The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Series is Honored with The Toy Man® Seal of Approval

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The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Series- the popular connect-the-dots puzzle books created by designer and independent publisher David Kalvitis- received The Toy Man® 2011 Seal of Approval. The Seal of Approval is a distinction given to products in the child/parent market, which have met recognized evaluation standards based on analysis from industry experts, educational professionals and consumers.

The Toy Man® 2011 Seal of Approval

It's like the old classic dot to dot books on steroids! So much more entertaining.

The accolades puzzle designer David Kalvitis earned for his Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge series in 2010 have continued into 2011. Recognized for its unique spin on a classic puzzle, Kalvitis's The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Book 5 has earned a coveted spot on The Toy Man® 2011 Seal of Approval list.

Established in 1971, The Toy Man® Seal of Approval has long been heralded in the child/parent product industry as “an emblem and standard for professional recognition and validation.” Products considered for the Seal of Approval award are run through a battery of tests based on specific criteria including: content quality, critical skill development, design quality, educational value, marketability and overall visual appeal. The Toy Man®, Rev. James G.W. Fisher, stated Kalvitis’s Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Book 5 was “clearly a winner in this segment of our evaluation not just with our staff but the consumers as well.”

According to Rev. Fisher, for decades "puzzles, from dot-to-dots to crosswords, have all had a common characteristic: no significant change to the format. There may be substitutions of words or in the case of dot-to-dots, simple designs, yet the idea of providing a greater level of challenge has been ignored...until now." With no clues given to the final image, numbers running into the thousands, and amazing, detailed pictures, The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge books provide a whole new level of challenge and intrigue.

The beautifully designed challenges found within the pages of The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge books took many of The Toy Man’s volunteer evaluators by surprise. “Every product we examine has its own unique characteristics, yet this one created a new class of uniqueness.” Participants were “completely enraptured” with Kalvitis’s puzzles, with one participant raving, "It's like the old classic dot to dot books on steroids! So much more entertaining."

The Toy Man® Seal of Approval process includes independent evaluation of the product by experts in fields relevant to the product’s purpose. While evaluating The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Book 5, Rev. Fisher placed the puzzle book into the hands of professionals in the fields of Mathematics and Behavioral Study. They praised the puzzle book as “the medicine we need to fight the ‘lazy brain ailment.” Adding that “use of this medium has an intended educational influence without an individual being aware of it,” making it a product that children will love and parents and educators can stand firmly behind. Their positive feedback not only solidified the connect-the-dot puzzle book’s standing as a Seal of Approval winner, but has also placed the book in the position of being named as one of The Toy Man’s® 2010 Q4 Top Ten Award recipients.

Among the many participants in the evaluation of The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Book 5 were two junior high-school teachers, who also noted the educational potential held within each puzzle. They marveled over how the book "commanded such an intense level of attention by so many," and were enthusiastic about the interest and learning possibilities the puzzles could generate if placed in the hands of students. “Each page of the book is unique with a significant level of intrigue, drawing a person to continue from start to finish.”

Rev. Fisher was impressed with the high level of interest Kalvitis’s puzzles generated during evaluations. “Nothing is more powerful than hands-on experience by a consumer with a product,” Rev. Fisher stated, "It is such a pleasure when you see a product that sets itself apart from the rest in our evaluations by way of its own unique traits that capture the attention of many. The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Book 5 is one of those products that had every one of our consumer evaluators in a scramble to be the next one to check the book out." With fourteen Greatest Dot-to-Dot books in print and two new books to be released at the February 2011 Toy Fair in New York City, consumers will not have to wait to experience the ground-breaking challenges found in every puzzle. As Rev. Fisher raved, "The content is so great that the classic dot-to-dot books from the past literally pale in comparison."


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