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I Spy Treasure Hunt: A Book of Picture Riddles Hardcover – October 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Series: I Spy
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; 1 edition (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439042445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439042444
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.5 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Can you spy "a tortoise, a hare, a tea bag, a key/ a clock, and a flag on a house in a tree"? It's not easy--but readers of all ages will have a whole lot of fun trying. With more than a dozen I Spy picture books under their belts, including I Spy Gold Challenger, the award-winning photographer/riddler team of Walter Wick and Jean Marzollo are masters of their art form. And in Treasure Hunt, they've outdone themselves. Readers search for subtly hidden objects on every beautifully composed and photographed page. At first glance the setting seems like any other quaint seaside town. Take a second look and discover that it's in fact a very realistic model, with giant pencil erasers filling truck beds and gargantuan pennies nestled among the boulders of an island. The result is stunning, a surrealistic adventure.

Children will love to pursue the mystery of the pirate's hidden treasure, narrowing their search with every delightfully cluttered page. Looking for an additional challenge? Try the extra-credit riddles. For the inspired reader, Wick and Marzollo also include pages on how to create I Spy riddles and pictures. (Ages 3 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-4-The "I Spy" legacy continues with Treasure Hunt, the 10th installment in this successful series. Marzollo's structured rhymes provide the clues while Wick's stunningly detailed miniature village provides the hidden answers for readers to seek out. Some of the pictures require a lot of searching to find all of the objects mentioned in the rhyme. For those readers who can solve the rhymes in record time, Marzollo concludes with two pages of "Extra Credit Riddles." In addition, instructions are offered on creating individual riddles in the series format. A background note explains how the sets for Treasure Hunt were built and photographed. This title is sure to be popular in libraries that experience heavy usage in their 793.73 section.
Lisa Gangemi Krapp, Rockville Centre Public Library, NY
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Customer Reviews

This I Spy book has been one of our favorites.
Jay Bro
He enjoyed looking for the hidden pictures, as with the other I Spy books.
medmom
My kids ages 20 months to 5 years old love these books.
HMG

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By "intentaccess" on March 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I am a mother of three children and we own each " I spy " book and eagerly wait for a new arrival. My children are now, 10, 8, and 5. These books are truly our favorite and they are not just for the young. Each picture makes them think, explore, and problem solve all on their own in a very different way. Each night at story time they all pick a book mom reads and then a book they read, then we always end up doing an entire I Spy book together. We spend this great quality time together as a family group. Now that I write this review from far away at a conference with grown adults, overly stressed. I went back to my suitcase for the I Spy Treasure Hunt book, which is my favorite of them all. This has broken the ice and released the stress and I cannot get my book back!!! Thank you Walter Wick and Jean Marzollo for the many many hours of enjoyment you have allowed my family to experience!
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I didn't pay much attention to the "I Spy" books until I bought one for my niece. I thought it was strictly a children's book, and I only bothered looking at it to make sure it contained nothing objectionable. Ten minutes later, *I* was hooked! So now I have several for my 3-year-old niece and several that I'm "holding" for her.
"Treasure Hunt" is my favorite "I Spy" because the pictures relate to each other and when followed tell a story. "Spooky Night" also does this. The rest just seem to contain pictures that follow the theme given in the title but don't relate to each other. The challenger books don't have original pictures; they use the pictures from the themed books and give them new, supposedly harder, riddles.
In my opinion, the earlier books are the easiest and the later books are quite a bit harder (and maybe more suitable for older "children").
I personally prefer the themed books to the challengers and the later books to the earlier, but I heartily recommend any, or even all, of the "I Spy" books.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kathy on February 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I think the I Spy Series is Wonderful and Treasure Hunt has great pictures. My only negative is that the age range listed in Amazon is wrong, and even the 4-8 age range usually listed for this book should be a little higher, like 6-8. I have to admit that I have a hard time finding the pictures, so my 4 year old gets frustrated with this one.

I think the Picture Riddles is a great one for 4 year olds to start with.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
We own six of the I Spy books and love them. My children are not young, 19, 17, and 10 and yet we all love searching and doing the extra riddles in the back. We particularly love how all of the pages are interelated in this book. But where is the ruler on the shipwreck page? We are still looking! A great fun book for everyone.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MLPlayfair on May 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I picked this book out because of the beautiful photography and the clever way objects were inserted into miniature settings. The 12 pictures in I SPY TREASURE HUNT are beautiful and fascinating to pore over. Sometimes the photographs are a bit blurry or hazy, though, which made me wonder if I was missing something. I wasn't always sure what I was looking for. Or you only see a tiny part of the thing you're supposed to find. And the extra credit riddles need to be on a foldout page so you can refer to them without flipping back and forth. Still, it's a beautiful, clever book and a lot of fun.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I HAVE NUMEROUS "I SPY" BOOKS. MY THREE KIDS AND MYSELF LOVE THEM ALL.THEY ARE SO MUCH FUN...INDIVIDUAL OR FAMILY FUN.ONCE YOU START,IT'S HARD TO PUT THE BOOK DOWN UNTIL YOU FINISH THE LAST PAGE. HIGHLY RECOMMEND FOR EVERYONE OF ANY AGE!
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a cool book. It kept me busy for a long time. Buy it for your child. They will love you for it
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bobbi Linn Mcallister on May 4, 2008
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I spy books are absolutely fun for the whole family. Exercising your brain with your kids means a lot for you and them. My son is 4 and although he cannot find all of the objects he finds a lot of them. What I like about the books is the photography and how they made different views from the same place. Look for yourself. I also like the fact that you can put them up and get them out after time and start all over. I recommend them highly and plan on buying all of them over time.
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