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From Publishers 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. Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more From School Library Journal PreSchool-Grade 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, VACopyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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