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Where's Wally?

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    Where's Wally? is a series of search and find books from British illustrator, Martin Handford. Each book is made up of incredibly intricate, double-page scenes, with the challenge of finding the elusive Wally in his iconic bobble hat, round glasses and red stripey t-shirt. Handford likes to make things a little tricky by adding other characters who have some (but not all!) of these elements. Where is Wally is a challenge which can take kids (and adults) a while to find! Once you start, it's very addictive but thankfully there's a handy, travel-sized Where's Wally book set too.

    Handford spent much of his childhood drawing and after Art College began working as a freelance illustrator. The idea for Wally came about in 1986 when his publisher, Walker Books, was intrigued by the little-known French illustrator Philippe Dupasquier and wanted to create an idea to take to that year's Bologna bookfair. Handford apparently already had a talent for drawing crowd scenes but the addition of Wally was to add a focal point for the page. Handford admits to being fascinated by crowds and each picture takes many months to draw with Wally inserted along the way, “As I work my way through a picture, I add Wally when I come to what I feel is a good place to hide him.” Handford explains.
     
    30 years later and the Where’s Wally books have sold over 70 million copies worldwide in 31 different languages. But did you know that Wally is not known as “Wally” in all countries? In the United States and Canada he is known as “Where's Waldo”, in Denmark he is “Holger”, in France he is “Charlie” in "Ou est Charlie" and in German “Walter”! 

    And now there are other Where's Wally characters as Wally has his own friends including Wilma, Wenda, Odlaw and Woof!
     
    Wally has also reached cultural celebrity status, with references in popular TV shows such as Frasier, The Simpsons and Friends; he’s appeared on the 1000th anniversary cover of Rolling Stone magazine and has even been found on Google Earth. Where’s Wally has also had his own TV show, been in numerous Where's Wally games (both video games and board games), has its own Where's Wally app, and was one of the World Book Day 2017 books. If you're looking for a World Book Day dressing up idea, it's very easy to put together a Where's Wally costume with just a red stripey t-shirt, a Where's Wally bobble hat and glasses!
     
    And finally, if you’re a real Where’s Wally fan, each year there’s an event where fans gather dressed up as Wally. There was even a World Record achieved in April 2009 when over 1000 people dressed up at Rutgers University in New Brunswick to raise money for local schools.

    All the Where's Wally books in order:-

    Where’s Wally? (1987)
    Where’s Wally Now? (1988) 
    Where’s Wally? The Fantastic Journey (1989)
    Where’s Wally? In Hollywood (1993)
    Where’s Wally? The Wonder Book (1997)
    Where’s Wally? The Great Picture Hunt (2006)
    Where’s Wally? The Incredible Paper Chase (2009)
    Where's Wally? The Search for the Lost Things (2012)
    Where’s Wally? Destination Everywhere (2017)
    Where’s Wally? Santa Spectacular (2018)
    Where’s Wally? The Spectacular Spotlight Search (2018)
    Where’s Wally? Exciting Expeditions (2019)

    And there's even more Where's Wally fun with these activity books:-

    Where’s Wally? Bumper Activity Book (1995)
    Where’s Wally? The Mega Mini Collection (2006)
    Where’s Wally? The Wonder Book (2007)
    Where’s Wally? The Magnificent Mini Box Set (2009)
    Where’s Wally? The Spectacular Poster Book (2010)
    Where’s Wally? The Totally Essential Travel Collection (2011)
    Where’s Wally? The Phenomenal Postcard Book 2( 2012)
    Where’s Wally? The Sticker Book (2015)
    Where’s Wally? Wow! Slipcase (2015)
    Where’s Wally? The Colouring Book (2016)
    Where’s Wally? Across Lands Activity Book (2016)
    Where’s Wally? In Outer Space Activity Book (2016)
    Where’s Wally? Takes Flight Activity Book (2016)
    Where’s Wally? At Sea Activity Book (2016)
    Where's Wally? The Colouring Collection (2017)
    Where’s Wally? Double Trouble at the Museum (2019)

    Book 1
    Book 1

    Where's Wally?

    Celebrate 30 years of searching for Wally in this one-off edition of the original eye-boggling classic! A wonderful ann... More

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    Book 2
    Book 2

    Where's Wally Now?

    Now the second title in the classic Wally adventures gets the deluxe treatment! Travel back in time with Wally ... More

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    Book 3
    Book 3

    Where's Wally? The Fantastic Journey

    Face the fiendish and fantastical Wally challenge in this classic mini-edition with free magnifying glass. Join... More

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    Book 4
    Book 4

    Where's Wally? In Hollywood

    Lights, camera, action! Join the hunt for Wally in Hollywood! Wally visits the land where dreams are made in th... More

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    Book 5
    Book 5

    Where's Wally? The Wonder Book

    Hey Wally watchers! Join the hunt for Wally in his fifth wonderful adventure! Wally is now a global phenomenon,... More

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    Book 6
    Book 6

    Where's Wally? The Great Picture Hunt

    Get ready for Wally's bamboozling mini book picture hunt! An easily-portable mini edition of this Where's Wal... More

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    Book 7
    Book 7

    Where's Wally? The Incredible Paper Chase

    The seventh classic title in the internationally famous Where's Wally? series. This seventh classic Where... More

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    Book 8
    Book 8

    Where's Wally? The Search for the Lost Things

    Wally and his friends invite you on an extraordinary journey to find their most precious possessions. Hours of mind-... More

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    Book 9
    Book 9

    Where's Wally? Destination: Everywhere!: 12 classic scenes as you've never seen them before!

    Celebrate the first 30 years of Where's Wally? with this exclusive anniversary album from Wally to his fans. ... More

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    Book 10
    Book 10

    Where's Wally? Santa Spectacular

    This sensational Santa-themed Wally activity book is bursting with hundreds of stickers. There are loads of wintry stic... More

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    Book 11
    Book 11

    Where's Wally? The Spectacular Spotlight Search

    Just when you thought you'd mastered the art of finding Wally, along comes a whole new twist. Can you find Wally in th... More

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    Book 12
    Book 12

    Where's Wally? Exciting Expeditions: Search! Play! Create Your Own Stories!

    This terrific, travel-sized Where's Wally? book is full of searches, games and creative activities. Solve perplexi... More

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    Where's Wally? Bumper Activity Book

    There are games, tongue-twisters, riddles, fascinating facts and lots more in this bumper activity book compiled from fo... More

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    Book 13
    Book 13

    Where's Wally? Paper Pandemonium: Search, fold and play on the go!

    Wally and his friends are back in this nifty, travel-sized book of thrills! Packed full of paper-folding activities, gam... More

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    Where's Wally? Mega Mini Collection

    Wow! Amazing! Four great mini Wally titles in one cool slipcase!This eye-boggling slipcase contains mini editions of the... More

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    Where's Wally? The Magnificent Mini Book Box

    A new look for the popular slipcase containing mini editions of the first five classic Where's Wally? titles. ... More

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    Where's Wally? The Spectacular Poster Book

    A handy standard-sized edition for the international Where's Wally? series. Eight spectacular full art posters selected... More

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    Where's Wally? The Totally Essential Travel Collection

    The totally essential travel companion, now with postcards! Just what you've been waiting for... All the wondrous Wally... More

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    Where's Wally? The Phenomenal Postcard Book

    A novelty format for the Where's Wally? series - a brilliant selection of postcards for every occasion. This phenomenal... More

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    Where's Wally? The Sticker Book!

    A funky Wally sticker book - for young and old alike! A crafty Where's Wally? book bursting with over 1,000 sti... More

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    Where's Wally? Wow! Slipcase

    Six classic Where's Wally? books and a jigsaw presented in a magnificent slipcase. Featuring the first six best-selling ... More

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    Where's Wally? The Colouring Book

    Get your pens and pencils at the ready and join Wally for the ultimate colouring challenge! Bring busy Where's ... More

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    Where's Wally? Across Lands: Activity Book

    Wally is going on an amazing adventure across ancient lands. Join him (and don't forget to pack a pen or pencil)! ... More

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    Where's Wally? In Outer Space: Activity Book

    Wally is going on an incredible adventure in outer space. Join him (and don't forget to pack a pen or pencil)! ... More

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    Where's Wally? Takes Flight: Activity Book

    Wally is going on an adventure up, up high in the skies. Join him (and don't forget to pack a pen or pencil)! H... More

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    Where's Wally? At Sea: Activity Book

    Wally is going on a splashing adventure out at sea. Join him (and don't forget to pack a pen or pencil)! Have f... More

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    Where's Wally? The Colouring Collection

    A whole new Where's Wally? colouring book in a totally essential travel size! A transportable Where's Wally? co... More

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    Where's Wally: The Official Annual

    Wizard Whitebeard's enchanted scroll is missing and it's up to you and Wally to find it! Make your way through Whitebea... More

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