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I Spy: Mystery A Book Of Picture Riddles Hardcover – May 1, 2005

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Ages 5-10. Like other books in Marzollo's I Spy series, this one features a simple rhyming text and crystal-clear color photographs of common objects. Readers will have to be eagle-eyed (not to mention diligent) to locate the bright toys, games, party favors, sports equipment, and other childhood items that hide in blue shadows, on a shell-filled beach, behind keyholes, and in a whimsical nursery painting. Filled with props, the diverse and imaginative "sets" (their construction is explained in a note) should inspire kids to invent their own mysteries and rhymes. Librarians should be forewarned that patrons may be tempted to mark up the pages, but this is still a book to recommend to young detectives sick of looking for that little guy in the red-and-white stripped shirt and the red hat. Julie Corsaro --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Jean Marzollo has written many award-winning children’s books, including the acclaimed I Spy series and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARTIN LUTHER KING. Jean lives with her husband, Claudio, in New York State’s Hudson Valley.

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.
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Series: I Spy
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Cartwheel Books (May 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439787319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439787314
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,876,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jean Marzollo was born and raised in Manchester, Connecticut.

She says, "As a child, I loved to read and sew dolls' clothes, one outfit after another. I am a graduate of Manchester High School, the University of Connecticut, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. After working as a high school English teacher and editor of Scholastic's "Let's Find Out" kindergarten magazine with Carol Devine Carson for 20 years, I began writing children's books. I have written over 130 books, including the award-winning, best-selling I SPY series for children, written completely in rhythm and rhyme. Rhythm and rhyme are like music without the tune; they lure and excite the ear. Children love rhythm and rhyme, and so do I. Do you know that I SPY actually has the same rhythm as "Old Mother Hubbard" and also rap? I treasure the beautiful, intricate photographs by Walter Wick in the I SPY books. When I wrote the first I SPY book, I automatically thought of kindergarten children so everything that I called for was concrete, something a 5-year-old can find. The result is a hunting game that children and grownups can play together successfully. Sometimes children are better than their parents! In recent years I took up painting and have begun to illustrate my own "books on paper" and "books online." You can see them on my website: jeanmarzollo.com. Writing and illustrating picture books today is as much fun as sewing dolls' clothes was when I was in third grade. As soon as I'm done with one book, I'm happily compelled to start the next."

Jean Marzollo lives in Upstate New York.

www.JeanMarzollo.com

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Fisher TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 18, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I have been a fan of Walter Wick's photographs and Jean Marzollo's rhymes since I was nine years old and my school friends and I huddled over the mat at school trying to find all the hidden items in the pages. Now that I'm eighteen I still love these books, not so much for the riddles but for the amazing and merticulous photographs, some of which just *beg* to have a story written about them (such as 'The Ghost in the Attic' photograph on pages 14-15). Each photograph has some sort of an enigma or mystery involved in it, whether it be messages written in the letters on building blocks, lost puzzle pieces or clues to a secret birthday party.
A complaint was made that 'I Spy Mystery' has no story to it. This is because this book was one of Wick/Marzollo's earlier editions, and it is only with their latest books - 'I Spy Spooky House' and 'I Spy Treasure Hunt' that they add a plot thread. But there is a theme in the other books, and this one is obviously 'mystery'. Each photograph is intriguing, and each riddle has a specific object to find that harks back to many old mystery and adventure books that you may have read as a child, whether it be 'the missing key to the chest', 'proof that the cat knocked over the can', 'the stolen diamond ring' or 'the pirate's X'. These types of clues add an extra dimension to the pictures and children will be more drawn into the hunt for the objects in the pictures, and as I mentioned before there is no end to the inspiration the photographs create - these are the perfect books to use to kindle a child's imagination.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "intentaccess" on April 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful series, my family has each book and we get so much enjoyment. The I spy Mystery I really feel has some great creative photography. I thought some of the pictures may be scary for the young but that wasn't so. They seem to be amazed with the photo that is like peeking though a keyhole and especially the pages with all the marbles. The extra credit questions in the back of this one are really a lot of fun. You can't go wrong with this book and is great for all ages!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 8, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This entire series of "I Spy" books is fabulous. We've had so much fun with our grandchildren looking for the hidden objects in each picture. We especially like the Extra Credit page in the back. What a fun way to improve our powers of observation! We own all of the current titles, so we're anxious to see new ones in the future. Keep them coming!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 11, 1998
Format: Hardcover
What a fun and challenging book for kids to adults. This book was especially delightful for me to read and look at with my children. The photography is amazing. Five stars to the authors for coming up with such an invigorating and clever story!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Keller on November 6, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The book is great, but we are struggling with the unknown. Can someone please let us know where the "dolphin" is on pages 24 & 25. You have us stumped.
Thank you,
The Keller family
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rowan on December 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is one of my favorite I Spy books because it has a lot of mystery themed riddles. As a sleuth, you will need to find certain things at the end of the riddle, such as something fancy, something missing from another page, or even the criminal responsible for this crime.

Please note: There are additional riddles at the end of the book, including mystery riddles, such as finding the gems and jewels in a box, or finding the missing pieces of a charm necklace.

Overall, 5 Stars. If you like solving mysteries, be sure to get this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Knowles Clan on July 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My kids (12 & 5) love the 'I Spy' series of books - we have 4 of them now. My 5-year old and I do a page before bed every night, he loves it.
It assists in teaching him many extra words and concepts. I highly recommend the books and will purchase a couple more before school starts.
Only drawback is that I notice some of the books have identical riddle pages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
My 5 year-old godson is absolutely enchanted by this book. It is his absolute favorite and the first thing wants when he comes over. It has been a source of countless evenings of entertainment for our family. The layout and photography of each page is very creative. This book is one that can be enjoyed by kids of all ages, over and over again!
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