Milo Clarke is a genius. I guess every grandmother would agree. At the age of 2, he would scour the pages of the “Where’s Waldo?” books and find the elusive Waldo before I did! While I would get sidetracked by the amusing characters and scenes on each page, Milo was on a mission — finding that bespectacled world traveler in his red-and-white striped shirt and hat who could blend into any crowd.
“Where’s Waldo?” was created by British illustrator Martin Handford in 1987. Waldo, who began his exploits in the United Kingdom, going by the name Wally, has become a multimillion-selling global success. Around the world he has been given local names — in Croatia, he is called Jura; in France, he is Charlie; Walter is his German name; and Hetti in Hindi.
Of course, creator Handford is pleased with Waldo’s success and states, “I’d like to inspire children — to open their minds, to explore more subjects, and to just be aware of what’s going on around them. I’d like them to see wonder in places that might not have occurred to them.”
The Westerly Library will be participating in a “Where’s Waldo?” scavenger hunt, sponsored by the Other Tiger bookstore. Last summer, 250 bookstores in cities and towns across America hosted these hunts in a salute to the 25th anniversary of the publishing of the first “Where’s Waldo?” book. Now it is Westerly’s turn! During the month of July, a Waldo figure will be hidden in 24 local businesses and the library. Anyone who would like to play will receive a “Find Waldo Local” passport to be stamped at each venue when they discover Waldo’s hiding spot. Prizes will be awarded throughout the month, and it all culminates with a Waldo shindig at the The Other Tiger on July 31.
So join Milo. Bring your children and grandchildren and enjoy the adventure of finding Waldo in Westerly!
1. “Inferno” by Dan Brown
2. “The Hit” by David Baldacci
3. “12th of Never” by James Patterson
4. “Six Years” by Harlan Coben
5. “Second Honeymoon” by James Patterson
6. “Whiskey Beach” by Nora Roberts
7. “The Burgess Boys” by Elizabeth Strout
8. “Silken Prey” by John Sandford
9. “The Storyteller” by Jodi Picoult
10. “Daddy’s Gone A Hunting” by Mary Higgins Clark
1. “Silver Linings Playbook”
2. “Identity Thief”
4. “Downton Abbey Season 3”
5. “The Guilt Trip”
6. “Cloud Atlas”
7. “Side Effects”
8. “Oz the Great and Powerful”
10. “Game of Thrones Season 2”
Susan Conroy is a volunteer coordinator at the Westerly Public Library.