Monkeying Around's Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Series earns National Parenting Center Award

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The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Series— the popular connect-the-dots puzzle books created by designer David Kalvitis— received The National Parenting Center Fall 2010 Seal of Approval. The Seal of Approval is a distinction given to products in the child/parent market, which have been deemed of the highest caliber by a panel of experts and parents.

Monkeying Around publishers of the Greatest Dot-to-Dot Books

signifies to other parents that their peers have acknowledged a product's quality and desirability based on a wide variety of determining factors.

Puzzle maker David Kalvitis has been informed that his puzzle books have received the National Parenting Center Seal of Approval. Recognized for their “extensive, intricate, complicated, great super challenging dot-to-dot pictures” Kalvitis's books earned a coveted spot on the Fall 2010 Seal of Approval list. This award comes shortly after the Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge series won the 2010 Major Fun Award.

Founded in July of 1989, The National Parenting Center was created to provide “the most comprehensive and responsible parenting advice to parents everywhere, by some of the world's most respected authorities in the field of child rearing and development.” The Seal of Approval was created in 1990 as an award system that “identifies the finest products and services being marketed to the parent/child audience.” David Katzner, President, General Partner of The National Parenting Center states in his company's mission statement that the Seal of Approval “signifies to other parents that their peers have acknowledged a product's quality and desirability based on a wide variety of determining factors.”

Products considered for the Seal of Approval must meet the following standards: desirability, sturdiness, interactive stimulation and other important ingredients essential in the make-up of a quality product. The evaluation process takes up to eight weeks and is conducted by TNPC staff and a group of volunteers consisting of parents, children and educators, who are encouraged to “play with, build, read about, and judge by the reactions of the children, each product's quality.” Data gathered from tester comments and questionnaires is compiled to find the highest ranking products.

During testing, parents, children and educators raved about The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge books. Many testers were fascinated by the puzzles' unique complexity. “Each one takes time and concentration to complete but in the end you are rewarded with amazing pictures that are impossible to figure out beforehand. Some of these puzzles have over 1400 dots! Now that's complicated.” Other testers were impressed with the intricate works of art that are revealed as the dots are connected. “Great for hours upon hours of uninterrupted play. Watching the emerging pictures has a magical, whimsical quality that everyone loved.” In addition to being awed by the connect-the-dot puzzles, testers also voiced appreciation for designer and puzzle creator, David Kalvitis. “We were so impressed with the imaginative mind behind these puzzles. There are puzzles where you connect symbols or where you follow compass directions.”

David Kalvitis is thrilled to have his Greatest-Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge books recommended not only by such a respected company, but also by parents, children, and educators. Kalvitis said, "I'm so pleased that my puzzles are not only enjoyed for their entertainment value, but also respected for their educational worth by parents and teachers." The National Parenting Center review does contain one disclaimer of caution in regards to The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge books: “Be warned: This book has over 40 pages of extensive, intricate, complicated, great super challenging dot-to-dot pictures and you WILL be hooked!”

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