Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Book of Cards for Kids (1992)

The Book of Cards for Kids (1992)


7.33333 out of 10 with 3 ratings
Board Game Rank: Not Ranked


"Challenge your friends to Concentration. Deal out Hearts on the beach. Round up mother, father, aunts and uncles for a friendly little game of Blackjack. Here are the exciting, fast, fun card games that kids and their families have been playing for years. Work on your poker face. Keep your cards close to the vest. Bluff -- if you dare. Because playing well is more than the luck of the draw."

A book of 35 card games presented in an introductory manner, with strategy suggestions for some games, a brief history of playing cards and the basics, and a glossary of terms used in card games. Packaged with an oversize deck of playing cards.

  • Designer: Gail MacColl
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing
  • Year Published: 1992
  • Number of Players: 1 - 13
  • Manufacturer Suggested Ages: 6
  • Playing Time: 20
  • Category: Book, Card Game, Children's Game, Memory
  • Mechanic: Hand Management, Memory, Partnerships, Set Collection
  • Family: Traditional Card Games
  • Alternate Names: The Book of Cards for Kids


Worthy reference book to get kids interested in the joy of cardplay. The book is often orphaned without its deck in thrift stores where I get for giftgiving.

This book contains an excellent selection of 35 basic card games, geared towards children and families. There's a good variety that including the traditional classics, as well as lesser known games. The games are explained in a clear and easy to read way, making them simple to learn. Included are rules for Snap, Old Maid, Go Fish, Slapjack, Animal Noises, My Ship Sails, Authors, War, Concentration, Donkey, Go Boom, Beggar Your Neighbor, Play or Pay, Snip Snap Snorem, Give Away, Stealing Bundles, Chase the Ace, Pyramid, Sevens, Rolling Stone, I Doubt It, Tricks, Spit, Commerce, Blackjack, Crazy Eights, Klondike, Comet, Knockout Whist, Linger Longer, Catch the Ten, GOPS, Knaves, Rummy, Hearts. There are some delightful games here, and while some are familiar, you are certain to discover some new games that will become favourites with your children. This book was responsible for teaching our family GOPS, Knockout Whist, and Chase the Ace, which are still favourites in our home today.

9 out of 10
Excellent selection of 35 basic card games, good variety including the classics, clearly explained, very good resource.
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