You Choose - Maze of Doom / The Haunting of Spook House by George Ivanoff
Published by Random House Australia
As a child I loved the Choose Your Adventure series by R. M. Montgomery and as a librarian I am constantly being asked by children and parents for similar, so it was with great delight I started reading George Ivanoff’s You Choose stories.
The stories are in the typical format of the reader choosing until the reader comes to the end at which point they can go back and choose a different path or retrace their steps and go on another adventure. This format gives the reader a chance to have an input into the story and the adventure albeit within the confines of the authors’ offerings.
The cover of the book says it all ‘Two action-packed stories, hundreds of different choices. Flip me’ and that’s what I did. I started with Maze of Doom which took me into a carnival side show maze where I encountered Madame Zoltar, the fortune teller, a young girl named Xanda and a fire-breathing dragon. I was tied up, chased by two minotaurs and found a treasure box. I survived once, was killed by a horseman and found that it was all a dream and that was just the first four readings.
With visions of ghosts and things that go bump in the night I started on The Haunting of Spook House and it wasn’t long before the hairs on the back of my neck were standing up. Spiders loomed in every corner, a gnarly old woman screeched and doors slammed on their own but with help from the police and a few friends, things work out in the end, well they did in one version.
The language is very descriptive, the pages are well set out and easy to follow the chosen path and expressive pencil drawings are placed intermittently throughout the book. With enticing covers, You choose… by George Ivanoff is an exciting new addition to the genre of Choose your own adventures and I highly recommend this to readers aged 8+.
Parents will also enjoy reading this series out loud and participating in the adventure.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: George Ivanoff
Title: You Choose - Maze of Doom / The Haunting of Spook House
Publisher: Random House Australia
Published: December 2015