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Martin Handford (born 1956 in Hampstead, London) is a British children's author and illustrator who gained worldwide fame in the mid 1980s with his Where's Wally? creation, known as Where's Waldo in the USA and Canada.

Handford began drawing as a child, making stick figures on paper. His inspiration to draw such figures came from classic films and the toy soldiers he played with during that era.

As an adult, Handford worked for three years in an insurance office to pay for his degree at art college. After graduating, Martin worked as a freelance illustrator specialising in drawing crowd scenes for numerous clients.

In 1986, Handford was asked to draw a character with peculiar features. After much thinking, he came up with the idea of "Wally", a world traveller and time travel aficionado who always dresses up in red and white. Wally was joined on most of his travels by a girlfriend who wore clothes with the same colours as Wally's, and by an evil character named Odlaw (Waldo spelled backwards) who dresses in yellow and black.

Handford became a minor celebrity with the success of "Where's Wally". The "Where's Wally" trademark sold in 28 different countries. Beginning in 1987, Handford produced a total of six "classic" "Where's Wally" books, but his character was branched out into other products, such as notebooks, pillows, posters, video games and many others. There was even a syndicated comic strip as well as an animated TV series.

Handford is a methodical and diligent worker. Sometimes it would take him up to eight weeks to draw a two page sketch of the equally reclusive "Wally" and the characters surrounding him.

The "Where's Wally" books were printed in Hong Kong and published for Handford by Candlewick Press in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

A movie based on the "Where's Wally" series of books was planned for filming in 2005 by Nickelodeon Movies, but was cancelled due to a management change at Paramount Pictures.

In 2007, Handford sold the rights to Wally or Waldo to the Entertainment Rights Group, the world's biggest independent owner of children's brands.

The style of art executed by Handford is probably the most famous example of "WimmelBilderBuch" drawings, originally popularised by Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Brueghel the Elder and Hans Jürgen Press.
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Total Books: 193
Where's Wally
2017 - Where's Wally (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781406375695
ISBN-10: 1406375691
Genre: Children's Books
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Where's Waldo The Coloring Book
2016 - Where's Waldo the Coloring Book (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780763688448
ISBN-10: 0763688444
Genre: Children's Books
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Donde esta Wally El Viaje Fantastico / Where's Waldo The Fantastic Journey
2014 - Donde Esta Wally El VIaje Fantastico / Where's Waldo the Fantastic Journey [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788415579724
ISBN-10: 8415579721
Genre: Children's Books
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Where's Waldo In Hollywood Deluxe Edition
2013 - Where's Waldo in Hollywood Deluxe Edition (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780763645274
ISBN-10: 0763645273
Genre: Children's Books
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Where's Waldo The Magnificent Mini Boxed Set
2013 - Where's Waldo the Magnificent Mini Boxed Set (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780763648732
ISBN-10: 0763648736
Genre: Children's Books
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Todo Donde esta Wally Edicion completa
2013 - Todo Donde Esta Wally Edicion Completa [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788415579267
ISBN-10: 8415579268
Genre: Children's Books
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Where's Waldo The Fantastic Journey
2013 - Where's Waldo the Fantastic Journey (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780763645281
ISBN-10: 0763645281
Genre: Children's Books
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Where's Waldo The Totally Essential Travel Collection
2013 - Where's Waldo the Totally Essential Travel Collection (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780763661786
ISBN-10: 0763661783
Genre: Children's Books
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Donde esta Wally Edicion de lujo 25 aniversario
2013 - Donde Esta Wally Edicion De Lujo 25 Aniversario [Spanish Edition] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9788493961503
ISBN-10: 8493961507
Genre: Children's Books
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Donde esta Wally En busca de las cosas perdidas
2012 - Donde Esta Wally En Busca De Las Cosas Perdidas [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788493924270
ISBN-10: 849392427X
Genre: Children's Books
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Where's Waldo Now The 25th Anniversary Edition
2012 - Where's Waldo Now the 25th Anniversary Edition (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780763645267
ISBN-10: 0763645265
Genre: Children's Books
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Where's Waldo The Wow Collection Six Amazing Books and a Puzzle
2012 - Where's Waldo the Wow Collection Six Amazing Books and a Puzzle (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780763661793
ISBN-10: 0763661791
Genre: Children's Books
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Where's Waldo Santa Spectacular
2012 - Where's Waldo Santa Spectacular (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780763661595
ISBN-10: 0763661597
Genre: Children's Books
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Where's Waldo The 25th Anniversary Edition
2012 - Where's Waldo the 25th Anniversary Edition (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780763645250
ISBN-10: 0763645257
Genre: Children's Books
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Donde esta Wally El libro magico
2012 - Donde Esta Wally El Libro Magico [Spanish Edition] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9788466649940
ISBN-10: 8466649948
Genres: Children's Books, Reference
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Donde esta Wally
2012 - Donde Esta Wally [Spanish Edition] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9788466649902
ISBN-10: 8466649905
Genre: Children's Books
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Donde esta Wally ahora
2012 - Donde Esta Wally Ahora [Spanish Edition] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9788466649919
ISBN-10: 8466649913
Genre: Children's Books
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Donde esta Wally El viaje fantastico
2012 - Donde Esta Wally El VIaje Fantastico [Spanish Edition] (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9788466649926
ISBN-10: 8466649921
Genre: Children's Books
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Where's Waldo The Search for the Lost Things
2012 - Where's Waldo the Search for the Lost Things (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780763658328
ISBN-10: 0763658324
Genre: Children's Books
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Where's Wally The Totally Essential Travel Collection
2011 - Where's Wally the Totally Essential Travel Collection (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781406333527
ISBN-10: 1406333522
Genre: Children's Books
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Where's Waldo The Incredible Paper Chase
2011 - Where's Waldo the Incredible Paper Chase (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780763647254
ISBN-10: 076364725X
Genre: Children's Books
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2010 - Donde Esta Wally Edicion De VIaje [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2010 - Where's Wally the Incredible Paper Chase [Wheres Wally Special Lib/Edit] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
2008 - Where's Wally Now [Wheres Wally Mini Edition] (Paperback)
2008 - Where's Wally the Fantastic Journey [Wheres Wally Mini Edition] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
2008 - Where's Wally in Hollywood [Wheres Wally Mini Edition] (Paperback)
2008 - Where's Wally the Wonder Book [Wheres Wally Mini Edition] (Paperback)
2007 - Where's Waldo Now [Where's Waldo?] (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
2000 - Fighting Knights [Where's Wally? Fun Fact Books] (Paperback)
2000 - Plundering Pirates [Where's Wally? Fun Fact Books] (Paperback)
1993 - Dnde Esta Waldo [Works in Translation] (Hardcover)