Can You See What I See? : Picture Puzzles to Search and Solve
by Wick, Walter

Presents twelve brain-teasing picture puzzles to solve.

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.

Gr. K-3. Wick, who collaborated with Jean Marzollo on the I Spy series, returns with a solo effort that blends the hunt-and-seek riddles of the popular series with visual puzzles like those in Walter Wick's Optical Tricks (1999). Each spread features the usual explosion of artfully arranged everyday objects, shown in razor-sharp color photos as rhymed text gives hunt-and-seek commands: "Can you see what I see? A silver sun, a spotted dog, a shiny cat, a tiny frog." It's at the end of each page's text that an additional puzzle appears. Some are illusions and mirror tricks; some are mazes. In one, children are asked to match robot parts to a complicated drawing. A simpler one challenges children to spot the irregularities on a set of playing cards. With its range of activities and perspective-shifting challenges, this is sure to appeal to a wide age group of children, who won't be satisfied until they've solved the last puzzle. An author's note is appended. ((Reviewed April 15, 2002)) Copyright 2002 Booklist Reviews

Fans of Wick's and Jean Marzollo's I Spy series will be thrilled with a new challenge while newcomers will become immediate devotees with this dozen of picture puzzles to search and solve. With Wick's usual frenzied color-photo montages, each spread has rhyming clues to locate a variety of game objects. The caption of each puzzle indicates the theme, such as "String Game," "Card Tricks," "Domino Effect," and "Magic Mirror." An author's note explains that he has combined classic search-and-find puzzles with other familiar types of puzzles. Some are mazes, some are matching games, some are spot-the-difference games, and some are simple cryptic games with a few optical ones for good measure. The cover even contains a rebus for the title. There's a plastic-jointed, Weeble People-type figure that appears like Waldo in each peripatetic scene. So sharpen your visual acuity and be prepared to be absorbed and engrossed in this amazing entertainment that will keep espyers returning again and again. (Picture book. All ages) Copyright Kirkus 2002 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved

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