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Hopscotch, hangman, hot-potato, and ha, ha, ha : a rulebook of children's games
Maguire, Jack.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Prentice Hall Press, [1990]

Physical Description:
x, 304 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Cover title: Hopscotch, hangman, hot potato & ha ha ha.

Includes index.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
GV1201.42 .M34 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
GV1201.42 .M34 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Young Adult

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Author Notes

Jack Maguire was born in Denison, Texas and attended both the University of Texas a Denton and the University of Texas at Austin, where he received the Society of Professional Journalists Award as the "Outstanding Graduate in Journalism" for his writing in the Daily Texan.

Maguire was the Executive Director of the University of Texas Institute of Texas Culture from 1976-1986. He has written two textbooks on Texan history and developed a Texas Trivia Game that is used in the classroom.

Maguire has written over 1600 columns, more than 500 articles, and nine books. His column, Talk of Texas, is the longest running in the history of Texas.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

"By winning or losing at games, children experience the real world but in less harsh fashion," says Bob Keeshan (aka Captain Kangaroo) in the preface to this fun-filled book. Here are included instructions for more than 240 party, sidewalk, ball, water, travel, card, action, and sedentary games. For each entry, Maguire cites the object of the play and lists the number of players, setting, and equipment (usually minimal, such as dice, string, cards, or pencil and paper). This is a straightforward rule book of infinite value to parents, caregivers, teachers, and anyone who likes to play these old favorites (many can be used or adapted by adults). ~--Denise Perry Donavin

Library Journal Review

This book is one of the handiest game books recently published. Not too specialized, as games books often are (e.g., Steven Schwartz's COMPUTE!'s Guide to Nintendo Games, Compute, 1989; Camilla Gryski's Super String Games, Morrow, 1988; and Mitsumasa Anno's Anno's Math Games, Philomel, 1987, although all are good choices), this boasts a well-rounded list of old-time favorites. The clear, simple format tells where to play, number of players, equipment, and object of the game. There is a section for indoor games, playground games, pavement and step games, water games, party games, and travel games, all requiring little or no expense. Included are such favorites as Kick-the-Can, Ring-A-Levy-O, Red Rover, and Capture the Flag. This is a worthwhile purchase for teachers, playground instructors, day-care centers, parents, and grandparents, and is essential for public libraries. Macmillan Book Club selection.-- Annette Janes, Hamilton, Mass. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.