I Spy Christmas: A Book of Picture Riddles

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I Spy has become one of the hottest new ideas in children's books (more than 100,000 copies of the first I Spy book sold). Now comes I Spy Christmas, an engaging photographic puzzle book with rhyming riddles that invite children to find hidden objects among a treasure trove of Christmas items. Every thematic page, from "Santa's Workshop" to "Winter Wonderland, " is a visual feast and a challenging brainteaser.

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Overview

I Spy has become one of the hottest new ideas in children's books (more than 100,000 copies of the first I Spy book sold). Now comes I Spy Christmas, an engaging photographic puzzle book with rhyming riddles that invite children to find hidden objects among a treasure trove of Christmas items. Every thematic page, from "Santa's Workshop" to "Winter Wonderland, " is a visual feast and a challenging brainteaser.

Rhymes invite the reader to find hidden objects in photographs of Christmas items.

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Editorial Reviews

Carolyn Phelan
Similar in concept and format to "I Spy: A Book of Picture Riddles" , this features 13 scenes of Christmas. Short rhymes challenge kids to find a variety of small objects in the purposefully crowded pictures. Wick's full-color photographs fill the large, double-page spreads with seasonal scenes, such as an antique workbench covered with wooden toys, tools, and sawdust; a closet packed with skates, boots, mittens, scarves, and sleds; a kitchen table scattered with cookies, cutters, candy decorations, and gingerbread men; and an old- fashioned toy shop window. Crisp and clear, these striking photos will provide hours of holiday fun for young Waldo watchers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590458467
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/1992
  • Series: I Spy
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 194,127
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.18 (w) x 12.48 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2007

    One of the best things about my childhood.

    The I Spy books were always a part of my childhood, as far back as I can remember. I am now in my 20's, and I still own every book, and I still read them from time to time...and I still forget where some things are! These books are amazing, and I would highly suggest you purchase this for anyone in your life (including yourself!) who wants a book where they can disappear into a world of imagination and wonder. They are simple, fun, challenging, engaging, and wonderful. I Spy Christmas and Fantasy are my favorites.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2001

    Great Fun for the Family Together!

    Unless you have a photographic memory, you will find that the challenge of finding the images described in these rhyming riddles to be a fresh one each time you open a page. Pretty soon, the items in the puzzle all look alike. Growing a little weary of looking, you eventually call out for help. And then another person is drawn in. And then another. Pretty soon, you have the equivalent of a marshmallow roast around a campfire going on for all your friends and family. There are 13 picture puzzles on the themes of ornaments, winter wonderland, window shopping, the holly and the ivy, winter sports, baking cookies, Christmas crafts, Santa's workshop, stocking stuffers, antique teddy bears, nutcracker sweets, under the tree, and Silent Night. As you can tell from the subjects, each puzzle explores a different aspect of the Christmas holiday. Each photograph for the puzzle is almost two oversized facing pages of brilliant color crammed with details. At the bottom is a brief couplet, telling you what to find. It is in the form of I spy an A, a B, The C, a D; Two Es, a P, Some Qs, and a Z. The images range enormously from large, obvious ones (7 pine cones) to subtle, partially hidden ones (the shadow of a star). A separate photographic set was established for each image, which gives lots of variety of scene and lighting. Most sets were about four feet by eight feet and were photographed with an 8' by 10' view camera. Chicken wire, baking soda for snow, and other disguises are used to make it all seem like Christmas. Each photograph is in stunning color. I especially liked the one with the Christmas ornaments. The book also contains some extra credit riddles, such as what item is in each photograph. You also get to match riddles with the photographs that the riddles describe. And best of all are the instructions on how to use the photographs to create your own riddles. I know it sounds simple, and maybe it is, but I never found it so. I did find it challenging, fun, and social . . . with my adorable daughter. It makes me smile to think of working with her to find the various objects. After you have finished finding every last key, I suggest that you consider making your own book around a theme of interest to you and your child, godchild, or grandchild. That would be even more fun. Look and learn to see! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2010

    After the presents have been opened

    I Spy Christmas offered me the opportunity to spend some quiet time with the younger children at the annual Christmas gathering. Since I do not live in the area, I do not get to see the younger children and I Spy Christmas allowed for some quiet lap time to look at the beautiful pages, talk about the items on the page, relate those items to items in the home, build vocabulary, open real conversation, and, hopefully, provide a warm and lasting memory.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2010

    Challenging/Keeps attention

    We got this for our girls(5 and 3). They have other I Spy books and love them. They would read them every nap and bedtime if allowed. This book is alittle more challenging to find the objects than the other books they have. The pictures are bright. Very nice book for Christmas gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2009

    I spy Christmas book

    I plan on giving this book to all my kids in my class next year for christmas. My 5 year old son loves it! We have gone through it 4 times just today alone! and we look for other things in the pictures as well. must have book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2000

    GREAT ACTIVITY BOOK

    I HAVE PURCHASED TWO OF THE I SPY BOOKS AND MY GRANDSON LOVES THEM. I AM NOW PURCHASING TWO MORE CHRISTMAS I SPY BOOKS FOR GIFTS.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2000

    I Spy Christmas: A Book of Picture Riddles

    A wonderful gift for Christmas. Great for boring rainy days, Or days that Mom won't let you out.I liked it, and you should too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2000

    I Spy Christmas: A Book of Picture Riddles

    Where is it? It's I SPY Christmas edition. Only at Barnes and Noble for $11.16. Get it before it's gone.

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    Posted December 4, 2010

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