Gatefolds expose sudden calamities, eye-widening surprises, and—of course—fresh cascades of small toys, charms, beads, and found bric-a-brac in 10 teeming scenes.
“See more” indeed. A version of the eponymous jointed figurine clambering through Wick’s Can You See What I See? series returns with a canine companion to topple a stack of toy-filled buckets, climb an elaborate treehouse, rocket into space aboard a paper-plate saucer, and otherwise explore the fantastically populous assemblages. The photographer’s rhymed tallies—“a robot butler, / a crayon that’s pink, / a teapot, a toaster, / and a kitchen sink”—provide only the barest start on a complete catalog. As usual, the colors pop, and every tiniest detail is distinctly visible. The visual legerdemain includes a multileveled highway interchange that switches from day to night with a lift of the side flap and a Rube Goldberg–style mechanism for launching a helium balloon (viewers are challenged to visualize how it works). Wick transforms common materials like gears and other metal junk to concoct a classic robot, and painted cardboard turns into a fully furnished, Star Wars–worthy spaceship. Following views of everything (more or less) neatly stowed on shelves at the end, Wick adds additional challenges plus construction notes on each project.
Another mesmerizing outing from the sultan of seek-and-find. (Picture book. 6-9)