I know several kids (all boys as it happens, but I don’t think it’s just a boy-thing) who are OBSESSED with BAFTA-award winning sandbox game Minecraft, to the point where their parents have to drag them away to make them eat/do their homework/go to bed. But there’s a reason it’s so popular (apart from the cool factor) and that’s because it’s great for their brain power and their strategy skills, and that’s no bad thing.
So full marks to Egmont for bringing out a series of Minecraft books, which means you might get them away from the screens and actually reading about the game instead of just playing it.
The Minecraft Annual is out now and The Minecraft Beginner’s Handbook is available for pre-order (it launches on 10 October 2013). They’ll be followed by The Redstone Handbook in December 2013 – essential reading for all Minecraft fans. (For more info or to pre-order the books click here).
And the good news is I have five copies of The Minecraft Annual 2014 to give away, worth £7.99 each. The book celebrates the limitless possibilities of the exciting world of Minecraft, is packed full of step-by-step instructions for exciting builds and projects, tips from the experts (including lead game developer Jeb), cool things to make, games to test their brain power and codes to unravel.
All you have to do for your chance to win one of the books is to leave a comment below by the closing date, 11.59pm on Monday October 7. The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator and the usual The Mum Blog competition rules apply.