By David Perryman

Martin Handford is a British illustrator whose trademark is hiding a character in very busy, large drawings depicting dozens and dozens of people doing interesting things at specific locations.

In England, the character, Wally, is a spectacled young man with a shock of brown hair under his red striped toboggan hat that matches his famous red striped shirt.

In the U.S. and Canada, the hidden figure is named Waldo, thus “Where’s Waldo.” The novelty of finding Waldo is nearly irresistible and when found, Waldo is normally doing the most mundane thing like walking across a pasture or a road when everyone else around him is engaged in pursuits of varying vocations and pastimes. Waldo appears mostly to be a man of leisure in a very busy world.

 

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