Which is it? Well, Mr. Benedict's Book of Perplexing Puzzles, Elusive Enigmas, and Curious Conundrums is a treat of a book that's full of tricks!
A message from Mr. Benedict:
... I urge you to put on your thinking cap (or if you are already wearing your thinking cap, to adjust it so that it sits most comfortably on your head), for with the aid - indeed, the considerable contribution -- of the Society members themselves, as well as a few of my associates, I have compiled the manual you now hold in your hands: a compressed and highly portable collection of mental challenges. May you find them rewarding!
Puzzles, enigmas, and conundrums! A perfect companion book for the remarkable children who share in the adventures of The Mysterious Benedict Society. It's a wonder that Trenton Lee Stewart didn't think of this earlier!
This new book of puzzles and riddles of all varieties, offers something for MBS fans as well as those who are unfamiliar with the books. The book includes quotes from the novels and character studies of each one of the members, as well as a Table of Contents, Hints, and Useful Resources. Great fun! But a warning - it's not easy! I found myself checking the hints more than once. I didn't attempt all of the trials (there are many), but all appear to require an answer to complete the final challenge. There are hours of entertainment contained in this little volume, illustrated by Diana Sudyka, and printed on glossy paper.
If you haven't read any of The Mysterious Benedict Society books, check out this link to my review of the very first book in the series, and be sure to check out The Mysterious Benedict website.
A new book, The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict (a prequel), is due out in April. Read an excerpt here, or read the excerpt contained in the final pages of The Mysterious Benedict Society: Mr. Benedict's Book of Perplexing Puzzles, Elusive Enigmas, and Curious Conundrums.