Title: Where’s Wally? Exciting Expeditions: Search! Play! Create Your Own Stories!
Author: Martin Handford
Illustrator: Martin Handford
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s activity, puzzle, non-fiction
Book format: Paperback
Description: This terrific travel book is filled with games, puzzles, searches and creative activities to get your brain in gear for adventure! Plus, keep track of your own travels with writing pages and challenges! The fun never stops with Where’s Wally?
*Free copy provided by publisher for review…
Review: This is a very fun addition to the Where’s Wally? collection, this time giving you a chance to be more creative, invent stories and write about your travels. The book is about A5 in size with a thick paperback cover that is sort of in-between hardback and paperback. The book has a material elastic securing it closed which is good if you take this on your travels as it stops the pages fraying and the items inside the covers from falling out. Inside the front and back are some colourful cards slotted into pockets which form a game to play, and the book is filled with lots of thick and colourful matt pages with lots of Where’s Wally activities to do and have fun with.
From the first page (and indeed the cover!) there are things to find within the book, not only Wally but lots of other details and just like with previous Wally books, there are so many fun scenes to look at and spot all the different details happening there, as well as spotting things that you are asked to search for including Wally himself. What makes this book different to other Wally books is there are lots of activities to do and this time there is a real emphasis on creating stories and drawing.
There are many puzzle pages with different fun activities to do like spot the difference between two pictures or unscramble jumbled up letters. But there are lots of pages with spaces to create you own pictures of certain things or even create new stories based on some of the characters from certain scenes. The ideas for stories are given to you but you are free to write and invent whatever you want. I really like this as I’ve always loved making up fun stories and this particular Where’s Wally travel activity book has so many opportunities to do just that! Apart from the fun activities the last part of the book, a small section, is for writing about what you did – this is perfect for kids to journal what they’ve done on holiday and there are ideas on what to write about so kids can keep memories of what they’ve done. There are eleven pages, each page for a different day to write about.
At the back of the book, the last pages, there are some perforated pages which you can tear out to play a game where you create a silly story. There are typical Where’s Wally searches on the backs of these pages though so kids might want to do this activity on seperate sheets of paper. The front and the back covers also hold several pieces of card which again can be taken out and seperated by perforations. On one side of the card there are words written which form a game where kids shuffle the cards and invent stories, the rules to these are explained in the back of the book and it’s a brilliant way to get kids to think creatively. The other sides of these cards feature pieces of a Where’s Wally scene with things to spot and find.
I’ve tried quite a few of these travel activity Where’s Wally books now and I have to say that so far this is my favourite. Each page is so colourful and detailed with so many things to spot and find, and there are so many different activities to do that kids will really be entertained for hours with this book. It’s certainly a book I wish I’d had when I was a child going on holiday and I can’t help but want to fill it in myself!
Do you like Where’s Wally/Where’s Waldo books? What do you think about books that encourage creativity like this one? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂