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Children can put their puzzle-solving skills to the test with brain-busting puzzle books, games and quiz books from Usborne.

Usborne chess books

My First Chess Book is a perfect starting point to chess for young children, while slightly older kids can improve their game with puzzles, facts and tips in The Usborne Chess Book.

My first chess book

My first chess book

Learn how to command a chess army in this friendly introduction, with entertaining illustrations on how the pieces move, and tons of tips on attacking, defending and winning. A perfect starting point for young children – and a handy refresher for parents and grandparents! With links to specially selected websites with puzzles and more information.

£7.99

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The Usborne chess book – with puzzles and stickers

The Usborne chess book – with puzzles and stickers

A fun, write-in book packed with brain-teasing puzzles, useful facts and clever tips that show how to play chess and improve your game. Some of the puzzles are answered using chess-piece stickers and all the answers are at the back of the book. Simple puzzles show how to use the pieces, with more tricky puzzles on tactics and checkmates.

£9.99

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On the blog

Usborne author Katie Daynes reveals how she was inspired by her own international chess star son Joe to write My First Chess Book.

Parent's pick: Pirates split-page book

Pirates

Pirates

Ahoy me hearties! Flip the pages and create 20,736 different swashbuckling pirates in this fun mix and match book. Each page is split into four sections with humorous pictures of pirate hats, tops, breeches or skirts and footware. On the other side, there are black and white line drawings to colour in giving even more hilarious combinations.

£7.99

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Parent's pick: Pirates

Parent's pick: Pirates split-page book

"I'd definitely recommend this book, it's great for encouraging creativity and imagination, and the colouring in element is a clever addition."

Read Kate's Parent's pick review of Pirates

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Card tricks and games kit

Card tricks and games kit

Teach yourself amazing card tricks and 20 games such as Sevens and Knockout Whist with this brilliant kit. There are two special decks of cards and a 64-page book with step-by-step instructions for each card game and trick, and skills such as shuffling and dealing, plus links to video clip demonstrations and tips for putting on a show.

£12.99

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Watch how to do card tricks at Usborne Quicklinks

Quiz books

These pocket-sized quiz books are perfect for taking on long journeys and testing your whole family's knowledge. Children will love to use the facts they learn to impress their friends.

Everyone loves a quiz and each of these is virtually guaranteed to contain a question that will catch you out. LoveReading4Kids review of General Knowledge Quizzes
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