Review: “New England Road Trip” by Mary Thompson, Sunsout – 8.25/10

This is an easy, fast, and enjoyable puzzle to put together. The different areas of the puzzle–the map sections in various colors and the seasonal vignettes–make assembly a snap. The fall leaves and winter scene sections are especially pretty. There’s a bit of “edutainment” value to this puzzle, and you’ll learn something about New England as you work it, particularly in the map sections. The Sunsout quality is quite good with thick, sturdy pieces, lovely bright colors, and a random cut that makes assembly more fun. The pieces are on the normal-to-large side and easy to hold. This image is especially designed for puzzles, and the artwork by Mary Thompson is nicely done. Recommended.Read more

Review: “Autumn Squirrel” by Mary Thompson — Sunsout, 9/10

I loved shaped puzzles and fall-themed puzzles, so this puzzle was extra fun to assemble. The image has lots of fall leaves, both large and small. It really puts me in the mood for crisp autumn days! The Sunsout quality is excellent with thick, sturdy pieces and a wonderful random cut and hangs together really well. The overall difficulty is moderate. Most of the puzzle is easy, despite the shaped border, but all the squirrel fur gives the puzzle a little more challenge at the end. Highly recommended.Read more

Review: “Garden Bunnies” by Mary Thompson, Sunsout — 8.75/10

Publisher: Sunsout (USA), 1000 pieces Title:  “Garden Bunnies”,  Artist: Mary Thompson    Finished size: 26.5″ x 29″ OUR RATING: 8.75/10 I love shaped puzzles, especially those with a cute spring theme. It was past time to review this classic from Sunsout.  And for the next three days you can grab it on sale for 25% off too. $12.36 is a great price for this one since it’s normally $17.99!   Here’s a link to the sale.  Read more

Bits And Pieces: New Spring 2016 Puzzles

Bits and Pieces have released their new puzzles for spring. There are some nice ones. You can see them all here. Below are my favorites. “Pony and Pals” by Jack Williams, 750 or 300 pieces This is the only new shaped puzzle in the offering, which is a little disappointing. In previous years, they’ve offered spring themed puzzles like “Ducklings”. But this is a nice enough shaped puzzle. As always, to Bits and Pieces: More variety of shaped puzzles please!Read more