Sunday, 3 July 2016

Where's Wally! - Book Review

Kids have been hunting for Wally for nearly 30 years now! The guy with glasses, a bobble hat and red and white striped sweater has kept them occupied by hiding in some amazing pictures throughout all of time.

We were sent three new Where's Wally books to enjoy.

I'm absolutely thrilled that there is now a Where's Wally colouring book!  The kids have not had a look in with this one yet, although I might allow them to colour some in with me. Look how much fun you can have!

So are you up to the challenge of not only finding Wally, his pencils, and lots of other things, but colouring them in too?
It's great fun!

We also received Where's Wally in Outer Space Activity book.
This is a fun book with so many things to do;

  • Space mailroom mix up
  • Wandering Lines
  • Word Worlds
  • Space Station Duplication
  • Teleportation Tangle
  • Strange Creature
  • Half Alien, Half
  • Star Gaze Daze
  • Moon Mayhem
  • Out of This World
  • Satellite Sets
  • The Planet Hop Game
  • Making Contact

The book is set in outer space and you still have to find Wally and his friends. It also comes with over 100 stickers.

The third book we received is Where's Wally Across Lands Activity Book.
This is also full of fabulous puzzles and games but this time you join Wally on a trip across ancient lands.

  • Great Guidebooks
  • Going Underground
  • The Terrific Temple Trek
  • Survival Sequences
  • Cave Life Quiz
  • Footstep Finds
  • Building Blocks
  • Spectator Sport
  • Scaling ladders
  • Monster Mayhem
  • Right Angles Animals
  • Write Like an Egyptian
  • Imagine Your City
  • Count of the Castle
  • Westward Ho!

You'll find castles, caves and pyramids on your journey as well as hunting for Wally and friends. This book also comes with over 100 stickers.

I love that both books have a double spread game to play for one or more players. You don't need anything else to play, just your fingers, so the kids can play it wherever they are.

My girls found them fascinating. I love how they sat together with a book each and laughed with each other. They'd only just come home from school but picked the books up straight away. The puzzles were fun and the girls gave these books a big thumbs up! I'm sure they'll be picked up again and again until they have finished all the puzzles. They'd be great for car journeys or for keeping kids occupied on holiday too. I loved how my girls worked together and shared the books.

My only gripe with the activity books is that they were not very big with only 24 pages. I think they are more the size of an A4 magazine but with nice thick pages and card covers. They are great quality and real good fun, but I'd be happy to pay more for more pages. I guess the advantage of being magazine like is that they are perfect for long car journeys, or day trips. Not so bulky to carry but still lots of fun. At £5.99 each they are still good value for money.
The colouring book is much bigger with a whopping 64 pages. It has folding card covers, so double thickness and the pages are thick good quality paper. It retails at £8.99 and I believe it is also good value for money. It's a little more expensive than some colouring books but it has a lot more to offer as it's also a Where's Wally book and you have to hunt for things in the pictures.

While the girls loved the activity books, my favourite has to be the colouring book. It gives you a true sense of the artistic talent of Martin Handford as you colour in each wacky picture. Some of the pictures are really detailed and will take a fair bit of time to colour completely. This might get a little tiring for kids but I really don't mind, I can colour in for hours. It would be great fun to colour a page in together with the kids and see who finds Wally and the other missing things, including his colouring pencils, first.

We give these books a big thumbs up and would recommend them to any Where's Wally fans young or old. (And yes, my grown up children were Where's Wally fans back in the 90s!)

Disclosure: We were given these books for the purpose of this review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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