Review: “Cat’s Life” by Marino Degano, Heye – 9.75/10

"Cat's Life" is terrific fun and a perfect example of the awesomeness of cartoon puzzles from Heye. It's a fairly easy puzzle to assemble. Despite the large body of the cat and the green background, there are unique little characters (fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes, among others) that inhabit every inch of the brilliant composition by cartoonist Marino Degano. Each little critter has a unique outfit, expression, or action, and you can match your pieces against the large poster that comes in the box. There are many joke and puns and pure silliness to discover as you assemble this puzzle.

Review: “Tapestry Cat” by Lewis T. Johnson, White Mountain — 9/10

White Mountain's "Tapestry Cat" is a fun and challenging puzzle with moderate difficulty. The image by artist Lewis T. Johnson has bright colors and a lovely hand-drawn art style. Big bold elements--such as the large border, the Morris-esque wallpaper background, the cat, and the floral bouquet inside the cat--make separate distinctive areas to assemble. Repeating elements within the border (like the blue diamonds) and within the floral bouquet (for example, white daisies) make the puzzle more challenging but never frustrating. The White Mountain quality is good with larger pieces and a random cut. The final puzzle has a flat, smooth finish that allows you to see the art rather than the jigsaw cut. The finish is glossy, so there is some glare under bright lights. Highly recommended!

Puzzle Maker Interviews: Geoff Tristram

I'm thrilled to have Geoff Tristram on Jigsaw Junkie today! Geoff is an artist and cartoonist who does a few of my favorite puzzle series. He's the artist behind Ravensburger's "Best of British" series, their "What If?" series, and "Cat-ology", published by Masterpieces. I'll be sharing images of his work throughout this interview. JJ: Please... Continue Reading →

Review: “Boucat” by Cobble Hill 9/10

Publisher: Cobble Hill (Canada), no date on box Title:  “Boucat” by artist Braldt Bralds,  1000 pieces OUR RATING: 9/10 This is a gorgeous puzzle with a wonderful image by Braldt Bralds. Box Quality: The Cobble Hill box is very nice. It's rectangular in shape and similar in size to Ravensburger puzzle boxes.  It's very sturdy and has... Continue Reading →

Review: “Cat-Ology: Hemingway” by Masterpieces

Publisher: Masterpieces (US), Released 2014 Title:  “Cat-Ology: Hemingway” by artist Geoffrey Tristram, 1000 pieces OUR RATING: 7/10 This is a bit of a departure from the puzzles I normally do, but I wanted to do another MasterPieces puzzle for my brand comparison--and I love Geoffrey Tristram. He is better known for his cartoony images. He does images... Continue Reading →

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