Written by: Eva Steele-Saccio
Illustrated by: Jeff Miracola
Published by: Scholastic Klutz
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Source: Received from publisher for review
Ages: 8 and up
4.5 out of 5 stars - I liked it. Go pick it up.
Synopsis (from Klutz.com): To bring thumb wrestling to the next level, we invented the Sleeve of Doom, a sleek, shiny, and sensational instrument of combat. Two contenders slide their hands in and clasp them together, poking their thumbs through the holes for an even playing field. The book covers everything from classic challenges, strategies, and training exercises to fake outs, battle cries, and never-before-played games.
Okay, when we got this wonderfully packaged book from Scholastic-Klutz, my 12 year old son literally tore it out of my hands. I think it was designed especially for him. But, I have to say that he talked his 8 year old sister into a thumb war.
Before you can say, "1-2-3-4, I declare a thumb war" the included Sleeve of Doom will be passed around your family and you will all be playing thumb wars. I have to admit that I'm quite a girly-girl but I enjoyed the illustrations, such as the suggestions to dress up your thumb like a real wrestler:
Our entire family tried the written variations of the game and the strategy suggestions. In fact, this was such a hit that my son is planning on taking the book to Boy Scout Camp this summer. If you have a boy in the family or are looking for a fun birthday gift to bring to a party, I'd suggest purchasing Thumb Wars: The Ultimate Guide. It may even spare you from some of those "I'm bored, Mom" moments this summer.