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Genre: Humour / Author: Top Gear / Hardcover / 40 Pages / Book is published 2009-09-17 by BBC Books

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      05.02.2011 21:56
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      Can you find him?

      My boyfriend is a huge Top Gear and whilst shopping for Christmas presents I came across this novelty 'Where's Stig?' book in my local Hawkins Bazaar shop alongside some other Stig related items. For those of you who are thinking 'Who is Stig?' never mind where is he, Stig is a racing driver who features in the popular BBC TV show Top Gear his identity has been a secret up until recently and he is recognisable by his white driving suit which comes with white helmet and black visor so nobody can see his face. Stig does not talk Stig is a man of mystery or at least he was until he wanted to sell his story. Anyway moving on this book is based on Stig and you finding him.

      The book is hard back and around the just bigger than A4 paper in size it contains 24 pages Stig puzzles and a couple more pages of information and he book comes in at £8.99. If you were a fan of 'Where's Wally?' then you will be familiar with this kind of puzzle book it's the same as 'Where's Wally?' but you are looking for the Stig. The front covers tell you how you can 'waste hours of your life trying to find Stig on this journey through Top Gear world' and that's just what I have done. If you are familiar with Top Gear you will know that the shows are featured all over the world with Jeremy Clarkson and the gang doing funny and sometimes down right dangerous stunts and challenges. Here are the places you will visit whilst hunting for Stig. The Top Gear Studio, Botswana, Vietnam, the North Pole, The Deep South, Tokyo, Stigs in Space ( a particularly hard one where there are many Stigs but you have to find the right one!) Costa del Stig, Bonneville Salt Flats, Stigs Secret Bunker, Th English Channel, and last of all Festival Stig.

      For every place you visit the illustrations match up to the title and there is a little bit f writing about Stigs story on each puzzle page. As well as looking for Stig in true 'Where's Wally?' style on each page there is also 20 other things to find including the Top Gear boys - Jeremy, Richard ad James also some random articles like 'stig's raw meat' and 'stig sarnie'. These of course replace Wendy, the Wizard, the dog and golden scroll was it? that used to appear in 'Where's Wally?'. Once you have found all of these things you can then move onto find alot of other items which are listed in the back of the book. For the studio there are an extra 55 things to find including a whole load of celebrities such as Simon Cowell and Johnny Vegas of course for this it is going to help if you know who the celebrities are in the first place but the majority I can find and you can always Google image them if you are really serious about solving the whole book. Each other puzzle also has hidden extras including cars and food items.

      The illustrations for the book are done by Rod Hunt and are very cartoon like bold and brightly coloured with some great detail especially for the celebrity ones which are captured really well. The words in the book are done by Matt Master quick snippets to keep you going as you go from page to page. The puzzles start off easy but do become more challenging which is great because you are not just able to fly through them or at least I couldn't anyway.

      Overall this book is a fun novelty gift which you actually can spend hours of your life looking at it, it is great for not only Top Gear Fans but also picture puzzles fans who used to enjoy 'Where's Wally?'. I give this book 5 stars.

      The book was published in 2009 by BBC Books. ISBN 978 1 84 607808 8

      I hope you found this useful :)

      Also posted on other review sites under the same name.

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      31.01.2011 22:55
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      A good way to pass some time with the family

      As my husband is an avid "Top Gear" fan, just for fun I decided to buy him the "top Gear, Where's Stig" book. I purchased it from WH Smith for £8.99.

      For those of you who are not familiar with these kind of books, The idea is to search the highly colourful and overcrowded pages for individual items and characters, ticking them off the checklist as you go.

      We all love the "where's Wally" books in our household, we have quite a collection scattered around, and it feels like this book is a good addition to the collection. We seem to get alot of enjoyment out of searching for the various different characters, taking it in turns to see who can find what, the fastest.

      --The book--

      The book is the size of an average annual, roughly 12 and a half inches by 9 inches.
      The cover is very bright and colourful, with the title written in big letters across the top and a little picture of "the stig" along side.
      The main picture features what looks like a busy high street, the picture continues onto the back cover, with a box printed in the centre displaying a short caption on what the book is about.
      Inside you have the list of contents, listing all the different places where you can look for "The stig", over the page are little named pictures of all the other things you need to find.
      Then follows 12 various locations, that actually make up the book, each with very colourful and glossy pages, each one a double page spread.
      Then there is a checklist spread across 2 pages, which lists many more things for you to find.
      The book contains 18 pages in all.

      Published in 2009 by BBC books, Top Gear is a trade mark of the BBC under licence Top Gear @2005.

      --My Opinion--

      A good quality book, that is fun for all the family. I personally think it's worth the money I paid for it, though some may think it a little expensive for what it is.
      My husband was thrilled with it, and that was my main reason for buying it. So all in all, for me it was money well spent.

      Thankyou for reading my review.

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      14.10.2010 18:54
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      Some people will love it

      This is one of those books which I suspect many people might buy as one of those jokey presents, and which I doubt many recipients would actually be that pleased with.


      It takes the popular 'Where's Wally?' idea (where you have to look long and hard at a very complex picture to spot the Wally character) and replaces with Top Gear characters - so you need to search for Stig, Jeremy Clarkson et al. There are various other items to hunt for, including celebrities who have been guests on the show, and the pictures themselves are supposed to be funny (I confess Top Gear humour often passes me by!)


      A word of warning - some pictures are somewhat unsuitable for children, so not one to buy for youngsters really.


      I must confess that I hate these type of things myself - they send my eyes funny and I end up with a thumping headache if I'm not careful. However, my kids bought this for my husband, and it is fair to say that he has been delighted with it! He likes both Top Gear and Where's Wally?, and has had hours of fun peering at the pictures, spotting all the 'guest appearances'.


      So, if someone in your life is a fan of Top Gear and enjoys studying pictures to spot intricate details, then this will probably be well-received. If they only like one of the above, I would be more wary. And if they like neither, then don't go there, it'll be one of those thank-you-through-gritted-teeth moments!


      I'd definitely shop around - the Book People in particular are selling this way below RRP at the moment I noticed.


      Overall, doesn't float my boat, but not my kind of thing anyway. I would recommend it for the right kind of person though - and you probably know who they are!!!


      I'd give it 2 stars from me, because it is mildly amusing in places, and it's good for what it is. It'd probably get at least 4 from my husband though, so I'll split the difference and give it 3!

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        28.02.2010 19:39
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        Try it - for a while

        Based on the Where's Wally books Top Gear and BBC have made their own Where`s Stig book. I have to admit the Stig is nothing particularly special and I don`t see the whole obsession over him and think this book is a bit of a cash in.

        However it is still quite a good book and funny in parts. It is actually not a child`s book as contains a few things which some might not think suitable for young children e.g. dead animals and some half naked people!

        I got this book as a present and was not really particularly happy or annoyed about it! The book is A4 size and has 12 different scenes where you have to spot the Stig and other things. There is one set at the studio, in America e.t.c! You will also have to try to find the other presenters, the Top Gear Dog, a tin of spam and some other interesting items. If this is not enough there is more items to find in each scene which include things like people, cars and other things!

        It is quite fun searching for the Stig and the other things and while it is a bit of a novelty item and a bit pointless if you tried to find everything you could actually be using the book for quite a long time! The scenes are also funny and have some weird things that will be funny if you have seen the relevant episodes.

        This is a fun little book and I have to say I am not a great fan of it but nevertheless it is a good bit of fun for a while and can be quite interesting. The scenes are also a bit varied and can be funny if you look at them! The items will keep you looking for a while and it is an alright book! Any Top gear fan would like this book and while it is a bit of a cash in it is a pretty decent book!

        This review may also appear on other websites under the names ns1209 and mariofan123.

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          12.01.2010 13:10
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          Great buy.

          So we all remember where's Wally from our childhood's right? Staring at the pages for what seemed like hours trying to find that funny red and white striped little man wearing a bobble hat.

          Well it appears Wally has gone into retirement and a new hide-and-seek contestant was found...THE STIG!

          Where's stig? Is a find it book with the famous stig needing to be found. I bought two of these books just before Christmas as gifts and they were priced at a very reasonable £4.99 in my local Tesco store.

          Before wrapping it I sat down with my five year old and we had a go for ourselves. I was instantly reminded of the frustration of my childhood trying to find Wally. Patience always pays off in the end, and I managed to find him on all pages including the hardest one in the book, stigs in space.

          As well as finding stig there is a checklist at the back of the book with a list of over 200 things, vehicles and people to find, guaranteed to keep you and others quiet for a while whilst you concentrate your hardest on every corner of the page. This book has been a very well thought up book and the illustrators have been sure to add to the pages pictures representing some fantastic episodes, including the cars they graffiti and drove thru America, nearly getting themselves hurt.

          These are fantastic gifts for any top gear fan, and where the gift of the day on Christmas day. My brother never took his head out of his.

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            05.01.2010 20:37

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            Go Stig hunting all over the globe

            This is good fun and great to do together - preferably head to head.
            The concept is the same as Where's Wally but is designed for the grown up Top Gear crowd. There's lots to spot in each picture not just the Stig. You can look for Jeremy, Richard and James in each picture. You can also spot ghost Stig, black Stig and a tin of Spam.
            At the Top Gear studios you can spot the stars including Johnny Vegas! Look out for the poster of the Golden Girls.
            Some of the pictures are more difficult to spot the Stig in than others. Arctic Stig is a particular challenge as is Stig in space - the only way to distinguish Stig in space is by his lack of nipples.
            As well as spotting the usual tin of Spam and Top Gear stars there are also special things to look for in each picture for extra points.
            This book is great fun for adults and teens. Younger Top Gear fans will also find this book enjoyable and it's great for inducing a bit of intra family rivalry.

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            09.11.2009 14:26
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            A Top Gear Book in the style of the Wheres Wally series

            This book is a Top Gear book based on the "Where's Wally?" series of books. For those of you who don't know what these are they were a series of children's books where you had to find the character Wally hidden in the picture on each set of pages. For those of you who don't watch Top Gear, The Stig is the mysterious white suited racing driver

            I have to point out here that the "Where's Stig?" book is not a children's book although it might look like that from the cover. It contains humour typical of that of Top Gear and therefore not suitable for young children although it might appeal to teenagers who like the programme. Some adults may also be offended by the pictures of road kill and seals, my advice would be if you don't like the humour in Top Gear then don't buy the book.

            So you might wonder why I was reading this book, well my husband is a huge Top Gear fan both of the programme and the magazine, in our house we have every edition of the magazine since it was published!! This book found its way on to his birthday list and he was delighted when my family bought it for him.

            The book is an A4 sized hardback book and looks much like a children's annual book. There are 12 different scenes in the book, each spanning a set of double pages. The scenes are mainly of different trips that the Top Gear presenters have been on and include things like The Deep South, Botswana, The North Pole and Tokyo. There is also one of the studio and an outer space one.

            At the front of the book there is a page which pictures the 21 different things you have to find of each scene. As well as finding Stig you also have to find each of the other presenters, Top Gear Dog, a tin of spam, Stig Sarnie, a No Caravan sign and various other objects. Having more than just the Stig to look for makes the books appeal last a bit longer. At the end of the book there is a further checklist of more things you need to find.

            The book is great fun and the attention to detail in the scenes is great. In the Botswana scene there is even "comb-over man", if you are a fan of the series you will remember the presenters looking at him through their binoculars!

            This is a fun book which will really appeal to Top Gear fans. It's a great idea for a Christmas present and will keep people occupied for ages on Christmas Day and beyond. It's a book you can dip in and out of. You can just spend a short while looking for the Stig in each scene or you can go and spend much more time looking for all the objects on the list or go through the longer checklist at the back. Even if you are not really a big Top Gear fan you can still enjoy the challenge of looking for things, you can even look at the book with someone else and have a challenge to find the Stig first.

            The book is currently on sale for £4.46 from Amazon although its RRP is £8.99. It's a great book and will give hours of entertainment and fun and is recommended.

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