Where’s Waldo? In Mobile, Alabama, of course! The iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting multiple local businesses throughout downtown this July. Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses and the Shop Local movement in our community, including The Urban Emporium, Serpents of Bienville, The Cheese Cottage, A&M Peanut Shop, and more.
Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Mobile, Alabama!” passport at The Haunted Book Shop (or download and print here), which contains the names of all the participating sites, and get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. And to make things a little more challenging, Waldo’s nemesis, Odlaw, will also be hiding in The Haunted Book Shop. Collecting store stamps or signatures at twelve or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing on July 27 at 5 PM at The Haunted Book Shop, with the top prize being a copy of Where’s Waldo? Destination: Everywhere!, a tribute to Waldo’s many decades of wandering.
Martin Handford’s collections of crowd scenes took the world by storm in the late 1980s, and since then they have held a cherished spot on bookstore shelves. There are now over 72 million Waldo books in print worldwide, and they’ve been translated into over thirty languages. An entire generation has grown up searching for Waldo.
Once again, in celebration of Waldo’s longevity and popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, is teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and two hundred and fifty independent bookstores across the country for some hide-and-seek fun to encourage communities to patronize their local businesses. There is no charge to participate, and the hunt lasts for the entire month of July. For more information about hunting for Waldo in downtown Mobile, Alabama call The Haunted Book Shop at 251-348-7668.