cover image I Spy Under the Sea

I Spy Under the Sea

Edward Gibbs. Candlewick/Templar, $14.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-7636-5952-3

In an aquatic companion to I Spy with My Little Eye, Gibbs keeps the format of the first book while offering an animal guessing game that counts down from seven. A circular window on the left shows part of an animal’s face, along with the words: “I spy with my little eye...” Opposite, the sentence is completed (“...something with a curly tail”), appearing along with a circular die-cut that reveals more of that animal’s features and an additional clue (“I am named after an animal you can ride”). Intervening spreads reveal the mystery animals, in this case six colorful sea horses outlined with scribbly ink. Slightly more subdued but just as much fun as its predecessor. Ages 2–5. (Mar.)