Can You See What I See? Toyland Express: Review + Book and $50 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

Update: And the winner is…Amy CMaggie D. Lorrie B.  Brandy.  I have sent the winner an e-mail, and he or she has 48 hours to respond with contact information or I’ll have to choose another winner.  Thanks to everyone who entered!

My 5-year old loves to search for items in books…in fact he can spend hours searching for hard-to-find items on a page. So, I was looking forward to reading the new Can You See What I See?: Toyland Express: Picture Puzzles to Search and Solve book with my son.

About the Book:

CAN YOU SEE WHAT I SEE? TOYLAND EXPRESS, the eighth title in the bestselling search-and-find series, follows the life of a toy train from the workshop to the attic, only to be rescued at a yard sale and brought to life once again in a new home. As readers search for more than 250 hidden objects, they will also notice how the train takes on various transformations along its journey.

About Walter Wick:

Walter Wick has opened millions of eyes to a world of treasures big and small in his award-winning, bestselling I SPY and CAN YOU SEE WHAT I SEE? picture-puzzle books. Walter discovered his passion for building picture puzzles by accident. One day when cleaning out a drawer, he scattered odds and ends on a glass tabletop and photographed them. The photo appeared in a magazine and caught the eye of Jean Marzollo, editor of Scholastic’s Let’s Find Out. This photo inspired the first I SPY book, with riddles by Jean Marzollo, and led to their long collaboration.

My Review:

Although I enjoy snuggling together on the coach with my son searching for items together, I never really thought about all the work required to create a books like this – until I watched the behind-the-scenes look at the book where the author, Walter Wick, takes us through the creation of the book.  There is so much thought that goes into each scene in the book – it’s amazing!

I thought it is fun how each page of the book shows the progression of a story, from the creation of the train, to a child receiving it as a gift at a birthday party, to it being sold at a yard sale and played with again by another child.  The hidden items are not obvious, so it takes some work to find each item on the page.  Personally, as long as you can eventually find the items, I think it’s fun to make the search a challenge.  Plus then I usually can’t remember where the items are, and we have the fun of searching for them a second (and third, etc.) time.

Overall, I think the detail on this book is amazing, and it’s a fun opportunity to spend time with my son.  It’s a great gift idea for a child that enjoys picture search books.

Giveaway

Scholastic has offered to give one (1) lucky reader a copy of CAN YOU SEE WHAT I SEE? TOYLAND EXPRESS and a $50 Visa Gift Card. You must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. resident to win.

REQUIRED ENTRY:

1.  Do you (or your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, etc) enjoy picture search books?  Leave a comment on this post with your answer.

BONUS ENTRIES:

1. Follow “Cents”able Momma on a reader or via e-mail updates and leave a comment on this post.

2. Follow “Cents”able Momma through Facebook or Twitter and leave a comment on this post.

3. Follow Walter Wick through Facebook and leave a comment on this post.

You have until Tuesday (12/27) at 11:59 pm ET to enter the giveaway. I will choose a winner at random using the “And the Winner Is…” plugin, and send the winner an e-mail. The winner will have 48 hours to respond with his/her contact information or I will have to choose another winner.  After the giveaway is over, I will update the winner’s information (first name and last initial) on the top of this post.

Disclosure: I received the same gift package that the winner will be receiving to facilitate my review. I did not receive any compensation to write this post. The opinions are all mine!

Comments

  1. My nephew does & so do I!

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  3. Amy Conklin says:

    We LOVE picture search books in our family!!! All of us!

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  6. My 6 yro love those find the picture books. We love the I spy books.

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    I follow Walter Wick through Facebook.

  8. Stefanie Hamilton says:

    My kids and I enjoy looking at books like these. :-)

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  11. My grandson loves to look at books and see what he can find. Lots of times he sees something that I miss.

  12. My 5yr old daughter loves search and find books.

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  16. I have a 4 yr old and he would love this…

  17. My son and I both enjoy picture search books.

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  19. My almost 3 yr old daughter loves to look at these books and find things.

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  23. April Jones says:

    I along with my neices and nephew enjoy picture search books. We see who can find what first. It is very interactive with them and they really enjoy the excitement.

  24. Nancy Rich says:

    Great for children and adults to have quality time together!

  25. Andrea Watts says:

    I enjoy picture search books with my nephews

  26. I would love to read this picture book with my two young grandsons.

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  30. Lorrie Biggs says:

    These books are amazing the pictures are beautiful and very well done. My son has one, I think it is a pirate ship. He loves finding the pictures with his Papa and I love watching the two of them go through the book together.

  31. I am now following Walter Wick on facebook.

  32. Teri Martinez says:

    Yes, my 7yr old son loves search books like “Where’s Waldo”. This looks like a great book to sit down and cuddle on the couch with together.

  33. Teri Martinez says:

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  34. My child loves picture search books

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  38. Absolutely. I’m a teacher and love them.

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  42. I enjoy picture search books for a while at least! :)

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  46. stephanie miller says:

    my daughters do, and my mom also!

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  48. Kristina McAuliffe says:

    My three boys love search and find picture books. Thank You.

  49. yes- my grandson and I love picture search books. Thanks for the chance to win!

  50. Kristina McAuliffe says:

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  51. Kristina McAuliffe says:

    I follow you on facebook to. lol

  52. Kristina McAuliffe says:

    I liked Walter Wick’s Facebook Page. Very interesting. Thank you.

  53. My daughter loves search books and just received 2 new ones for her birthday

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  55. Both of my kids love picture search books! They really could use some new ones because they know where everything is already and it takes the fun out of them!

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  59. My nephew loves them.

  60. I am an email subscriber. Thanks!

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  62. Me and my girls both do, this looks like a lot of fun.

  63. Iam an email subscriber.

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  65. My grandchildren and I do!

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  69. Yes, my grandson does. We’ll have fun searching together!

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  73. My son loved the pictures on this book and would love to win it.
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  80. jennifer dansberger jones says:

    yes my kids love the i spy books, and carl the dog books

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  82. jennifer dansberger jones says:

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  84. My two youngest really enjoy picture search books
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  87. jennifer dansberger jones says:

    liked Walter Wick on FB…amazing detail, so much work goes into such wonderful children’s books

  88. Johanna Fonseca says:

    My girls are 4 and 2 and we absolutely love picture search books. They have helped them learn a lot of new words. I have never seen walt wick books and would love to have a new book to explore with my girls.

  89. Yes, my son really likes the hidden picture games in Highlights magazine

  90. I subscribe to emails

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  92. I now like Walter Wick on facebook

  93. Christy Anderson says:

    Yes, we love picture books!

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  97. Cheryl Smith says:

    My grandson loves looking for hidden items. His great grandmother gives him a subscription to a magazine that has a puzzle in it every month. Now that the Christmas tree is decorated, he plays by asking if we can see a certain ornament. Then he wants to be asked to find one.

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  100. my neice is too young for these books, but i think she will like them!

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  103. My daughter loves picture find books (and games!). I am always on the look out for new ones.

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  107. my son loves them
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  109. My grandson loves search books.

  110. All my children enjoy search books.

  111. I subscribe to your emails.

  112. I like you on facebook.

  113. I like Walter Wick on facebook.

  114. DS is too young to search for things in books, but he loves to flip them at least 2x a day!

  115. I’m an email subscriber.

  116. I’m a FB fan of CM.

  117. I’m a FB fan of Walter Wick.

  118. my hubby loves doing these kind of books with the kids, he actually asked to get this book when i first heard about it!
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  120. Anna Pry is a facebook follower. thepryfamily@gmail.com

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  122. M J Knudsen says:

    My youngest grandchild loves search pictures.

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  126. Trung Nguyen says:

    Yes, my son likes it a lot

  127. Trung Nguyen says:

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  130. Yes, we love search books. We would have fun with another one, i’m sure. :o)

  131. I’m an email subscriber.

  132. I follow on facebook.

  133. I like Walter Wick on facebook.

  134. my whole family loves search books,even when I get frustrated with it I have to keep looking Thanks

  135. My kids and I all love picture search books!

  136. I am an email subscriber!

  137. Danielle T says:

    who doesnt love them?? i’m actually gifting one to my niece for xmas this year

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  140. Jennifer S says:

    My son received one last christmas and loves looking for the items over and over!

  141. Jennifer S says:

    I am an email subscriber

  142. Yes! I love picture books and so does my 2 year old! Thanks Corrie!

  143. I follow on fb as well

  144. I get your free daily newsletter too!

  145. My sons enjoy picture search books.

  146. I subscribe to your emails.

  147. I follow you on FB with my username Mary Happymommy.

  148. I follow Walter Wick on FB with my username Mary Happymommy.

  149. My son loves books by walter wick. For a long time those were the only books my sone would check out from the library

  150. Elizabeth B says:

    My son loves picture books! We look at them daily!

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  153. My kids love these kind of books.

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  157. Shirley Stewart says:

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  159. We love search nooks. GREAT family fun!

  160. Jessica T. says:

    My son and I love these types of books!

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  162. We love search nooks.

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  166. yes, we loved the where’s waldo books!

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  169. Rachael Giallongo says:

    We love books like this! We would love to win! :)

  170. we do….or they do – I SPY books are their favorites! They would love to win these!

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  172. facebook

  173. We have always enjoyed the I Spy books.

  174. I am an email subscriber.

  175. My daughter loves search books like these. She has 3 search books, but by now she already knows where everything is.

  176. Ashley Hatten says:

    Yes!! I actually found an old iSpy book that belonged to me when I was little and my son absolutely loves it! thank you for the chance to win this my son would surely love this book!
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  177. Ashley Hatten says:

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  178. Ashley Hatten says:

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  179. Ashley Hatten says:

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  180. Ha ha ha. I enjoy picture books. I have never really gown up.

  181. I was a HUGE Waldo fan back in the day so I’m sure I’d enjoy this too. And sharing it with my kids would be fun too!

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  185. We love reading together, I believe it’s one of the best ways to spend time with your toddler.

  186. Jessica T. says:

    I have liked Walter Wick on facebook.

  187. I enjoy search and find picture books with my grandsons.

  188. Vicki Wurgler says:

    my granddaughter loves picture search books

  189. Vicki Wurgler says:

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  190. My niece loves them!

  191. I’m an email subscriber.

  192. My kids love picture books.

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  195. I love picture search books. :)

  196. I follow “Cents”able Momma via e-mail.

  197. I follow “Cents”able Momma on Facebook. (Deanna Cali)

  198. I follow Walter Wick on Facebook. (Deanna Cali)

  199. My kids luv them…great for car rides…thanks!

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  202. Yes, my best friend’s son has always enjoyed “I Spy” type books!

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