Using the moves of individual chessmen, the reader helps the Black Pawns, Knights, Bishops, and Rooks move through a series of maze-like scenes to enter Chess City and free their King and Queen.
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Harper (Snakes and Ladders, 1997) has produced an intense and eye-catching puzzle book intended to teach basic strategies of chess. Each full-color, double-page spread shows a chessboard courtyard in Chess City. The black king and queen have been “captured,” and the reader must move the different black pieces across each courtyard to the rescue. Each page is, actually, a maze; various pitfalls wait on squares, and readers have to figure out how to get each piece from the marked “start” to the “finish,” moving only as the piece allows. Except for the different patterns of movement then, each page employs the exact same strategy, making this more of a drill in piece movement than a book of actual chess strategies. Each chessboard courtyard is vastly larger than a real board’s 64 squares, and the perspective and busyness of the spreads may strain some eyes. The mazes are satisfyingly tricky, however, and puzzle-minded kids who are beyond Where’s Waldo should enjoy this for hours. A text box toward the end tells a little more about “The Game of Chess.” Although it doesn’t deliver all it promises in strategy and excitement, this is an enjoyable game book. (Nonfiction. 7-10) -- Copyright © 2000 Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Candlewick, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110763609218
Book Description Candlewick, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0763609218
Book Description Candlewick. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0763609218 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0404620