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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Notable Novelists Game Schoolhouse Review Crew 2012

Pin It Now!              We love to play games in our family and anytime we have the chance to stir in some fun into a not so fun subject we jump at the chance. Now I must admit I am not a fan of Literature, I did well in school but found it very dry. I want to change the opinion of Literature class for my boys, so I found it intriguing that we could play a literature based card game about 20th Century Novelists. As part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew we were sent Notable Novelists, a card game by Calico, LLC.

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    Notable Novelists is a handy little card game that makes for on the go playing easy. I did not know what to expect when I showed the game to my boys, they let out a small groan at first. My oldest son who is a huge literature fan helped change the tune of the younger boys. He was excited and could not wait to play and his excitement was contagious to say the least. He read the directions and then sifted through the cards, excited when he came upon one of his favorite writers. He began telling the boys about each one that he was familiar with and then made notes of the ones he did not recognize so he could look up the books listed on the Library Cards. See there are three types of cards in the deck,  Author cards have a fun portrait of the Novelist on them with his important info like date of birth and death. Then there are Bio cards, these tell important facts you should know about that author. Lastly there are the Library cards and these tell the 3 important works of the author that matches that card. Now there are 3 cards one of each that I described above that all match each other and have the same author in common. They are easily identified by color borders and such so you can match them without too much effort in your hand while playing. The 3 types of cards all make up a literary set, and there are 18 sets in the deck.

     Now the object of the game is to collect as many literary sets as possible to outwhit your opponents. You can play the game like Go Fish for younger kids or our favorite which we play often with regular playing cards, Rummy. I also thought for younger kids you could make it like a memory game and flip them upside down and take turns flipping them to collect cards to make a set. The boys enjoyed playing the game as a Rummy style and I loved hearing them listen to their older brother as they played tell of the Authors that he knew of. It did not matter that the boys did not know the authors to play the game, but in time they learned who they were and became interested to study some of them. Through this game they have become familiar with some of the great 20th Century writers such as James Baldwin , F. Scott Fitzgerald and Edith Wharton just to name a few.
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     Notable Novelists is designed for ages 12 and up although I do think younger siblings could enjoy playing and would learn some in the process. I think this game is a great addition to your classroom to help spice up literature class when it seems to get a little dull learning about literary works and writers. The game is very affordable at only $10.95 plus shipping and handling. You may purchase it straight from the Notable Novelists website.  With Christmas coming I think this would make a great gift for your kids or an adult that loves reading or that hard to buy for person that has everything. We are getting ready to head off to camp again this weekend and the boys have already packed our deck of Notable Novelists so we can teach our friends up at camp.

    There were a handful of us chosen for this review and also others chosen to review a new line of games called playPLAY that are geared to spark creativity in learning with younger kids aged 5 and up. Be sure to click on the banner below and read what the crew members had to say about their chose from Calico, LLC.



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2 thoughts shared:

North Laurel said...

This looks like an interesting game for our family. How exactly did you play like Rummy?
Thanks for the review!

Fresh Start Academy said...

Thanks for the comment, we dealt the cards out 7 to each of us and then had a draw pile and then built a discard pile, each person had to draw a card from either the discard or draw pile upon their turn and always discard a card. The object was to collect sets of cards and have the most sets. We counted the cards as 5 points a piece and then you also got deductions for the cards you were left holding that did not make sets. We played hands until a person reached 250 points.