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BOOK REVIEW: Where’s Wally? Santa Spotlight Search by Martin Handford

| 30 September 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Where’s Wally? Santa Spotlight Search by Martin Handford

Walker Books
September 2021
Hardcover, $24.99
Reviewed by Steph O’Connell

Children’s Picture Books / Classic Collection / Picture Search

70% Rocking

The spotlight search is back with a fabulous festive edition! Use the paper spotlight-searcher as a magic torch to illuminate six scenes buzzing with busy Santas. With bonus games on every page!

Ho-ho! Wally, his friends and hundreds of busy Santas are getting ready for the festive countdown. There’s so much to do from shopping in the department store, to helping in the toy factory, baking holiday treats and loading the sleigh – but they still find time to party! For extra sparkle as the excitement builds there are bonus searching games to complete on every page. It’s jingle bells all the way!

Includes a spotlight-searcher wand to light up the scenes. No batteries required. All light-up magic is designed from paper and extra spotlight-searcher wands are available to print online.


Presents – tick – reindeer – tick – elves – tick! The Santas are ready to take to the skies!

The spotlight search is such a cute and inventive concept, with the tinted see-through scenes, and a “spotter” which lights them up from behind, seemingly like magic!

As far as Wally books go, this concept is quite handy, and the book is more gifty than some of the standard issues released over the years.

The spotlight lets you focus on one point and not be overwhelmed by the scene as a whole, but at the same time, it means you might miss a spot if you’re not careful, so it does give you a potentially longer-running engagement while trying to discover all the extra items to search for.

This style of book doesn’t really allow for two or more readers to look for Wally together, with the first finder letting the second finder try for themselves. 

Though I understand why the book has to be shorter and have fewer scenes, the fact that this book has only 6 one-page scenes makes it maybe feel a little less “complete” than other wally books, but the spotter idea would be great for helping younger children, or those who have issues with being overwhelmed by loud scenes.

This different set up would be a good way to introduce new readers to the world of Where’s Wally?, and help them keep track of where they’ve searched within the image.

Scenes in this book:
– The Santa Meet
– Christmas Shopping
– Festive Bake Off!
– Santa’s Workshop
– Jolly Jamboree
– Christmas Eve!

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