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!

From 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


  1. CA says:

    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

  2. judy brittle says:

    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!

  3. Aik says:

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

  4. Tara says:

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

  5. Heather M says:

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

  6. Nad says:

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

  7. rdefnet says:

    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.

  8. lorene says:

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

  9. MMW says:

    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.

  10. colleen says:

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

  11. hokiecaryn says:

    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? 🙂

  12. nannabee says:

    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

  13. Danielle says:

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

  14. denise says:

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


  15. tomi says:

    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!

  16. brooke says:

    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…

  17. sito says:

    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!

  18. Lisa says:

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

  19. Abby says:

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


  20. Ellie W says:

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

  21. Terra Heck says:

    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.

  22. wendy wallach says:

    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

  23. Sheryl says:

    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!

  24. Lisa says:

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

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