I recently completed a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle for the first time in years. I'd been thinking about doing one for quite some time and was browsing the various jigsaws in a hobby shop when I came across this one.
Its called The Bizarre Bookshop, a title which immediately drew me to it. And as you can see from the picture, it is a collection of shelves that holds books of all shapes, colours and sizes as well as plants, animals and various collectables.
But what makes this bookshop really bizarre are the titles of the books. You see, each of the books 'has been inspired by a famous novel but has been given a curious twist'. And what fun it is!
From Lord of the Fries to Lady Chatterley's Plover and Anthony and Carbon Paper to 20,000 Leeks under the Sea and The Gloves of Navarone to The French Lieutenant's Legume I had so much fun putting it together that it has spurred me on to even bigger and more challenging jigsaws.
But it wasn't until I opened the box and took out the pieces of this jigsaw (which is manufactured overseas and sold in Europe, the UK and the USA) that I realised this incredible drawing was the work of our very own multi-talented children's book illustrator Colin Thompson. What an added bonus and what an imagination he has!
So, whilst I'm awaiting my next challenge I'll be attempting to think up some more alternative titles to well-known novels including those for children and young adults.
Why don't you try it too and let me know what you come up with.