cover image I Spy with My Little Eye

I Spy with My Little Eye

Edward Gibbs, Candlewick/Templar, $14.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-7636-5284-5

A classic childhood guessing game gets an elegant treatment from newcomer Gibbs in this introduction to colors and animals. Alternating spreads tease readers with visual and textual clues: "I spy with my little eye..." reads one, "something that is orange." A porthole-like window at left shows the animal's eye, while a die-cut circle opposite reveals a glimpse of fur. Speech balloons ("I swing from tree to tree with my long arms") and loose jungle flowers offer additional clues, and when readers turn the page, the eye from the previous page aligns with the die-cut, completing each picture (here, an orangutan). Defined by joyful scribbled outlines, the exuberant, friendly animal portraits dazzle. Ages 2–5. (Apr.)