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I SPY FUNHOUSE by Jean Marzollo


by Jean Marzollo & photographed by Walter Wick

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: April 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-590-46293-8
Publisher: Scholastic

 Following the success of the first I Spy book (1992), 13 more artfully contrived photos with rhyming ``riddles'' about objects that are not so much hidden as concealed by the bright, distracting diversity of their surroundings. The fun-house theme contributes a rich source of interesting objects and also suggests creative distortions (the appealing papier-mÉchÇ clowns reflected in a fun-house mirror; objects distorted in the shiny brass of horns and trumpets), while an elaborate hexagonal pattern of red and yellow stripes with toy animals and other figures, duplicated kaleidoscope-style with mirrors, almost defies analysis. A book that goes beyond the ``Waldo'' formula with its imaginatively conceived, genuinely handsome photos. ``Extra credit riddles,'' a challenge to readers to concoct more of their own, and notes on how the pictures were made are fine bonuses. (Picture book. 4-8)