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On A Scary Scary Night (Can You See What I See?) by Walter Wick
Review by Gayle Surrette
Cartwheel Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 978-0439708708
Date: 01 August 2008 List Price $13.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Do you like puzzles? How about finding a needle in a haystack? Identifying a heart in a forest of trees? Well Can You See What I See? On a Scary Scary Night is one of those books where you're given a list of items in a drawing and need to find them.

You're not looking for a very colorful fellow in a normal picture but for skulls, hearts, bats, cats, ghosts, clothespins, bears and other items in a double page spread of a scene.

You start "On a Scary scary Night" on a hill overlooking a town on a slightly foggy night with a full moon behind the castle on the hilltop across the valley. With each succeeding page you move, closer and closer to the castle until you are finally inside and then looking more closely at smaller and smaller areas.

The artwork is very detailed and colorful. It has the creepy feel of things just out of sight following you -- nicely atmospheric. The detail is such that it makes the finding of the object very, very difficult. Aimed at children but I found it difficult to find all the items in the pictures. So, this would make a great family or parent/child time to explore together. I would think that a parent would be especially necessary since some of the items might require explanation such as: bird of prey (what kinds are there? what would be most likely?), a clothespin (I haven't been able to find any when I've looked except for the spring-loaded kind and this one is the old-fashioned barrel type), a thimble (still used by quilters but would children know what one looks like without a parent's help?), a peacock (not the usual city animal but we have one living in a house just up our road).

So, this book could supply hours of fun for children and for the whole family depending on how you use it. The art is lovely all on its own and finding the items is challenging and educational.

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