For those of you who don't know the book I'll give you a basic run down. Wally is a normal looking guy. He wears red and white stripped jumper and hat with a red pom pom on top. He has blue pants and brown shoes. Nothing hugely fashionable and if we saw him walking down Henry Street today we'd probably stop and stare but in this book he doesn't stand out at all. He hides in the middle of a large gathering of people and the idea is to find him. And his friends of course, Wenda, the Wizard Whitebeard, Oddlaw and Wally's dog Woof. There's also a list of items to find in each picture such as Wenda's camera and other bits and pieces.
Wally isn't a small book, he's very very popular. There's 7 books in total. We now have three of them in the resource room. And the kids love them. I use them as mini treat as they really do enjoy trying to find Wally that said I try to make sure that they have time at least once a week to spend a few minutes looking for Wally. There's some kids who find them faster then others and there are some who struggle but they all love the book. And you can see their confidence growing as they master each page and move on to either finding the next item on the list or onto the next page or even book. It's amazing to see. Especially from such a simple book and idea. Wally has sparked spin offs of course, there's always a Where's Stig version based on the Top Gear character Stig and in the states there's Where's Waldo but for me, you just can't beat good ole fashioned Where's Wally?
Wise words today? Invest in a Where's Wally? book, they're on offer at the moment two for the price of one in O Manonys Bookshop Limerick