Quality - Used.
Condition - Good.
" Dear Friend,'' entreats this book's cover, " I am in urgent need of your help. Travel to Puzzle Island . . . and help me to save the rarest creature in the world from extinction.'' Thus begins an intricate, engrossing puzzle certain to happily bedevil reader-detectives. Each of 11 elaborately detailed illustrations depicts a different part of the island, and squirreled away in each are the figures of four different creatures. Adshead frames each picture with four alphabets; letters from each are missing, and these can be unscrambled to disclose the names of the hidden animals. Once these amiable tasks have been accomplished, however, the hunt for the ``rare creature'' is far from over. There are more messages to be assembled, concealed words, secret codes, rhyming clues. The text is wordy, the age range here misleading--could a five-year-old rearrange ``abdhimnry'' to spell ``mynah bird''?--but would-be Sherlocks and amateur cryptanalysts with good verbal skills could not wish for anything more.