Deceptively simple, Walter Wick's Can You See What I See?
pairs rhyming lists of miniature objects with big, jam-packed photographs of the kinds of odds and ends found in any toy chest: blocks, beads, robots, dice, marbles, plastic animals, and game-board playing pieces. As in the I Spy series by Wick and rhymester Jean Marzollo, readers are invited to find the objects buried within the carefully chaotic piles. But Wick goes beyond the original formula in this book, slipping extra puzzles into the picture. Each rhyme ends with the beginning of a new game; in "Spare Parts," for example, after finding the listed items, readers must match 10 parts to 10 broken toys. In other games, readers spot the differences between objects, find their way out of a maze, decipher cryptic messages, or figure out optical illusions. Clever, sharp-eyed kids who are ready for greater challenges than the I Spy picture riddle series (I Spy Year-Round Challenger!
, I Spy Funhouse
, etc.), fire up those brain synapses! (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter
From Publishers Weekly
Wick (Walter Wick's Optical Tricks; the I Spy series) unleashes his boundless imagination to devise a dozen playful picture puzzles, each with a distinct theme. The large-scale photographs feature a carefully choreographed assortment of contemporary and vintage toys and other kid-pleasing paraphernalia. Alongside the images, a deceptively simple verse instructs youngsters to spot specific items in the picture. The author cleverly tweaks the game at the end of each rhyme, inviting readers (sometimes rather cryptically) to enter a puzzle-within-a-puzzle: they must either follow a maze, match two sets of objects, find differences in seemingly similar images or spot an optical illusion. Several of Wick's compositions stand out as particularly novel: one photo set in a wood shop reveals freshly carved animal figures, sprinkled with wood shavings; another assembles hundreds of miniature animals, beads and other objects used in making play jewelry all of them translucent and sparkling against a white background. Even sharp-eyed readers will find some of Wick's puzzles quite challenging to complete. These pages are nearly guaranteed to keep kids happily occupied for hours and coming back for return visits. All ages.
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