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Can You See What I See?: Toyland Express: Picture Puzzles to Search and Solve Hardcover – October 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Series: Can You See What I See?
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Cartwheel Books (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545244838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545244831
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 10.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Booklist Advanced Review, November 2011:
Wick\u2019s latest seek-and-find book begins in a toymaker\u2019s workshop, where an unpainted wooden train set
and many other wooden toys and parts can be seen. A rhyme challenges children to find 20 things among
the hundreds of tiny objects. The next 11 double-page spreads follow the toys\u2019 progression as they are
painted, displayed in a shop, received on a birthday, left on a bedroom floor, and repurposed in scenes
involving a snowy mountain, a circus, and a dollhouse. Forgotten in an attic, they reemerge at a yard sale,
receive repairs, and find new life in a toy-land cityscape. Wick\u2019s puzzle design and picture composition
are as masterful as his photography. An appended note offers insight into the book\u2019s subject and
acknowledges the \u201cteam of artists\u201d who contributed to it. The handsome endpapers, depicting the toys in
soft-edged drawings washed with gentle colors, contrast nicely with the bright, crisply delineated photos.
Like other books in the Can You See What I See? series, this book offers practice in visual-discrimination
skills as well as a great deal of fun.
— Carolyn Phelan


Kirkus Reviews, June 2011:
Complex seek-and-find images provide an intriguing backdrop for the story of a tenacious toy train.

This latest collection of picture puzzles in the Can You See What I See? series provides a nostalgic glimpse into the life, death and resurrection of a wooden train. The engine huffs from creation to exploration as it races past blocks, around dolls and through miniature villages. There's a vulnerable depth as the once-cherished birthday present is discarded in the dusty attic. Rescued in a yard sale and restored to its former beauty, the vehicle races with new purpose. The text follows a repetitive format as an inviting question encourages the eagle-eyed audience to peruse each page for items strategically placed within. Without effusive description, straightforward rhymes of concealed objects add to the challenge of the hunt. A direct title oversees each expansive double-page spread, and the pace naturally builds to repeated references to the train and its tumultuous journey. Wick plays with similar colors to enhance these expressive camouflaged spreads. Digitally processed photographs capture crisp dimensions with remarkable clarity.

No puzzle here—these well-designed scenes are another success from the picture-challenge master. (Picture book. 4-8)

About the Author

Walter Wick is the photographer of the bestselling I Spy series as well as the author and photographer of the bestselling Can You See What I See? series. He lives with his wife, Linda, in Connecticut.

More About the Author

When I was young I was a reluctant reader. It was hard for me to sit still and read a book. I preferred activities that got me moving, like neighborhood ball games, bike riding, skiing, sledding, skating, climbing trees, and exploring the woods in Connecticut where I grew up.

I taught also myself to draw. I became fascinated with shapes, shading, and trying to make the objects in my drawings appear to pop out in 3-D. Later I became interested in photography. I took pictures in the woods with my camera, tinkered with equipment in the darkroom, and experimented with artistic effects.

Much later I became the photographer of the I SPY books, in collaboration with writer Jean Marzollo. I did more than take the pictures. I thought of ideas, sketched ideas, collected props, made props, built sets, arranged objects, hid objects, adjusted lights, and took a picture. Then I rearranged objects and took another picture -- sometimes over and over again.

I write as well as illustrate my own books now. In A DROP OF WATER, I combine simple text with clear photographs to explain science secrets of the everyday world. In WALTER WICK'S OPTICAL TRICKS, the everyday world is turned upside down with impossible objects, phantom images, and other perplexing illusions. With the CAN YOU SEE WHAT I SEE? series, I continue the picture-puzzle tradition, taking readers on ever more amazing adventures of the imagination in their quest for hidden objects.

Happy reading!

Walter Wick

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Pierce on December 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My 3 yr old loves this book, and *I* love this book! There's nothing better than reading a book to my son that both of us truly enjoy.

This is our first Walter Wick book (won't be the last) and we are simply amazed at how much effort was put into the fantastic story line and how brilliant it is executed. Walter so competently lays out an implied yet clearly understood story line in such a unique manner and provides so much for the parent and child to talk about. Each page is so unbelievably rich... I'm awestruck! Every time we read this book it is a different experience... very few books I've run across can pull this off.

Check out the 'Watch a Book Trailer' on this page for a cool insight into how Walter pulls it all off.

Bravo, Walter!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brimful Curiosities on December 22, 2011
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Like Wick's other books, Toyland Express is full of all sorts of delightful finds. Besides the Toyland Express train, readers get a chance to search for more than 250 hidden objects in this fun, photographic adventure that portrays the life of a little blue toy train. The train is created and painted in a workshop. Then it goes from store window display on to become a beloved birthday gift. Later, forgotten in the attic, it finally ends up in a yard sale and finds another loving home. The toy train storyline unites all the photographs in the book and gives the book an interesting fictional depth.

Toyland Express is the first Can You See What I See? series book my family has read though we've read many of Wick's I Spy books together. We really enjoyed watching the story of a toy train unfold in the photographs. We also learned about a new-to-us Wick character, a "bead boy" named Seymour! Seymour is a cute character that Wick hides in all the Can You See What I See? books. Perfect for train lovers and all readers that enjoy search and finds!
*Book provided by publisher for review
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Snedaker on December 19, 2011
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This is a perfect Christmas book! It gets little minds working and is a fun Christmas addition. We love the I Spy series, and this book was as expected. I sit down with my 4 and 6 year old and we see who can see the items first. The pictures are beautiful and the price is right! Walter Wick has done it again.
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By Katie on January 11, 2014
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What an adorable book! Not only a seek and find, it's the story of how a toy train was made, given as a gift, put away in the attic when the child was older and eventually used again by another child. My 2 year old nephew loves it as well as the 3 and 5 year old.
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By noname on January 9, 2014
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This is a perfect gift for kids who spend too much time watching TV or playing video/computer games and need something else to do. It promotes attention to detail and is very rewarding!
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Our kids enjoy this series of books, and they are decent entertainment for adults to sit through, as well. Once the kids read this one, they knew exactly where everything was. When they started to get bored with it, we took a scene and each had to tell a story about what was going on with the characters. They get as much fun out of that as reading the book, proper.

This is a great series with lovely photos, and enough intrigue to keep the little ones engaged.
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By Karrie on June 19, 2013
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Our two year old loved this book at day care. Now he loves it at home too. Must read it every night.
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Lots of exciting things to see - every time you read it, there's new things to explore. I loved it - my wife says I like reading it to my kids simply because I like looking at all the pictures.
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