I Spy Fun House: A Book of Picture Riddles

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With 24 million copies sold, the bestselling I Spy series is being relaunched with new designs and foil covers.

This bestselling book features riddles that send readers searching through 13 photographs with a fun house theme.

Rhyming verses ask readers to find hidden objects in the phohotographs.

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Overview


With 24 million copies sold, the bestselling I Spy series is being relaunched with new designs and foil covers.

This bestselling book features riddles that send readers searching through 13 photographs with a fun house theme.

Rhyming verses ask readers to find hidden objects in the phohotographs.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
It's hard to believe that Marzollo and Wick could top their I Spy Christmas , but their latest book of picture riddles is their best yet. Once again, each spread consists of a spectacular color photograph of an even more spectacularly propped 4 8 set, paired with four lines of verse that challenge the reader (``I spy a fish, five clothespins, a rose; / The reflection of an elephant's nose . . .''). Wick's dramatic lighting, his diverse use of shadows and his varied backgrounds set new standards for children's photography books, while Marzollo's seemingly straightforward rhymes are marked by wit and subtlety. The fun-house theme is exploited to grand effect in the scenery choices. Musical instruments and symbols, clown puppets and toys proliferate; and sets incorporating fun-house mirrors, magician's props, dressing room paraphernalia, bandstands and so forth not only create atmosphere but add to the complexity of each puzzle. Bonus for readers beyond the suggested age range: the extra-credit riddles at the end are devilish indeed. Ages 3-8. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
K Up-- Another in the popular ``I Spy'' series, this entry features the same high-quality photography, clever design, and rhyming riddles found in the two previous books. Additional challenging riddles are printed at the end of the book. Youngsters are also invited to devise their own riddles, and plenty of unnamed images are available for them to use. The fun-house theme brings glimpses of magicians' paraphernalia, tickets, toys and treats, a puppet stage, and other more or less connected objects and settings. The painted puppets who appear in many of the pictures, the image of the distorting mirrors, and a variety of painted masks may frighten preschoolers, but they are not the intended audience. A challenging, topnotch offering that's more fun than a barrel of monkeys. --Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Stuart Miller
Using riotous color and cheerfully surreal designs, photographer Wick has created a collection of picture riddles filled with hidden objects associated with amusement park fun houses. Clowns, balloons, pinwheels, and puppet stages are only a few of the objects in the pictures, which are accompanied by rhyming clues that point the way toward the hidden objects in each spread. The third in a series by Marzollo and Wick, this has the same high-quality color reproductions as the previous books. While the subject matter alone will make the book a success, a section of "Extra Credit" riddles, a suggestion for writing original picture riddles, and an explanation of how the sets for each photograph were made will help make the book even more popular.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590462938
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1993
  • Series: I Spy
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 187,172
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.24 (w) x 12.26 (h) x 0.34 (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 February 24, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Too freaky for my 5 year old and for me too.

    We love I SPY books. My daughter checks them out of the library almost every time we go. This was a present to her (we didn't open it first). She turned through the pages really fast and gave it back to us. The clowns were freaky and they were on every page. We ended up returning it for a different I SPY title.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2007

    Creepy Clowns

    The photographer must have a very dark sense of humor and a secret motive to creep out little ones and their parents. The clowns in this book seem to have come out from a horror movie right into my child's bedroom. My 7 year old son could not sleep with the book in his room.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2005

    Not for me!

    For those people acquainted with I Spy books, you know that there is one item that appears on each picture page. Unfortunately in the Fun House book, the recurring item is a pair of clown dolls that are downright freaky. Call me crazy, but these clowns give me the creeps! They are peering out at you from all sorts of places! I had intended to give this book as a gift to my 8-year old son, but couldn't follow through. Those clowns creeped me out too much, and I was afraid it would do the same to my children. As I said, maybe it's just me, but I can't recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2003

    I love em'!!

    Hi.I love I spy books!!!They are fun and adventurous for ALL ages!!!Every time we go any where that has those books,I BEG my mom if I can get one...or even TWO!!Well i will always love I spy books!!Thank you very much barns and noble book stores!!!

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    Posted December 15, 2008

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