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Where's Wally? The Solid Gold Collection: 1-6 Sticker-Book - Martin Handford

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Martin Handford / Edition: Slipcase / Paperback / Book is published 2008-09-01 by Walker

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      21.01.2010 18:19
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      Ideakky suited to 8-10 year old boys in my opinion

      Before christmas this book collection featured as a very hot deal on HUKD for sale at the Book People.
      Together with a free post and packing code and a 10% promotional code I had this set delivered for around £8.
      Today it no longer seems available at The Book People but I did find it at Amazon for £13.99. The RRP is £25.

      Ok, so what do you get for your money?
      All presented in a hard card slip case, there are six books in this Walkers box set.
      Five 'Where's Wally' books and my daughters favourite a sticker book!

      BOOK ONE
      Entitled Where's Wally? The first book in the collection is 30 pages long and contains 12 different double page spread scenes.
      In town
      Ski slope
      The railway station
      On the beach
      Camp site
      Sports stadium
      Museum
      At sea
      The airport
      Safari park
      Department store
      The fairground.

      In each busy scene there are 5 travellers 'hidden' within the picture for you to find. Firstly of course Wally, distinguishable in his red and white bobble hat and top. Woof the dog who has is red and white striped too from his bobble hat to his tail and Wenda who is a female version of Wally. Next is Wizard Whitebeard, distinguishable from his extremely long white beard and his red and white striped stick and last but not least, Odlaw the bad guy who looks very much like Wally but wears yellow and black stripes instead!

      If the five characters above dont get you too frustrated then each page also has a postcard written by Wally describing something else for you to look for in each scene. Just as youve pulled out all your hair looking and think youve completed the tasks dont forget to look in each scene for the 'lost items' , Wallys key, Woofs bone, Wendas camera, Wizards scroll and Odlaws binoculars!

      So you think youve done? ha ha, check out the back page where there is a checklist for each scene of 15-30 other things to look for from a dog on a roof to an airship being punctured!

      BOOK TWO
      Where's Wally Now?

      The same five characters, the same lost items but this time the scenes are busier and fussier
      The stone age
      The riddle of the pyramids
      Fun and games in ancient Rome
      On tour with the vikings
      The end of the crusades
      Once upon a saturday morning
      The gold rush
      The future
      Trouble in old Japan
      The last days of the Aztecs
      Being a pirate
      Having a ball in gaye paree

      This book in principle is the same as book one, find the travellers, find their lost items and find everything on the checklists but it perhaps depicts more historic scenes.
      You think that it would be easy to spot these characters in amongst the ancient egyptians for example but let me tell you its very difficult!

      BOOK THREE
      Wheres Wally? THe fantastic Journey

      By book three, if you ever get to it, as well as the same characters, lost items and checklists, Handford decides that it would be a good idea to only from now on show Woofs tail
      For fear of boring you all now, I shan't list the 12 scenes featured in this book but I can only say from experience that the books get harder and harder and I find myself sitting there cross eyed whilst my four year old seems to find all the characters!

      BOOK FOUR

      Wheres Wally in Hollywood

      Although really difficult the scenes depicted in this book are my favourite. The rules in this book are the same and its still infuriating but I like the themes that the Hollywood book presents us with. Just as an example one of the scenes is Wheres Wally THe Musical. The twist with this scene is that all the actors in this scene are dressed as the five characters but you must find the original travellers!

      BOOK FIVE
      Wheres Wally The Wonder Book

      This book contains by far the busiest scenes and I have to say that although Ive glanced at it Ive yet to conquer any of the scenes.
      Ive shown it to my eight year old niece who has the patience of a Saint and as she grew upon the 'Goldbug' books she finds it a breeze.

      BOOK SIX
      Wheres Wally create your own scene sticker book.

      The cover of this book folds out and becomes the scene set, it is highly laminated and the stickers can be unpeeled and moved about a few times. There are also over 250 stickers for hours of enjoyment.

      All in all, for the money I paid this was an absoloute bargain but I think its a little too old for my four year old and personally I think its more suited to boys but Im going to put it away in a cupboard and try again in a year or so - and thats me not my daughter !! Book one and two are fairly manageable and for some reason children do seem to love the idea of these books but I am going to look to purchase the Goldbug series which I think is more suited to toddlers.

      Have pity on me with this review, I had so much to write about but getting side tracked looking for Wally has consumed my entire afternoon!

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