This is almost the review that never was. Wally fans out there will know how easy it is to while away the hours in Wally World, trying to find the stripy-clad fellow in amongst all the fiendish and similarly coloured surroundings….well, it turns out I was no different.

Anyone who already loves Wally, and those who haven’t yet had the pleasure, will adore the marvellous Where’s Wally? The Totally Essential Travel Collection. The illustrations are mind-bogglingly intricate and colourful, depicting Wally’s world in staggering detail with literally hundreds of things happening on every page. There are seven exciting themed adventures for Wally to find his way through, from the Wild Wild West, being a pirate and an entire land of Wallys to dinosaurs, outer-space and even a cake factory. The level of imagination in this book is astounding. Many of the pages fold out to create even bigger illustrations for enhanced Wally-finding fun. On the back of the pull out pages there are checklists of dozens more things to search for once you’ve managed to locate our striped protagonist, and there are even three delightful colour-in-yourself postcards tucked into the back sleeve.

Anyone who needs to keep the kids content on a long car journey, entertain granny at Christmas or something to do in their lunch hour could do a lot worse than dipping in to this fabulous little book. However, pick it up at your peril. This is a warning Wally Watcher’s …if you have shopping to do, dinner to make or kids to pick up from school, DO NOT OPEN THIS BOOK. Anyone who does so will find themselves lost in Wally World for untold hours; even days may pass in a blur as the addictive nature of Where’s Wally takes hold. With so many Wally’s and a cast of crazy characters to find it’s best to cancel all plans, put the kettle on and surround yourself with enough biscuits to see you through.

The Where’s Wally? The Totally Essential Travel Collection is not just for kids – in fact, I would wager that adults might find it even more entertaining (and admittedly occasionally infuriating) however, I defy anyone not to get a kick from the elation of finding Wally among two pages of red and white stripes!

The Where’s Wally? The Totally Essential Travel Collection is pure joy in book form; just don’t let your friends see it or they’ll be trying to prize it from your hands. Save it for an evening soak in a bubble bath or that lone kayak across the English Channel…

Have you found him yet?

Images courtesy of Walker Books, who have published Where’s Wally? The Totally Essential Travel Collection by Martin Handford.

Where’s Wally? The Totally Essential Travel Collection was published on 1st June 2017 by Walker Books.