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Curious Cupboards #1
‘The Kitchen Cupboard’
Ravensburger Puzzles

Image of completed jigsaw vase of purple flowers featured image


As happens from time to time, I am making a short diversion away from the ‘bookish’ posts you will usually find here, to share one of my other pastimes with you.

Yes! I am a not so secret dissectologist – or someone who enjoys jigsaw puzzle assembly.

Image of a boxed Ravensburger jigsaw - 'The Kitchen Cupboard' 1,000 Pieces

Clicking on this Amazon link will allow you to magnify individual montages, for a closer look inside all the crazy cupboards of this 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle

Artist Colin Thompson’s trademark, pesky little pink gremlins are back again and up to more mischief!

This is another of those puzzles where starting assembly the traditional way, outside edge first, just doesn’t work and all those cupboard shelves really caused me a headache!

I had no idea that this series of ‘Curious Cupboard’ jigsaws, were numbered, so as with my reading, I have dipped in and out of the series, rather than work through them in numerical order! I really can’t think that it would make too much difference with a jigsaw puzzle, however if I have made any of you cringe for committing such a crime – I do apologise 🙂


Image of the Ravensburger 1,000 piece jigsaw 'The Kitchen Cupboard' - back of the boxMost of us are guilty of cramming things into cupboards, but we doubt whether your own shelves will ever resemble those shown on this puzzle.

Take a close look and delight in the strange gizmos, peculiar gadgets and bizarre creatures just waiting to be discovered as you piece the puzzle together.

As we’ve come to expect from artist Colin Thompson, the image is packed with clever touches and word play especially designed to appeal to puzzle fans. 

So enter this Curious Cupboard and prepare to be absorbed, amused and amazed!

1,000 Pieces


Image of author and artist Colin ThompsonColin Thompson’s unique work is packed with fun and intrigue, objects and events, as can be seen in his hugely popular puzzle designs.

He is also a well known children’s author and illustrator, with many published picture books, collections of poetry and novels to his name.

Colin’s life story is unique, interesting and very personally told, so to attempt a ‘potted’ version here, I would never be able to do justice to the person and his amazing talent.

It looks as though Colin may no longer be compiling his books or artwork, however I will leave a link to his static website, where you can get a peek at some of the other great puzzle images he has created.

Image of a boxed Ravensburger jigsaw - 'The Kitchen Cupboard' 1,000 Pieces



Ravensburger AG is an international group with a long tradition and solid values. Its mission is “Playful Development”. The company’s most important brand mark is the blue triangle, which stands for fun, education, and togetherness.

Ravensburger is one of the leading brands for puzzles, games, and activity products in Europe as well as for children’s and youth books in the German-speaking region. Toys with the blue triangle are sold worldwide, and the international brands BRIO and ThinkFun supplement the Group’s portfolio.

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Image of the jigsaw puzzle 'The Kitchen Cupboard' by Ravensburger - Overview no box visible

The Kitchen Cupboard, like so many of my jigsaws, was a charity shop purchase, from Dorothy House Hospice shop in Warminster, Wiltshire, where I volunteer.

Any thoughts or comments are my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article promoting Ravensburger puzzles.

I personally do not agree with ‘rating’ a purchase, as the overall experience is all a matter of personal taste, which varies from person to person. However some review sites do demand a rating value, so when this review is posted to such a site, it will attract 5 out of 5 stars.

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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Written by Yvonne