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* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Santa Claus in ''The Night Before Christmas''. The only signs of his presence are his hat in the chimney, his shadow on the wall, and a faraway shot of his sleigh in the sky.


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* AnachronismStew: In ''Out Of This World'', a robot builds a time-travel machine and crashes the High Middle Ages, only to make friends with a princess and join her for a medieval dinner.


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* BookEnds: ''Treasure Ship'''s first image is of a single golden pirate coin. After a long series of [[StaggeredZoom zoomed-out photos]], the last image is of a postcard sitting on the beach, with the same coin washed ashore.


* CallBack: ''Cool Collections'' is much more similar in theme to Wick's ''I Spy'' books than to the others of its series; it features many photos of random object collections instead of set pieces telling a story.

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* CallBack: ''Cool Collections'' is much more similar in theme to Wick's ''I Spy'' books than to the others of its own series; it features many photos of random object collections instead of set pieces telling a story.


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* DreamEpisode: ''Dream Machine'' tells of the reader/Seymour's dream of visiting a city of the future and seeing the Dream Machine, a fantastical metal contraption that monitors everyone's dreams.


* AnachronismStew; In ''Out Of This World'', a robot builds a time-travel machine and crashes the High Middle Ages, only to make friends with a princess and join her for a medieval dinner.

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* AnachronismStew; AnachronismStew: In ''Out Of This World'', a robot builds a time-travel machine and crashes the High Middle Ages, only to make friends with a princess and join her for a medieval dinner.



* CassetteFuturism: The aesthetic of ''Dream Machine'', which depicts a futuristic city full of wind-up styled robots and shiny silver metal buildings.



* RaygunGothic: The aesthetic of ''Dream Machine'', which depicts a futuristic city full of wind-up styled robots and shiny silver metal buildings.



* StaggeredZoom: Each of ''Treasure Ship'''s photos is a little more zoomed out than the previous. For example, the very first photo is of a single coin in all its detail, and the next is of the treasure chest conatining the coin.

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* StaggeredZoom: Each of ''Treasure Ship'''s photos is a little more zoomed out than the previous. For example, the very first photo is of a single coin in all its detail, and the next is of the treasure chest conatining containing the coin.

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* AnachronismStew; In ''Out Of This World'', a robot builds a time-travel machine and crashes the High Middle Ages, only to make friends with a princess and join her for a medieval dinner.


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* FairyTaleEpisode: ''Once Upon a Time''.Time'', a FairyTaleFreeForAll featuring models of scenes from The Three Little Pigs, Puss in Boots, Rumpelstiltskin, and many others.

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''Can You See What I See?'' is Walter Wick's second search-and-find series after ''Literature/ISpy'', started in 2002 and with the last entry published in 2013. In this series, Wick writes all the riddles himself as well as staging the photography. The idea is very much the same as ''I Spy'': the reader is given a photo of a collection of assorted items, along with a rhyming riddle listing off a number of objects hidden in the picture. However, they differ from I Spy in that the last couplet of the riddle always contains an extra challenge. Readers find the listed objects and finish each puzzle by solving a last brainteaser, such as following a maze in the photo, locating all the scattered parts of a disassembled robot, or even identifying mirror illusions.

Unlike ''I Spy'', ''Can You See What I See?'''s photos tend to follow a linear storyline and feature miniature set pieces instead of simply object collections under a unifying theme. For example, ''Can You See What I See? Toyland Express'' tells the story of a toy train, from its beginnings in a workshop to a yard sale and a new life with another owner, and ''Can You See What I See? Out Of This World'' tells of a robot from the far future building a time machine and visiting a princess's castle. The series quickly proved to be just as popular as ''I Spy'', spawning multiple spin-off series and {{Licensed Game}}s for the PC. The books are still in circulation and a mainstay of nearly every elementary-school classroom.

The series is also notable for introducing Seymour, a little man made of beads and string hidden in every photo of every book. In ''On A Scary Scary Night'' and ''Dream Machine'', he acts as a guide of sorts and follows the reader around their journey. He later got two books all to himself: ''Seymour and the Juice Box Boat'' and ''Seymour Makes New Friends''.

!! The ''Can You See What I See?'' series provides examples of:
* AudienceSurrogate: Seymour, in ''On A Scary Scary Night'' and ''Dream Machine''. He experiences the journey as the reader does.
* CallBack: ''Cool Collections'' is much more similar in theme to Wick's ''I Spy'' books than to the others of its series; it features many photos of random object collections instead of set pieces telling a story.
* CassetteFuturism: The aesthetic of ''Dream Machine'', which depicts a futuristic city full of wind-up styled robots and shiny silver metal buildings.
* ChristmasEpisode: ''Night Before Christmas''.
* FairyTaleEpisode: ''Once Upon a Time''.
* HalloweenEpisode: ''On a Scary Scary Night''.
* PunnyName: Seymour, who encourages the reader to "see more."
* SealedEvilInACan: The end of ''On a Scary Scary Night'' has the reader/Seymour dropping a bottle and accidentally unleashing a ghost. However, the ghost only wants to give the reader a little scare.
* StaggeredZoom: Each of ''Treasure Ship'''s photos is a little more zoomed out than the previous. For example, the very first photo is of a single coin in all its detail, and the next is of the treasure chest conatining the coin.
* TimeTravelEpisode: ''Out of This World''.

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