I Spy Under the Sea


Look through each eye-catching spy hole to count a new underwater creature!

There are many colorful creatures to find under the sea. Look through the spy hole and use the clues to guess the creature, then turn the page to count the animals. Watch as toddlers quickly become engaged in the game and learn to recognize and count sea creatures.

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Look through each eye-catching spy hole to count a new underwater creature!

There are many colorful creatures to find under the sea. Look through the spy hole and use the clues to guess the creature, then turn the page to count the animals. Watch as toddlers quickly become engaged in the game and learn to recognize and count sea creatures.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In an aquatic companion to I Spy with My Little Eye, Gibbs keeps the format of the first book while offering an animal guessing game that counts down from seven. A circular window on the left shows part of an animal’s face, along with the words: “I spy with my little eye...” Opposite, the sentence is completed (“...something with a curly tail”), appearing along with a circular die-cut that reveals more of that animal’s features and an additional clue (“I am named after an animal you can ride”). Intervening spreads reveal the mystery animals, in this case six colorful sea horses outlined with scribbly ink. Slightly more subdued but just as much fun as its predecessor. Ages 2–5. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Emily Griffin
Peep into the porthole and discover what lives under the sea. A companion to Gibbs's I Spy with My Little Eye, this new book has an ocean theme and features seven marine animals for readers to guess and count. Each spread begins with the phrase "I spy with my little eye..." and shows a partial view of an animal found in the sea. Next, another partial view, again through a porthole, is accompanied by a hint such as "I have a funny name." Turn the page to discover "we're clownfish." In the top corner is the number of the animal found of the page: "7 seven clownfish." The countdown from seven brings seahorses, crabs, swordfish, octopuses, dolphins, and one shark (who spies something of his own). Lively, but simple, illustrations make counting down and figuring out what animal is next enjoyable. Reinforced binding and thick paper make this a sturdy picture book for the toddler and Pre-K set. Reviewer: Emily Griffin
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Following the same successful formula as in I Spy with My Little Eye (Candlewick, 2011), Gibbs offers peeks, via die-cut circles, into the marine world: "I spy with my little eye…something with a curly tail. (I am named after an animal you can ride.)" On the following spread, readers will find six seahorses. Why six? The author is introducing basic numbers—a countdown from seven to one-as well as aquatic creatures. The digitally created illustrations are well executed, mainly composed of muted blues and greens but with some colorful seahorses and bright sand crabs invigorating the earlier pages. Then Gibbs turns the tables on readers, as is his custom, and the last creature says, "I'm a SHARK, and I spy…YOU!" This cleverly designed treatment will inspire children to take a closer look at life in the ocean, at least in the pages of a book.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
Kirkus Reviews
An under-the-sea guessing and counting game from the creator of I Spy with My Little Eye (2011). In alternating spreads, readers receive clues about a sea creature, with the answer revealed in the next. In the first, each verso features an image of the creature's eye paired with the bold words "I spy with my little eye . . ." If children look carefully, they will spot a full or partial silhouette of the animal, too. The recto provides further information: "something with stripes," "big claws," "lots of arms." A die-cut hole allows youngsters to peek at part of the creature, and an additional hint is provided. Hints vary from leading prompts "I have a funny name" to common observations "I walk sideways on the beach" to the factual "My arms are called tentacles." Turn the page, and a colorful scene unfolds. Digital art mimics paint with black-ink outlines, creating texture and movement. Each friendly-looking animal is named (clownfish, crab, octopus and more) and the quantity noted. This starts arbitrarily with the number seven and counts down to one shark. His smile, unfortunately, may appear more menacing than merry when he says "I'm a SHARK, and I spy… / YOU!" In the end, children are invited to discover their own world through a spy-hole. A clever introduction to ocean life. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763659523
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/27/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 547,817
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward Gibbs studied illustration at college but became a graphic designer, where he fine-tuned the art of distilling detailed or difficult ideas into their simplest form. He uses this skill in all his books, including the first I Spy book, I Spy with My Little Eye. Edward Gibbs lives in London.
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