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The Cranium Big Book of Outrageous Fun!: The Write-it, Sculpt-it, Act-it-Game-in-a-Book-in-a-Game!    by Cranium & Gary Baseman order for
Cranium Big Book of Outrageous Fun!
by Cranium
Order:  USA  Can
Little, Brown & Co., 2005 (2005)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

This enticing 'Sculpt-it, Act-it-Game-in-a-Book-in-a-Game' opens up to reveal all kinds of cool stuff, including over 40 write-on/wipe-off activity pages and a 'Mini Conga Guessing Game'. The latter comes with a pull-out game board, 100 game cards, spinner, sand timer, mover pieces, erasable marker, and a tub of Cranium Clay.

Activity pages are divided into 4 tabbed sections, with Creative Cat, Word Worm, Data Head and Star Performer as friendly guides. Many activities include related Fun Facts, and the guides encourage working on activities with friends. Crazy Cat offers 'artsy exploration', like filling in details of your own Comic Caper or inventing Star Art. Word Worm suggests spinning stories (like Food Fight!) and playing word games like Alphabet Acrobatics. Data Head's section digs into facts and figures as in Map It Out (locating landmarks) and Family Tree. Star Performer's fun includes making Spooky Shadows and setting up a Super Scavenger Hunt. The board game involves one player thinking of something based on a card (e.g. 'Something in a cave') and the others figuring it out (from a sculpture, sounds, or simply by guessing).

A Super Sign-In Book encourages friends and family to answer questions about themselves, such as 'If you could magically enter a book, what book would you explore?' This Cranium Big Book of Outrageous Fun! (aimed at ages 7 and up) offers excellent value in many hours of portable, creative entertainment for friends and family to enjoy together.

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