Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Project Play ~ The Ghost in the Graveyard

With all of the electronics bombarding our kids, they aren't getting outside as much anymore.  Do you remember all of the fun games we used to play outside with all of the neighborhood kids?  I used to love flashlight tag!  Marlene Byrne has decided to get kids back out playing with a great book series and movement called Project Play.  

Project Play is a movement to inspire kids and their families to make unstructured play a priority. The idea was born when creator Marlene Byrne began writing down the games from her youth for her own children. As a mother of two and working in advertising, she was inspired by the possibility of recreating the games as books after introducing Treasure Hunt to a group of her son’s neighborhood friends.

The Project Play series is designed to grow with readers. The early volumes feature hardcover rhyming books designed for new readers with simple games that entertain and inspire. The later volumes feature a chapter-style narrative in paperback with more challenging games for slightly older children.

All the stories are action-packed and feature the Edgebrook gang as they play timeless, backyard games. The books are meant to inspire children to get out and play the way the characters do—by modifying the rules, coming up with new strategies, and supporting one another as they play.

I was sent  
Ghost in the Graveyard to review recently.  It is is Marlene Byrne’s fifth installment in the lively Project Play series of children’s books. Set on Halloween, each action-packed chapter promises a “spook-tacular” adventure for Sam and his Edgebrook friends. 

After returning from a night of trick-or-treating, the gang joins the older kids for a Halloween-themed party, where they learn how to play Ghost in the Graveyard—one of the classic backyard games. As the friends search for the ghost in the pretend graveyard, they discover secret hiding places and learn new strategies for being “IT.” The book comes with the rules and the inspiration that young readers will use to get out and play the game with their own friends. 

I gave this book to my daughter to read and she flew through it.  She really enjoyed the story and wants to play the game included in the book.  She also wants to read the previous stories especially Treasure Hunt!

The books can be purchased at Atlas Books for $9.99 each + shipping and handling. You can also purchase the  entire series on Amazon for $9.99 - $14.99.

This post was written for Family Review Network and Project Play who provided the complimentary product in exchange for my honest reviwew.
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