Artist – Martin Handford
At first glance, this could be mistaken for one of the many Where’s Wally/Waldo titles found in childhood memories. The cover is a firm, glossy card with nearly full size gatefolds on the front and back cover to bookmark and protect your work.
At 28.8cm x 23cm, it is a little bigger and shorter than standard A4, or the ever popular square sizes. It still fits quite nicely on a bookshelf, desk or tucked in a bag!
The spine is glue bound, which means that some of the image does disappear into the spine. The spine becomes much more pliable with use, I found it loose after half an hour working on the first picture.
The paper surprised me, it’s quite thick. Pencils do layer quite nicely, although I have mainly stuck with fineliner pens and waterbased markers. Despite these images being double sided, I exoerienced zero bleeding or shadowing – even in places where I did accidentally stay in one spot for too long or go over a spot a few times. Alcohol markers will bleed, and will ruin the opposite page, so stick with fineliners/waterbased markers and you’ll be fine. Pages are not perforated.
There is some of the most recognizable Wally/Waldo images in this book – a Wild West inspired scene, Wally/Waldo in Egypt, a rocket ship being built. There are 27 different colouring pages. The majority are double page ‘find Wally’ traditional pages.
Others are single page portraits of characters such as Odlaw, an image with a black background and dragons trying to find Wally, and a double page spread with walking characters encouraging you to complete their stripy tops.
Every few pages has a written directive somewhere in the frame – this is mostly colour related, ie, ‘Create as many crazy cake colours as you can’ or ‘Add some magic sparkle to this treasure trove!’ So no need to worry if these aren’t your thing.
The back few pages have smaller versions of each image, along with a checklist of 4-6 things to find in the image.
I actually found it a lot easier to find Wally when I was colouring each individual character – I knew I was bound to come across him eventually.
Line thickness remains moderately thin throughout, but intricacy is rather detailed. There are only a few places/pages that have larger areas. The majority of each page are detailed, intricate areas.
This is a book that I have relied upon heavily recently. The style and design means that I don’t need to focus on technique, just on choosing colours and taking each tiny character at a time. This has been a fantastic tool for pain relief the last few weeks, and I suggest you try it!
It may be appropriate for those with fluctuating concentration levels – it’s easy enough to colour a handful of characters, or dive in for a few hours if you can manage it. However, the image itself may be intimidating, particularly for those with anxiety. I haven’t been able to colour it while I have been anxious, as j just couldn’t focus on attempting to colour those small areas.
The intricacy means that it probably will not be suitable for those with vision or fine motor skills impairments, as so many components of the images are so small and detailed.
Thankyou for reading and I hope you’ve enjoyed this review