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Where's Waldo?

(Where's Waldo? #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  6,113 ratings  ·  213 reviews
The amazing original that set off the worldwide search for Waldo! Perfect for the youngest Waldo searcher, this special edition contains all the fun of the original but with lots of eye-boggling extras! Anyone who has found Waldo before will want to find him all over again because he's in a new place in every scene. And now readers can also search for Woof, Wenda, Wizard W ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 10th 2007 by Candlewick Press (first published January 1st 1987)
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Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture
I wish Werner Herzog would write a book like this. But this would be hard to top.
Mar 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011, juvenile
I knew the concept of the Where's Waldo books, but until my son got interested in them, I didn't know much about them. Can I just say how addicting they are? Searching for Waldo on every page is a self-challenge that makes you push for your personal best; when you can't find him, you do not give up. You change tactics by taking out your contacts, reaching for your reading glasses, or tossing your glasses aside so you can stick the book as far up to your face as possible. You scan haphazardly at ...more
Jun 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Masochists
Where's Wally (Waldo?) has always struck me as a metaphor for... Oh fuck it... How can someone wearing such ridiculous clothing be so hard to find!!! And when you finally do, you can't lose him again, he's just always there, on the page... Invading your darkest thoughts... Hiding in the bushes beind you when you walk home in the dark... And why do people insist on putting a circle around him when they read it in the doctor's surgery!?! THAT DEFEATS THE WHOLE POINT, JERKS!!! Oh dear... I must lie ...more
J.G. Keely
Oct 24, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor, reviewed, childhood
I used to find these books endlessly fascinating as a child, especially the more odd and mystical elements. Of course, what I liked most was the frantic detail. There were entire stories laid out in these pictures, and no doubt they helped me to question how much meaning and action one could put into a single image.

In high school, I made a short series of my own called The Necro Files (ha ha, aren't sixteen year-olds funny?). It would feature a different odd locale (Atlantis, a circus) and then
Jan 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Like the Penguin book down below, many people feel like I either look like Waldo, or worst, I am Waldo. I often take the bus, and I try to avoid bus transportation during school hours - because the kids love to say 'Hey I just found Waldo!" It's get tiresome after awhile.

And on top of that I can never find Waldo in these pictures. I have to ask my neighborhood kid on the block where Waldo is. And you know they usually say ' hey he's right in front of me.' Meaning .... me of course.
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars

Very good book. One of my favorite book series as a kid.

I liked this book first time around, but persistent re-reads by my youngest daughter meant that my enjoyment of, and patience with, the book, did not last long.

I found it remarkable that at age 4 she could remember every half-promise or insinuation of a promise ever mad by myself, my wife, her grandparents and her elder sister.... she could also remember every word [parrot-fashion] in every book that we read together.... but do you think she could remember where sodding Wally was?

No...not on yo
Apr 24, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where's Waldo? is timeless, entertaining, and philosophical. No book I've read offers up such a visual reminder of the wondrous little dramas happening around us every day, if only we'd take the time to notice them. I've spent countless hours poring over these pages not only to find Waldo, but all of the interesting things in each panoramic scene. I have much affection for Where's Waldo? and the other books in Martin Handford's most famous series.
Rod Brown
Banned Book Week 2017. This year I'm reading a few picture books that have been challenged for their content, this one due to its depiction of sideboob in the beach scene.

Alas, the offending breast has been expunged in the edition I have actually read; the woman has been equipped with a securely fastened bikini top by the creator and/or publisher. Once again children have been protected from the scourge of rampaging mammaries.

Having counted Waldo as read, I now wonder does one truly read Waldo?
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where's Waldo is an iconic search and find activity book that has been entertaining people for 30 years. This 30th Special Anniversary Edition would make a great gift for those fans of Waldo or search and finds in general.

My parents shared Where's Waldo with me and I had fun passing it on to my daughter. I had trouble finding Waldo and his friends as usual, but that's what makes it interesting. I loved the post cards that introduced each scene and I enjoyed the letter in the back of the book. It
Rebekah Bloxom
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art-visual
Where's Waldo? Is an awesome way to look at what students see during a first, second, and third (or more) perusal of art, stories, and other items of interest. Students don't always know the purpose of rereading, but they might spend ten or more minutes scouring the page to find Waldo among a crowd.
Where's Waldo? books are ones that most students will know and have encountered at some point in their lives, so bringing these into the classroom will interest students, and they will be eager to par
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Who does not love looking for Waldo?! This book keeps not only my children entertained for hours, but also our entire family!
Jun 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The Waldo books actually are about a man's ability to both engage with and disappear into the body politic. In fact, he is grooming himself to be a politician. He selects attire that lets him stick out yet blend in; he goes to the same burger joints when he wants to show off his proletarian diet, gets around to and fro so fast you can barely see 'im as he schmoozes and shakes lots of hands in the crowd. And the guy keeps movin'. Movin' along; a moving target; perfecting those chameleon skills of ...more
Kendra Ellett
Oct 19, 2016 rated it liked it
When doing a little research on ALA's banned books, surprisingly enough, Where's Waldo came up. This book was number 87 on the banned book's list, around 1993, but I thought it was really interesting that it would even be considered inappropriate. After doing a little research, I found that earlier versions of Where's Waldo featured a topless sunbather on one of the pages, and there were complaints made. This reemphasized the point in the Censorship PowerPoint that really any book can be challen ...more
Kaethe Douglas
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
There have always been fads in books for children, pop culture tie-ins and gimmicks to increase a book's appeal. This is one I still enjoy. Handford was the first and continues to be the best, but even the rip-offs of his style are pleasing. It's fun to sit and look at the vast pictures, rich in detail and humor, searching out something which isn't hidden, exactly, but can be very hard to find.

The younger child in particular was a huge fan of these. Of course, they're a gateway drug. She moved u
Nov 11, 2010 rated it liked it
One day, Waldo should wear something different and really fuck everyone up.
May 07, 2009 added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-spy
Sofie Brånedal
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little to much for me... Although it most be very fun to read this with your kids. The kids will probably love it.
Sergio Schiller thompson-flores
The question that changed my life and will never leave my dreams and my waking hours.
Jul 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
A classic! How could you not love trying to find Waldo?
Al Smith
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Riveting. Basically, the plot is that Waldo is missing and it's up to me to find him.
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Where's Waldo?" is a heart wrenching tale about a poor orphan named Waldo. After his parents died he was put into orphanage after orphanage, school after school. He was bullied wherever he went because he had only one set of clothes that his mother bought him. He was just a kid he didn't have any money. He would hide from the bullies but be spotted due to his striped shirt. The kids would often slam their beefy fingers into Waldo's face when they found him. These bullies found him wherever he ...more
Brooke Johnson
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Where's Waldo? is a series of picture books following a man named Waldo who likes to hide in obvious areas. The goal of these books is to find Waldo, (hence the title) which is a very fun game for kids. Some of my fondest memories take place at my hometown's public library where I would look for Waldo for hours! This book has some words, but mainly its just directions on how to find our friend and maybe the title of that page such as the setting.
In my personal opinion, these books contain nothin
Devin Frunzi
Jun 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I just read the book, Where’s Waldo? and I am infuriated. The whole concept of the picture book is to find Waldo throughout its pages. The book has cramped, comedic, and wacky scenes, so it makes it difficult to find Waldo, the character with a striped sweater and hat. This book was banned because one of the pages had a topless female sunbather on one of the pages. Well, needless to say, I’m upset because I cannot find the topless woman, nor can I find Waldo. I am disappointed. I would not have ...more
Brianna Walton
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this book... Waldo wasn't always easy to find. Where's Waldo was a book where Waldo is hidden on every page and you have to find him. Waldo is on every page he just isn't the easiest person to find, but there are funny pictures on each page.
This book will keep children entertained and looking for Waldo, as well as give children new ideas for hiding and seeking. This book kept me entertained so it should keep a child entertained. This book has some interesting sites that are visited, but
Cindy Sarnowski
This over-sized picture book takes the reader on a scavenger hunt for specific list of items. Each page uses a fold-out sleeve to provide an easy reference to be checked off as they are located. The book will provide hours and hours of enjoyment, again and again.
Joy Keil
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: clara
Who would have known that an almost 3 year old would love where's waldo?! What fun!
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brady had SO much fun finding Waldo!!! :)
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Introduced the boy to a childhood favorite of mine this weekend. Hours of fun already!!! He’s hooked!
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