Update: And the winner is…
Amy C. Maggie 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.
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.
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.
1. Do you (or your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, etc) enjoy picture search books? Leave a comment on this post with your answer.
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!