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The Goods    by McSweeney's order for
by McSweeney's
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2013 (2013)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

A group of well known authors and illustrators have joined forces to create the activity pages of this unusual book. Featuring hours of amusement, The Goods contains games, puzzles, comics and other diversions that will captivate both children and adults.

'We dreamed up The Goods as a weekly all-ages feature for newspapers, and we're excited that forty-four installments have been transformed into the unusual book you are now holding,' write the editors.

They continue, 'This book is for people who love joy, labyrinths, fortune-telling,bears, glaring penguins, and made-up words. It is not for people who love symmetrical shapes.'

The contributors, like Mo Willems, Jon Scieszka and Jon Klassen, were provided with strange, small spaces to work in and a limited amount of time to create something that would challenge and engage the audience.

The ultimate rainy day book when you have nothing to do and nowhere to go, this volume is guaranteed to chase away boredom and keep you amused for quite some time.

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