Author Chat with Russell Ginns & Jonathan Maier (PUZZLOOIES! A New Solve-The-Puzzle Adventure Series), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)

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 Today we're excited to chat with Russell Ginns & Jonathan Maier authors of

PUZZALOOIES! A New Solve-The-Puzzle Adventure Series.

 Read on for more about Russell & Jonathan, their book, plus an giveaway! 

 

 

 

 

Meet Russell Ginns & Jonathan Maier!

Russell Ginns is a composer, game designer, and the author of dozens of books, including the Samantha Spinner series and Is There a Chance You’ve Seen My Pants? Jonathan Maier is a writer and producer of kids media, including books, puzzles, and a brainy boatload of software and games. 

Together, they are the creators of Puzzlooies, the new story-puzzle series from Penguin Random House. You can also hear them on their mind-bending, side-splitting podcast Puzzlarious, or on twitter @puzzlarious.

 

 

Website * Twitter 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet PUZZALOOIES! A New Solve-The-Puzzle Adventure Series!

PUZZLOOIES! is a unique new series that mixes zany, funny stories with tons of puzzles that must be solved to move the adventure forward! Written by game designer and author of the Samantha Spinner book series Russell Ginns, PUZZLOOIES! (Random House Books for Young Readers | Ages 7–11 | $7.99) is perfect for readers in grades 2–6 who love Brain Game for Clever Kids, the A to Z Mysteries, and Mad Libs!

 

Each stand-alone PUZZLOOIES! book mixes word searches, secret codes, brain teasers, optical illusions, and other puzzles with a wacky story packed with jokes and humor. Every book culminates in a final challenge that requires readers to call on puzzle solutions from previous chapters. The series is perfect for readers who like to write, decode, cipher, and trace their way through a story, and for parents looking for a new puzzle-book series their child can binge-read (and solve!).

The Puzzlooies! series will launch its first four titles on May 11, 2021, including:

 

Puzzlooies! Space Cats to the Rescue, where readers head to deep space with a ragtag crew of astronaut cats on a desperate mission to prevent our planet from being pulverized by an incoming giant meteor;

Puzzlooies! Mystery at Mallard Mansion, a hilarious whodunit where readers cross eggs-amine witnesses to discover the bird responsible for the murder of the most famous web-footed movie star, Marvin Mallard;

Puzzlooies! One of Our Giant Robots Is Missing, where readers will go on the lam with a 500-foot-tall robot that escaped from the RoboWorld theme park;

Puzzlooies! The Last Donut, a mouthwatering race to find the yummiest, gooiest, tastiest, and most valuable baked treat to ever come off the glaze line.

 

 Link To Pre-Order PUZZALOOIES Series!

 

 

 

 

~ Author Chat ~

        

      YABC:  What gave you the inspiration to write this series?

We love funny stories and we love puzzles, and thought it was about time someone put them in a blender, so they could be enjoyed at the same time. 

 

 

      YABC:  Who is your favorite character in the series?

The “Catstronauts” in Space Cats to the Rescue. They're real cats, like the kind that rip up your sofa and destroy your carpet, but they get to save the world! You think herding cats is hard? Try training them for a mission into space.

 

 

      YABC:  Which came first, the titles or the books?

We write Puzzlooies backwards. First comes a good title. Then a great cover illustration. And then we figure out what it's about and write the story. In a lot of ways writing them is like solving a puzzle, which makes perfect sense in this case.

 

      YABC:  What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

In One of Our Giant Robots Is Missing. Alicia is chased by a pack of “Stompers.” They’re giant robot shoes with massive shoelaces. Alicia escapes by tying the laces together. It’s a complete surprise. We don’t think any reader’s going to see it coming.

  

 

    YABC:  Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?

In The Last Donut, a delicious donut gets carried away by a couple of pigeons. It’s pretty tragic. We ate at least two dozen donuts while we were writing it.

 

 

    YABC:  Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?

Marvin Mallard in Mystery and Mallard Mansion. We have no idea what it’s like to be a duck, especially a world-famous celebrity duck like Marvin. It was impossible to imagine. Thank goodness for us, he was murdered within the first three pages of the book.

 

 

    YABC:  Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?

The writing process we enjoy the most is one that we invented: “puzzlarifying”. After the book has been drafted, we step through the Puzzlooey manuscript together and add nine percent more jokes, gags, and ridiculous puns. 

 

 

    YABC:  What’s up next for you?

There are eight more Puzzlooies coming out later this year. The publisher told us the next stories had all better be just as funny or they are going to be really mad at us. They said if there aren’t at least 74 laughs in each book, they’re going to stop giving us beef jerky. (Did we mention that they pay us in beef jerky?)

Sure

We’re about to launch our hilarious puzzle podcast: Puzzlarious!  Please don’t listen to it if you don’t like jokes or stories or puzzles. Really.

 

 

    YABC:  Is there anything that you would like to add?

An amazing Fact: A Puzzlooey costs less than a block of cheese, but it’s three and a half times as funny.

 

  

 

PUZZLOOIES! A New Solve-The-Puzzle Adventure Series

By: Russell Ginns & Jonathan Maier

Release Date: May 11th, 2021

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

 

 

 

*GIVEAWAY DETAILS*

Two winners will each receive a copy of

PUZZLOOIES! Spacecats To The Rescue and PUZZLOOIES! One Of Our Giant Robots Is Missing! ~ (US Only)

 

 

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PUZZLOOIES! SPACE CATS TO THE RESCUE

by Russell Ginns and Jonathan Maier; illustrated by Kristen Terrana-Hollis

Random House Books for Young Readers | on sale May 11, 2021 | Ages 7–11 | 80 pages

TR: 978-0-525-57206-0 | $7.99 U.S./$10.99 CAN

 

 

PUZZLOOIES! MYSTERY AT MALLARD MANSION

by Russell Ginns and Jonathan Maier; illustrated by Kristen Terrana-Hollis

Random House Books for Young Readers | on sale May 11, 2021 | Ages 7–11 | 80 pages

TR: 978-0-525-57205-3 | $7.99 U.S./$10.99 CAN

 

 

PUZZLOOIES! ONE OF OUR GIANT ROBOTS IS MISSING

by Russell Ginns and Jonathan Maier; illustrated by Andy Norman

Random House Books for Young Readers | on sale May 11, 2021 | Ages 7–11 | 80 pages

TR: 978-0-525-57208-4 | $7.99 U.S./$10.99 CAN

 

 

PUZZLOOIES! THE LAST DONUT

by Russell Ginns and Jonathan Maier; illustrated by Kristen Terrana-Hollis

Random House Books for Young Readers | on sale May 11, 2021 | Ages 7–11 | 80 pages

TR: 978-0-525-57207-7 | $7.99 U.S./$10.99 CAN

 

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Zachary Snyder on Tuesday, 11 May 2021 14:38

Books look so fun!

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Books look so fun!
Danielle Hammelef on Saturday, 05 June 2021 14:37

The cover is so fun and I love completing and creating puzzles, so this is going to be fun to read and solve.

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The cover is so fun and I love completing and creating puzzles, so this is going to be fun to read and solve.
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The covers are really fun. I think kids will really enjoy these books.

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