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Induction Certificate Number:   74020120908-602
Induction Date:   September 08, 2012
Certificate License Status:   Active
Product:   The Greatest Dot to Dot Adventure - Book 1
MSRP:   $8.95 USD
Company URL:  http://www.monkeyingaround.com/
Rating: 

The Greatest Dot to Dot Adventure - Book 1

by:  Emalie Hastings - Press Coordinator / Associate Editor
     
Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) Date:  09/07/2012

The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Adventure - Book 1 begins following an imaginative young boy searching for the missing pieces of a mysterious gift. Together, you will navigate challenging puzzles and unearth secret clues to discover new species of dots and spectacular views.

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Product Type Release Year Primary Usage Target Age / Max. Weight Target Gender
Puzzles / Brainteasers 2012 Consumer/Education 8-108 years Female/Male


Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) - Index



Evaluation Report Summary (ERS)
Category Rating Scores

Category rating scores are based on scale from 1 to 5. Rating score must be 3 or higher to pass in each evaluation category.


Content Quality Critical Skill Development Design Quality Educational Value Marketing Value Visual Appeal
5 5 5 5 5 5

Final product / service rating is averaged from the sum total of ALL applicable evaluation category scores. Only scores of "3" or higher are published.

There are a total of 357 evaluation categories which are used in our evaluation process.
(NOTE: Not all categories are applicable to any one product or online service.)

Only 6 of the evaluation category rating scores for this New Inductee's evaluation are featured for public view.



Critical Evaluation Information

These icons represent important attributes with which this product / service is associated, contributes to, or encourages development of. Select any of the unique icons below to learn more about the specific attribute it represents.
                           





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CE MarkedUL ApprovedJPMA Certified
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ASTM Complianteco-Friendlyeco-Conscious
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LeadSafe™ - Surface Coatings/PaintLeadSafe™ - Content / SubstratesPhthalatesSafe
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BPASafeSoluble Heavy MetalsMechanical/Physical
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Flammability - Solids/TextilesLabeling of Hazardous Art MaterialsiWatchDog™ Approved
(Complies with ICCS™ Certification Standards)



UPC Code / ISBN#Manufacturer SKUAge Grading
9 780979 975325 Not AvailableLabeled/Appropriate



Manufactured InSafety Hazard/Warnings
U.S.A.

 


About Our New Inductee
A quick yet informative glance at what this New Inductee is all about.

In order to grasp the full value of a Dot-to-Dot activity book such as this, you first need to understand what a Dot-to-Dot puzzle is.  A Dot-to-Dot or "Connect the dots" puzzle/activity contains a sequence of numbered dots. When a line is drawn connecting the dots, the outline of an object is revealed. Now that you understand that, you can appreciate the masterful work in The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Adventure - Book 1 all the more.



Where others have turned off the tap on their creative skills after a successful product series, not so with David Kalvitis, the author of the award winning Greatest Dot-to-Dot series.  Turn off the tap?  Heaven's no! Where others quit, he just tapped into a bigger pipeline to his creative skill and turned the tap on full.

* In the image below, you have numbers and "stars" to connect.  Stop at each star in the progressive numbers then skip to the next number and start again.
An image of page #43 in The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Adventure - Book 1, partially completed for illustrative purposes.

"We were all so excited to connect all the dots on each page to see what the object would be when the puzzle was completed.  We never imagined the fun in working together to complete many of the pages."


* A quote from a mom at one of The Toy Man® Product Guide consumer hands-on evaluation events where this New Inductee was featured.

 
How would we best describe what The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Adventure - Book 1 is all about? The folks at Monkeying Around already did it for us and so perfectly at that!

"The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Adventure, (the 17th book in the Greatest Dot-to-Dot series) by David Kalvitis, carries on his tradition of skillfully utilizing dots to create the most amazingly complex and artistic dot-to-dot puzzles to ever hit the market."

"The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Adventure - Book 1 begins following a guide, an imaginative young boy searching for the missing pieces of a mysterious gift. Together, visitors will navigate challenging puzzles and unearth secret clues to discover new species of dots and spectacular views. One can even challenge themselves by scaling the 'Everest of Connect-the-Dots', a four page foldout puzzle comprised of a record breaking 2,600 dots."


Amazingly enough, this is just the start!  I invite you to come along with our team to the next section to learn even more exciting details.  Discover why we see this Dot-to-Dot puzzle book to be setting the bar for others to try and reach.
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Additional Details and Perspectives
More than just a cursory glance with aspects of relative importance.

Previous Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Books versions have been quite the superlative item of entertainment, skill development, and challenge. The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Adventure - Book 1 is a culmination of everything learned from the responses of consumers and other sources of independent feedback and suggestion...and more.

With The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Adventure - Book 1 you are setting out an entirely new journey. With most other Dot-to-Dot puzzle books you can select any page at random to work with.  David Kalvitas has re-invented Dot-to-Dot puzzle books with a different approach of your needing to start at page one and work through each page consecutively.

The twist to the progress of working through each puzzle page is that you gain clues with the successful completion of each page in succession. These clues are necessary to solve the mystery awaiting you in pages that are soon to follow. Your are welcome to try and complete pages at random, but no clues equates to no completion of a puzzle.


An image of the FirstBIKE™ Special Edition in Orange with hand brake.  
"I have to say that I wasn't able to use that amazing connect the dots book because upon arriving at my parents house, we were visited by a family with an autistic son. I showed it to him and he was amazed with it so I let him have it. I am excited to see what the book looks like when he gets done with it and I might have to just buy one myself to try it too."

* A quote from one our consumer hands-on evaluation participants who received a copy of the book for his feedback from the event..


As you will soon see in some of the paraphrased excerpts from our independent evaluator's reports, as each puzzle page is completed, an ever-developing storyline begins to become more evident subtly merged within the "...progressive numerical and shape sequence sets which have never before been presented."

Other companies may be able to create knock-offs of the creative concepts so perfectly infused within the progressive structure of the puzzles in this book, yet nothing is like the real deal.  David Kalvitas, the masterful creator of this book and all other Greatest Dot-to-Dot puzzle books, has his own unique signature of design and quality that makes buyers continue to keep wanting to come back for more.
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Independent Evaluator Reports Icon Independent Evaluator Reports
Extensive independent study and analysis by credentialed scholars.

The information to follow is comprised of excerpts from inclusive detailed Evaluator Reports pertaining to this New Inductee. Thes

e reports have been prepared by credentialed scholars from their own extensive independent study and analysis.

* These excerpts have been posted verbatim, paraphrased, or a combination of both, in order to encapsulate the primary details conveyed in each of the evaluation reports in a brief summary form.

Clinical / Cognitive Psychologist, PhD
Director of Cognitive Learning Research and Development

"In consideration of the Tiggly Learning Toys and Apps implementing the use of material and digital elements combined to create an effective end in skill development/learning, I felt it best to develop a short term qualified case study. With the Tiggly Learning Toys and Apps, preschool age children are presented with the task of providing an assessment of not just a single primary line of creative thought, but rather a multitude of interpretations of visual, audible media, and physical medium as well."

"The combination of the toys and digital applications with the Tiggly Learning Toys and Apps serves as a venue to stimulate and educate preschool children, resulting in the development of cognitive skills and intellectual talent. This is accomplished through the use of multiple forms of stimulating media/objects, timeless and proven influential, all pooled together seamlessly. This same pooling has created an alluring collection of experiences for the children which draws them to return for more activity with the product, resulting in a greater level of education and essential skill development. "

"Every participant in my study whether preschool child or adult, demonstrated a strong desire for more of the experience with the toys and iPad apps alike. A inarguable improvement/change in behavioral patterns with all individuals was clearly noted, primarily in the 3.5-4 year old children."

"As the case study has progressed, I have found that the Tiggly Learning Toys and Apps also provide a strong contribution to visual perception and acuity. From an educational standpoint, the Tiggly Learning Toys and Apps serve as an excellent vehicle to improve memory retention and expressive thought. Continued use demonstrated that an accelerated rate of skill development is likely with most children."

"With the Tiggly Learning Toys and Apps, preschool age children are presented with the task of providing an assessment of not just a single primary line of creative thought, but rather a multitude of interpretations of visual, audible media, and physical medium as well. It is important however to understand that despite the impressive results established so far, a much longer period would be needed to establish a well documented measure of improvement levels and behavioral response and more suitable model of a case study."


Neuroscientist / Doctor of Behavioral Study, Ph.D.
Chief of Recreational Therapy and Behavioral Study

"The Tiggly Learning Toys and Apps merges education in the responsibility of good health and exercise with social interaction and competitive activity. This remains as one of the prominent strengths of the game which makes it so applicable for use in an educational facility, not just the home environment."

"The reticular activation system of the brain stem is strongly stimulated from the activity involved with the activity and tasking of the board game. This results in nerve cell strengthening and greater psycho-social interaction in the game transactional analysis."

In a classroom environment, social, psychological, and biological forces of both the solicitor, (object or person serving as the catalyst to elicit a response), and the receptor, (the person/player influenced to choose action of response), are important. This is especially true in the Kinder-2nd grade levels due to the fact this is a period in which the foundation for a child’s self-recognition is more defined with progressive change in development. This experience carries a substantial influence to organic evolution, continuing with further advancement during adulthood."

"Tiggly Learning Toys and Apps is a board game that sustains a narrative in which it drives the Play forward repetitively. The stronger the urge to continue with more games played, the greater the level of education in reference to the intended topic of focus, with skill improvement and influence in the further development of healthy behavioral patterns."




* PLEASE NOTE: At the request of our independent evaluators their names are not disclosed to protect their personal and professional privacy. Their labors are provided at no charge to assist us in providing a well-balanced and accurate evaluation report summary, (ERS). All opinions and or statements from the independent evaluator(s) featured here do not represent the opinion of The Toy Man® Product Guide, any member or division of Epiphany Communications and the International Parenting Institute.



Consumer Hands-on Evaluation
Details about the experience at our consumer hands-on evaluation event.

Whether at a Disney resort park, a public mall, or even in other countries, The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Adventure - Book 1 pulled the #1 spot and made our consumer hands-on evaluation events quite the place to be. Who would have imagined that giving out copies of some of the pages for people to work on while in line for a ride, sitting in a Food Court or designated area for our event, or even on a train could create so many smiles?

Whether young or old, big or tall, The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Adventure - Book 1 managed to bring people together and create a line of communication where there was none before. That's not even counting the massive volume of happy faces and giggling that came as a fringe benefit.
Image of our oops message.

"Tackling the multi-page foldouts of the book seemed so trivial despite how daunting the idea seemed to be.  The earlier pages were like a preparation to complete the big one with confidence of success."


*  A group of folks from the Sankofa Academy International school in Brooklyn, NY participating in one of The Toy Man® Product Guide consumer hands-on evaluation events. (Many of The Greatest Dot-to-Dot series puzzle activities books were featured here)

 



When our consumer hands-on events were completed, according to the info provided on the feedback forms, it seemd as though The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Adventure - Book 1 was a new addicition, a healthy one that people just couldn't seem to resist.  All of the families who participated enabled our staff to get a good sampling of valuable feedback from the kids and parents

After reviewing all feedback forms, video tapes, staff notations and other peripheral information, we all agreed that the The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Adventure pooled one of the strongest levels of approval and praise. This ensured the The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Adventure passing this segment of our evaluation.
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Evaluation Category Rating Scores and Summary
A sampling of the evaluation category rating scores from the product review itself.
There are a total of 357 evaluation categories in our entire evaluation process.
(Not all categories apply to any one product or service under evaluation.)


CRITICAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT:: Rating Level - [5] an image of 4.5 gold  stars

The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Adventure - Book 1 contributes substantially to CRITICAL SKILL DEVELOPMENT for any individual experiencing the challenge the book provides.  One of our independent evaluators stated it so eloquently how this book has such a great impact and contribution to critical skill development; "As far as cognitive and critical skill development are concerned, extended use of the book assures a well marked level of cognitive skill development and improvement, especially useful in an educational environment.

After reviewing all feedback forms, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, it was determined that although The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Adventure - Book 1 contributed so successfully to CRITICAL SKILL DEVELOPMENT, the final rating scores were lacking of a perfect rating score by 1/2 a point.  TheThe Greatest Dot-to-Dot Adventure - Book 1 achieved a very high ratings score of [5] stars for CRITICAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT




CONTENT QUALITY: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

CONTENT QUALITY was easy to identify with The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Adventure - Book 1. Each page of the book provides its own unique numerical-dot design structure with a significant level of intrigue, drawing a person to continue from start to finish.  The content is so great that the classic dot-to-dot books from the past literally pale in comparison.  In the final steps of evaluation for this category to establish an accurate rating score, The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Adventure - Book 1  

After reviewing all feedback forms, independent lab test sheets, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Adventure - Book 1 succeeded in acquiring a perfect rating score of [5] stars for DESIGN QUALITY.





DESIGN QUALITY: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Adventure - Book 1 served as a vehicle for our staff to see an entirely new dimension in our thinking processes and approach to determining the DESIGN QUALITY rating score.  One of our independent evaluators, made some very valuable statements that validate the value of this book for retailers and consumers alike;

"The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Adventure is a precedent for absolute progressive cognitive development. Each page has been carefully plotted and sequenced to be the causation for dynamic cognizance. The simultaneous yet subtle integration of the storyline and analytic functions to solve each puzzle in sequential order supports ever evolving learning potential."

After reviewing all feedback forms, independent lab test sheets, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Adventure - Book 1 succeeded in acquiring a perfect rating score of  [5] stars for DESIGN QUALITY.





EDUCATIONAL VALUE: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Adventure - Book 1 unquestionably took the brass ring when it comes to EDUCATIONAL VALUE. The paraphrased excerpts from the independent scholars reports are more than enough evidence in their own right to validate this as fact.  that is an evaluation category that can often times be quite challenging to establish accurate evaluation results. 

Based upon our own in-house studies and independent evaluator reports, it was all too evident of what a of the significant level of contribution The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Adventure - Book 1 provides, especially in the area of mathematical study and understanding.

As we were reminded by one of our independent evaluators who performed the evaluation of previous books from the same company, "Everything we do and every challenge we face can be resolved by breaking it down into a mathematical equation.  The progressive sequence of numbers to realize the shape of each puzzle upon completion holds a consistent and unquestionable influence in improvement of math skills alone.  This is not even considering the vast number of other developmental skills which contribute to educational value."

After reviewing all feedback forms, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Adventure - Book 1 clearly demonstrated that the perfect rating score of [5] stars for EDUCATIONAL VALUE was well deserved.






MARKETABILITY: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

For The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Adventure - Book 1, MARKETABILITY was so simple to establish an accurate evaluation score. When you take into consideration the quality of design, functionality, level of contribution to skill development, (especially cognitive skill development), and entertainment value of The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Adventure - Book 1, it is so simple to see a that the level of MARKETABILITY is of the highest possible rating score.

A quote from earlier in this ERS encapsulated a perfect example of many as to why the MARKETABILITY rating score is so high;

"Upon completion of the entire book, there is significant modification of cognitive development  with transformation of cognitive potentialities stimulating further evolution of reasoning abilities in a learning environment."

After reviewing all feedback forms, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Adventure - Book 1 successfully completed this evaluation category with a perfect rating score of [5] stars for MARKETABILITY.






VISUAL APPEAL: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

VISUAL APPEAL was so simple to determine in our evaluation of The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Adventure - Book 1. The cover of the book has an exceptional level of visual appeal that draws the attention of a buyer, surpassing that of past versions with such ease. 

Once the cover is opened a new experience in Dot-to-Dot visual appreciation takes effect. As each new connection is made, a new spark of excitement is created.  You are drawn to anticipate what your eyes will behold with each stroke of the pen or pencil.

The level of visual stimulation seems literally endless as you progress through the puzzles, while your eyes begin to see the various elements of the storyline take shape.

After reviewing all feedback forms, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, it was clear to see that The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Adventure - Book 1 left its own unique signature with each of us coming out with a perfect rating score of [5] stars for VISUAL APPEAL.
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EVALUATION RESULTS - From evaluation for induction into "The Toy Man® News & Reviews"
       
    Overall Rating:   5
     
    Seal of Approval:  
     
    Recommends Award:  
       
       
    eco-Recognition™ Seal:  
     
    Award of Excellence:  
     
    eChoice™ Award:  
       
       
    S. T. E. M. Award:   
     
    Mom Approved Award:  
     
    Award of Recognition:™  
       



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