This book of Non-Verbal practice papers is rather unusual, as it sticks rigorously to 3 types of questions and does not consider other question types at all. Initial impressions of the ‘ninja’ series are that the covers are clearly designed to interest a child, but upon opening the book the actual style is very formal, and the print and paper quality are not of the standard of other publishers.
Encouragingly, the first section does a good job of explaining how to do nets of cubes, and the ‘ABC system’ is an effective way of dealing with these questions. It is disappointing to see that there is no gentle introduction to sample questions. Readers are immediately presented with 4 ‘sessions’ of confusing patterns which are not well served by the poor print quality, and can be tricky even for more experienced students. There are at least good explanations in the answers which follow each set of questions.
The second question type (strangely beginning on Training Session 5) introduces the ‘analogy’ type questions, and immediately refers back to the first book in the series, which feels somewhat unsatisfactory. Sadly, the analogy questions to not get the thorough treatment awarded to the nets of cubes, and there is no initial explanation of any suitable methods.
Question type 3 (from Training Session 6) introduces the idea of 3D groups of cubes viewed in 2 dimensions. The questions are introduced logically, and they build to more complex versions, with well explained answers that follow.
Finally, the last part of the book is dedicated to ‘odd one out’ questions without any initial explanation or methods. There are plenty of examples here, and once again the answers provide an adequate explanation.
I find it difficult to recommend this book. The treatment of nets of cubes questions is very good, and this is where I see the value for anyone who decides to make a purchase. As this is the middle book of a series of 3, there is an assumption that you will / have purchased the other 2 books. For me this is a deal breaker. I could accept the limitations of the explanations and methods in the later sections, but in pure value for money terms, this book is extraordinarily expensive and I cannot recommend it when other publishers offer more comprehensive products at far more reasonable prices.
|Book Name||Non-Verbal Ninja book 2: 3D, Analogies, Odd one out|
|Publisher||Eureka! Eleven Plus|
|Publication Date||January 2016|
|Recommended retail price||£8.95 (on Amazon - I cannot find an RRP for this book)|
|Overall Score||5.6 (not recommended)|
|Date review last updated||5 June 2107|