Can You See What I See?: Picture Puzzles to Search and Solve

Can You See What I See?: Picture Puzzles to Search and Solve

by Walter Wick
     
 

Walter Wick's new book of search-and-find puzzles--each with a brain-teasing twist--is over the top!
Walter once again delights our eyes and challenges our minds with his own special wit and style.

With his signature style of photographic artwork, Walter Wick takes picture puzzles to a new level with CAN YOU SEE WHAT I SEE? Twelve tantalizing photographs are

Overview


Walter Wick's new book of search-and-find puzzles--each with a brain-teasing twist--is over the top!
Walter once again delights our eyes and challenges our minds with his own special wit and style.

With his signature style of photographic artwork, Walter Wick takes picture puzzles to a new level with CAN YOU SEE WHAT I SEE? Twelve tantalizing photographs are filled with fascinating objects, while rhyming text challenges readers with lists of items to seek and find. The text on each spread ends with a twist. Readers must go back and solve brain-teasing puzzles: follow an alphabet maze, identify parts needed to build a robot, discover objects in a mirror image that doesn't quite reflect what's really there! This book will provide hours of fun to puzzle-lovers of all ages!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

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 or 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.
--Publishers Weekly, Jan. 7, 2002, starred review

Fans of Wick's and Jean Marzollo's I Spy series will be thrilled with a new challenge while newcomers will become immediate devotees with this dozen of picture puzzles to search and solve. With Wick's usual frenzied color-photo montages, each spread has rhyming clues to locate a variety of game objects. The caption of each puzzle indicates the theme, such as "String Game," "Card Tricks," "Domino Effect," and "Magic Mirror." An author's note explains that he has combined classic search-and-find puzzles with other familiar types of puzzles. Some are mazes, some are matching games, some are spot-the-difference games, and some are simple cryptic games with a few optical ones for good measure. The cover even contains a rebus for the title. There's a plastic-jointed, Weeble People-type figure that appears like Waldo in each peripatetic scene. So sharpen your visual acuity and be prepared to be absorbed and engrossed in this amazing entertainment that will keep espyers returning again and again.
--Kirkus Reviews, Jan. 15th 2002

From the rebus that reveals the title of the book on the cover to the very last spread, Wick once again provides youngsters with hours of puzzle-solving fun. Game-board endpapers usher them into a variety of games, all of which begin with the question, "Can you see what I see?" In this venture, however, Wick's marvelous photographed environments present more than hunt-and-find exercises, though there are plenty of those kinds of challenges in every rhyme. But just when youngsters may think they have things under control, the end of each rhyme offers a new puzzle-sometimes a maze, sometimes an invitation to uncover an optical illusion or find differences in like objects. "See-Through" requires readers to expose camouflaged items. "Spare Parts," a spread that resembles a junk drawer, has them playing a matching game, as does "Assembly Required," in which readers must look at "I. Seemore's" plans for building a robot and find the pieces necessary for completing it. The plans include a bit of humor by showing a frightened mouse's view of the robot. Mirror tricks and the humorous objects in each spread add to the fun. Wick's fans will relish his explanation of his work at the end of the book and may even find some puzzle-solving hints. This is "I Spy" and much more!
--School Library Journal, March 2002, starred review

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Walter Wick takes readers on a meticulous journey of the eye and the mind with his latest challenge. Part of the bestselling duo that wowed youngsters with the I Spy books, Wick steps out on his own with a special brand of picture puzzles. In addition to the classic seek-and-find of various objects among a host of items in these photos, Wick includes other games at the end of each rhyme: mazes in "Domino Effect" and "Bump, Bump, Bump"; optical games in "Wood Shop" (try and find the pop-out bear!); and cryptic games in "In Bins."

Wick's inherent talent for creating beautiful works of manipulated chaos rings loud and clear with this dizzying collection. "See Through" is a stunning assemblage of mini-glass menagerie. "Wood Shop" is a testament to the virtue of patience -- and fun! Along with his masterful skill in photography, Wick's rhymes are just as engaging. The additional games for each riddle will thrill I Spy fans who are up for another challenge. And adults with a keen eye for detail will appreciate Wick's stellar photography, use of color, and pure genius at stimulating the minds of the young. (Amy Barkat)

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. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
The sentence on the cover of this book perfectly describes what is found inside. It says, "Picture puzzles to search and solve." If you like the books in the "I Spy" series, you will love this book. The same photographer for the "I Spy" series created this book. It will entertain young children because of the magical pictures, while charming the older children because of the complex puzzles involved in each of the photographs. Each picture puzzle is accompanied by a poem that lists objects to find on that page. The end of the poem gives another sort of puzzle, such as a matching game, finding the differences between a picture and a mirror, cryptic games, or a maze. The book is intellectually challenging, and will be loved for years to come. This brilliant book is certain to become a classic of its kind. Without the puzzles, the sharp, clear, pictures will keep children and adults occupied and entertained for hours. The puzzles add an additional element to the book. Walter Wick is a genius because of his brilliant arrangements of objects, light and color. 2002, Scholastic, $13.95. Ages 4 to 12. Reviewer: Nicole Peterson
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-From the rebus that reveals the title of the book on the cover to the very last spread, Wick once again provides youngsters with hours of puzzle-solving fun. Game-board endpapers usher them into a variety of games, all of which begin with the question, "Can you see what I see?" In this venture, however, Wick's marvelous photographed environments present more than hunt-and-find exercises, though there are plenty of those kinds of challenges in every rhyme. But just when youngsters may think they have things under control, the end of each rhyme offers a new puzzle-sometimes a maze, sometimes an invitation to uncover an optical illusion or find differences in like objects. "See-Through" requires readers to expose camouflaged items. "Spare Parts," a spread that resembles a junk drawer, has them playing a matching game, as does "Assembly Required," in which readers must look at "I. Seemore's" plans for building a robot and find the pieces necessary for completing it. The plans include a bit of humor by showing a frightened mouse's view of the robot. Mirror tricks and the humorous objects in each spread add to the fun. Wick's fans will relish his explanation of his work at the end of the book and may even find some puzzle-solving hints. This is "I Spy" and much more!-Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community College, CT Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Fans of Wick's and Jean Marzollo's I Spy series will be thrilled with a new challenge while newcomers will become immediate devotees with this dozen of picture puzzles to search and solve. With Wick's usual frenzied color-photo montages, each spread has rhyming clues to locate a variety of game objects. The caption of each puzzle indicates the theme, such as "String Game," "Card Tricks," "Domino Effect," and "Magic Mirror." An author's note explains that he has combined classic search-and-find puzzles with other familiar types of puzzles. Some are mazes, some are matching games, some are spot-the-difference games, and some are simple cryptic games with a few optical ones for good measure. The cover even contains a rebus for the title. There's a plastic-jointed, Weeble People-type figure that appears like Waldo in each peripatetic scene. So sharpen your visual acuity and be prepared to be absorbed and engrossed in this amazing entertainment that will keep espyers returning again and again. (Picture book. All ages)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439163910
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/2002
Series:
Can You See What I See? Series
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
521,478
Product dimensions:
10.76(w) x 10.78(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet 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.

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