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A specialist in the Wimmelbilderbuch style of drawing, Martin Handford was born in London on 27 September, 1956, and is known for being the illustrator of the hugely successful Where’s Wally? (known as Where’s Waldo? In the United States) search-and-find books. With a love of drawing from a very early age, Martin studied at Kent Institute of Art and Design and his crowd illustrations made him very popular. When an editor tasked him with creating a character with peculiar features to give his artwork a focal point, he came up with Wally, the time-travelling, world explorer.
Since publishing the first book in 1986, Martin has illustrated another six ‘classic’ books and Wally has been spotted in video games, a cartoon and on barious other merchandise. A worldwide phenomenon, 56 million Wally books have been sold in 30 languages across 38 countries. With artwork inspired by real experiences and real-life crowds, Where’s Wally was actially the fastest selling children’s book of all time (before Harry Potter). Martin says he adds Wally into his scenes when he feels it is appropriate.
The first book in the fantastic Where?s Wally? series, this addictive hide-and-seek book features a number of scenes in which the red and white striped hero is fiendishly hidden away. Hours of fun can be had searching for Wally and his friends in Martin Handford?s superbly detailed scenes ? making this the perfect gift for children to take anywhere, particularly on long journeys.