5 Fun Facts About 'Where's Wally?'

Despite his elusive nature, the iconic character of Wally - complete with his red and white stripy jumper, thick round glasses, magic walking stick and bobble hat - has been a much-loved character for years. See below for five fun facts about the treasured 'Where's Wally?' series.

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1. Wally began his adventures in 1987 when the first book was published - and he quickly became very popular!

Since then, six more books have been released in the main series, as well as lots of activity books, sticker books, annuals, posters, and heaps of merchandise.

2. It takes around 8 weeks for Wally's creator, Martin Handford, to complete one double-page spread.

No wonder, though, considering how buzzing with activity they are! Each picture is packed with funny stories and situations for searchers to discover, as well as a host of comical characters.

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3. These days, it's not just Wally that readers have to find. Over the course of the books, he's been joined by a cast of other characters, including Wenda (who has a remarkably similar dress sense to him), Wally's dog Woof, Wizard Whitebeard and his magical scrolls (which he always ends up losing), and Wally's sinister nemesis, Odlaw.

Readers can also search for a number of assorted items and 25 'Wally Watchers': a stripy jumper-clad group of his fans and followers.

4. In other countries, Wally has been given a different name or a name in the local language.

In America, he is Waldo; in France, Charlie; in Germany, Walter; in Finland, Vallu, and so on...

5. Each book in the series gets progressively more difficult as Wally gets smaller and surrounded by more characters.

In the first book, Wally is around 1cm tall, but in the seventh, his size ranges between 0.17cm and 0.28cm! On the first page of the first book, 225 other characters are featured; on the last page of the last book, a whopping 850 other characters join Wally!

  • AEBUN 3 years +
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    Wally and his friends invite you on an extraordinary journey to find their most precious possessions. Hours of fun and things to do! Sensational! Help Wally find his misplaced key, Wenda find her camera, Woof dig up his bone, Wizard Whitebeard locate his scroll and Odlaw hunt for his binoculars, completing all the activities on the way. This stupendous compendium features over a hundred pages of searches, puzzles, spot-the-differences, mazes, word games, doodles, riddles, matching games and much more. Wow! "Where's Wally?" celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2012 and has become a global phenomenon. The series has sold over 50 million copies worldwide in 30 languages. Wally has reached celebrity status! He has appeared in the primetime American TV shows "Frasier", "The Simpsons and Friends"; on the 1000th anniversary cover of "Rolling Stone" magazine as a cultural Icon of the last 40 years; and, on Google Earth.
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    Martin Handford's ingenious Where's Wally? book wins him lots of parent approval because of the amount of time the average young reader will spend glued to each page.

    With tons of interesting goings-on in every inch of space, this book is fun and intriguing. Where's Wally? is a great book to develop the attention span of readers aged five and above and it will cultivate scanning and spotting skills, too.
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    This is the seventh classic title in the internationally famous "Where's Wally?" series, featuring a side-splittingly hilarious fold-out game - with press-out counters and tongue-twister forfeit cards - and a press-out circus to put on your very own show. Plus, even more astounding scenes where the search for Wally and his friends continues. It's an uproar! Have you found Wally yet? "The Where's Wally?" books are a worldwide phenomenon, selling more than 47 million copies worldwide in over 30 countries and 25 languages, including Egyptian, Korean and Hebrew. Wally has reached celebrity status; such is his popularity that he has appeared in the primetime American TV shows Frasier, "The Simpsons and Friends", as well as on the 1000th anniversary cover of "Rolling Stone" magazine as a cultural icon of the last 40 years.
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    In a handy travel size, this book contains all the search-and-find puzzles from the first seven Where's Wally? books.

    Whether at the airport, in a land of the giants or journeying through history, Wally and his friends Wenda, Wizard Whitebeard and Woof know how to blend into a crowd. You'll also have the chance to find Wally's nemesis, Odlaw.

    Suitable for children aged 5 and over, but also fun for the whole family, this brilliant book will provide hours of fun as you embark on a series of incredible journeys with Wally.
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    Take the Wally challenge and go up and down the Corridors of Time, wander the Fantastic Flower Garden, witness the Mighty Fruit Fight, visit Clown Town and see many other wondrous Wonderlands! Wally and friends are hiding in every detailed scene. Full of eye-boggling extras and hours of fun, this fifth classic Wally adventure comes in a fiendish mini edition with free magnifying glass. Wow! Amazing!
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    Although he's always been hard to find, it's clear to see that Wally of Where's Wally? fame is one of the most popular children's characters around.

    This sticker and activity book allows children to join Wally and his friends Wenda, Wizard Whitebeard and Woof as they enjoy some out-of-this world adventures.

    The gang are on the hunt for treasure and there are hundreds of searches, mazes, word puzzles, matching games, spot-the-differences, quizzes and riddles to complete. This is a must for children who love Wally and who love being creative.
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    An easily portable mini edition of this Where's Wally? classic. Use the handy magnifying lens to search for Wally and his friends as they travel to the Stone Age, Ancient Egypt and the Vikings, right through to a future world in space! There are all sorts of other things to look for too, ensuring endless hours of fun! Wow! Amazing!
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    Wow! Wally and his friends are in the land where dreams are made. This book lets you hunt for Wally and his friends, who are hidden in intricately-detailed scenes. It also includes a magnifying glass.
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    Join Wally is on his quest through magical and bizarre fantasy lands. This book lets you hunt for Wally and his friends who are hidden in intricately-detailed scenes. It also includes a magnifying glass.
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    Have fun playing puzzling puzzles and amazing activities as you wander through the pages of this book with Wally and friends! Scale castle walls and ancient Aztec temples as you complete games, crack written riddles, get creative by drawing your own Egyptian city and doodling inside speech bubbles, make animal tangrams, find silhouettes in busy picture puzzles and much, much more! Can you also unearth Wally's precious gem? There are over 100 incredible stickers and lots of extra things to find and do!