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I spy fun house : a book of picture riddles

I spy books

I spy books.
I spy fun house : a book of picture riddles
Personal Author:
Publisher Info:
New York : Scholastic, 2005, c1993.
Physical Description:
33 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 31 cm.
I spy books

I spy books.
General Note:
"Cartwheel Books."
Rhyming verses ask readers to find hidden objects in the photographs.
Added Title:
Fun house.

A book of picture riddles.


Call Number
Material Type
J 793.73 MARZ New or Popluar Book Juv Nonfiction

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With 24 million copies sold, the bestselling I Spy series is being relaunched with new designs and foil covers.

This bestselling book features riddles that send readers searching through 13 photographs with a fun house theme.

Author Notes

Jean Marzollo was born Jean Martin in Manchester, Connecticut on June 25, 1942. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1964, and received a master's degree in teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1965. After graduating, she taught high school English for several years and then became involved in educational publishing. She was the editor of Scholastic's kindergarten magazine Let's Find Out for twenty years.

Her first book for parents, Learning Through Play, was published in 1972 and her first children's book, Close Your Eyes, was published in 1978. She wrote over 150 books for children and has illustrated some of her own children's books starting in 2003. Her works include the I Spy series; Soccer Sam; Mama Mama/Papa Papa; Close Your Eyes; Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King; and the Shanna Show books. She died in her sleep of natural causes on April 10, 2018 at the age of 75.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

K Up-- Another in the popular ``I Spy'' series, this entry features the same high-quality photography, clever design, and rhyming riddles found in the two previous books. Additional challenging riddles are printed at the end of the book. Youngsters are also invited to devise their own riddles, and plenty of unnamed images are available for them to use. The fun-house theme brings glimpses of magicians' paraphernalia, tickets, toys and treats, a puppet stage, and other more or less connected objects and settings. The painted puppets who appear in many of the pictures, the image of the distorting mirrors, and a variety of painted masks may frighten preschoolers, but they are not the intended audience. A challenging, topnotch offering that's more fun than a barrel of monkeys. --Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

It's hard to believe that Marzollo and Wick could top their I Spy Christmas , but their latest book of picture riddles is their best yet. Once again, each spread consists of a spectacular color photograph of an even more spectacularly propped 4 8 set, paired with four lines of verse that challenge the reader (``I spy a fish, five clothespins, a rose; / The reflection of an elephant's nose . . .''). Wick's dramatic lighting, his diverse use of shadows and his varied backgrounds set new standards for children's photography books, while Marzollo's seemingly straightforward rhymes are marked by wit and subtlety. The fun-house theme is exploited to grand effect in the scenery choices. Musical instruments and symbols, clown puppets and toys proliferate; and sets incorporating fun-house mirrors, magician's props, dressing room paraphernalia, bandstands and so forth not only create atmosphere but add to the complexity of each puzzle. Bonus for readers beyond the suggested age range: the extra-credit riddles at the end are devilish indeed. Ages 3-8. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Booklist Review

Ages 4-8. Using riotous color and cheerfully surreal designs, photographer Wick has created a collection of picture riddles filled with hidden objects associated with amusement park fun houses. Clowns, balloons, pinwheels, and puppet stages are only a few of the objects in the pictures, which are accompanied by rhyming clues that point the way toward the hidden objects in each spread. The third in a series by Marzollo and Wick, this has the same high-quality color reproductions as the previous books. While the subject matter alone will make the book a success, a section of "Extra Credit" riddles, a suggestion for writing original picture riddles, and an explanation of how the sets for each photograph were made will help make the book even more popular. ~--Janice Del Negro