Toyland Express **GIVEAWAY**

If your kids love to play hide-and-seek or read the “I Spy” series, Scholastic has a book series for you!  The “Can You See What I See?” series includes the book, Toyland Express, is perfect for this time of year.  It is filled with colorful pictures including a multitude of things to seek and find on each page.  There are hints in story form on each page, but finding things not on the list is fun, too.

My three children vary greatly in age (10 to 1.5), but each of them LOVE this book.  The littlest carries it around and asks to read it repeatedly.  My 5-year-old loves being able to “read” a book without reading.  My oldest loves to help her brothers find the pictures on each page, but says that some of the pictures are a challenge even for her.  I love it because it is interactive.  My children and I can work together to find specific items on each page.  This book is perfect for in the car, during church, bedtime or anytime when you want your kids to quietly explore its pages.  (That is except for the excited “I FOUND IT!” that gets yelled after eagerly searching for something for awhile!)

Here is a one-page example:

Each page is brightly colored and filled with rich detail.  The scenes vary from those that might be very familiar to a child to those that might only have been conceived in their imagination or are completely new to them.  I love the continuity of the train in each scene and the variation of finding new items in new settings on each page.  The book is large and engaging enough to occupy three children simultaneously (at least at my house!).  You may not realize it on your initial reading of the book, but the pictures tell the story of a lifecycle of the Toyland Express train as it begins in the factory, is loved, used and played with and eventually ends up in the attic.  However, the story does not end there.  I won’t ruin it by sharing the ending.  You will have to check it out for yourself.

If you like what you see, you will be encouraged to find out that this book is only one in a series which includes “On a Scary, Scary Night”,” Night Before Christmas”, “Once Upon a Tim”, “Cool Collections”,” Dream Machine”, and the original “Can You See What I See?”.  All are written and photographed by a man named Walter Wick.  He has created all kinds of photographic exploration extravaganzas including those for Scholastic’s ”I Spy” series and “Can You See What I See?” series.  Scholastic has even created a short video showing the behind-the-scenes story of Toyland Express.  It gives insight into how the idea came into being and eventually became the book.  Plus, it gives the reader one more set of details to watch for as they explore!  If you like Walter Wick’s work, you can follow him on Facebook to keep up with his projects.  He is an amazing artist!

Check out more Scholastic offerings in this series, follow Scholastic on Facebook or Twitter.  They offer a host of resources and some amazing ideas for gifts and increasing your personal library.

Toyland Express and the other books in the “Can You See What I See?” series are available at most major book retailers including and Barnes & ‘Noble for $13.99 or less.  Add it to your Christmas list and enjoy!

BUY IT!  Toyland Express and the other books in the “Can You See What I See?” series are available at most major book retailers including and Barnes & ‘Noble for $13.99 or less.  Add it to your Christmas list and enjoy!

WIN! THREE readers will each win their own copy of Toyland Express!


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    Rachel Obrokta says:

    The quality of those pictures is amazing!

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    Love books!
    Thank you

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    Christina Gould says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    The books are beautiful!

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    Happy Thanksgiving!

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    So fun! The kids would love this!

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    I know this would be a hit with kids of all ages

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    Lbrouse1 (at) gmail (dt) com
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway. The book looks cool!

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    Books, books, books…as a homeschool mom and a reading specialist, I just can’t have enough of them in our house! :)

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    Thanks for the chance to win! I always say you can’t go wrong with books!

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    Amanda Alvarado says:

    Another awesome Christmas giveaway! Thank you!

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    This would make a great gift for the holidays!!

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    michelle riebeek says:

    wonderful giveaway!

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    Carrie Smart says:

    My daughter loves books where she has to find things


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    jennifer dansberger jones says:

    love your blog! Thanks for your work!

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    The weather today is quite chilly. With the wind chill, it’s only in the 20’s. And the wind is definitely whipping! Winter is coming…now I just need some snow! It’s no fun for it to be this cold if it can’t at least be pretty outside!

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    I like the Christmas giveaways…wonderful.
    gourdsrmylife (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    This looks soo fun!
    hisprincess886 at yahoo dot com

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    My 18 month old loves these books. Great giveaway!

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    Liz Robinson says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. We love these kinds of books.

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    Michelle Plummer says:


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    Heather Dalton says:

    My son LOVES to read so this would be great!

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    It’s cold and snowy here.

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    Blair Glass says:

    My kids love books!

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    Thank you for the chance to win! :-)

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    Bonnye Sensenig says:

    Love your blog and all the FANTASTIC giveaways- thank you!

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    Donna Marie says:

    Great giveaway! TY!!

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