MOUNT VERNON — Where’s Waldo? In Mount Vernon of course. The iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs will be visiting 25 local businesses throughout the community in July.
Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Mount Vernon!” passport, which contains the names of all the participating sites, and get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. Collecting store stamps or signatures at twenty or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing 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, and since then they have held a cherished spot on bookstore shelves. There are now over 70 million Waldo books in print worldwide, and they’ve been translated into over 31 languages. An entire generation has grown up searching for Waldo.
Candlewick Press is teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and 250 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 Mount Vernon, call Paragraphs Bookstore at 740-392-9290.