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Where's Wally? The Great Picture Hunt - Martin Handford

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Martin Handford / Hardcover / 24 Pages / Book is published 2006-05-22 by Walker Books Ltd

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      03.02.2012 01:08
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      This is a great book that will keep you occupied for hours

      My sister has recently got into Where's Wally after finding one of my old books about him in my room and spending hours trying to find him in all the pictures. Seeing as I love Where's Wally to, I decided to buy all the new ones that have come out recently and that included Where's Wally: The Great Picture Hunt. It was around £6, but for the hours that you can spend with this book, it really is worth the money. They probably can be found preowned for cheaper in places like Amazon though. They can be found in most bookstores like WH Smiths or Waterstones, so if you're out shopping you can pick one up there.

      Where's Wally - The Great Picture Hunt, goes with the other books in the Where's Wally series design. It is a large paperback book with double pages that each of the locations spread across filled with drawings of the people in Wally's World and the things they doing are usually really realistic or downright weird and funny.
      The illustrations are pretty much the same as any other in the Where's Wally series, with loads of details and different things going on in the locations. When you look at the page, you seem to always find someone new and it's amazing that someone actually took the time to make all these locations be full of such little details.

      Not only do you have to find Wally within the books, as now they have added extra features into the Where's Wally book. The double spread pages now have slight differences, allowing you to spot the differences. From the first page, there is a set of paintings to, which you must find throughout all the other locations. Also, at the back of the book, there is a little checklist allowing you to find even more things or items and count them as you go along. You still also have the option to find the regular appearing characters like Wanda, Wizard, Woof, Whitebeard and Odlaw). I've had this book for a while now, and I still haven't found all of them, so there is a great value for money, as you could spend hours trying to find everything in the book! There are also a set of stickers included to use in the locations, and my sister is obsessed with stickers, so she was thrilled when she saw these!

      Overall, I would say that this book really is great value for money. It has kept me entertained for hours, and really improved my puzzle skills, as I now play hidden object games much better than I did before. It does get quite addictive as you always are trying to find all the objects, and some are just so well hidden it's just frustrating you can't find them even after an hour of looking! However, I like all the added features they have put in this book and I know my money has not been wasted. I know that my mum certainly loves it, as it has kept my sister quiet for hours.

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      28.05.2011 11:30
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      A good book for all ages

      ==Where's Wally? The Great Picture Hunt==

      The Wally books are a family favourite and have been around since 1989. The Wally franchise is big business with not only a whole array of different books to be purchased but there was a children TV programme, a video of the series, a film of Wally and even computer games. Jack is really into anything Wally and luckily we got a set of the books which came housed in a plastic bag with Wally printed on the front for him to enjoy.


      ==Price and Availability==

      These Wally books can be picked up in so many different places for a relatively cheap price. Of course if you are going to be buying from somewhere like WHSmiths or Waterstones you will surely be paying top dollar and the RRP of the books is £6.99p. This is a high price but for what you get in each book is still worth the money.

      ==Look and Design==

      The Wally books are large paperback ones that have a double page spread scene in which to find the main charters. The page is filled with drawings of little people and most of them are doing something really rather amusing. This book The Great Picture Hunt" has new and exciting pages to look at where you also have to find the picture frames in the first scene of the book in the following pages which makes for a different thing to do when compared to all the other Wally books.

      This book also has another little difference that other Wally books don't have and this is the fact that two of the double page spreads are in fact a spot the differences where one side of the page is ever so slightly different to the other side which I guess doesn't actually make it a double page spread! However this really makes the book stand out from the ton of other Wally books

      ==General Use==

      The fact that there is so much to find on each scene in the book makes this a fun filled book to buy and one that can be picked up and put down so many times and you will never get bored (well Jack doesn't seem to be anyway). There is still the usual characters to find (Wally, Wenda, Wizard Whitebeard, Odlaw and Woof along with all their accessories like the scroll, the binoculars, the camera, the bone and the key) plus you still have the extra boxes at the back of the book where there is a list of 20 other funny things to pick out from each scene. Having the extra pages of spot the difference and the picture frames to find in each scene do give the book a longer period of time to play with it as there just seems to be a never ending stream of things to hunt for.

      The pictures are drawn to well and my hat goes off to the man who painstaking sat down and drew these pages by hand. The tiny detail that is shown on each page is really rather amazing and its funny how you seem to pick out a different amusing person each time you look at a page. The pages are jammed packed with the small drawings which means that it is sometimes very hard to find the things that you are looking for. Some of the pages are however much easier to find the harder items like Woofs tail and the small key than others but this makes it all the more fun.

      ==Overall Opinion==

      Although I am sure my eyesight is getting worse having looked at these books constantly for the last 6 months I have to say that they are great fun for the whole family. Jack really does love them and they keep him constantly amused even if he has memorises the position of all the characters which need to be found. This book offers a something a little different from the older classic Wally's which I guess because it is book number 6 in the series that it would have had to to keep people interested. However the idea is still the same and the puzzle type of book that it is keeps anyone interested and determined to find the listed items and does tend to make it a little bit addictive for everyone.

      There is no age range on the books but Jack is 3 (nearly 4) and he can do them easily and really enjoys to do so. I think this book would make a great gift idea for a child of any age and it would certainly give the parents a few quiet hours while the child was engrossed in the Wally pages.

      All in all I feel a top score of 5 out of 5 stars is in order especially as this particular book gives something a little more than the other Wally books we have. Highly recommended!


      I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you

      many thanks for taking the time to read.

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        11.05.2011 23:00
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        Another enjoyable Where's Wally book

        The Where's Wally series of books has proven to be a firm favourite with kids and adults alike since they were first published by author Martin Handford. The concept is that, hidden in amongst an intricately drawn scene, there is a small character wearing a red and white hat, stripy top, blue jeans, glasses and a walking stick. This is Wally, and he's incredibly hard to find in the scene. Once you've found him, you've solved the mystery of Where's Wally!

        To spice things up and to make it a bit more interesting, though, you also have to find a few of Wally's friends on each page. There's Wizard Whitebeard, the criminal Odlaw, female version of Wally called Wanda, and dog Woof, of whom all you can see is his tail. This particular book features a number of different scenes where you also have to find the characters who are focused on in picture frames in the first scene. This adds a little difference to previous books, and I supposed the thing is that once you've done one book it may start to feel like just another Where's Wally book.

        This book, though, adds an extra element with the portrait characters needing to be found. I find that these scenes aren't as difficult as other Where's Wally books, but they're still tricky enough to make sure that my son finds it a bit of chore and keeps him focused and entertained for absolutely ages. The pages are split into 'exhibits', as they're described, with a small task on each page. For example, there's one page where you have to match shadowed framed characters with those on the opposite page, a rather hard task, and there's also a particularly hard one where the whole page is littered by Wallies. I like this part - top a certain extent. It's definitely harder and requires more focus.

        At the back of the book, there is a portrait frame for each page with a long list of items that can also be found on each page. I find that this adds an extra element to each scene within the book, something that is a trait throughout the Where's Wally books. It just adds to the longevity of the books and means that the intererst and boredom levels don't wane. My son's constantly finding random objects on pages and checking at the back to see if they're on the list. He loves it. I suppose you can find this element of the book in most Where's Wally books, and therefore this is nothing new, but I like the way the constant theme running through the scenes is one of portraits, hence the name of the book, The Great Picture Hunt. Adding this slight difference and making sure that the scenes are different as you go through the book as well as different to other books is the key, and this is yet another gem of a book.

        Handford also manages to bring in some excellent artwork around the hidden characters and items, and each scene has little groups of characters focused around one thing, whether it be the one guy clinging onto the mast in Pirate Panorama, the baseball player sitting smugly on a swing in A Sporting Life, the second exhibit, and in Wallyworld, the small cluster of Wallies and Odlaws falling over each other. It's really clever, and aside from the main focus, it's nice to actually have a few glimmers that bring a smile to your face with the humour of the scenes and the various all doing things within them. After all, it would be rather dull if the characters were all standing around not really doing much.

        Overall then, this is yet another excellent Where's Wally book, and we have a whole series of them that we enjoy going through. There's no danger of getting bored with these, the 12 pages and plenty of objects and people to find. Highly recommended, from start to finish.

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          05.01.2010 18:02
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          A long standing favourite

          This was one of many Christmas presents my four year old daughter received this year. My younger brother bought her this book as he was particularly fond of them when he was yound and I think that want he really wanted was to relive his childhood a little. I was never really into Where's Wally when I was younger, I didn't have any of the books and they just didn't really grab my attention. I just thought you found Wally on the page and once you had done it then the book was pretty much redundant.

          I wasn't too sure what my four year old would make of it but when the presents had all been shreaded and things were a little calmer my borther managed to get her to sit down and look at the book with him. He explained the whole concept and immediately she was completely transfixed and intent on finding the strange little Wally. Now I didn't realise initially but you don't just have to look for Wally... there are whole other set of characters you can serach for that appear in each Wally scene. Find Wizard Whitebeard and host of others on each page and you soon become completely sucked in.

          The great thing about these books is that they are great for both adults and children. Most games, the parent have to sneakily let the little ones win but with Where's Wally, the little one's young eyes seem to hold the advantage. I watched my brother play with my daughter and to start with he was clearly letting her spot Wally first but she soon got the hang of it and was beating him to it when he was actually trying quite hard. It was hilarious to see a fully grown man getting whopped fairly by my four year old. She loved it and quickly picked up on his frustration and began teasing him for being rubbish.

          My opinion of these books have been completely altered and I am now a firm Where's Wally fan. These books have prooved to be a fun sociable game and are great to pull out during long car journeys. The books are usually priced at £5.99 but they are often on multibuy offers or at a reduced price.

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            28.09.2008 15:21
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            A Hit With the Nephew

            I picked this book up for one of my nephews recently because he loves the Where's Wally? series of books. In fact this series has been around for so long that my own kids used to have these books!


            This cos only £2.99 from Amazon for a big A4 hardback book which is brilliant compared to the price of many these days. Inside there are over 30 pages of intricate picture scenes and the fun of this series is that you have carefully sit and scan over the pages until you find the little Wally hidden somewhere in the picture.


            This book takes things to the next level for avid Wally finders because you also have to find his dog, the wizard, the evil Wally etc on every page too. Plus there are removeable frame stickers in the book that you can use to frame the things you find. On ever page there is a new finding challenge on top of finding the little Wally and co. So there's plenty to keep kids busy for a good long while in here.


            I have to be honest and admit that I couldn't find a single thing in this book! My newphew is 7 and he did okay but I'm not sure who this book is ideally aimed at. I think it suits a certain type of child rather than a certain age. My grandson is 4 and he could find the wally hats but the trouble is, not only Wally wears the Wally hats - the other characters wear them too to throw you off the scent.


            For a Where's Wally fan this is a five star book, especially for any price under £5. I'd be happy if I'd paid twice the price.

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