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Martin Handford
Biographical info

Martin Handford was born in Hampstead, London, in 1956. Martin’s Where’s Wally?-books have been immensely successful, selling more than 43 million copies worldwide in over 33 countries and 22 languages, including Egyptian, Korean and Hebrew.

Each Wally picture takes Martin eight weeks to draw. “As I work my way through a picture, I add Wally when I come to what I feel is a good place to hide him,” he explains. Martin describes his pictures as “full of both activity and entertainment. I have a love of situations which contain visual puns and humour.”
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