adult friend to help.

Get directions to Centerville Library: Google map

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It’s… summertime!

I like funny brain teasers and riddles, especially when I am bored but don’t feel like reading or doing anything.  They wake up my brain and make me laugh.  Want to try some? 

(Click at the first *, hold and slide to the right to the second * to see the answer.)

Q: Where do cars go when it gets hot?
A: * To a carpool. *

Q: What horses swim the best?
A: * Seahorses. *

Q: When astronauts get married, where do they go?
A: * On honeymoons. *

Q: What does the dog catcher give dogs on their birthdays?
A: * Poundcake. *

Q: Where did the giant want to cook Jack?
A: * In a jackpot. *

Q: What starts with “T”, ends with “T”, and is full with “T”?
A: * Teapot. *

Q: What is that which goes with a car, comes with a car, is of no use to a car, and yet the car cannot go without it?
A: * Noise. *

Q: Why are 1980 pennies worth almost $20?
A: * 1,980 pennies equals $19.80, which is almost $20. *

Q: Forward I am heavy, but backward I am not.  What am I?
A: * Forward I am ton, backwards I am not. *

Now do this one–

Make sure you get every single word right!

Read the following passage and then scroll down for further instructions at the end. Read loudly to yourself. Now read:

This is this cat
This is is cat
This is how cat
This is to cat
This is keep cat
This is a cat
This is fool cat
This is busy cat
This is for cat
This is thirty cat
This is seconds cat

Now read the THIRD word in each line then you will understand what is funny in this.

I am sorry if I tricked you!  Please don’t mind it and just take it as fun. Have a nice summer! 😆

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