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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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: NP (What's this?)
  • Series: I Spy
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; Reprint edition (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545415837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545415835
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Board book
These board books are a smaller and simpler version of the original "I Spy" series. If you are not familiar with the "I Spy" series, the basic concept is similar to "Where's Waldo" in that you "search" for specific objects. But in this case, the searching field is a series of photographs that depict varied and interesting items. Each photograph has a particular theme and is full of colorful and inventive objects.
The original "I Spy" books ask you to find many objects in each photo and can be very challenging. My husband and I got a kick out of finding the objects ourselves and by no means breezed through the books. These simplified board books are geared toward a much younger audience--they offer toddlers and younger children a way to play the same type of game. The photographs contain only a handful of objects, and the reader is asked to find only two objects per page.
My daughter really enjoys these types of interactive books. They give her a chance to be "proud" when she finds whatever she's looking for. There is also a similar series I would recommend called "Find the Duck (Puppy, Piglet, Kitten, Teddy)..." books. In the "Find the..." series the child is looking for the same object throughout the book. . If you are interested, I wrote a review on that series where I go into more detail about them.
Overall, these are a nice way to interact with your toddler--they offer an opportunity to teach patience and to carefully investigate things. My only criticism is that I noticed that the photos that they use are just blown up portions of photos taken from their original series. I wish they would be more creative and use entirely new photos.
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By AWC on April 3, 2000
Format: Board book
We have all the I Spy books to date and this is my 3 year old's favorite. He LOVES searching for the certain animals, identifying the other animals, and even attempts to sound like the different animals. We've had this book since before my son was 1. Don't wait until your child is a toddler to buy this book!
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I bought this for 3.5 year old who has several level 1 I Spy books. Having not seen the 8x8 book in person, I relied on the item description which lists ages 4-8. This is completely inaccurate. I would suggest this book is for ages 1-3 (3 is pushing it). There are only two items, at most, per page and they aren't hidden at all in picture. I'm returning it straight away as there is no challenge for my son with this book.
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Format: Board book
A smaller version of the full sized I Spy books, these books are just great. They include cropped pictures from the regular I Spy books and are printed on durable cardboard - just right for little hands!
My two year old loves this collection of books - they are just the right size for her to hold, are sturdy enough for her to play with, and there are lots of interesting pictures to hold her attention.
The pictures are lots of fun to look at. They give parents the opportunity to sit with their children and discover the different things in the pictures and to help their children identify them.
These are all very good books!! I highly recommend.
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By Autumn on January 9, 2005
Format: Board book
I bought this for my two year old and he loves it. He knows where all the pictures are ( he did before we left the store) an he still sits there with it in front of him for long peroids of time. I am trying to get the whole set. I don't know how many are in the set though and I was hoping that there would be some place where you could buy them in a complete set.
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I bought this book for my little brother as a Christmas gift, thinking that it was just as expansive and creatively jumbled and full of spying as the hardback books. But these smaller, softback books are not as jumbled and full of spying opportunity. In fact, they only ask you to spy 3 things on a page? A very small page compared to the larger books. So, maybe as a gift for am smaller child, this would be good, but for my little brother who is 8 years old, he kinda needs a little more to spy through I think.
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I purchased this I Spy Animal book for my 2 1/2 year old. She loves it! We had read it countless times already. The colors are bright and the pictures are clear. the book is a smaller size so she can handle it easily. This is a good book to take to restaurants or in the car or anywhere you need to keep your child occupied. She can "read it" herself but we like to take turns "spying" other item in the pictures. I think this book would be great for baby up to age 5 years. I am looking forward to purchasing more I Spy books.
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Great books! I bought this one for Christmas for my 2 year old. We already had I Spy Letters and she loved that one, so it was a safe bet. We read through the story but she also points to all the other pictures and learns lots of new words. She's learning tons of new words through these books! Highly recommend.
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