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Volume VI Number 7 . . . . November 26, 1999
I Spy Treasure Hunt: A Book of Picture Riddles.
Walter Wick (Photographer). Riddles by Jean Marzollo.
New York, NY: Scholastic Inc. (Distributed in Canada by Scholastic Canada Ltd.), 1999.
36 pp., cloth, $17.99.
Picture puzzles-Juvenile literature.
Grades 1 and up / Ages 6 and up.
Review by Dave Jenkinson.
About the tenth book in the "Eye Spy" series, Walter Wick says:
"For this book, I decided to do something different. Rather than build one set for each photograph
as I did for previous I Spy books, I built a miniature village, a place called Smuggler's Cove, and
photographed it from five points of view.... Smuggler's Cove was built on a sixteen-by-sixteen-
foot stage in HO scale (1:87). 'The Treasure Chest Store,''The Map,' 'The Tree House and the
Waterfall,' 'Shelter from the Storm,' 'The Cave,' and 'Treasure at Last!' were separate sets
constructed at larger scales. 'The Beach' was a large scale model used in combination with the
HO scale landscape....The entire project, from the planning and the sketches, to the completion of
the sets and photographs, took nine months."
Once again, young and old "I Spy" fans are challenged by a dozen double page spreads which,
somewhere, contain anywhere from as few as seven to as many as 23 items which the viewer is
invited to discover. The to-be-found items are identified via Marzollo's pair of rhyming couplets.
With no "answer key" being provided, finding all of the objects could be a very long, if not
impossible, task. To increase the challenge, viewers can encounter words, like "cone" and "bat,"
which have a number of meanings. "Should I be looking for a mammal when perhaps it is a bat of
the baseball variety which I really should be seeking?" Some of the pictures are darkly lit, a
situation which increases the challenge, and, in some instances, older eyes might benefit from the
use of a magnifying glass. For the truly competitive, Marzollo offers an additional dozen rhyming
couplets at the book's end and then invites viewers to use the objects cited in her poetry as clues
for matching the couplets with the appropriate photos. She also proffers a "Find Me" riddle:
I sit, I perch, I fly to and fro:
While completing the rhyme is simple, finding this feathered creature "in every picture" is yet
another matter. Great fun for all ages, I Spy Treasure Hunt is a book that can (and must) be
returned to again and again. A definite purchase for rainy or blizzardy days or to pack for long car
trips involving restless children.
I'm in every picture; I'm a sleek black
Dave Jenkinson teaches courses in children's and adolescent literature at the Faculty of
Education, University of Manitoba.
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