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Where's Waldo? The Wonder Book: Mini Edition with Magnifier Hardcover – May 10, 2005

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"Each square is a delight of individuality, each spread a dynamic interplay... Glorious fun for puzzlers of all ages." The School Librarian" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Waldo the intrepid wanderer is such an enduring classic he's been dubbed a pop culture icon on VH1's "I love the 90s" series -- and there's even a Waldo movie in the works. But if you thought you had Waldo pegged, you haven't seen anything yet! In this new compact edition of WHERE'S WALDO? THE WONDER BOOK, our insatiable traveler finds himself in a world of dreams and fantasies, of swarming scenes that are wilder and wackier than ever before. His adventures span a crazy cake factory, the Land of Woof, and endless maze of halls and doors, and more. But here's the catch: every teeming double-page spread features more than twice the characters of previous Waldo books, now reduced to a mini format that hugely multiples the challenge. Kids will go crazy for these super-hard searches, which are more satisfying than ever to solve.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Series: Where's Waldo?
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Act Ina edition (May 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763627003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763627003
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #678,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 28, 2006
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I first got turned onto Waldo books while in college. I was working at a small bookstore, and spied a paperback of Where's Waldo? in Hollywood. I've had it all these years, but recently brought it out of the basement for my 7 year old son. He was thrilled with that book, so I got him Where's Waldo?: The Wonder Book in hardback for Christmas.

While the Hollywood book is difficult, The Wonder Book also has some difficult scenes! In one, I STILL haven't found Wizard Whitebeard. Arggh!

Martin Handford is the creator of the Where's Waldo? books, which features elaborately detailed scenes, hidden objects, and visual puns. The reclusive, bespectaled author works fervently for EIGHT WEEKS for EACH of the 2-page spreads on these books. This means that the Where's Waldo Wonder Book took him 1.8 years to create! Amazing!

My son and I love to pore over the pages--not only looking for Waldo, Wenda, Wizard Whitebeard, Odlaw, and Woof--but also other clues. For example, Wenda always loses a camera, Woof a bone, the Wizard a scroll, and so on. BUT, at the end of the book, there are TWO pages of checklists for other things to find in EACH of the visual puzzles! Some are quite hard to find. For example, a clown follows Waldo and his friends all through the end of the book. One of the challenges is to find the scene in the book where the clown changes the color of his hat band.

The creative scenes you'll find in the Wonder Book include:

*Once Upon a Page

*Clown Town

*The Fantastic Flower Garden

*The Odlaw Swamp

*The Might Fruit Fright

*The Corridors of Time

*The Game of Games

*The Battle of the Bands

*Toys! Toys! Toys!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By C. Pearson on January 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I must have skipped over the exact measurements of the book if they were listed. With no point of reference in the photos, I assumed this was going to be a normal sized book and the magnifier was only needed because there was so much packed in to the pages. But this thing is SMALL. If you get this, just make sure to keep in mind it is only 6-inches by 5-inches. And from my memory of it when I gave it to my niece, those measurements may be generous. It's exactly what you expect to get in a Where's Waldo book (a bunch of pictures and things to find) but I wrote this review to emphasize it is really, really small. If I had known this when I bought it, I would have gotten one of the normal-sized books.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Tarnas on November 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is another excellent Where's Waldo -- almost as sublime as "The Fantastic Journey", a little harder, and just as engaging. As a piece of artwork it's clear that Handford's style is maturing: his lines are more precise, there are more individuals packed into every open space, and there's also a slightly more vibrant color palette. Unlike the other four Waldo books, these twelve scenes are printed digitally. Each miniscule pixelated line edge can be seen upon close inspection, a little disconcerting at first but very crisp and clear -- and probably one reason for Handford's new stylistic developments here.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Fraser on September 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
"I like Waldo. I like the book Where's Waldo. I like all the pictures. There are all these little people running around and you have to find Waldo in all of the pictures. It's hard, but that's good. That's it."
-Adele, Age 5 (who thiks it might be good for 5 to 9 year olds.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dienne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
A friend of mine got me the original "Where's Waldo" book when I was in high school. I kept it around and now that I'm a parent, my kids (ages 4 and 6) inevitably pulled it out. My older daughter liked it, but after she had found Waldo and his lost item on each page and knew where they all were, she got bored (my younger daughter is a bit of a perseverator, and she enjoys "finding" Waldo over and over and over, to the annoyance of her sister). I didn't even realize there were other Waldo books until we found a collection at a small independent bookstore. I let each daughter pick a book and the older one picked this one (the younger one picked a Dora book, sigh).

All I could say upon opening this book was wow. Just, wow. I was amazed how much different this book is from the original. There are five characters to find on each page (Waldo, of course, along with Wenda, the Wizard, Odlaw and Woof). In each case, we see only a small bit of them on most pages (in fact, all pages except the last), either their head or, in Woof's case, his tail. In addition, each character has lost an item on each page for us to find. Furthermore, one character from each page follows Waldo onto subsequent pages, so we get to find those characters on each page. And as if that's not enough, some pages have additional puzzles within the page itself, such as the page in which we have to find the proper key to open each door. All of which, of course, is on top of just looking at the rich detail and the general humor - including slapstick and visual puns - on each page.

To be honest, the book was initially overwhelming. It is a great deal harder to find Waldo and his friends in this book than the original. And there's so much going on that it's almost hard to make it all out.
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