National Read a Book Day is September 6th!

Tomorrow is National Read a Book Day, so it will be a great day to unplug and unwind in a cozy chair.

There are some overlapping benefits between reading and puzzling. Both improve concentration and memory and lower stress and keep your brain active. Additionally benefits of reading are a more expansive vocabulary and glimpses to other times, places, and cultures.

Need some book recommendations? Goodreads is fantastic for every type of recommendation you may ever need, including books you should read and others you should avoid, with lists such as:

Pick up something new, reread something old, or try out something that’s been sitting on your shelves for ages. Whatever you do, read!

We’ve previously highlighted puzzles with a post on 5 Reasons You Should be Reading Game of Thrones and Book-Related Puzzles. Today here’s all of the Classic Book Puzzles we have, which come in a collectible packaging that looks just like a book on your shelf! It even has a magnetic closing.

Jack and the Beanstalk by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces.

The Queen’s Croquet by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces.

Romeo and Juliet by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces.

Huck Finn by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces.

Wizard of Oz by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces.

Gone with the Wind by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces. 

Wrebbit’s Return and the Spirit of Puzzle Designer Paul-Émile Gallant

As part of our new inventory this year, we’re happy to now have Wrebbit 3D puzzles back in stock! For any serious 3D puzzle fan, Wrebbit has the best three dimensional puzzles out there. Need some data to back up this claim? Wrebbit offers:

  • Larger models with more pieces
  • Fair prices for high quality materials
  • Sturdier structures with  new technology
  • High-quality illustrations that will knock your socks off

Wrebbit is committed to continuing the spirit of ingenious puzzle designer Paul-Émile Gallant, who created the famous Puzz 3D line in the 1990s. Gallant became a renowned toy designer, making 3D puzzles of famous landmarks that incorporated flexible foam pieces that were “rigid enough to be portable and beautiful enough for display.” In 2008, Gallant was recognized for his contribution to the toy world and was included in the Canadian Toy Industry Hall of Fame.

Sadly, Gallant passed away in September 2011, but his revolutionary visions paved the way for the new beautiful puzzles of Big Ben, the Taj Mahal, and even Hobbiton!

Check out these lovely new additions, perfect for any 3D puzzlers’ dream displays.

big ben wrebbit puzzlesAbove: Big Ben is 890 pieces and measures 18.9″ x 10.63″ x 28.74″ when assembled. Recommended for ages 12 and up. If these seems a bit intimidating, try starting with a smaller Big Ben 3D Puzzle - we have several from other brands, too!

lord of the rings puzzlesAbove: Citadel of Minas Tirith from Lord of the Rings The Hobbit is 819 pieces and measures 17.52″ x 16.54″ x 25.98″. Want more of The Hobbit? We also have the Hobbit Collector’s Puzzle, a regular 500 piece jigsaw.

germany puzzles, germanAbove: Neuschwanstein Castle is a whopping 890 pieces and measures 21.95″ x 11.42″ x 15.26″. This castle in Germany is the subject of many jigsaw puzzles – from 550 pieces up to 4000!

February: Black History Month Jigsaw Puzzles

Activist Martin Luther King Jr., abolitionist Union spy Harriet Tubman, the first black MLB player Jackie Robinson, and abolitionist social reformer Frederick Douglass all appear in the 500pc puzzle.

Today, we wanted to share with you a few of our more specific Black History Jigsaw Puzzles. We’ve talked a lot in the past about how puzzles are a great learning tool and as always, really good for brain development in general. It’s also awesome how they can play a role in the cultural development and teaching, remembering or just enjoying some of the most historical moments and figures of our time. What makes puzzles even better? Most will last a lifetime, being put together and taken back apart over and over for new friends and new family to enjoy again and again.

What is Black History Month? It all began in the early 1900′s when when Dr. Carter G. Woodson and Rev. Jesse E. Moorland created an associations in order to raised awareness of the role that black people played in the shaping of America and the world—a role that had often been ignored or downplayed. Woodson also hoped that there would be a sense of pride instilled in the black community while he taught about their cultural background and heritage. In 1920, he helped a fraternity Omega Psi Phi create “Negro History Week” that took place during the month of February as a way to celebrate the birth of two men who helped carve out the future of Black Americans – Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas.

The Civil War lasted 4 years from 1861 to 1865. Marking 150 years later is this commemorative puzzle.

The intent of this month – and other history months like Women’s History Month and LGBT History Month – of course, is to raise awareness, spread educations and, perhaps above all, take a moment to recognize the incredible journey and challenges that minorities have overcome in this country (and others!). To learn more about black history, go here.

And here’s a great list of Black History Little Known Facts. Did you know that “Due to his acclaimed “Banana Boat” song, most people assume Harry Belafonte was born in the Caribbean; in fact, the internationally renowned entertainment icon and human rights activist was born in Harlem, New York.”

Coming up next week: Black Artist Jigsaw Puzzles… a look at some of the best works of art – and most popular puzzle images around – from well-known Black artists.

And of course, how could we not mention two of the most influential black people in music and popular culture? Happy puzzling everyone!

Bob Marley is credited with spreading Rastafarian and Jamaican music to a worldwide audience.

Michael Jackson has earned a place in musical history that not many have achieved, with several chart-topping songs and major influence in today’s pop music as well.

Puzzles for Fitzgerald Aficionados

If you are anything like me, you can’t wait for Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby coming out this May, even though historically they have failed. The Great Gatsby has a double charm—it’s an American classic, but it’s also adored by the average reader. It’s going to be a challenge to turn the introspective book into a successful movie, but let’s keep our fingers crossed and our hopes up. Here are some puzzles that I think Fitzgerald might like to do during breaks from writing if he were alive today. Here’s hoping he’ll also like the new take on his novel.

Martini Rossi Vermouth Bianco by Euro Graphics. $15.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 19.25” x 26.5”.

Afternoon Stroll by Clementoni. $15.99. 1000 Pieces. Finished size: 26.5″ x 18.75″.

Beautiful Peacock Garden – House Beautiful by New York Puzzle Co. $16.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 20” x 27”.

Beary Patch Park by Buffalo Games. $14.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 20” x 27”.

Spirits of the World by Piatnik. $16.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 26.5” x 17.4”

Classics – Sammy’s Playground by Master Pieces. $10.99. 500 pieces. Finished size: 14″ x 19″.

 

And a product that our girl golfer, Jordan Baker, from Gatsby might have liked: some ladies’ golf bridge cards:

Ladies Golf Bridge Set. $16.99. Features two decks of bridge size playing cards and come in sturdy, beautifully made boxes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Gift Ideas: For Ages 8+

We have another collection of gift ideas for the children in your life, this time for ages 8+! Featuring a selection of popular items from Pixar and Disney, these puzzles are sure to be a favorite among the youngsters.

Real 3D Breakthrough Mickey Mouse by MEGA Puzzles. $21.99. 250+ pieces.

Peter Pan by Sunsout. $5.99. 100 pieces. Finished size: 10″ x 16″.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by USAopoly. $14.99. 200 pieces. Finished size: 17″ x 24″.


Sonic the Hedgehog Shaped Puzzle by USAopoly. $14.99. 200 pieces. Finished size: 24″ x 18.5″.


Mario Shaped by USAopoly. $14.99. 200 pieces. Finished size: 11″ x 24″.


Real 3D Breakthrough – A Hug for Mother by MEGA Puzzles. $21.99. 250+ pieces.


Sporting Fun by Ravensburger. $9.99. 200 pieces. Finished size: 19.25″ x 14.25″.


Animal Planet – Jungle Friends by Ravensburger. $11.99. 200 pieces. Finished size: 14.45″ x 10.25″.


Carousel by Ravensburger. $9.99. 200 pieces. Finished size: 19.25″ x 14.25″.


Dragon Voyage by Cobble Hill. $11.99. 180 pieces. Finished size: 19″ x 12.5″.