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The Great Waldo Search: 08/03/08

Wally, Waldo, Charlie, Walter, Holger, Valli, Willy, Hetti, and Effy. What do they have in common? They're all the name of a traveler who wears red and white stripes, jeans, glasses and brown shoes. Here in the States we know him as Waldo but he started his journey as Wally in Great Britain. The third book in the series by Martin Handford is The Great Waldo Search (also known as Where's Wally? 3: The Fantastic Journey) and was published in 1989.

The Great Waldo Search requires astute attention to detail. Each scene (spread across two pages) builds on the previous one, requiring the reader to search for a growing number of characters and items. The main focus though on every page is to find three things: Waldo, the Wizard Whitebeard and a scroll. There are also characters from previous scenes hidden in each of the scenes.

The scenes included are:

  • The Gobbling Gluttons
  • The Battling Monks
  • The Carpet Flyers
  • The Great Ball-Game Players
  • The Ferocious Red Dwarves
  • The Nasty Nasties
  • The Fighting Forester
  • The Deep-Sea Divers
  • The Knights of the Magic Flag
  • The Unfriendly Giants
  • The Underground Hunters
  • The Land of Waldos

Sean and I have worked through the book together three times and we still haven't managed to find Waldo on every page. We are completely stumped on "The Ferocious Red Dwarves", "The Unfriendly Giants" and "The Underground Hunters."

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Comment #1: Monday, August, 4, 2008 at 20:25:20


I love Waldo I got my book from a friend when I graduated HS. I proudly took it college where my new friends and I really enjoyed it. I think Waldo (Wally) is great for all ages!"

Comment #2: Monday, August, 4, 2008 at 22:56:02


I pretty much missed the Waldo phenomena back when it first started. I didn't get into the books until my son got into them."

Comment #3: August, 10, 2008 at 20:12:45


I had that book as a child!"

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