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Bartleby's Book of Buttons Vol. 2: The Button at the Bottom of the Sea

By Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Half story, half game. Very fun and uniquely different.

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BARTLEBY'S BOOK OF BUTTONS VOL. 2: THE BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA is superior to its predecessor in almost every way (even though Volume 1 was quite good). The story, in which Bartleby journeys to undersea ruins to track down an ancient stone button, allows for tons of cool interactive moments. Kids get to scour a secret map with ultraviolet light, pilot a chopper over rough seas, take pictures of marine life, and more. The best part is figuring out exactly what each button does and making sure to use the buttons in the right order to work through Bartleby's situation at that moment. Toward the end of the story, there are some more challenging moments, where you'll need to use two hands to properly work the buttons. It's a slight disappointment to see the story come to an abrupt halt with a "To Be Continued," but there's definitely enough happening before that point to make this feel like a full experience.

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