‘Chess on Earth’ is a children's picture book, written and illustrated by Daniel Weil. Doubling up as a first chess set, it provides an imaginative and very unique way of introducing pre-school children to the game of chess.
Whereas the traditional way of teaching chess involves instructions which attempt to explain the complex rules and moves, ‘Chess on Earth’ uses storytelling to capture young readers’ imaginations, at the same time as immersing them in the basic principles of the game.
Published by independent children’s publisher Owl & Dog Playbooks, the beautifully crafted hardback book opens up to become a chessboard with push-out chess pieces. Influenced by classic rhyming books, ‘Chess on Earth’’s playful text was written by Daniel for parents to read to children and provides an excellent opportunity for both to share some off-screen bonding.
‘Chess on Earth’ could be described as ‘the game before chess’ as it imagines the origins of the game through a narrative so that children can learn the moves through play.