OWL AND OTHER SCRAMBLES by Lisl Weil

OWL AND OTHER SCRAMBLES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

These are the opening instructions: ""Think of a lion. Think of the shapes of the letters that spell LION and the lion's shape. Lisl Weil uses the letters to draw a lion."" And the idea--explained at some length--is to unscramble the letters and put together the name of the pictured object. It's a tortuous exercise: sometimes the object (bed, clown, van) is hard even to recognize because the shapes of the letters bear no relationship to the shape of the object; and even if you think you know what the object is, the letters are hard to make out--erratic in size and shape. Some of the words, moreover, are unreasonably difficult (gnome, for instance); and in some instances (e.g., kangaroo) the combination of peculiarities is such that it would be smarter to give up than to keep trying. Puzzles ought to have a certain underlying logic and consistency--but this is just gratuitous (and pointless) bafflement.

Pub Date: Oct. 23rd, 1981
Publisher: Unicorn/Dutton