I Spy vs. Where’s Waldo


Before Pinterest, and other time-wasting technological marvels there were books designed to keep your eyes glued to the page in search of that special something. Perhaps the most famous of these hide-and-seek style books are the I Spy and Where’s Waldo titles. In a completely unscientific poll available on FAN IQ 82% of the voters said they would pass on the love of Where’s Waldo and I Spy to their future children. Today Dear Reader, I’m highlighting these books just for you!

In I Spy the reader is invited to engage with each page by hunting down a list of items. The pages are full or bright and colorful photographs with eye-catching items piled together haphazardly.

In Where’s Waldo, the reader is invited to engage with each page by hunting down Waldo as he hides in illustrations. Waldo is that guy with the striped red sweater, the glasses and the funny little bobble head. Waldo has many imposters and as the series progressed he gained a crew of friends you can hunt down too.

These are both great books to keep younger kids quiet. They are challenging and only occasionally frustrating. I read both as a child, teen and adult… my overall favorite is Waldo. Plus, Where’s Waldo appeared on a banned books list, and that makes him a rebel. He might have been my first book crush. Is anyone with me on this?