CAN YOU SEE WHAT I SEE?  TOYLAND EXPRESS by Walter Wick

CAN YOU SEE WHAT I SEE? TOYLAND EXPRESS

From the "Can You See What I See?" series
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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Complex seek-and-find images provide an intriguing backdrop for the story of a tenacious toy train.

This latest collection of picture puzzles in the Can You See What I See? series provides a nostalgic glimpse into the life, death and resurrection of a wooden train. The engine huffs from creation to exploration as it races past blocks, around dolls and through miniature villages. There's a vulnerable depth as the once-cherished birthday present is discarded in the dusty attic. Rescued in a yard sale and restored to its former beauty, the vehicle races with new purpose. The text follows a repetitive format as an inviting question encourages the eagle-eyed audience to peruse each page for items strategically placed within. Without effusive description, straightforward rhymes of concealed objects add to the challenge of the hunt. A direct title oversees each expansive double-page spread, and the pace naturally builds to repeated references to the train and its tumultuous journey. Wick plays with similar colors to enhance these expressive camouflaged spreads. Digitally processed photographs capture crisp dimensions with remarkable clarity.

No puzzle here—these well-designed scenes are another success from the picture-challenge master. (Picture book. 4-8)
Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-545-24483-1
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2011




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