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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
A Riddle is an imagination-building children’s book, written in rhyme and illustrated by Helmut Degen. With the most basic of language and colors, children are encouraged to seek deep within their imaginations to find a world filled with patterns and colors. In doing so, they can showcase their original artistic talents to the world. Filled with fun instructions, A Riddle not only brings out a child’s inner artist, but also presents fun instructions to children regarding how to clean up their work space once their masterpiece has been created.
I found this book to be quite extraordinary and unique. Helmut Degen has created a book which is fun, fantastic and is quite literally for the hidden artist within us all. Most craft books can read as quite sterile, but this one builds an ambiance almost immediately, allowing the reader to fall into rhythm with the accompanying rhymes, while following the instructions and watching their magic appear before their very eyes.
Whether a child likes to scribble with colors onto a page or create an intrinsic pattern, the words allow them to learn different shapes, colors and hues while at the same time watching their own talent create a variety of shapes. Learning how to clean up afterwards and make the working space clean again is just as important and is done in a way that the lyrical style also paints a smile on the reader’s face. I recommend A Riddle be read by (or read to by adults) young readers aged 4-6 years of age so that they can explore their artistic side with a smile.