When you see Creative Puzzles of the World, you’ll wonder if there would be any sense in anyone writing another book on puzzles. Well don’t fret, there will be others, but it will be hard to beat this one. I have loved puzzles since school days but this one blew away my mind when I found it. It’s got everything; mathematical, matchstick, construction, packing, wire puzzles, string and ball, mazes, magic squares, take apart, tangrams, sliding and on and on. Not only are there oodles of photos of new as well as antique or collectible puzzles, but also instructions to make and solve them. If you’ve come by or have otherwise obtained a puzzle that you’ve been unable to solve; you’ll likely find it here. Even if you don’t have one of the puzzles shown, you’ll love reading about it, how it is made and even solved. The pictures and sketches are all excellent. This book alone could keep an enthusiasts or novice occupied for years.
In case this book can’t be found, let me tell you about two others, both which involved one of the authors of this book. The Book of Ingenious & Diabolical Puzzles by Jerry Slocum and Jack Botermans and New Book of Puzzles by Slocum and Boterman (See my review on Dec 2, 2003). You can purchase this book at Amazon.