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"Had a blast with these books in the past, kids asking for words and putting stories together." An Amazon reviewer
Mad Libs, were created over half a century ago, by Roger Price and Leonard Stern.Stern keeps writing new Mad Libs, and preserved the tradition alive since the death of his partner. The comedy writing and Droodles, the cartoons that turned into a successful television show, helped price humor column, even appearing in "Tickets, Please!," on Broadway.
The funny series have been a hit among kids, and kept its favorite position between youngsters ever since. I could not find a better humor book to bond between me and my grand children than this creative Mad Libs. This is why a fun appreciative reader reported, "I bought a handfull of Mad Libs Junior to have in the closet for gifts." School rules, snack attacks, are possibly between them.
The Sports Star Mad Libs Junior is a much larger (in size and print) version of the standard Mad Libs. I didn't read the description carefully when I ordered it...this is for younger kids that don't understand the different parts of speech. It provides lists that they can use and they match a symbol to that list and select a word that works in that spot. It is well done for the younger kids, but my son is 11, so it didn't really work well for him. I will keep it for a gift for my nephew. All is well!
░░░░░GOOD FOR KIDS WHO CAN'T READ YET░░░░░ (Not to be confused with kids who attend the Derek Zoolander School For Kids Who Can't Read Good)
❖ I won't explain what Mad Libs are in general, assuming that you haven't lived under a rock for the last half a century. But these Mad Libs are great for little kids that don't know how to read yet. Instead of having the type of word needed under the blank lines like (noun), (adverb), (verb) etc...it does the whole thing with symbols. So it will have a star where it needs nouns, an arrow where is needs verbs, etc. Then there is a list above the MadLib of nouns under a star icon and verbs under an arrow icon so the kid can just randomly pick words without even reading them. (Obviously they will need someone who can read to read the MadLib back)
❖ The sports theme is great. It's a very wide variety of sports and things that are almost sports. So it's not just a book of baseball and football themes.
❖ Even if the kid can't read the words, they are working with the words. And that's healthy development of reading skills. You can even have them copy the words from the provided lists into the blank spots. Again, even if they don't know what the words are, they can copy the letters. This helps with writing skills. And since they are categorized, the MadLib will work properly even by random selection. (By that I mean they will be silly and fun)
❖ As for the enjoyment factor...it's Mad Libs. Come on! Who can't have fun with Mad Libs?
I bought this for my 8 year old son. He loves it so much. I have a hard time getting him to do any free writing on his own. But since buying this he constantly is working on a new "story" and has almost finished it in 1 week.