The annual is a spin-off from the popular series of I-SPY children’s books. The I-SPY Tribe was supposedly run by a Red Indian chief called Big Chief I-SPY (actually a retired Headmaster from Islington), who began a series of hobby books in the 1950s. The I-SPY Tribe was based around the I-SPY Books, some forty small volumes that sold in hundreds of thousands.
Based around the once-popular children’s travel game ‘I Spy’, the books encouraged children to collect experiences. As children spotted objects such as oak trees, cars, semaphore signals, fire engines, whelks, and so on, they recorded the event in the relevant book and gained points. Once the book was complete, it could be sent to Big Chief I-SPY for a feather and an order of merit.
The annual has articles on the weather, bird-spotting, the fire service, pets, sports, astronomy, pub signs, superstitions, and many more.
Hardback – with scuffs & bumps on cover and cut corner on inside cover – otherwise in reasonable condition in view of age (1979)