David Kalvitis and Monkeying Around
|"The Most Challenging Dot-to-Dots Ever Created!...|
The most intriguing thing about the designer's work is the way the puzzle solver is directed to draw long lines in unexpected places that completely unbalance any pre-conceived ideas about what is being depicted."
Since 2000 Monkeying Around has been dedicated to offering innovative dot-to-dot products that will delight and entertain children and adults of all ages. We are pleased to offer "The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Books in the World" (Original Books 1, 2, 3 & 4), a challenging collection of unique dot-to-dot suprises and variations. We are also pleased to offer "The Greatest Newspaper Dot-to-Dot Puzzles" (Vols. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 & 8), pocket / travel sized collections of weekly syndicated puzzles published in the pages of USA newspapers. In 2007 the first of the "Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge" (5, 6, 7 & 8) Books was introduced with Book 5 and Book 8 in 2010.
Our fun-packed books have been awarded the National Parenting Center Seal of Approval 2003, Informal Education Products Product of the Year 2003 - 2004, Dr. Toy Best Classic Toys Winner 2004, Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award 2004, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal 2006, Major Fun Award 2007, Creative Child Magazine Book of the Year Award 2007, Creative Child Magazine Book of the Year Award 2009, 2009 WTS Toy Review 5 out of 5 Star Certified, Major Fun Award 2010, National Parenting Center Fall 2010 Seal of Approval, 2010 Dr. Toy Best Pick, The Toy ManŽ 2010-2011 Seal of Approval, and 2011 Mom's Choice AwardŽ.
David Kalvitis, a lifelong puzzle and game fan, has a Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University and operated a graphic design business in Upstate NY for 13 years. In 2000 he opened Monkeying Around Publishing , with a goal to provide fun and challenging dot-to-dot puzzles that entertain both young and old alike. So far he has self-published sixteen books and has sold over a half of a million books worldwide. He also has weekly dot-to-dot puzzles published in various newspapers in the USA, Belarus, Italy, Slovakia and the United Kingdom.
History / Inspiration
"I have looked on Ebay and collected dot-to-dot books dating back to the 1920's. I know they went back much earlier than that. In my books I even made humorous references to the history of dot-to-dots, because I personally couldn't find the origins. There was a book that inspired me but I don't know the title, author or date (probably late 60's or early 70's). I remember the puzzles having lots of numbers and the images being fairly detailed. At that age lots of numbers may have been 50 for me, but it seemed like so many. As an adult I would occasionally create a dot-to-dot puzzle just for fun. I came to realize that all the dot-to-dot books available were for young kids just learning numbers, with drawings that gave away the final pictures. I decided I wanted to design a really intricate dot-to-dot puzzle book for the big kids, with lines wandering all over the place and numbers climbing well into the hundreds. While working on and off for seven years on this goal, I came up with new dot-to-dot puzzle variations involving multiple lines, connecting coordinates and even connecting symbols."