I Spy, A Book Of Picture Riddles

Entertainment In A Book

This was one of those extraordinary discoveries that lead to as much enjoyment for the parent as for the children they are intended for- makes reading time a real joy. Great gift for a child.

I Spy picture book
photo of the original I Spy book

How many roadtrips did you take as a child? And did you prevent boredom with games of “I Spy”, trying to find something red or gray with white stripes? Well, that is exactly the idea used creatively to expand the I Spy books into a brainteaser game that manages to entertain both adults and little children. There are clever, gorgeously photographed pictures filling this immensely popular set of books for playing I Spy with your children (which you will want to do, even though they could do it on their own).

One of my sisters sent the first “I Spy” book to our family many years ago as a Christmas gift. We had so much fun that I was soon collecting all the editions I could put my hands on. There are versions for holidays and for special themes.
I Spy Fun House: A Book of Picture Riddles
I Spy Fun House: A Book of Picture Riddles
All these books have a similar format, but the genius of them is in the detailed work of composing extremely beautiful and detailed photographs, charming rhyming clues and a range of challenges along the lines of very different themes. I guarantee you will not tire of them and will begin to want to collect them all. All these books have a similar format, but the genius of them is in the detailed work of composing extremely beautiful and detailed photographs, charming rhyming clues and a range of challenges along the lines of very different themes. I guarantee you will not tire of them and will begin to want to collect them all.
I Spy Fun House: A Book of Picture Riddles

I had as much fun as my children

 Quality time with the little ones never was so entertaining
Quality time with the little ones never was so entertaining

When my sister sent us the first “I Spy” book, I sat down with the little ones, then ages four and six, and we opened up the pages to the full color, gorgeous and detailed photographs. Visually the pictures are so rich and such a joy to scan through!
We took our time with the riddles, and some of the clues were obvious and easy enough for the little ones to feel joy and surprise at finding the objects from the cute rhymes.

Some of the challenges were tough enough to perplex even me, but most were just fun for the kids, and we had such a good time!

The first time through a book is always most exciting, of course, but all my children liked not just finding the answers to clues, but examining the interesting collection of things that made up the themed pages. We got addicted to this series of books and they made great gifts for birthday and Christmas for a couple years.

I actually use the same books with my grandchildren, now!

I Spy

…with my little eye…

What Makes The Eye Spy Books So Enjoyable?

  1. They are expertly photographed.
  2. Beautifully arranged, artistically chosen objects are fascinating in themselves.
  3. A range of easy to difficult challenges within each page. Enough successes, and enough to puzzle over, each page of challenges keeps children and their parents engaged.
  4. Everybody wins!
  5. A picture speaks a thousand words, so just looking at the photos makes for an educational experience- one that is lots of fun.
  6. There are plenty of book editions to keep interest high.
  7. These are riddles, and children love riddles, one of the easiest ways to exercise our powers of logic, reasoning, and creative thinking.

A Delicious Christmas Theme – Just the right book for the Christmas season

I Spy Christmas: A Book of Picture Riddles
I Spy Christmas: A Book of Picture Riddles

Get in the holiday mood and spend some quiet time looking for signs of the season inside the beautiful photos. More of Walter Wicks fine photography in this version of the I Spy for Christmas. Co-authored with Jean Marzollo.

Picture Riddles

Picture collages and rhymes to riddle you by, the clear and detailed pictures along with the “I spy” game make an irresistible combination.

Who Loves Fascinating Picture Books? – We Do!

An interesting collections
A sample of the kinds of objects collected for some of the photos
one of the riddle books available
Another edition of the picture riddle fun, this time a “SPECTACULAR”

These are great books for preschooler activities. Picture books that create interest and focus, good quiet time pastimes for children and their parents.

 A Grandparent bookshelf must-have. 

How did the author, Jean Marzollo, come up with this ingenious concept that so many have come to love?

“[We] used the words “I spy” to start every riddle. Those two little words are very powerful because they establish the main character and the story of the book. The main character is the reader – or the child being read to. The story is about the main character becoming a hero by finding everything in the riddle” –Jean Marzollo

Learn about The Photographer

Walter Wick.com

Take Time To Discover Details – Open Your Eyes To See

picture riddles

We giggled with delight when first discovering these books.

It was so much fun to pore over the beautiful, finely detailed, sharply photographed pictures. The way the objects were hidden…. some in plain sight, and the ways we worked together to use our brains to unlock the picture riddles created times that both my children and I will always remember.

I only wish I had discovered these books during the earliest years of our family, before the oldest children had grown up.

These are books to give your grandchildren, and to have on your bookshelves for any visiting boy or girl. Quiet fun for rainy days, too!

One of the great gifts of activities such as these books provide is the exercise of engaging our brains to truly see the details of the world around us. To focus in and discover the beauty, interest, and the peculiarities of our world.

Author Jean Marzollo:

“I wrote this book not knowing what a success I SPY would be. No one knew.”

See The I Spy Book First Hand – Understand the appeal to preschooler and parent alike

Picture Book Riddles

Have you read the I Spy books to your children?

Have you read the "I Spy" books to your children?
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