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Induction Certificate Number:   74020110830-461
Induction Date:   August 30, 2011
Certificate License Status:   Active
Product:   The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Book 5
MSRP:   $7.95 USD
Company URL:  http://www.monkeyingaround.com
Rating: 

The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Book 5

by:  Rev. James G.W. Fisher - Editor / Product Evaluation Specialist
     
Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) Date:  08/30/2011

The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge provides a whole new level of challenge and intrigue. The "Arrow" and "Compass" puzzles provide unique methods for connecting points to reveal a picture. Other new puzzle designs include Alpha Dots and ABC Sets as well as double page spreads with over 1,300 dots and more!

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Product Type Release Year Primary Usage Target Age / Max. Weight Target Gender
Puzzles / Brainteasers 2007 Consumer/Education 8-108 Female/Male


Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) - Index



Evaluation Report Summary (ERS)
Category Rating Scores

Category rating scores are based on scale from 1 to 5. Rating score must be 3 or higher to pass in each evaluation category.


Content Quality Critical Skill Development Design Quality Educational Value Marketing Value Visual Appeal
4.5 5 5 5 5 3.5

Final product / service rating is averaged from the sum total of ALL applicable evaluation category scores. Only scores of "3" or higher are published.

There are a total of 357 evaluation categories which are used in our evaluation process.
(NOTE: Not all categories are applicable to any one product or online service.)

Only 6 of the evaluation category rating scores for this New Inductee's evaluation are featured for public view.



Critical Evaluation Information

These icons represent important attributes with which this product / service is associated, contributes to, or encourages development of. Select any of the unique icons below to learn more about the specific attribute it represents.
                     





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Safety Guidelines Symbol ImageSafety / Quality Classifications
 
CE MarkedUL ApprovedJPMA Certified
(Not Applicable)(Not Applicable)(Not Applicable)
ASTM Complianteco-Friendlyeco-Conscious
(Not Applicable)



CPSIATÜVEU
Independent Lab Tested  Independent Lab Name 
(Not Applicable)  
LeadSafe™ - Surface Coatings/PaintLeadSafe™ - Content / SubstratesPhthalatesSafe
(Not Applicable)(Not Applicable)  (Not Applicable)
BPASafeSoluble Heavy MetalsMechanical/Physical
(Not Applicable)(Not Applicable)(Not Applicable)
Flammability - Solids/TextilesLabeling of Hazardous Art MaterialsiWatchDog™ Approved
(Complies with ICCS™ Certification Standards)
(Not Applicable)(Not Applicable)



UPC Code / ISBN#Manufacturer SKUAge Grading
9-780970-043740 Not AvailableNot Applicable



Manufactured InSafety Hazard/Warnings
U.S.A.

 

About Our New Inductee

Before you buy a product, it's generally common practice to be familiar with what it does, the branding, and other details. We feel that the same rule applies to our "New Inductees" we announce each week, so this section is titled "About Our New Inductee." The information in this section will provide you with a quick yet accurate glance of what the product or service is all about..

Image of one of the pages from The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Book 5.
Dot-to-dot books have come along way over the years as a favorite classic for use in recreational activity and application in education facilities. Puzzle book publisher, Monkeying Around has recognized this and put an entirely new spin on this same classic with The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Book 5.

This book is definitely not like the original classic of dot-to-dots.  As one of our spontaneous hands-on evaluation particpants put it, "It's like the old classic dot to dot books on steroids!; so much more entertaining."

With no clues given to the final image, numbers running into the thousands, and amazing detailed pictures, The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Book 5 provides a whole new level of challenge and intrigue. "This provides the stimulus the brain is starving for; the sorely needed catalyst that provides a serious level of entertainment while encouraging a vast improvment in progressive learning skills development."
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Additional Details & Perspectives

While it's great for some people who just want a cursory glance at what a New Inductee is all about, there are many others who have a greater appetite for more information. This section is titled "Additional Details & Perspectives". and will provide you with additional details and perspectives associated with the product or service being featured here.

Image of one of the pages from The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Book 5
From dot-to-dot books to crossword puzzles, until recently, they have all had a common characteristic, no significant change to the format. There may be substitutions of words or in the case of dot-to-dot books, simple designs, yet the idea of providing a greater level of challenge has been ignored...until now.

Imagine if you will, a page with so many numbers to connect that you can't even begin to figure out what the completed string of dots represent. The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Book 5 not only provides challenge, it awaken your brain cells with an invigorating new level of intrigue; a new adventure of excitement and enjoyment.

One of the many special features where The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Book 5 steps apart from the classic versions of  dot-to-dot books is how "sets" of numbers are presented to add to the sport of completing the puzzle. Rather than having a contiguous pattern of numbers and dots to connect, now you have the added excitement of completing sets of numbers and dots to complete accurately! 

A paraphrased comment from one of our independent evaluators defines this book so perfectly. "A book such as this is what I see as the medicine we need to fight the 'lazy brain aliment'. Each and every page is an exciting new adventure that provides enormous rewards for completion of the journey." You can be confident of one thing for sure, with the vast as well as unique variety of sets, symbols, and alpha dots you have to face, each page is a new adventure that is neither completed promptly and not soon to be forgotten. No lazy brains here!
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Independent Evaluator Reports

In this section we have called upon the assistance of top industry professionals to evaluate the product in this evaluation summary. These scholars form their own opinions from extensive analysis and produce detailed, in-depth reports connected with their own personal study and evaluation of the products submitted for independent evaluation.

The information to follow is comprised of excerpts from the independent evaluator reports that have been paraphrased, posted verbatim, or a combination of both in order to encapsulate an accurate presentation of the primary details conveyed in each report. This approach provides a completely independent perspective in the evaluation each product.


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Independent Evaluators - Initial Report Outline
PRODUCT | SERVICE: The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Book 5

MEDIA PLATFORM:
MEDIA CONTRIBUTION:
TARGET AGE GROUP:
Recreational Dot-to-Dot Puzzle Book
Progressive Skill Development
8 to 108 years





This Week's Independent Evaluators

Mathematician, Ph.D, M.S., B.S.
Professor of Mathematical Physics and Dynamical Progression Research

"The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Book provided an engaging educational agent to use in a limited duration clinical study of the structure and level of benefit from use of the book. I will address the results of the clinical study later in my report. For the present time I will point out some valuable points which make this book so unique and valuable."

"The content of the book is a combination of complex dot-to-dot designs skillfully laid out to provide a representation of a given shape upon completion. For both children and adults, the content of the book stimulates complex thought processes to establish and understand sequential mathematical progression of numbers to complete the assigned task for completion without error. They will interpret it more simply as an experience of visual printed media which without their own own conscious thought, stimulates a preferential learning process in progressive numerical sequence sets."

"In my own assessment of The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Book, it was of the greatest interest to me as well as my colleagues, how this book is differentiated from others we have seen introduced to the market. It is well-structured and encourages a desire in an individual to continue to completion of task.

"Your report form has an entry which asks: ' Does the book represent a developmental stimulation which carries after-effects which are dominant and useful for an individual? There is no question that it reaches that expectation and well beyond based upon our clinical case study."

Neuroscientist / Doctor of Behavioral Study, Ph.D., E.D.
Professor of Developmental / Behavioral Studies & Research

"This book incites the use of inductive and deductive reasoning in the process of numerical concatenation determination. Inductive and deductive reasoning are used to establish an assumption of the next logical step to reach an intended conclusion. In this case, completion of the task to see the end result from connection of all dots in proper order. Use of this type of medium has an intended educational influence without an individual being aware of it.

The pooling of the content on each successive page of the book has created an alluring collection of experiences which encourages repetitive use. The desire for extended use of this book spreads to almost every individual willing to partake of the experience.

The book, (The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Book), provides a strong contribution to visual perception and acuity. From an educational perspective, it serves as an excellent vehicle to improve memory retention. As far as cognitive and critical skill development are concerned, extended use of the book assures a well marked level of skill development and improvement, especially useful in an educational environment.
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Consumer Hands-On Evaluation

Nothing is more powerful than hands-on experience by a consumer with a product when it is under evaluation. Based upon that fact we put a number of products we currently are slated to evaluate at the mercy of consumers in a hands-on evaluation where anything goes. The information to follow will explore the responses from the participants in our spontaneous hands-on consumer evaluation of the products available for their review.

Image of the back cover from one of the Greatest Dot To Dot Challenge Books.

The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Book 5 was by far one of the most interesting products we have had to for consumers to evaluate as of late.  Every product we examine has its own unique charcteristics yet this one created a new class of uniqueness to handle.

Almost every participant in our spontaneous hands-on evaluation was completely enraptured with the challenge of connecting all of the dots from each page of the book.   Unlike the old classics which have become somewhat redundant and boring with no real challenge, The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Book 5 was a whole new adventure to embark upon.


It is such a pleasure when you see a product that sets itself apart from the rest in our spontaneous hands-on evaluations by way of its own unique traits that capture the attention of many.  The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Book 5 is one of those products that had literally all of our consumer evaluators in a scamble to be the next one to check the book out and get a sheet from us to complete.

To a couple of junior high-school teachers who were participating in this event, they literally marvelled over how this book "commanded such an intense level of attention by so many."  People today are starving for new excitement in recreational materials while teachers seek good educational materials for use in the classroom.  The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Book 5 proved it met the demands of both interests which were being sought for so strongly.

In our going over all of the video tapes, feedback forms, and other content, The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Book 5 was the top dog in its class of products we brought for spontaneous hands-on evaluation at this event. The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Book 5 was clearly a winner in this segment of our evaluation not just with our staff but the consumers as well.
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A Sampling Of Our Evaluation Category Ratings

The rating of a product is useless if you do not fully understand and comprehend how the ratings is reached or what the value of the rating represents. This need for clarity encouraged us to have this section titled "A Sampling Of Our Evaluation Category Ratings". To assist you in gaining a greater understanding of the evaluation category ratings we use, a small sampling of the individual category titles & rating scores from the complete product review itself for this product or service are featured here.

The categories which have been selected to be featured in this evaluation report summary for public view, specify some of the primary points of how and why each specific rating score was reached.

The Featured Category Ratings Sampling For This Evaluation Summary Are Listed Below:

CONTENT QUALITY: Rating Level - [4.5] an image of 4.5 gold  stars

CONTENT QUALITY was easy to identify with Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Book 5. Each page of the book provides its own unique numerical-dot design structure with a significant level of intrigue, drawing a person to continue from start to finish.  The content is so great that the classic dot-to-dot books from the past literally pale in comparison.  In the final steps of evaluation for this category to establish an accurate rating score, The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Book 5 pulled an excellent score of [4.5 Stars] in this category for CONTENT QUALITY.

CRITICAL SKILL DEVELOPMENT: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Book 5 contributes substantially to CRITICAL SKILL DEVELOPMENT for any individual experiencing the challenge the book provides.  One of our independent evaluators stated it so eloquently how this book has such a great impact and contribution to critical skill development; "As far as cognitive and critical skill development are concerned, extended use of the book assures a well marked level of cognitive skill development and improvement, especially useful in an educational environment.

The book rises to the occasion in the challenge to establish strong value in this evaluation category. In the final steps of evaluation for this book, it was clear that it established a perfect score of [5 Stars] in this category for CRITICAL SKILL DEVELOPMENT.

DESIGN QUALITY : Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

DESIGN QUALITY proved to be quite simplistic to determine with The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Book 5. One of our independent evaluators, a highly recognized professional who is a Professor of Developmental / Behavioral Studies & Research, really said it so well about the design quality of The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Book 5. 

"This book incites the use of inductive and deductive reasoning in the process of numerical concatenation determination. Inductive and deductive reasoning are used to establish an assumption of the next logical step to reach an intended conclusion. In this case, completion of the task to see the end result from connection of all dots in proper sequential order." 

The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Book 5 made it through our evaluation with the highest level of value and importance in this evaluation category. It tackled the challenge and emerged in this category with an outstanding score of [5 Stars].

EDUCATIONAL VALUE: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

EDUCATIONAL VALUE is an evaluation category that can often times be quite challenging to establish accurate evaluation results.  That is not the case with The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Book 5.   Based upon our own in-house studies and independent evaluator reports, it was all too evident without question of the significant level of contribution this product bestows upon an individual with each use.

The primary element of the book which contributes the most to educational value is the mathematics perspective. In reality, everything we do and every challenge we face can be resolved by breaking it down into a mathematical equation.  The progressive sequence of numbers to realize the shape of each puzzle upon completion holds a consistent and unquestionable influence in improvement of math skills alone.  This is not even considering the vast number of other developmental skills which contribute to educational value.

In our final steps of developing the accurate evaluation rating for The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Book 5, it was of no surprise for it to once again pull a perfect score of [5 Stars], now in this evaluation category for EDUCATIONAL VALUE.

MARKETABILITY: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

For The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Book 5, MARKETABILITY was so simple to establish an accurate evaluation score. When you take into consideration the quality, functionality, level of contribution to skill development and entertainment value of the product it is easy to see a that the level of marketability is nothing short of the strongest.

Whether from the viewpoint of a general consumer, an educator, a qualified top level professional, or even kids, The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Book 5 was of the greatest long-term interest and had no problem in securing a perfect score of [5 Stars] in this evaluation category for MARKETABILITY.

OVERALL VISUAL APPEAL: Rating Level - [3.5] an image of 3.5 gold  stars

VISUAL APPEAL was an entirely new challenge to face in our evaluation of The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Book 5. All other evaluation categories in which The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Book 5 has been evaluated have no bearing here.  In this evaluation category, the visual appeal is not based upon just one element of the product but the entire product overall. 

The cover of the book has a good measure of visual appeal that draws the attention of a buyer yet this is more of a specialty item designed for a specific unique niche. Once the cover is opened, this is where the dividing line begins.  Considering each page is much as a crossword puzzle with no colors but black and white, the visual appeal at first is a bit average, yet moments later, once a person sees the detailed intricacy of the design, they are drawn into it, a sudden urge to satisfy curiosity needing to be satiated. 

After careful evaluation of The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Book 5 and taking into consideration all aspects of its overall visual appeal we established an above average score of [3.5 Stars] in this evaluation category of The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Book 5 for OVERALL VISUAL APPEAL.


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