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Volume V Number 18 . . . . May 7, 1999
I spy a spool, seven arrows, a veil,Regular purchasers of the "I Spy" series of books may want to pass on I Spy Gold Challenger because its 12 object-filled colour photos have all appeared in seven previous "I Spy" books published between 1992 and 1996. A cover note claims, however, that the book contains "new and challenging [rhyming] riddles." Children can lose themselves in the detailed, double-page photos without ever engaging in the search. Because there is no answer key, children (and adults) will spend numerous hours trying to find all of the items cited in each "I spy" riddle. A fine book for a rainy day or a long car ride.
Recommended with reservations.
Dave Jenkinson teaches courses in children's and adolescent literature in the Faculty of Education, the University of Manitoba.
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