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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 to find Wally in his iconic bobble hat, round glasses and red stripy t-shirt on every page. 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 "Où est Charlie" and in German “Walter”! 

And now there are other Where's Wally characters as the books star some of Wally’s friends including Wilma (Where's Wally's girlfriend), Wenda, Wizard Whitebeard, Odlaw and Woof (Where's Wally's dog)!
 
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 outfit with just a red stripy 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:

Book 1: Where’s Wally? (1987)
Book 2: Where’s Wally Now? (1988) 
Book 3: Where’s Wally? The Fantastic Journey (1989)
Book 4: Where’s Wally? In Hollywood (1993)
Book 5: Where’s Wally? The Wonder Book (1997)
Book 6: Where’s Wally? The Great Picture Hunt (2006)
Book 7: Where’s Wally? The Incredible Paper Chase (2009)
Book 8: Where's Wally? The Search for the Lost Things (2012)
Book 9: Where’s Wally? Santa Spectacular (2013)
Book 10: Where’s Wally? Destination Everywhere (2017)
Book 11: Where’s Wally? The Spectacular Spotlight Search (2018)
Book 12: Where's Wally? Double Trouble at the Museum (2019)
Book 13: Where’s Wally? Spooky Spotlight Search (2020)
Book 14: Where's Wally? Santa Spotlight Search (2021)
Book 15: Where's Wally? Party Time! (2021)
Book 16: Where's Wally? The Great Speed Search (2023)

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

Book 1: Where’s Wally? Bumper Activity Book (1995)
Book 2: Where’s Wally? The Spectacular Poster Book (2010)
Book 3: Where’s Wally? The Phenomenal Postcard Book (2012)
Book 4: Where’s Wally? The Sticker Book (2015)
Book 5: Where’s Wally? Wow! Slipcase (2015)
Book 6: Where’s Wally? The Colouring Book (2016)
Book 7: Where’s Wally? Across Lands Activity Book (2016)
Book 8: Where’s Wally? In Outer Space Activity Book (2016)
Book 9: Where’s Wally? Takes Flight Activity Book (2016)
Book 10: Where’s Wally? At Sea Activity Book (2016)
Book 11: Where's Wally? The Colouring Collection (2017)
Book 12: Where’s Wally? Santa Spectacular Sticker Activity Book (2018)
Book 13: Where’s Wally? Exciting Expeditions (2019)
Book 14: Where’s Wally? Paper Pandemonium (2020)
Book 15: Where’s Wally? The Holiday Handbook: Searches! Puzzles! Travel Fun! (2021)
Book 16: Where’s Wally? Dragons and Dreams Colouring Book (2021)
Book 17: Where’s Wally? Through History Activity Book (2022)
Book 18: Where’s Wally? At the Movies Activity Book (2022)
Book 19: Where’s Wally? Monster Hunt Activity Book (2023)
Book 20: Where’s Wally? Days Out Colouring Book (2023)

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Book 1
Book 1

Where's Wally?

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Book 2
Book 2

Where's Wally Now?

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Book 3
Book 3

Where's Wally? The Fantastic Journey

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Book 4
Book 4

Where's Wally? In Hollywood

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Book 5
Book 5

Where's Wally? The Wonder Book

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Book 6
Book 6

Where's Wally? The Great Picture Hunt

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Book 7
Book 7

Where's Wally? The Incredible Paper Chase

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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-bend... MoreWhere's Wally? The Search for the Lost Things

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Book 9
Book 9

Where's Wally? Santa Spectacular

A fabulously festive sticker activity book with hundreds of stickers and a "Create Your Own Where's Wally?" scene! This... MoreWhere's Wally? Santa Spectacular

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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 the ... MoreWhere's Wally? The Spectacular Spotlight Search

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Book 13
Book 13

Where's Wally? Spooky Spotlight Search

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Book 14
Book 14

Where's Wally? Santa Spotlight Search

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Book 15
Book 15

Where's Wally? Party Time!

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Book 16
Book 16

Where's Wally? The Great Speed Search

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Book 1
Book 1

Where's Wally? Bumper Activity Book

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Book 2
Book 2

Where's Wally? The Spectacular Poster Book

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Book 4
Book 4

Where's Wally? The Sticker Book!

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Book 5
Book 5

Where's Wally? Wow

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Book 6
Book 6

Where's Wally? The Colouring Book

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Book 7
Book 7

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)!Have fu... MoreWhere's Wally? Across Lands: Activity Book

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Book 8
Book 8

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)!Have fun s... MoreWhere's Wally? In Outer Space: Activity Book

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Book 9
Book 9

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)!Have fun pl... MoreWhere's Wally? Takes Flight: Activity Book

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Book 10
Book 10

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 fun playing... MoreWhere's Wally? At Sea: Activity Book

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Book 11
Book 11

Where's Wally? The Colouring Collection

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Book 12
Book 12

Where's Wally? Santa Spectacular Sticker Activity Book

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Book 14
Book 14

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

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Book 15
Book 15

Where's Wally? The Holiday Handbook: Searches! Puzzles! Travel Fun!

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Book 16
Book 16

Where's Wally? Dragons and Dreams Colouring Book

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Book 17
Book 17

Where's Wally? Through History: Activity Book

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Book 18
Book 18

Where's Wally? At the Movies Activity Book

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Book 19
Book 19

Where's Wally? Monster Hunt: Activity Book

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Book 20
Book 20

Where's Wally? Days Out: Colouring Book

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Book 41
Book 41

Where's Wally? Amazing Journeys

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Book 42
Book 42

Where's Wally? The Great Games Speed Search

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Book 43
Book 43

Where's Wally? Words on the Go! Play, Puzzle, Search and Solve

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Book 44
Book 44

Where's Wally? The Mighty Magical Mix-Up

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