I was a sucker for “I Spy” books when I was a kid. Not just the iconic and spectacular Scholastic series — any seek-and-find book. That’s probably why Waldo won me over so completely.
Where is he? Where is his cane? Glasses? Hat? His pup Woof? His gal pal Wanda? The dastardly Odlaw?
I spent many an hour ruining my eyesight trying to spot Waldo and the other items on the checklists in the back of the book. A fish catching men. A spiky crash. A thirsty lion. A snaky tickle. Four shy ladies being flattered. Prankish target practice. It’s easy to see why my juvenile mind delighted in the hilarity of it all. Oh, sheesh — I still do.
Sadly, I do not know what became of my childhood “Where’s Waldo?” books. So, when I saw Book Three at Costco a few years ago, I nabbed it.
Let’s take a walk with Waldo down memory lane, shall we?
Keep your eye out for Waldo and his friends.
The silly scenes and characters are what make the Waldo books so great.
Even just the funny faces are enough.
Snakes and ladders anyone?
There’s always some kind of silly romance going on, too.
My little mind loved how things like “swordfish” were taken literally.
And how even scary things like vampires and witches and werewolves appeared cute and cuddly.
I also like how intangible things are made tangible, like these flying musical notes.
And how role reversals make normal situations funny. Like fish hunting for divers.
Some of the funniest scenes are those with dramatic irony, where the characters can only see a limited portion of the scene, but the reader sees everything.
There’s always so much going on, even in just a small corner of the page. Like here.
Remember, no matter how impossible it may seem to find him…
…he’s always there.
QUESTION OF THE DAY
Did you grow up with Waldo, or did your kids introduce you to him?