Book Review: I SPY A to Z: A Book of Picture Riddles

We have a vast collection of I SPY merchandise in our home – books, card games, puzzles – all of them well-loved (and most of them missing pages or pieces!).  I SPY books have long been “quiet time” material during church services or entertainment for long car rides, and the games and puzzles have brought fun cooperation between my kids.  Honestly, we love the I SPY line of products!

That’s why I was particularly excited when offered the chance to review the newest book, I SPY A to Z:  A Book of Picture Riddles…AND…to offer you a chance to win an AMAZING giveaway!

ISpyA2Z_COVFrom the official book synopsis:

Easy-to-read riddles by Jean Marzollo are paired with forty-six object-filled photographs by Walter Wick to create I Spy A to Z, the most engaging alphabet book ever! With more than thirty titles and 36 million books in print, the I Spy series continues to win the hearts and minds of parents and kids everywhere. 

This book is simply gorgeous.  The pictures are – as usual – full of whimsy and detail.  I love being able to spend long moments focused on each page, coupling the clever riddles with the mass of objects, using my toddler’s index finger to touch and point at all the colorful items in the picture.  I think I’ve always loved how the I SPY books are just as entertaining for adults as it is for the kids in our lap!

*original post included a giveaway of the book

  • CA

    all 3 of my kids love I Spy books. They’re great on road trips especially. I like the Extreme Site Riddle section since it gets you to move around the the I Spy site, getting familiar with the content. Great giveaway

  • CA

    Just tweeted about this great giveaway

  • I like the Little Scholastic games for my little guy!

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  • judy brittle

    They have some wonderful printables! I just printed some fun pages for the grandkids.My grandson would love this. He is really into I Spy. Thank you so much!

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  • Aik

    Children can make their own pictures online and there are several fun pages for them to enjoy too!

  • Lisa

    Great giveaway! My favorite part is that we can create an I Spy online!

  • Tara

    I love the painting and riddle making features. My daughters would love to play here, and it looks very safe.

  • mindy

    the printable section reminds me of the old highlights magazine

  • Carol

    I like the PRINTABLES, especially for homeschoolers.

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  • My daughter came in while I was looking at this site and not too surprisingly her favorite were the games!

  • Brian Darnell

    The printable pages make fun easily accessible

  • Heather M

    I love the Make Feature! Thanks
    I loved I Spy Books as a child and I’m sure my daughter will as well!

  • Nad

    I love all the online games this site has to offer, especially the Clifford games. My kids love Clifford!

  • Renee G

    I like the online games they offer like I SPY Bingo and I SPY Puzzler.

  • rdefnet

    I had fun playing Bingo, but my favorite site feature is that there is NO annoying background music! I can’t tell you how many time my kids open Playhouse Disney and walk away, leaving me to listen to Charlie and Lola theme music. Or my toddler messes with the volume on my speaker and, as soon as they open the site, music starts blaring out.

  • lorene

    As a teacher, I liked the teacher section and the printables, I will be going back, thanks

  • Marci Munoz

    My kids have already played the games on the website. Excellent!

  • Christine

    I love the make your own picture feature on the site. Thanks for the chance!

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  • Tiffani

    I love the printables. My kids would like them.

  • quiltingreader

    I like the Make a Print Picture online.

  • Becky

    I like that you can do your own i spy!
    beckychart at gmail dot com

  • Lissa

    I liked the “Make” feature!

  • Lindsay

    I like the Make a Picture part!

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  • MMW

    We borrow the I Spy books from the library all the time! My favorite part of the website is the “play” part. My pre-schoolers love it and can spend hours (if I would let them!) playing.

  • sandy

    like the online games

  • beth shepherd

    I would love to win. My kids love the printables.
    Thank you for the chance.

  • colleen

    I think Zach would love the Clifford games…I created a shortcut so he could try it out when he gets up.

  • Amanda S.

    I like the printable coloring pages and puzzles! Thanks. 🙂

  • Annette Andre Moser

    I like the downloads section. Nice site!

  • Amanda

    love the make a picture!

  • Kelly Ann T.

    I like the Parents section of the site. This has so many great suggestions.

  • I’m addicted already to the “Play” area. The ISpy Bingo got me. ha. As a designer, I love the graphics and the colorful ness of their page; does that count? 🙂

  • kari

    I like that you can make your own pictures and riddles. What fun!

  • nannabee

    would have to be the printables!these are great for the kids,,,this would be great to win for my billy and kolby..
    thank you

  • I like the online games. The I Spy Bingo is my son’s favorite. Its really fun.

  • Miranda Allen

    My kids love I spy and I love the scholastic games

  • Danielle

    I like the games that deal with synonyms and rhymes. Anything that makes learing fun is cool with me!

  • The online games were a huge hit! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • denise

    The games look cute. My kids would like the Clifford treasure one.


  • Badger Momma

    I love the animated stories.

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  • Andrea

    I love the printables section to take along for the kids when we’re on the go!

  • tomi

    My favorite feature of the website is the ease of use and it has something that is age appropriate for each of my 3 kids and also includes printables that we can use for long summer vacation drives. LOVE IT!

  • Mia J.

    I like the make a picture section.

  • Amy

    I love the fact the website is user friendly and interactive

  • Oh wee man walked by just as I brought I SPY site up.. I’m in trouble.. he loved the games and the fact he can MAKE his own I SPY… very nice and cute site…

  • sito

    The graphics on the site are so bright and cheery and such fun project and activities. I like the Homemade I Spy, and I believe we will work on one this weekend!

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  • Lisa

    Definitely the games on this site. I had no idea there was an ISpy website. My sons just love these books.

  • Nicole D.

    I like the games – can’t wait to show this website to my daugyhter. Thanks!

  • Abby

    i LOVE I Spy and so do my nieces…i like the downloads they offer on the site


  • Erin

    I like the Make feature, too. Thanks! These are such cool books.

  • Ellie W

    My favorite feature would be the printables. My little grandson is going to be so happy to have them. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Mishia

    I love that you can create your own ISPY!

  • My kids would enjoy this. My favorite features is where you can use interactive tools to make your own I Spy picture, then print it out or email it to friends.

  • wendy wallach

    I like that it doesn’t have a lot of ads of flash technology which makes it easy and quick to use.

    madamerkf at aol dot com

  • amy

    I like how you can try to some of their riddles online! How fun!

  • Tricia Z

    That’s cool that they teach you how to make your own ISPY at home! Thanks!

  • I like the Games feature.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Well I was going to say that I liked the games (especially Bingo) but then I saw all the comments about the make your own I Spy and I had to go back and look again – wonderful. My six year old would have a great time with this! Thank you!

  • I really enjoy the I Spy games. The library was lots of fun, and even challenging enough to be enjoyable by adults.

  • Lisa

    I like the “Make” section of the site. I love that you can make your own I SPY riddle and picture!

  • lea

    I like the ‘Downloads’ section. Lots of free fun trial downloads of games!