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'A Game Maker's Life' Book Looks Back at the Invention of Iconic Toys

Behind-the-scenes stories from the best job in the world from the man who created countless favorite toys.

Jeffrey Breslow is a preeminent toy and game inventor and designer who spent more than 41 years inventing toys and games and now he's penned a recollection of his career spent inventing fun.

"A Game Maker's Life," recounts how, after graduating with a BFA from the University of Illinois in industrial design he became the youngest managing partner of Marvin Glass and Associates, the leading toy design company in the world at the age of 33. Marvin Glass and Associates created games such as Simon, Operation, Guesstures, the Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle, Mousetrap, and UNO Attack!

Breslow was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in New York City in 1988 and left the toy business in 2008 to sculpt full time.

In this book, he tells how MGA founder Marvin Glass made Breslow a partner after only a year and a half at the company, calling him a "boy genius."

He is the only toy designer to win the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval twice and was inducted into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame in 1998.

The book comes out Aug. 30 from Post Hill Press, with a price of $28 for the hardcover edition.

 

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