I Spy School Days: A Book of Picture Riddles

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School's open for I Spy fans, with a fun learning activity on every page. Readers will find a blackboard scene with brainteasers to solve, a classification puzzle to ponder, a nature scene to explore, and much, much more!

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School's open for I Spy fans, with a fun learning activity on every page. Readers will find a blackboard scene with brainteasers to solve, a classification puzzle to ponder, a nature scene to explore, and much, much more!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fans of the elegantly energetic I Spy picture-puzzle series may wonder how Wick could top the lavish sets he created for I Spy Funhouse and I Spy Mystery. Here, however, he and Marzollo surpass their previous achievements-by reversing direction. While they stick to the same formula (under a full-bleed photo of artistically arrayed objects, verse challenges the reader to find various objects), this time they eschew special effects and razzle-dazzle compositions in favor of sunny spreads showcasing, for the most part, common items. Most sets are basic, from a classroom blackboard to a playground floor to a homemade puppet theater. But each apparently simple spread wordlessly and playfully reinforces learning skills. In a spread featuring plastic numerals from one to 12, for example, each number is surrounded by related objects; a building block emblazoned with "X" and a toy clown wagging the splayed fingers on his hands are among the items illustrating the number 10. The puppet theater is hung with cardboard cutouts of figures and props from classic fairy tales. Other sets teach such concepts as sets and patterns, cleverly integrating items seen on previous spreads. By stressing the value of everyday objects, this ingenious volume will encourage readers to look closely at not just the pictures, but at their own surroundings. Ages 3-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Walter Wick and Jean Marzollo's creations exist only as long as it takes to photograph them. In their newest collaboration, I Spy: School Days the assemblages include collections of preschool/kindergarten blocks and other building toys and an assortment of miniatures placed, " la Venn diagrams, within hula hoops. Ms. Marzollo's riddles identify specific items "spy-ers" can locate. Extra riddles, suggestions for classroom activities, and the story behind this volume's origin wrap up the intriguing treat. Open it up, one spread per week, in a classroom window or on a hallway or library bulletin board so that youngsters passing by can seek the items Ms. Marzollo-or a class riddler-pinpoints.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-This riddle book in verse follows the now-familiar format of large, oversized pages chock-full of objects and realia. This time, the double-page spreads are devoted to unifying activities or themes associated with school-chalkboard, a puppet show, art or science classrooms, a playground, etc. The full-color photographs are sharp, bright, and busy. Some of the items that youngsters are asked to locate are quite small, and the rabbit on the chalkboard has been almost erased and is very faint. Still, this will be a fun addition for children who appreciate riddles and for those who enjoy poring over pictures.-Susan Chmurynsky, East Kentwood Freshman Campus, MI
Janice Del Negro
In the sixth book in the I Spy series, colorful, eye-catching compositions are once again the high note. Jointly designed by Marzollo and Wick, the sets for the illustrations are wonderfully imaginative, and Wick's photographs are brilliant and sharp. Valentines, building blocks, puppet theaters, and a wealth of theme-related doodads are combined to make school look very appealing. This is essentially an interactive lap book that lends itself to constructive conversation as adults and children read the clue-filled rhymes and look for objects on the delightfully crowded pages. The book even includes some "extra credit" riddles. A visually stunning book, this is a good choice for a day-care library, the easy nonfiction shelf, or a concept book collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439684286
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Series: I Spy Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 20
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 0.40 (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 January 8, 2005

    A great book!

    I would especially recommend this I Spy book for younger children. It's a great one to get the little ones started on. The pictures are crisp and sharp, and the younger kids seem to love the school theme.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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