The iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs returns to 25 local Darien businesses throughout July.
In celebration of Waldo’s longevity and popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, is teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and 250 independent bookstores across the country to encourage communities to patronize their local businesses. There is no charge to participate, and the hunt lasts for the entire month of July.
Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Darien!” passport at Barrett Bookstore, located at 314 Heights Road, Darien. The passport contains the names of all participating stores. Find Waldo participants need to have their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. A mini Waldo figure is hiding in each of the locations. And to make things a little more challenging, Waldo and his friends have each dropped a precious item in Barrett Bookstore. These items can be spotted as well. Collecting store stamps or signatures at 20 or more businesses will entitle seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing on July 31, with the top prize being an eight-volume set of Waldo books.
Martin Handford’s collections of crowd scenes took the world by storm in the late 1980s. There are now over 70 million Waldo books in print worldwide, and they’ve been translated into more than 31 languages. A generation has grown up searching for Waldo. Participants of Find Waldo Local can also search for items dropped by Waldo’s intrepid traveling companions: Wenda, Woof, Wizard Whitebeard, and Odlaw.
Find Waldo concludes with a Wrap Up Party on July 31 at 3 p.m. at Barrett Bookstore for everyone who has a completed passport. Refreshments, raffle and prizes, including a six-volume deluxe set of Waldo books.
For more information about hunting for Waldo in Darien, call Barrett Bookstore at (203) 655-2712.