By Danielle Palmer-Friedman, University Book Store Public Relations Lead.
Elusive Book Character Creates Summertime Fun, Supports Shop Local Movement
Where's Waldo? In Mill Creek, of course. The famous children’s book character – stripes and all – is visiting 25 different businesses in our community in July.
In celebration of Waldo's enduring popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, is once again teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and 250 independent bookstores all across the country, including the University Book Store here in Mill Creek for some hide-and-seek fun that encourages communities to patronize local businesses.
There is no charge to participate, and the hunt lasts for the entire month of July. Simply pick up a passport at the University Book Store and start the search. Those who spot him can win prizes, including buttons, book coupons and more.
From Spotted Cow Cream & Bean to Color Me Mine, from Jamba Juice to the Mill Creek Library, Waldo figures will be well hidden, just waiting to be found.
Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Mill Creek” passport, complete with a list of all the participating sites. Seekers must get their passports stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot.
The first 125 Waldo trackers to get their passports stamped or signed at ten or more sites can bring their passports back to the University Book Store to collect prizes. If 20 or more stamps/signatures are collected, participants will be entered into a drawing on July 31, during the “Find Waldo Celebration Party,” with the top prize being a six-volume deluxe set of Waldo books.
Where’s Waldo is the creation of Martin Handford, whose entertaining drawings of crowd scenes swept the world in the late-80s. Since then, the Where’s Waldo books have held a cherished spot on international bookstore shelves.There are now more than 63 million Waldo books in print worldwide, translated into more than 30 languages.
For more information about hunting for Waldo and Woof in Mill Creek call the University Book Store at (425) 385-3530