Barron’s teams up with a master maze maker cartoonist, and it’s absolutely A-MAZE-ING!
Hauppauge, NY (April 3rd, 2017) – Barron’s is thrilled to announce the spring 2017 publication of A-MAZE-ING Animals: 50 Mazes for Kids, our first book with cartoonist and master maze maker Joe Wos.
A-MAZE-ING Animals: 50 Mazes for Kids, is filled with 50 fun, colorful cartoons-within-a-maze. Mazes are a great way to increase hand-eye coordination, bolster problem-solving skills, sharpen reasoning, and more. You’ll get all that and then some with these 50 colorfully illustrated mazes that feature fully solvable characters, cartoon elements, and imaginative creatures that figure prominently along every start-to-finish path. Themed, integrated animal illustrations (set within the mazes) are fun, playful, and perfect for big kids and grown-ups too. Besides navigating the usual twists and turns of a traditional maze path, puzzle-solvers will have to navigate through crazy cartoon features like a bat’s wings, a giraffe’s neck, a vulture’s beak, a frog’s tongue, and more. There are dozens of dead ends, illusions, twists and turns that increase with the difficulty level.
About Barron’s Educational Series, Inc.
Founded in 1941, Barron’s Educational Series, Inc. rapidly became America’s leading publisher of test preparation manuals and school directories. In recent years, Barron’s has expanded its publishing line to include coloring books, children’s books, pet care manuals, and more. Barron’s is recognized for their variety, reliability, and quality by retailers, educational and institutional book buyers, and by the reading public around the globe.
About Joe Wos
Joe has been drawing mazes since the age of 7 and is regarded as a master maze maker. In 2012, he created the world’s largest hand-drawn maze. Measuring at 140 square feet, it features more than 100 illustrations. The maze garnered international attention with articles in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post and media coverage throughout Europe. One of his mural-sized mazes is on permanent display at StarKist’s international headquarters.
Joe has been visiting resident cartoonist of the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, California for the past 13 years, and has been touring for over 25 years as a performer, illustrating stories live as he tells them; illustrating symphony performances live with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; and exhibiting his art in museums worldwide. He is a pop culture historian, and founder and former executive director of the ToonSeum, Pittsburgh’s museum of comic and cartoon art. His writing appears regularly in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. His MazeToons — a unique hybrid illustration that is part cartoon and part puzzle, is syndicated to newspapers across the United States.
A-MAZE-ING Animals: 50 Mazes for Kids
PUB. DATE: MAY
Paperback, 64 pp., 10 ½” x 11″
(Ages 9 and up)