Can You See What I See?: Toyland Express, Review and Giveaway

by Dawn

“Mommy, can we do just one more page? Please?!”

Those are the words that I hear whenever my children and I bring home another book from the incredible Can You See What I See? series. I’d be lying if I said that they are the only ones who lean over the pages with excitement, eager to be the first to find the hidden items. The kids and I have been enjoying Walter Wick’s latest “Picture Puzzle to Search and Solve” that shows a train set’s journey from workshop to gift table through a lifetime of play in Can you See What I See?: Toyland Express.

I love that Wick’s series goes beyond the simple search and find concept, for there is a sequential story depicted in every book. In Toyland Express, children will delight in seeing a wooden train set originate in the workshop, on display in a toy store window, get unwrapped on a happy birthday, and get played with in a variety of ways over the years. In our family, there is a consensus for favorite page, for the “mountain pass” spread is adorable in its simplicity, with a white comforter transformed into a miniature winter wonderland, and the train driving over a suspended bridge overhead. And, as always, in addition to the listed items to find on each two-page spread, there is always the little wooden man to find, too. We call him “the little guy,” and he’s often the first thing that we search for!

I’m always in awe over the sheer number of items in each picture, and I’ve often thought that the folks who put together the scenes must have a really, really fun job. From this video with Walter Wick talking about the ideas and inspiration behind Toyland Express, I am confident that they do indeed have a blast. Oh, and I found out that “the little guy” actually has a name! I can’t wait to show my kids the video and let them find out, too, but I bet we’re still going to stick with our pet name for him. Watch and find out for yourself:

With more than 250 items to search for, as well as a lovely story of the life of a toy train, don’t you think your kids would love a copy of Can you See What I See?: Toyland Express?

We’re happy to be hosting an incredible giveaway, and one lucky winner will receive a copy of this delightfully creative and fun book, along with FIVE other titles in the Can You See What I See? series! Please leave a comment to be entered, U.S. mailing addresses only. (I’ll think you’re extra cool if you tell me that you knew “the little guy’s” name before watching the video.)

For even more Can You See What I See fun, check out info about the series and give Walter Wick a like on Facebook.

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When she's not reviewing books, 5 Minutes for Books contributor Dawn (and her online alter ego, morninglight mama) can be found blogging at my thoughts exactly and contributing to The DC Moms.

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1 Sarah Cook December 5, 2011 at 12:12 am

What a fun book! I would love to share this with my kids!


2 Poof Books December 5, 2011 at 1:10 am

This book is stunning, would love to have a copy of the Toyland Can You See What I See? and the five too. There are some paws in my life that would really enjoy them.


3 Christina Gould December 5, 2011 at 1:54 am

I’m so not cool, but thanks for the giveaway!


4 Elizabeth December 5, 2011 at 7:36 am

My 3-year old adores books like this. She’d love it! And I’m not cool either…


5 Jenn December 5, 2011 at 7:58 am

Those books are so much fun! My kids love them :) And I didn’t know the little guys name… but I had to watch the video just to find out what it was – and I’m glad I did!


6 Kristie December 5, 2011 at 8:38 am

My kids would really enjoy this book! Thank you for the chance to win! :-)


7 Liz December 5, 2011 at 9:59 am

Thank you for another great giveaway.


8 Elisabeth December 5, 2011 at 9:59 am

These sound great for my little sister! :)


9 Bin December 5, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Oh my! My kids LOVE theses books. Would love it for them. Thanks!


10 DEBIJOT December 5, 2011 at 12:13 pm

I just love cool book for kids.


11 amy red December 5, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Please enter me for my kids!!!


12 LT December 5, 2011 at 1:21 pm

My kids would have so much fun with this! Thanks for the chance!


13 Montse Greenawalt December 5, 2011 at 2:01 pm

It looks a wonderful book to read and let them look by themselves for hours….


14 Vilmarys December 5, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Would love to share this with my daughter. Thanks for the chance! :)


15 Ruthie B December 5, 2011 at 2:41 pm



16 Milly B December 5, 2011 at 2:42 pm

This looks great! Thanks!


17 Some Lucky Dog December 5, 2011 at 2:50 pm

I love sharing Chirstmas stories with our little grandsons!
someluckydog at gmail dot com


18 June December 5, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Very nice book.


19 Drina M. December 5, 2011 at 4:10 pm

My daughter loves books and would love to add these to our library!


20 mrsshukra December 5, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Love the I Spy books but didn’t know the little guy had a name before I watched the video you posted!


21 Stacie December 5, 2011 at 8:16 pm

You would think I would have known the little guys name. We have one of the books. My kids loved them.


22 ACMommy3 December 5, 2011 at 8:20 pm

I didn’t know the little guy’s name before this video :-) but I do know that these books would thrill my kids if I won! What a fun giveaway! creedamy [at] yahoo]dot] com


23 Winona December 5, 2011 at 10:41 pm

I didn’t know the name of the little guy! My son and I love these books! We do enjoy other “find” books, but like you and your kiddies, we look forward to these because of the story line. He’ll be thrilled to check this one out. Thanks for the review!


24 Trista December 6, 2011 at 2:10 am

Wow this would be great to use in my classroom! :) :)


25 Kathy Stevenson December 6, 2011 at 10:40 am

My girls would love this!


26 Z-Dad December 6, 2011 at 11:52 am

Thanks for the chance to win! My 6 year old’s favorite books in the world are what he calls “finding books.” He’d love these :)

zenzart at hotmail dot com


27 Angela E. December 6, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Sounds great!


28 Melissa P. December 6, 2011 at 12:36 pm

I love books. This one looks fantastic. Great images and wonderful bold colors. Love to win.


29 Garrett December 6, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Sounds like some good old fashioned reading to do.


30 Idaho Jill December 6, 2011 at 7:43 pm

My daughter would love this -she asked for I spy for christmas, but this looks better :) (I’m not cool, either)


31 Patricia R. December 6, 2011 at 8:52 pm

This looks like a book my grandchildren would love; they are crazy about trains. The whole series seems fun! Thanks for offering the chance to win!


32 Natalia December 6, 2011 at 11:28 pm

My son loves those books!


33 John December 6, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Great book.


34 Krista December 7, 2011 at 12:01 am

Oh my gosh, this would be the best Christmas present for my oldest boy! He’s almost 5 and loves these kinds of books!


35 Cindy Nemitz December 7, 2011 at 12:33 am

My son would love this. Hope I win.


36 ANna December 7, 2011 at 2:24 pm

My little boy would love this! Thanks


37 Staci A December 7, 2011 at 11:30 pm

My son would love this book!


38 Cindi December 8, 2011 at 1:02 am

These type of books are not only fun, but a way of learning!
“Happy Holidays!”
Many thanks, Cindi


39 Chuck December 8, 2011 at 9:52 am

What great books to help them learn with.


40 Van December 8, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Any little kid would like this book for x-mas.


41 Beth Marhefka December 8, 2011 at 1:49 pm

The books sound really cool.


42 Carolyn December 8, 2011 at 7:15 pm

I’m in the process of building up my holiday book collection and this looks like it’d be a super cute addition.


43 nan December 8, 2011 at 9:14 pm

have no idea the lil guys name, but love these type of books
nannypanpan at


44 Happymomc December 9, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Would love this for my daugher!


45 Louis December 9, 2011 at 6:59 pm

I would love to win for my daughters

Thank you for hosting this giveaway

pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com


46 Don December 9, 2011 at 9:32 pm

What a nice book to read to the kid’s.


47 Erin December 11, 2011 at 7:42 am

Looks like the art is amazing!


48 Sara December 11, 2011 at 8:04 am

These books are a great way to engage your child in the book you are reading. Fun


49 samantha w December 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm

my kids would love this


50 pamela james December 11, 2011 at 6:22 pm

My kids would love these.

pjames330 at aol dot com


51 Rochel S December 12, 2011 at 1:28 am

I would love for my son to have this! These books are done so well with beautiful pictures!


52 Megan Earley December 13, 2011 at 9:41 pm

These books are so fun!


53 tamara childers December 14, 2011 at 9:58 am

my son would love this


54 Liz December 15, 2011 at 11:03 am

My kids would love this!


55 Alison S. December 15, 2011 at 1:22 pm

My 2.5 year old son would love this.


56 Tanya Samudio ~ The Chatty Mom December 15, 2011 at 11:51 pm

My daughters can’t get enough books into their hands…I would love to add this to their bookcase!


57 connie black December 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm

These are such fun books the whole family can get into!


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