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Iconic Children’s Book Character Creates Summertime Fun to Support the Movement to “Shop Local”

Where’s Waldo? In Dallas, of course! The iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 20 local businesses in our community this July. Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses and the Shop Local movement. 

Martin Handford’s collections of crowd scenes with Waldo took the world by storm in the late 1980s, and since then they have held a cherished spot on bookstore shelves. There are more than 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 250+ independent bookstores across the country for hide-and-seek fun to encourage people to patronize their local businesses. There is no charge to participate, and the hunt lasts for the entire month of July. 

Joining  Interabang Books in 2019’s Find Waldo Local are Berry Naked, Celebrity Cafe & Bakery, Doodle & Stinker, Dougherty’s, Flower Child, Hollywood Feed, JK Chocolate, Kate Weiser Chocolates, Learning Express, Neuhaus Cafe, Party Bazaar, Pinkberry, Rocket Fizz, Steel City Pops, The Toy Maven, Toys Unique, Uncle Uber’s Sammich Shop, White Rock Coffee, and Whole Earth Provision Co.

Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dallas” passport, 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 (hint: spell it backwards!), will be hiding in Interabang Books. Collect all the signatures, then celebrate at Interabang on Saturday, August 3 at 1:00. We’ll have a party with Waldo and give out prizes!