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MARKET MAZE by Roxie Munro Kirkus Star


by Roxie Munro ; illustrated by Roxie Munro

Pub Date: May 15th, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-8234-3092-5
Publisher: Holiday House

With an interactive maze/map, Munro demystifies for children where all the items for sale at the farmers market originate.

Readers must navigate each page’s directions and maze to collect and ship the items. “Guide the boat to the dock’s loading area. Transfer the catch to the FISH truck, go to the fish-packing plant, and drive toward town.” Readers also collect apples, milk, cheese, corn, flowers, eggs, veggies, baked goods, and kids (going on a field trip to the greenmarket). Less a map than an aerial view of different areas, the illustrations lack any compass or map key, so children will need their powers of observation and deduction to notice the only dock and the only boat out to sea, the truck marked with a fish, and the building with the same sign out front (the challenges seem to grow in difficulty with page turns). Arrows mark one-way streets (not correct paths!), and readers must puzzle the shortest way to get from one page turn to the next. Lists of items to find in the bright, busy, detailed India ink and colored acrylic ink illustrations extend the fun. The backmatter includes thumbnails marking both the shortest routes and the hidden items, and a paragraph under each goes into more detail about the featured market item.

A great way to introduce kids to their foods’ origins and to prepare them for a greenmarket visit of their own.

(Interactive informational picture book. 4-8)