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Wimmelbilderbuch or Wimmelbook is an aesthetic often seen in large, wordless books. This art style is characterized by its busy and cluttered illustrations[1]. These types of illustrations are usually used to teach children how to observe their surroundings. A prominent theme in Wimmelbilderbuch are pictures of large cities and towns full of many elements like persons and objects.

In the German language, Wimmelbilderbuch translates to "teeming picture book" in English. Wimmelbilderbuch is mainly popular among children in Germany and other German-speaking countries, but they have also become increasingly popular in other countries, such as the United States and the United Kingdom.

The term Wimmelbilderbuch was coined in the 1960s, although the origins of this practice and style can be traced back to written books from the Middle Ages.


Some visuals in Wimmelbilderbuch include:

  • Richly detailed drawings and art
  • Extremely busy and cluttered spaces (usually cities or forests)
  • Lots of persons, animals and objects to discover in the artworks
  • Isometric designs
  • Wordless book/video game formats



  • Where's Waldo? series
  • My Busy Day
  • Cars and Things That Go
  • 1, 2, 3, Off to School!
  • Your House, My House
  • Pochtal'on Myshka
  • Mr. Postmouse takes a trip
  • Stephen Biesty's More Incredible Cross-sections
  • Egypt in Spectacular Cross-section
  • Man-of-war
  • Pierre the Maze Detective