Review of The Puzzling World of Winston Breen by Eric Berlin

The Puzzling World of Winston Breen by Eric Berlin


Winston Breen finds puzzles everywhere, even on pizzas, and solving them is what he does best. But when his sister uncovers mysterious wooden strips with words and letters that even Winston can’t figure out, the entire family is obsessed. It turns out the strips are part of a scavenger hunt that a town patriarch set up for his children. If all four sets are put together, they will lead to a ring worth thousands of dollars.

“Who hides a ring? Who sets up this whole cockamamie production with puzzle pieces and treasure hunts and who knows what else over a ring?”


The Puzzling World of Winston Breen is an interactive mystery that you can either choose to slow down and solve along the way, or rush through and just enjoy a really great story. I learned quickly that you absolutely have to have a notebook and pen nearby when reading and at one point I was collecting scrap paper and scissors.

Don’t mind me. Everything is fine. I’m looking for a puzzle.

As a kid, there would be no way I’d have stopped to solve a brain-teaser in the middle of the action, (especially since as the plot thickens the puzzles get successively harder) but it ended up being a really memorable read thanks to the time and energy I spent doing the activities as I went.

I’d highly reccomend The Puzzling World of Winston Breen for kids who enjoy puzzle games and brain teasers, fans of the classic Encyclopedia Brown books, and Professor Layton game series because the stop-solve-start method of reading makes it feel like you’re part of the story. Just go into it more as a game than a book if you’re planning on solving all of the puzzles as you go.

⬢ ⬢ ⬢ ⬢ ⬢  FIVE STARS
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