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Where's Waldo? Paperback – April 10, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Series: Where's Waldo? (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Act Ina Re edition (April 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763634980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763634988
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 10 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

An oversized picture book with hoards of people milling around on each pageamidst this humanity readers must try to spot Waldo, identifiable by his clothing and hiking paraphernalia, in a game of concentration. It's difficult to find him in the middle of a crowd because he does not stick out head and shoulders above the teeming masses of pedestrians, beach-goers or vacationers. He's hiking his way across the world, and sees mermaids in canals, cows escaping from train cars, a helicopter chopping down flagpoles, a mummy's baby in a museum, a capsized desert island, a hat-eating giraffe and a glove attacking a man; he tells all in postcards, considerately short and friendly. Toward the end, Waldo has lost everything but his hat, and readers are expected to find those objects, too, in this amusing game of concentration amidst a sea of distractions. Waldo cuts through a maze of people and participates in numerous activities, but, unlike readers, seems to know where he is going. The pictures are astonishing in variety, detail and humor, and the pages are filled with so many people that readers will marvel at the artist's patience. All ages.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Martin Handford began his career as a freelance illustrator specializing in drawing crowd scenes for numerous clients. The turning point came when
he was asked to create a book showcasing his singular talent, and the character Waldo was born. "I can’t tell you how pleased I am that Waldo has taken on a life of his own," says the man behind the Waldo books. "I’d like to inspire children - to open their minds, to explore more subjects, and to just be aware of what’s going on around them. I’d like them to see wonder in places that might not have occurred to them."


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More About the Author

Martin Handford is the creator of the hugely popular Where's Wally? series. Beginning in 1987, the books went on to become a multi-million-selling global success.

Customer Reviews

It's my fault because I did not notice that this was the mini edition.
Melissa Large
I work in an elementary school and I purchased this book for my students.
Kerin Jones
Great eye-hunt game geared for young kids but equally as fun for any age.
Cody Harmon

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Kimball on July 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The idea of the enclosed mini magnifier was good but to no avail. The images were too small and the ink was not clear. I bought it for a child, but when I could not see Waldo clearly, I knew that it would be impossible for a child. If you want to find Waldo buy the larger edition.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shane - AFR on January 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Length: 0:51 Mins
This book contains twelve two-page pictorials.

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1) Waldo sets out from his home. Difficulty 3/10
2) On to the beach. Difficulty 5/10
3) Waldo hits the slopes. 5/10
4) Waldo takes a dip in the river. Difficulty 3/10
5) Time to board the train. Difficulty 5/10
6) Don't miss the plane. Difficulty 4/10
7) Lets play a game. Difficulty 3/10
8) Lets make history. Difficulty 4/10
9) Smell that ocean breeze. Difficulty 2/10
10) The zoo is for animals. Difficulty 1/10
11) Need a new outfit? Difficulty 3/10
12) Wanna go for a ride? Difficulty 3/10

One of the easiest Waldo's ever. A lot of open spaces and Waldo doesn't hide like in other books he's just out in the open standing in the same pose throughout the book. Good artwork and settings, just not very tough.
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Format: Hardcover
I just spent approximately 30 minutes working my way through this book, finding Waldo in each of his 12 locations. This is an example of good clean fun and an excellent check of your visual acuity and spatial sense. I also noticed that in the later scenes, Waldo starts to lose some of his possessions. In the last scene, he no longer has his cap, cane, cup and other tools. It has been proven in several different ways that the mind is like any other physical muscle, if it is challenged, it stays strong. Given those conditions, the searches needed to find Waldo that are in this book qualify as exercises to sharpen your brain.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kara E. Svendsen on March 12, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I've begun using this as my go-to 3 year old birthday gift and I've gotten lots of great feedback from parents on how much kids love it. In paperback it's a very affordable gift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Large on November 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I did not realize this book was only about 3 x 5 inches. It's my fault because I did not notice that this was the mini edition. It does come with a cool magnify glass.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elliott on July 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
Today I found my first-edition "Where's Waldo" book. As I was looking through it and reading the captions that Waldo says throughout the book, it brought bck wonderful memories of my childhood.

My mom got me the first Waldo book when it first came out in 1987. She saw how much I enjoyed the book, and that I was really pouring over the pages looking for the elusive traveler, and his items in each scene, that she bought the second Where's Waldo book "Where's Waldo Now" the following year. I loved that book right away, too!

The differences between the first and second edition of Where's Waldo is somewhat numerous. First off Waldo's appearance is better drawn than he was on and in the first edition, his position has changed in each scene, new characters have been added, some of the words and things to search for have been cut-out or altered. It took me awhile to get use to the changes, but after awhile I have grown to love the updated second edition of Where's Waldo book, just as much as the first edition.

The first scene you have to spot Waldo and the newly added characters and items in is "In Town" where you find a "Happy Barber"(in the first edition he is called a "Keen Barber.") who is cutting men's heads bald,a man with goggles and a snorkel on a fountain, a man coming out of a man-hole, a waiter who isn't paying attention and so much more. From there you go to the beach which has an overdressed man wearing a winter time outfit, a cowboy, a human being stepped on, a boy who isn't allowed any ice-cream and so much more. There are several more places that Waldo explores, so go ahead and purchase this and see if you can find him there. This book and all the rest of the Waldo books will keep you hooked and looking for him hours on end. You will become a Waldo fanatic like I have been these pass twenty-three years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M.F. on May 14, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Who doesn't love these books? We love Waldo! Entertaining, not super easy like some seek and find books. Perfect for my 7 year old and I.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Wilson on March 18, 2010
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I bought Where's Waldo to share with my 5 year old grandson but his 2 1/2 year old brother also loved it. It was a great shared activity for the three of us and they repeatedly asked me to "read" Waldo to them! Very imaginative!
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