This Matilda puzzle is such a fun quick fix experienced puzzlers and a joy for those who are not. The cat innuendos in the background are really cute, like the 9 lives reference, the note to remember cat food, the colouring picture of the cat. You may like this similar Cobble Hill puzzle Amazon Link
The recipes happen to be about cheese and fish. The only thing missing would be a mouse, perhaps peeking from inside the drawer. An interesting detail is the 3 stamps on the bulletin board. I recall tacking my stamps on a board too.
Overall Experience: Great
Cut Quality: great
Board Quality: firm
Shape Cut: Random and various sizes
Image Quality: Great
Hardest Area: The yellow flowers
Puzzle Dust? minimal
Finish Quality: Smooth matte
Box Quality: Good and solid
Sealed Pieces Inside Box: yes
Was this purchased new? no
Price: Picked for review
Recommend Level: highly
Time: than 4 hours
I did my usual sorting routine for this 500 pieces then merely laid out the pieces on the foam board. Some how I managed to forget to get photos of that. Then I used the handy Poster to assemble the pieces.
The border went together fairly easy on the Matilda puzzle and then I started in the upper left corner, worked my way across the flowers over to the cookbook, then down across the brown table, then purposely leaving a gaping hole for Matilda. I saved her for last as you can see in the photo below.
Below are some very pretty closeup images clearly sharing the shapes of the cut and the quality of the fine matt finish on these puzzles. The Poster images are very nice quality too.
The Matilda puzzle from Cobble Hill Puzzle Company is 19.25" x 26.625″ therefore the 500 pieces are in very large format. Makes for good handling with odd shaped pieces for those with tender sensitive hands.
The Artist, Geoffrey Tristram, who resides in the UK, is quite famous for his artwork, comedy writing and has very cute and fun cartoon artwork. Certainly a man of many talents.
A big shout out goes to Grateful House for supplying the Black felt mat used in this review. To read the review on this highly recommended product, please CLICK HERE I don't normally do my puzzles on a mat or on a dark surface but for those who do use mats and don't mind the black background then you may like to give this one a try.
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