We've already covered in our other blog post, the ultimate guide for reading to children on why involving children beyond the words can bring benefits to their development and enjoyment of a physical book. One of the classic books for encouraging involvement and interaction with a book is the Where's Wally series of books and others that followed suit.

Did you know that Where's Wally is a British series of children's puzzle books created by English illustrator Martin Handford. The books consist of a series of detailed double-page spreads of illustrations depicting hundreds of people doing a variety of amusing things at a given location. Readers are challenged to find a character named Wally hidden in the group. The books go beyond the finding of Wally and the words come from the child and parent; the classic who , what, why, when and how spring to mind.

Wally is identified by his red-and-white-striped shirt, bobble hat, and glasses, but many illustrations contain red herrings involving deceptive use of red-and-white striped objects. Later entries in the long-running book series added other targets for readers to find in each illustration. The books have also inspired a television show (Where's Wally?: The Animated Series), comic strip and a series of video games.


Picture - Courtesy of The Independent. A classic scene.