Where’s Waldo? Santa Spotlight Search is an interactive trip down memory lane. As with most Waldo books, you will need to find Waldo and his key, Woof’s tail and his bone, Wenda and her camera, Wizard Whitebeard and his scroll, and finally, Odlaw and his binoculars in every scene. There is also, to go along with the Christmas theme, a Santa carrying his sack full of toys to find.
For me, this was a Christmas-themed jaunt down memory lane. I remember spending hours getting lost in the Where’s Waldo? books. Trying to find every extra or missing item scattered across their pages became a serious goal. My kids and I had a lot of fun using the magic slider to search for Waldo, but I think it was their favorite to find Santa.
I have to say I have never seen a look-and-find like this before. The image is printed on a cell sheet, and when you put the magic slider on the page between the cell and the black backdrop, it creates a spotlight section so you can see what is on the page. I find that this is an ingenious way to give an added challenge to the traditional Waldo books, and it was a great way to keep my kids engaged for longer.
Waldo is the OG look-and-find book, and this Christmas-themed book is not a disappointment in any way. I feel like my personal favorite was the baking scene, mostly because I think it was amusing to see a sea of Santas making cookies. My least favorite part of the book was looking for Woof, represented by only his tail in the images, which was a particular struggle for me.
That said, the book is such a fun way to spend your afternoon and would make a wonderful gift for kids of all ages this holiday season.
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher, Candlewick Press, for review.