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Walter Wick, collagist/illustrator of the hit I Spy series, takes young readers on a dreamy treasure hunt in this fabulous photo book loaded with surprises.
Following a child's dream from bedtime to morning wake-up, Wick challenges imaginations with rhyming text and objects hidden inside complex scenes cleverly composed of cardboard, toys, and ordinary household items. Collages depict "Thirteen O'Clock" (the crossroads of Dream City, Sleepyville, and Slumberton) and the "Dream City" itself -- with mini-people walking around, buildings bustling with activity, and more cool extras hidden in every nook and cranny. Other scenes include "Sky High," an aerial view of some futuristic metropolis that challenges youngsters to spot a silver phone, a yellow funnel, and a red jet-car; and "Central Command," an eye-popping view of the city's mechanics that hides a fire hydrant, a bottle-cap hat, and a domino six. When the book's small protagonist awakes in the morning, there are lots more things to discover, and as an added plus, the author provides a lengthy and informative "About This Book" section.
An elaborate and entertaining companion to I Spy, this "picture adventure to search and solve" will keep kids busy for hours. Wick's awesome cityscapes are vividly colored eye candy, and kids will have a blast discovering additional items not even identified in the text. It's a cool trip inside a dream that will boggle your imagination. Matt Warner