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I-Spy On a Car Journey (Michelin I-Spy Guides)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 5 July 2010
Like all children car journeys can be boring. When I found this item on Amazon I thought that it would make ideal presents for my grand children. From what I can gather they have been a great success so was money well spent.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
I bought one of these very recently for my two little relatives (aged 8 and 5). Only purchasing the one copy was rather a risky strategy I suppose but, fortunately, the two girls quickly realised that working together was the best way to go about things. The layout of the book is logical, although not designed with the very smallest car passengers in mind. The eight year old thus took responsibility for the record-keeping component of things while her sister got down to the nitty-gritty of actually spying things and then announcing what she had found at 90 odd decibels. I know that for a fact because I had the pleasure of driving them to the beach one afternoon last week. 'It's the police - look!' does strange things to a man's driving when it is bellowed in his ear at that sort of volume. I nearly crashed the ruddy car on more than one occasion.

Unlike a lot of the other reviewers, I did not have the pleasure of experiencing anything like this when I was a youngster. I wish I had though, because this would have been right up my street. It contains photographs of, and interesting little snippets of information about, a wide variety of things to spy on any number of different car journeys through a whole range of different environments. I suppose it might just be possible to encounter everything in here on just the one trip... although where you'd find a service station selling both petrol AND diesel for 108.9p anywhere in this day and age outside of Fantasyland I really wouldn't know. Each 'spot' earns a finders' fee of a number of I-Spy points. If these are totted up by an independent verifier (ie. you) and come to more than 1000 points, then the kids can apply online for an email certificate of their achievement. There does seem to be rather a lot of scope for cheating there though. Also, it does mention that Michelin Man's representatives need an address as well as a name, which strikes me as a little strange. I certainly wouldn't want that rather terrifying creature to know where I lived...

As far as the contents are concerned, does anybody else think that the order in which things are presented is just a tiny bit cynical? Roadworks, in one form or another, take up the first three pages and 'The Law' looms large on the three pages after that. It takes a bit of the romance out of motoring, in my opinion. Although I suppose this book is designed to record things as and when they are spotted. The index at the back is invaluable in that regard.

It was actually quite handy having the girls in the back of the car with this book. There's nothing like hearing someone yelling out 'speed camera!' and then mentioning 'points' to make you pay attention to what you're doing.

This is really excellent value for money and the competitive aspect to it means kids don't seem to get bored of it. Making sure they record their sightings in pencil has the potential to give the book much longevity, since the unscrupulous amongst us can really get our money's worth out of the book by rubbing out our passengers' hard work and starting all over again on some future occasion.

No? Oh well, that must just be me then.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2010
our grandson thinks this little book is great. Our car journeys have been made fun
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 August 2013
This was bought to keep our grandchildren aged 7 and 5 occupied on a 130 mile car journey to stay with us for a week. Not only did it keep them occupied for the entire 3 hour journey, they were keen also to use it every time we went out in the car during the week. Grandad drove, grandma read out several things to look for and the grandchildren were alert and eager to spot them. They even became skilled in spotting things Grandma didn't read out but found in the book after a quick search.
We also bought the Garden, Countryside and Cars books in the series, but didn't get round to using them as the Car Journey book provided more than enough material, and when their Mum and Dad collected them to take them home the book went with them as they were keen to continue it. If the other books prove to be half as good they'll probably still warrant 5 stars!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 September 2011
I bought this product to keep my granddaughter amused on our car journey from Manchester to Wales. Have to say it did the job and was also used whilst we were on holiday. We've not spotted all the items yet so I'm sure this will keep us amused on future car journeys also. Buy this product - It's worth the money!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 September 2011
I can remember the old I-Spy books from my own childhood and bought this one to keep my 7 year old grandson occupied on a long car journey. He loved it and was keenly looking for any items to mark off in the book. He didn't even say "are we nearly there yet?" until we were nearly at our destination!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 September 2010
I bought this book for my 9 year old Granddaughter to use on a recent trip to Suffolk. She loved it and is still using it now! It brought back many happy memories of my own childhood - I had lots of I-Spy books covering all sorts of subjects and they certainly still do the job that they were intended to do, at the very least delaying the inevitable "Are we there yet?" question!! The whole family had great fun looking for the different items and this provoked lots of historical discussions about when Grandad and I were children. But I did object to being asked if there were stagecoaches when I was a little girl!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 2012
My parents used to keep these in the glove compartment when I was little and now I have rediscovered these updated versions. Very pleased to see that the format is very much the same. Big Chief I Spy inspired peace and quiet (or something like it) in the back seat when my siblings and I would scour the countryside for magpies, the motorways for foreign licence plates and the streets of towns for pillar boxes. Forget the Nintendo. Keep page turning and pencils sharp.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 August 2011
This was a great addition to a long car journey. It kept a 5 year old fully occupied and encouraged her to look out of the windows. Fully recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 15 January 2011
The Car Journey book was a big hit from the first moment our Granddaughter used it. Even if she forgets to take it out with her on a journey, she writes down what she has seen and then puts it in her Car Journey book. She loves it.
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