Monday, December 20, 2010

Monkeying Around Dot to Dot Books Review and Giveaway!


Hi Neighbors!

I just have to share these with you. I am amazed! Monkeying Around does the most intricate dot to dot books I have ever seen! This would make a great Family Fun Night activity. They have a series of 8 books. Numbers 1-4 are slightly easier, with numbers 5-8 being more difficult. I personally am hooked! Forget the kids, I like these! Recently several of us sat around and worked on dot to dots. Wait until you see some of these in the pictures. There are some that are 2 pages! Yes, two pages! Have you ever done a dot to dot with 129 dots to connect? How about 421? Or 1,365? Didn't I tell you they were amazing?



Guess how many dots! It gives you an extra entry. Extra Entry 3. No you do not have to be right for it to count as an entry, just guess.


This is 450 dots! Pretty nice!

Monkeying Around:
Monkeying Around
Since 2000 Monkeying Around has been dedicated to offering innovative dot-to-dot products that will delight and entertain children and adults of all ages. We are pleased to offer "The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Books in the World" (Books 1, 2, 3 & 4), a challenging collection of unique dot-to-dot suprises and variations. We are also pleased to offer "The Greatest Newspaper Dot-to-Dot Puzzles" (Vols. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6), pocket / travel sized collections of weekly syndicated puzzles published in the pages of USA newspapers. In 2007 the first of the "Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge" (5, 6, 7 & 8) Books was introduced with Book 5 and now Book 8 in 2010."



This one? 149 dots!

These are some of the most intriguing dot to dots ever. Centering on Animals, Vehicles, People, Buildings, Insects and Sports. A fun thing to do is to try and guess what the results will be. Some you have a hint of, but others you won't know until you do the actual Dot to Dot! There are some drawing hints in the book and instructions are in the top corner when needed. Rules and Regulations? There are only two basic rules.1. Try to draw straight lines between the dots for the best results. 2. Follow the numbers in numerical order for the image to become visible. Another hint? Use a fairly thick pen or marker for the best image results. For some of the Dot to Dots you will be required to stop at a star and then start at the next number. Certain Dot to Dots ask you to complete a certain sequence and then start the next one. Such as:1-20, 21-38, 39-56, 57-89 etc. These are a great Family Fun Night activity. You can even time yourselves to see how long it takes you to accurately complete a Dot to Dot. Monkeying Around has my vote for great fun! ( I only included a few pictures of completed dot to dots, because I don't want to spoil your fun!)

"History / Inspiration
by David Kalvitis
"I have looked on Ebay and collected dot-to-dot books dating back to the 1920's. I know they went back much earlier than that. In my books I even made humorous references to the history of dot-to-dots, because I personally couldn't find the origins. There was a book that inspired me but I don't know the title, author or date (probably late 60's or early 70's). I remember the puzzles having lots of numbers and the images being fairly detailed. At that age lots of numbers may have been 50 for me, but it seemed like so many. As an adult I would occasionally create a dot-to-dot puzzle just for fun. I came to realize that all the dot-to-dot books available were for young kids just learning numbers, with drawings that gave away the final pictures. I decided I wanted to design a really intricate dot-to-dot puzzle book for the big kids, with lines wandering all over the place and numbers climbing well into the hundreds. While working on and off for seven years on this goal, I came up with new dot-to-dot puzzle variations involving multiple lines, connecting coordinates and even connecting symbols."

These Dot to Dot books from Monkeying Around run $6.95-$7.95 each. There is a store locator on their site where you can find a retailer near you, or you can order them online through Monkeying Around. These are probably not a great car activity because you need to draw straight lines, but they could be a busy time while waiting at a doctors office, at a restaurant where the children need some entertainment while the adults talk, anywhere you might need your child to sit quietly for awhile.

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There will be 2 winners in this giveaway. One will win Books (1-4) The Greatest Dot to Dot Book in the World. The other will win Books (5-8) The Greatest Dot to Dot Super Challenge.

Mandatory Entry:Visit the Monkeying Around website and watch one of the short videos on the home page, then in a comment tell me which one you watched and if you find these books interesting. You do not have to be a blogger to enter, but you must leave a valid email where you can be reached should you win. This giveaway will end 1/3/2011 at 11:59 pm CST. The winner will be chosen using random.org and will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond.

Extra Entries:


1. Become a neighbor ( follower). Leave a comment to let me know that you did/ do. 1 entry

2. Subscribe to At the Fence. Leave a comment to let me know that you did/ do. 1 entry

3. Leave a comment letting me know how many dots you think are in the girl doing the handstand picture. 1 entry

4. Tweet about this giveaway. Leave a comment with the link. 1 tweet per day. 1 comment per day.

5. Do a post regarding this giveaway. Leave a comment with a link. 2 entries, so 2 comments.

6. Leave a comment on one of my review posts (Not a giveaway) 1 entry

Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this review. I did receive 8 Monkeying Around Dot to Dot Booksfor review purposes. All quotes are taken from the Monkeying Around website or email. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

68 comments:

theladya said...

I watched the Watch TDmonthly Dot-to-Dot Review Video and I absolutely find these interesting. I always loved these as a child and these would be great for adults as well. abailey_crace@yahoo.com

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theladya said...

I think there are approximately 100 dots in the handstand picture. abailey_crace@yahoo.com

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Aileen said...

I watched the TDMonthly video and these are pretty detailed connect the dots books. I think the books are pretty neat for elementary school children. The books makes connect the dots a bit more educational.
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Aileen said...

48 dot in the girl doing the handstand picture
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amy said...

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amy said...

I think there are 165 in the girl doing a handstand picture
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andrea v said...

NY ABC interview
I think these are great, loved them when I was younger. Haven't seen this in years.
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150 dots is my guess

Aileen said...

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rubynreba said...

Watched Rochester NY ABC 13 wham's interview
and I love the idea of dot to dots with more dots in them!
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I think there are 121 dots in the picture.
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Steph said...

I watched Watch Timberdoodle's Dot-to-Dot Review Video. I think these books look amazing.
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Steph said...

My guess is 149 for the handstand picture.
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Emillie Rose said...

I watched the timberdoodles video. These books look so fun - for kids and adults!!
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My guess is 150 dots.
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janetfaye said...

I watched Timberdoodle's Dot-to-Dot Review Video and I find these very interesting.

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janetfaye said...

I think there are 250 dots in the girl doing the handstand picture.

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Heavensent1 said...

I watched the Timberdoodle's Dot-to-Dot Review Video and found the books to be VERY interesting indeed~!! Puzzles are good~!!!

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I think there is 212 dots in the puzzle!

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Kim said...

I watched the Watch Timberdoodle's Dot-to-Dot Review Video. I never knew that dot to dots could be taken to this level. Truly amazing!

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Kim said...

My guess is 65 dots.

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Snow said...

I Watch Timberdoodle's Dot-to-Dot Review Video. and I find it very interesting. This is one of my kids favorite things to do.. Connecting the Dots. If I'll win my kids would be very happy :)

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I think there are 200 dots :)

Haydensmommy05 said...

I watched timberdoodle! I love these books!
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lkvoyer said...

I watched the Timberdoodle dot-to-dot review. These are really neat. Dot-to-dot for grownups. Most interesting is they are a local company here in Rochester, NY. I haven't seen these before, I'm missing out. LKVOYER at aol dot com

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