I’m reviewing a children’s BOOK: Do you know why?

I’m reviewing a children’s BOOK: Do you know why?

Believe it or not, this is a BOOK review.  Yeah, this is still The Game Aisle, but something interesting is coming from Educational Insights that I’m really jazzed about.  You know how we see games based on children’s books all the time?  Like these:

And these three are based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar – and these are just the first three I found decent pics for, there are more.

When a book, TV show, movie, cartoon, etc. are well received, it’s a natural licensing progression to create a game based on that book/movie/cartoon property.  But now it’s the game’s turn to be the star! Educational Insights has done a book based on a game.  Yep, you read that right!  Their wildly popular The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game has been turned into a very cute lift-the-flap board book.  They were kind enough to send me a copy (although I was going to discuss it anyway), and it covers colors and numbers and is beautifully illustrated just like the game.  Would you expect any less?

So why is this a big deal?  Because this says “children’s games are important.”  That children’s games aren’t the afterthought or the second step, but that they can be the catalyst to drive great content outside the game aisle.  I sincerely hope that this is the first of many.
Personally, I’d like to see them do a book about a Raccoon Rumpus, a Koala Caper, or maybe a Panda with wacky dice-eyes. (All shameless plugs!)

They’ve also released some print and play puzzles and coloring book pages if you’re interested in more Sneaky Snacky stuff!