'Tis the season to start collecting holiday books and one of the most colorful and time-intensive (both for the creator and for readers!) out there is the eighth and newest in the Can You See What I See? series by Walter Wick, photographer of the I Spy series. Toyland Express follows a wooden train from the workshop to the store shelves, to the playroom and beyond. Each page has the expected list of items to find and they are not easy. Z and I have spent forever looking at a single woodcarving scene and still can't find every hidden item!
There's a great YouTube video featuring Walter Wick that talks about this book and how he creates these books in general. We found out that he photographs the scene first and then writes the item rhyme later because the listed items need to be the least obvious ones in the picture. We also learned that there's a red, yellow and blue character named Seymour that's hidden in every I Spy and Can You See What I See? scene. We can't wait to pull out our other books and look for him now that we know he's there!
Also, there will be an exhibition featuring photographs and models of Walter Wick's work at The Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT next winter/spring. For more information, visit his website.
You can enter to win a signed copy of this book from Scholastic by filling out the form below before Friday, November 25th. Good luck!
K and Z