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text 2015-09-04 16:28
Banned Book 10 - Where's Waldo
Where's Waldo? The Spectacular Poster Book - Martin Handford
Where's Waldo? The Great Picture Hunt - Martin Handford

Yup, Where’s Waldo has been banned and challenged because there is an apparently a lady without a bikini top in one of the pictures.


                Honestly, how did whoever find that lady?  The amount of dedication that such a feat must required is simply awe inspiring. I hope they work at some intelligent gathering service that determines important thing.


                Ah, who I am kidding.  Seriously, what kind of person does that?  Am I the only one who is imagining some person in a dimly lit attic bent over a sticky copy of Waldo with a face alternating between fascination and horror?


                I haven’t gone looking for the half naked lady.  This is in part because I don’t think she really exists.  How often do we see things that aren’t really there?  How often does cereal look like Jesus or the Virgin and everyone can see it but you?


                Happens to me all the time.


                Even if the lady is topless, what is so scary about breasts?  I mean, okay, if you’re having one of those drug induced dreams where the nipples turn into eyes, I can understand.  But that’s not the case here.  I know nudity is a thing, and it should, in general, be left to the parents to determine exposure.  Yet, again, why is what that one group gets to determine what is good for all?  If you don’t want your child to read it, fine.  But why can’t I or my child?


                The banning and challenging of Waldo isn’t because of a guy in glasses wearing a striped shirt and blue pants isn’t spooky looking, but because of possible nudity.  Possible female nudity.  Would it be the same level of protest if a guy were flashing his breasts?  And why can guys flash their breasts?  Including some men who should be wearing bras.


                So Waldo touches on a deeper societal issue, doesn’t it?

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text 2014-10-02 15:57
New life for an old "classic?"

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text 2013-11-05 20:29
See Ya Later, F***ers!
The Z Was Zapped: A Play in Twenty-Six Acts - Chris Van Allsburg
Where's Waldo?: The 25th Anniversary Edition - Martin Handford
Goodnight Moon Board Book 60th Anniversary Edition (Board Book) - Margaret Wise Brown,Clement Hurd
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle
Tuesday - David Wiesner
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Just deleted my GoodReads account - I feel so good that I wish I could stay home to celebrate by categorizing the books in my study.  But no, I have to go to work...


I am really fascinated by the thought of just how many books I own.  I have already spent over a week, about an hour at a time, adding everything that is in my new, squat little book case into shelves on this site, but my study - where, really most of the stuff is - remains almost a complete mystery to me.


Even though I've promised to not buy any more books, I need to procure some good books for my under 1 year-old nephew for Christmas.   Thank Christ I just took that Children's lit class, so I've got an amazing start for what I should get him.  Really simple stuff, like the stuff I connected with this post.  Too bad he can't read Harry Potter yet... : (

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review 2013-07-11 00:00
Where's Waldo? The Fantastic Journey - Martin Handford I remember looking for Waldo with my mom and dad as a young kid, pouring over the book for hours. Now that I'm older and have my own kids, I can say with full confidence that this is the type of book that never gets old. It's still fun and becomes even more so when introducing it to a younger generation.

The artwork in Where's Waldo? The Fantastic Adventure is still as amazing and complex as I remember. I admire the skill and time that went into crafting every puzzle in the book, hiding the clues in just the right spots. It also has handy checklists for you to keep track of all the clues you've found, which definitely came in handy.

I read this book with my 5-year-old daughter several times and she thoroughly enjoyed finding the clues. They weren't overly difficult for her, but still challenging enough to keep her (and me!) attentive and searching over and over. The only puzzle we encountered difficulty was with The Land of Waldos, the last story in the book. The goal was to find him amongst hundreds of look-a-likes AND find his missing shoe. We did find his shoe, but Waldo himself eludes us constantly!

Final Verdict: Waldo is still as charming and captivating now as he was back in 1989 when it was first published. Young and old readers will find this edition a perfect book to enjoy together or apart.

Finished copy was received from the publisher through Young Adult Books Central for review.
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review 2011-12-31 00:00
Where's Waldo? The Search for the Lost Things
Where's Waldo? The Search for the Lost Things - Martin Handford I thought I knew everything there was to know about Waldo. I've even accompanied a "Waldo" during a meet and greet event at a museum, taking pictures of kids "finding" Waldo. Recently I learned what a big role the success of Martin Handford's Where's Wally? books in the UK meant to the creation of Walker Books' sister company in the US, Candlewick Press. 2012 will mark 20 years of publishing by Candlewick Press in the US, and big things are in store to celebrate coinciding with Waldo's 25th anniversary.This new activity book is full of puzzles and activities for new searching and puzzle fun. Big, full-color pages of creative dot-to-dot, word search, maze, memory puzzles (and much more--even a musical note search!) provide a wealth of activities to keep kids engrossed and busy for hours and hours. 96 pages of exceptionally visually challenging searches and games. There is an answer key in the back. I have a whole new appreciation for Waldo.
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