Kid Review – Game On! USA: Awesome Activities for Clever Kids – Non Fiction Activity Book


Game On! USA: Awesome Activities for Clever Kids

Written by Patrick Merrell

Ages 8-12 | 144 Pages

Publisher: Dover Publications | ISBN-13: 978-0486841854

Publisher’s Synopsis: The newest Game On! Awesome Activities for Clever Kids title, this activity book has dozens of new and challenging brain games for ages 8 to 12. More than 100 colorful puzzles feature the excitement and adventure of the United States, including crosswords, secret codes, word scrambles, spot the differences, mazes, and much more. It’s the perfect book for at home or on the go, and the fun starts with just a pencil — no electricity or batteries needed! Complete solutions appear at the end of the book.



Merrell, Patrick. Game On! USA: Awesome Activities for Clever Kids. Garden City, NY: Dover Publications, 2020.

I love this book! It is full of a variety of puzzles appropriate for elementary-aged children. Older children may also enjoyGame On! USA.  When my kiddos were younger I liked to have activities for them to complete while riding in the car on summer trips or to do when stuck in the house due to rain or heat. Game On! USA: Awesome Activities for Clever Kids is perfect for these situations. The activities in this book will build memory skills as well as knowledge of the USA. There are puzzles dealing with the states, presidents, historical information, US money, sports, national symbols and so much more. Children will be challenged to complete: word searches, crosswords, drawing challenges, quizzes, and coded answers. There are even some games for multiple players.

Because it is a consumable book, Game On! USA probably is not appropriate for a library. However it is a great book to help beat those summer “I’m bored” times or to supplement home schooling. I’d get one of each of my elementary-aged kids.

I received a complimentary copy of Game On! USA. This is my honest review. This review was prepared in partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Dover Publications.


Patrick Merrell is a professional puzzlemaker, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, and graphic designer. He’s one of MAD magazine’s “Usual Gang of Idiots.” He’s created over 250 books, including 75 puzzle books, and written 81 crosswords for The New York Times (including 19 Sundays). Six of his Times crosswords appear in Will Shortz Picks His Favorite Puzzles, the most of any constructor. From 2009 to 2011, he wrote for Wordplay, the daily online crossword column for The New York Times. He’s also created puzzles for the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, People, Sports Illustrated, MAD, National Wildlife Foundation, Crayola, Scholastic, the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, the World Puzzle Championship, and many, many others.


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