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By the Book: A Novel Stacking Game


Age: 8 years and up

MSRP (CAD): $24.99

MSRP (USD): $19.99

Production Status: In Stores

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Early Feedback

A fun puzzle! We especially love the book theme and how it adds a concrete context for the puzzle solving. Your task is to fit an assortment of books (up to 12 of them) between the shelves. And, sometimes you'll need to leave room for the cat, too. The catch is that the books are what holds up the top shelf. Each book is a unique size, so you'll need to arrange them carefully so they all fit. There's even a bubble leveler to make sure you've done a good job.




By the book is a good stacking game, but you need a flat surface to play. It has to be exactly flat. It is hard to put away in the case.



The cat is cute, and the level is a good idea, but since my table/ floor is not completely level it didn't really work, although I could tell from looking at it if it was even. The solutions were easy to figure out and didn't take long even for the harder levels, but I often got different answers than they came up with. I would recommend this toy for younger ages.


Joyce S.

It was too simple for my daughter (15), I think it should be rated 6+. I also prefer one solution to the puzzle.


Manufacturer Description

Balance your books! In this original 3D puzzle, stack up to 12 differently shaped books - and one clever cat - so that the upper shelflies evenly across the top. Use the special included level to make sure everything is perfectly aligned. Master all 40 challenges and you're on a level above the rest!

Model Number

Item #8403