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The Night Before Christmas: Picture Puzzles to Search and Solve (Can You See What I See? Series)

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by Walter Wick
 

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Scenes from Clement Moore's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas inspire twelve elegant and fascinating compositions where readers search for dozens of intriguing hidden objects.

The first photograph, "The Night Before Christmas," features a gingerbread house, Christmas cookies, candles, bulbs, and more. "Visions of Sugarplums" is an abstract composition of Christmas

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Scenes from Clement Moore's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas inspire twelve elegant and fascinating compositions where readers search for dozens of intriguing hidden objects.

The first photograph, "The Night Before Christmas," features a gingerbread house, Christmas cookies, candles, bulbs, and more. "Visions of Sugarplums" is an abstract composition of Christmas confections; and "Such a Clatter!" is a dynamic explosion of objects. In "It Must Be Saint Nick," Santa is shown in shadow; and in "A Bundle of Toys," the presents in Santa's sack are revealed as a magnificent jumble. The final photograph, "Happy Christmas to All" is a beautiful, pastoral landscape, lustrous under new-fallen snow.

The original poem is printed on the endpapers.

Can You See What

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SLJ 10/1/05
WICK, Walter. Can You See What I See?: The Night Before Christmas: Picture Puzzles to Search and Solve. illus. by author. 35p. with CD. CIP. Scholastic/Cartwheel. Oct. 2005. Tr $13.99. ISBN 0-439-76927-2. LC 2005005644.
K-Gr 2–Wick's familiar “I Spy” formula–rhymed text that lists objects in juxtaposed double-page illustrations, with the invitation for viewers to locate those objects–is here tied loosely to the Clement Moore poem. The poem itself is printed on the endpapers and is not referred to further except in short phrases such as “All Snug” as headings for the photographs of Christmas decorations, cookies, candies, and toys. Libraries owning copies of Wick and Jean Marzollo's I Spy Christmas (Scholastic, 1992) can skip this one.–S. P.

HB Nov/Dec Walter Wick Can You See What I See?: The Night before Christmas: Picture Puzzles to Search and Solve; illus. with photos by the author
40 pp. Cartwheel/Scholastic 10/05 isbn 0-439-76927-2 $13.99
(Primary, Intermediate)
It's not a Christmas miracle, but it's pretty awesome. Wick's captivating color-photo picture-puzzle tableaux illustrate fragments ("such a clatter!"; "new fallen snow") plucked from Clement Clarke Moore's classic "The Night before Christmas," the text of which is reproduced on the book's endpapers. The rhymes accompanying each double-page spread are forgettable ("Can you see / what I see? / A penguin, a pie, / a red candy heart, / 3 little elves, / a bear in a cart"), but the art is up to Wick's usual standards and then some. Each panoramic image -- a toy nook, complete with miniature bedroom ("all snug"); a wallpaper-like assemblage of holiday confections ("visions of sugarplums") -- reveals the most minuscule of details, right down to the last white dot on a nonpareil. nell beram

Kirkus 11/1/05
The co-creator of the "I Spy" series uses a similar format in this holiday offering full of glowing photographs of tiny toys and sweet treats. As in previous volumes, readers can search each spread for the miniature items craftily hidden within, enumerated in rhyming lists in large type next to each photograph. Wick uses phrases from the familiar lines of "A Visit from Saint Nicholas" as an organizational framework for his lush photos of a cozy house on Christmas Eve all decked out for Santa's arrival. (He includes the poem on the endpapers.) Some spreads focus on one area of the house and others on single images from the poem, such as a whirlwind of sugarplums or an open bundle of toys. Eagle-eyed readers will spot additional clever details such as a recurring white dove and the gabled house in a snow globe that duplicates the home featured throughout. This volume covers much of the same holiday territory as I Spy Christmas by Marzollo and Wick (1992), but fans of this sort of picture puzzle will welcome another challenging Christmas brainteaser. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-

Publishers Weekly
A trio of holiday books helps readers get in the spirit (see Children's Reviews, Sept. 26 for more titles). Walter Wick applies his considerable photographic and choreographic talents to the Yuletide-themed addition to his paper-over-board Can You See What I See? series, The Night Before Christmas. Endpapers reprint Moore's famous poem, which kicks off photographic puzzles called "Visions of Sugarplums," featuring a dazzling shower of gingerbread cookies, gumdrops, candy canes and more, and "A Bundle of Toys" that will have alert young eyes scouring Santa's sack for goodies. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Taking inspiration from the classic poem by Clement C. Moore, Wick— photographer of the "I Spy" books—has created scenes in which the reader is given a list of items to find. The title of the list for each spread is a phrase taken from Moore's poem. Much creativity has gone into the composition of each scene. In "New Fallen Snow" the objects are displayed on a white quilt with a Christmas snow globe in the center. The page of "visions of sugarplums" has gingerbread men and women and other cutout cookies, candy canes, ribbon candy and assorted sweets that appear to be floating in air. There is a rhythm and some rhyming to the list of items. Some objects are easy to find, others more difficult. The photographs of the toys and Christmas decorations are clear and eye-catching. Astute viewers might even find a toy just like one of their own. Fans of the "I Spy" books will be happy to spend Christmas afternoon with this book. 2005, Scholastic, Ages 4 to 9.
—Sharon Salluzzo
Kirkus Reviews
The co-creator of the "I Spy" series uses a similar format in this holiday offering full of glowing photographs of tiny toys and sweet treats. As in previous volumes, readers can search each spread for the miniature items craftily hidden within, enumerated in rhyming lists in large type next to each photograph. Wick uses phrases from the familiar lines of "A Visit from Saint Nicholas" as an organizational framework for his lush photos of a cozy house on Christmas Eve all decked out for Santa's arrival. (He includes the poem on the endpapers.) Some spreads focus on one area of the house and others on single images from the poem, such as a whirlwind of sugarplums or an open bundle of toys. Eagle-eyed readers will spot additional clever details such as a recurring white dove and the gabled house in a snow globe that duplicates the home featured throughout. This volume covers much of the same holiday territory as I Spy Christmas by Marzollo and Wick (1992), but fans of this sort of picture puzzle will welcome another challenging Christmas brainteaser. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439769273
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/2005
Series:
Can You See What I See? Series
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
54,439
Product dimensions:
10.75(w) x 10.75(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

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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Night Before Christmas: Picture Puzzles to Search and Solve 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My child (aged 3-4) loves spending time with me hunting through the pages of these books. The imagery is beautifully put together to draw you into Seymour's world.
OP_Semloh More than 1 year ago
I have been buying these books since my children were young and they are still loved. I have several different 'Christmas' titles and they are part of the decorations we put out each year. When my large families come, we often see several groups reading and searching the books. This is a series that appeals to all ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our daughter (5) loves the Can You See What I See series, and this is a huge favorite at the holidays. It is great for girls and boys, and make s a wonderful gift for 4-6 year olds. The pictures are lovely, colorful and challanging enough to make some parents work to find the objects. It is fun and festive!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter and I spent some great quality time looking for the hidden objects - have to admit, a couple items were tough to find :) Lots of fun!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
bought book for my daughter and we ended having hours of family fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Family fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is such a great book--my toddler loves it! i only wish that there were more books by this author in stores. my son LOVES to point out and name everything he sees in the picture puzzles. a SUPER book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son, age 3-1/2, loves this book. We look at it every night before bed. We pick things for each other to find. And we try to find the red & yellow man on every page.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has been added to the books I take out during the christmas season to read.
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mommyowe More than 1 year ago
I love this book and it has been so much fun for my 5yr and 6yr old to look at it with me. The books keep us wanting more. This helps their eyesight and reading to see what we have to find. I have ordered more of these books because we have so much FUN together.
stacy1212 More than 1 year ago
Extremely entertaining series of search and find books. With realism pictures and challenging riddles. I have been doing the whole series with co-workers at work on lunch break. We search through them as parties of two or as a group. We sometimes compete to get through our own book so we can start the next book first. When we are finished with a book I am asked' When are you going to get a new book". Other people walk by and ask "Whats with the kids books"?, but we cant stop! Then before they know it they are lured in and searching for stuff also!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great book for young and old alike ...
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Wonderful book for Christmas eve.
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