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I was never very good at Where’s Waldo? (or, if you hail from across the pond, Wally, Willy, Walter, Charlie, Holger, or Effi). That mostly because I never owned any of the books. And in Kindergarten, the one time I tried to search for him, a buddy knew where he was on every page and pointed him out on every. single. page.
But now I have a renewed chance. Danish artist Anders Arhoj has written and illustrated Find Me: A Hide and Seek Book, giving ten different wildly colorful locations to try to find a little creature.
The book begins with two creatures playing hide-and-seek. One walks away to hide while the other begins counting. But the girl who walked away can also change her colors like a chameleon, blending in with her surroundings. Your child can search for this creature in a neighborhood, a dull, gray office, a wild dance party, a large hospital room, Haiti (or something near the Caribbean Sea with ghosts, clearly Haiti fits the bill), a dark forest, and other strange places that I can’t quite put my finger on.
As you can see above, the illustrations are quite wild and really fun to look at because of all the colorfully strange animals.
This will be a really fun book for kids, and adults too. Mari and I enjoyed looking through it, and it spark your kids’ imaginations with the wild mess of creatures, snakes, music notes, fish, long top hats, smiley faces with high-waist pants, cacti, squiggly worms, dachshunds, Pac-Man-like creatures with legs, worms in rollerskates, something akin to a wacky waving inflatable flailing arm tubeman rising up out of a person’s stomach, and much more. The downside to this compared to Where’s Waldo is that Waldo’s books are quite longer and more detailed. However, this is very different and still quite fun. Your kids will spend a long time looking at every detail of each page, talking and giggling over the weird creatures Anders has created.
- Author: Anders Arhoj
- Age Range: 5 – 6 years
- Hardcover: 30 pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 5, 2017)
Buy it on Amazon or from Chronicle Books!
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