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I Spy Fantasy: A Book of Picture Riddles
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I Spy Fantasy: A Book of Picture Riddles

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by Jean Marzollo, Walter Wick

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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 that feature fantastical settings!


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 that feature fantastical settings!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Were this volume the first in the I Spy series (I Spy Funhouse; I Spy Mystery) instead of the fifth, it would astonish the reader with its ingenuity. Once again, rhyming riddles direct a hunt for a series of objects in each of 13 sumptuously styled photographs, and once again Wick goes to extraordinary lengths to achieve just the right look. For example, in creating the set for a photo of an elaborate sand castle under attack by armored knights, he used two tons of sand, compressed it in a frame, then carved out the castle. In another noteworthy spread, titled ``Blast Off,'' kitchen gadgets are arranged to construct a space station complete with launch pad; eerily diffused lighting seals the otherworldly effect. Aside from one truly magical shot (of a spinning Saturn made up of plastic toys) the volume goes no further than its remarkable predecessors-then again, maybe it need not. Ages 3-8. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 5-Another book of picture riddles from this creative team. Each double-page spread is a rich visual delight consisting of elaborate sets constructed around fantasy themes, e.g., ``City Blocks,'' ``Sand Castles,'' ``Into the Woods,'' ``Monster Workshop,'' and ``Sweet Dreams.'' The clever riddles suggest things to search for in each large, crystal-clear, full-color photograph, although there are many other objects that youngsters will spy on their own. Even more challenging are the riddles at the end of the book that can be matched to the previous photographs. This volume provides hours of fabulous fun for children to enjoy with a friend or on their own. And best of all, there are no right or wrong answers, as the possibilities are only as limited as readers' imaginations.-Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA
Ilene Cooper
ger for reading aloud. As they did in three previous books, "I Spy" (1992), "I Spy Christmas" (1992), and "I Spy Mystery" (1993), Marzollo and Wicks offer an oversize volume featuring incredible photographic collages. Here, fantasy is the theme, so one two-page spread is an assemblage of clouds, angels, white birds, and castles against a sky of heavenly blue; another is a woodland scene with frogs fishing, bears fiddling, and cats jamming, one on the sax, another on the bass, and yet another on the drum. The text challenges readers to find objects in the pictures: "I spy a mailbox, a feather, a flute, / A horseshoe, a beetle, a basket of fruit." One of the first questions readers may ask when they see the book is, "How did they do that?" A two-page addendum explains how Wick creates the elaborate sets for the spreads, with the final riddles written after the photos are taken. There are also suggestions for other activities, such as writing your own stories. A real imagination stretcher that can be used in a variety of ways.

Product Details

Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
I Spy Series
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Product dimensions:
9.24(w) x 12.18(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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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I Spy Fantasy 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book for my grandkids, and they absolutely LOVED it! They are 6 and 8 years old, and they went through the book together.......SEVERAL times! This is NO "Where's Waldo" book! It is beautifully illustrated, and you KNOW how many of the various objects you must find on each page. It's a challenge, but not impossible or frustrating for kids. It's entertaining and amusing. It entertained both of my grandkids at the same time (unusual). I like this book because the little one must READ to find out what to look for, and the older one helped out. This is a MUST GET book for birthdays, Christmas, a Monday, etc.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have bought several "I Spy" books for my nephew. They are great books for us to look at and explore together. As an artist I like how it gets my nephew to open his eyes and see things that aren't exactly obvious. To see the world in a new exciting way. These books really engage.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very nice I Spy book, and it works well for either a girl or boy. The pictures are great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These books are all wonderful. Not only are they fun to search, but the photography is beautiful. A great way to expose your children to beautiful art, unawares. Our six children, ages 2-13 have all enjoyed this book. I'm stocking up for Christmas gifts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We have several 'I spy' books and this one has the most beautiful pictures. Our 4 year old loves searching with mom and dad through these georgeous pictures to find the hidden objects. It is fun and educational!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cozy fun.
Auntie_A More than 1 year ago
You can never out-grow these I Spy books. I love them. I'm a 47-yr old mom with two grown up daughters, and one toddler nephew. My kids grew up with these...I've spent hours going through every book with them. And when your done, you do it all over again. I prefer I Spy books over story books at naptime. The kids are engaged and they sit still as you talk through the puzzles, see the words on each page, and associate the words and pictures. These are quality books, beautiful pictures, and each book works your brain on things other than your daily office chores. When I babysat my nephew, I pulled out my I Spy book, and we sat together, talked, and did the puzzles. In one short sitting, he recognized the penguins and bears, even after finishing the puzzle. Later on, he showed mommy and daddy the penguins and bears on his own. Impressive for a 2-year old I think. The I Spy books are timeless. Each puzzle is as challenging the next day as it was the day before. It's hard to remember where every image was placed. Thank you I Spy or the kids (and adults) would be bored already. For my nephew's 2-year birthday, I bought four, and kept one...it was one I didn't have in my collection.
NoMoreMarbles More than 1 year ago
Ever since I was young, I loved this series. Fifteen years later, I still love them :]
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