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Hot off the press from the author of
Pallenberg Wonder Bears - From the Beginning
Peggy’s Puzzles – Volume One
 Written and Illustrated
by Peggy Adler


 Peggy’s Puzzle - Volume One is divided into four distinct parts. Part One, is comprised of revised puzzles originally created for the Adler Book of Puzzles and Riddles, which the New York Times called, “A great wit-sharpener for the whole family”.  Today, the puzzles and their illustrations remain the same. Only the names of the characters that populate the puzzles have been changed to reflect Adler’s love of Old Time Radio, Movies and TV.

Part Two of the book is filled with brand new mathematical games and puzzles, created by Adler for the 1963 sequel to her 1962 book and Part Three, of Geography Puzzles from Adler’s 1979 book of that name. And just as in Part One, the names of all the puzzles’ characters have been changed to reflect her love of Old Time Radio, Movies and TV. 

Last, but certainly not least, is the book’s Part Four, Games My Father Taught Me, which is comprised of recreational, mathematical games Adler learned as a child from her late father, renowned, prolific author and mathematician, Irving Adler.

The book is lavishly populated with the author’s black and white illustrations, to give the puzzle-ist an immersive, art infused experience. So grab a box of Crayola ® Colored Pencils and have some fun, both mathematically and artistically.

Sixty years later, this book is still a great wit-sharpener for the whole family


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Here are excerpts from 1962 Reviews for The Adler Book of Puzzles and Riddles - Sam Loyd Up To Date:

"Good for family fun - for travel, convalescence, or just any time."
The Horn Book

"... something very entertaining on a rainy day."
Catholic Library World

"... delightful... "
Publisher's Weekly forecast

"... a great wit-sharpener for the whole family."
New York Times


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About the Author/Illustrator:

 PEGGY ADLER made her debut at the age of nineteen as an independent author-illustrator, when she went to contract in 1961 with New York’s John Day Company for The Adler Book of Puzzles and Riddles – Sam Loyd Up To Date*. The daughter of Irving Adler, whose books on science and mathematics were published in 31 countries and 19 languages, she made her first professionally published illustration for one of her father's books when she was thirteen years old and at sixteen was the sole illustrator of another, Hot and Cold (John Day). She also wrote and illustrated The Second Adler Book of Puzzles and Riddles* (John Day); Metric Puzzles, Math Puzzles and Geography Puzzles (all for Franklin Watts); and illustrated Sets and Numbers for the Very Young (John Day).  Additionally, she authored Pallenberg Wonder Bears - From the Beginning (BearManor Media) and the award winning Images of America – Clinton (Arcadia). She’s also  illustrated two dozen titles for various trade book publishers and provided art for the Bronx Zoo; the Humane Society of the United States; the Journal of Theoretical Biology; the Journal of Algebra; and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. In 1969, she coordinated the World Premiere of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid for 20th Century Fox and in 1991, served as a consultant to the U.S. House of Representatives’ October Surprise Task Force.  She’s a Marquis Who’s Who Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement honoree; a 2001 recipient of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers’ General Richard G. Stilwell Award.; and is a former police commissioner and softball coach, who currently chairs the Town of  Clinton, Connecticut’s Historic District Commission.

 * These two titles comprise parts one and two of this book.

On Sunday, September 24, 2023 at 5:00pm, Peggy Adler will be giving a (short) talk; screening a video of Emil Pallenberg with Snookums, his last “Wonder Bear”; and entertaining with a Recreational Math Game at Breakwater Books, 81 Whitfield Street, Guilford, CT (across from the town green). To register for this free event, click on this link:



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