Martin Handford’s Where’s Wally series is, of course, an instantly recognisable classic. Countless children have spent many rainy days trying to hunt the red and white striped tourist and he’s brought joy to many, so much so that we’ll forgive Wally for being an obvious supporter of Sunderland AFC. Children’s puzzle books aren’t anything new, but let’s be honest, the only way to improve Where’s Wally would be to set it in a galaxy far far away.
Which is exactly what publisher Egmont has done. Star Wars: Where’s The Wookiee challenges children and adults alike to hunt down Chewbacca in 15 key locations from the Star Wars movies. One of these happens to be Kashyyyk, Chewie’s Star Wars homeworld, but others include Mos Eisley, The Death Star, Cloud City and Hoth. Ulises Farinas takes on the duties as artist, and is well chosen. Ulises is best known for his work on comics such as Judge Dredd and Iron Man, so he’s well used to drawing all sorts of science fiction style locations. His busy art style means that there are loads of tiny details to pick out amongst the crowds. While you’re looking for the Wookiee, there are plenty of little scenes that will bring a smile to your face. Ryan Hill has done a splendid job colouring the whole thing so you can pick out the subtle differences in tone, giving everyone a chance to find the bits they’re looking for.
They are also other Star Wars characters to pick out, including a full team of Bounty Hunters (including Boba Fett) and handy guide at the back, to look for the various funny bits. As ways of keeping the kids occupied during long car trips, our researchers can confirm that it’s good for a sizeable chunk of the M6, providing the child in question is a Star Wars fan. Adults in need of a visual distraction will find it equally fun.
STAR WARS: WHERE’S THE WOOKIE / AUTHORS & ARTISTS: ULISES FARINAS, RYAN HILL / PUBLISHER: EGMONT / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW