Monday, March 9, 2015

Holiday Mazes, a new maze book

In early February I suddenly decided it was time to work on another maze book. Perhaps being cooped up inside by the cold and snow was the source of that sudden urge. I considered several possible organizing themes and concluded that a holiday theme would work best.

There are only a handful of major holidays, a score or two of minor holidays, and hundreds (or perhaps thousands) of little-known and obscure special days. I made an effort to attach mazes to the major holidays. Fortunately major holidays have lots of associations so I was able to find a way to incorporate most of them. I also had some designs that I wanted to use and for these designs I searched to find a day that would fit, As a result some weird and obscure special days are included, such as Hug Your Cat Day, Draw A Picture of A Bird Day, and T-Shirt Day. If one searches enough, one can find an obscure special day devoted to almost any topic.

Holiday Mazes: A Light-Hearted Romp through the Calendar is designed for an audience of older children and adults. It has about the same level of difficulty as Cornucopia of Mazes: Stars, Tilings, and Patterns and has the same format. About half of the 84 mazes are based on tessellation patterns and about half of the maze patterns have not appeared in any of my previous books. Almost of the maze patterns that have appeared in an earlier book were in books designed for children, a very different audience than that which should find this book appealing.

Below are some samples of new maze patterns used in this book.

I did not want to reuse any of the star patterns that I used in Cornucopia, but there were a couple of places where a star pattern fit the day. I found new ways to do mazes with stars.

Do you have a guess of which holiday or special day a light-bulbs maze would fit?

What day would a maze of shoes fit? You might be surprised where it is used.

If shoes fit a day, so should a maze of socks.

I used a number of patterns derived from M. C. Escher that I had not previously used. This is one of his most famous.

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