“ Genre: Junior Books / Author: Jean Marzollo / Paperback / Reading Level: Ages 4-8 / 32 Pages / Book is published 2006-09-15 by Cartwheel Books „
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This book isn't really a story. There is one simple rhyming sentence on each set of pages. For instance on the first page it reads " I spy a pumpkin, a bushy hare, a skull, a wagon, and IF YOU DARE!" Each object name has a picture beside it, and then you have to hunt through the main picture on the facing page to find each hidden object. Some of them are quite hard to find, so I do think this is a book for parents to be help with. Besides the listed objects there are plenty of other things the parent can name and the child can try to find. For instance the first picture also has a pine cone, two skittles, a clock, scissors, a cat, a watering can and more.
The book is a Scholastic Reader level 1, and as such is ideal for beginning readers. The large black text, and rebus style picture of each object along with limited text will make this easy for children to master. Along with ten pictures and matching riddles there are also a few pages where children spy things like words with that have LL in them.
Overall my son enjoyed this book. He always like hunting for things in the pictures. I did like the book as well but was a bit disappointed on two counts. First I was expecting a Halloween book. While the first page has a Halloween theme, nothing else in the book does. My second problem was that most of the other pictures were not eye catching, or particularly great pictures, but they did have the fun of hunting for hidden objects. I had previously seen "I Spy a Spooky Night" but chose this book instead because the reading level is more appropriate for my son. I do wish I had chosen the Spooky Night instead, and in fact have just ordered it. Still this is a good book and it's usefulness as an early reader gives it some value as well.
My sons opinions: The two year old is not interested in this book and I do feel it is for older children. The five year old says the hidden pictures are fun but the last pages where you spy words are boring.