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Where's Walrus? (Where's Walrus?)

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A happy-go-lucky Walrus escapes the zoo in search of adventure in this wordless instant classic.

Bored with life at the zoo, an adventurous walrus escapes to the outside world. With the zookeeper in hot pursuit, Walrus cleverly tries on all sorts of hats to disguise himself. Will a yellow hardhat point to a new life as a construction worker? Or will a red swimming cap revea
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Scholastic Press
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Oct 12, 2014 karen rated it liked it
this book has no words the way The Book with No Pictures has no pictures.

i do not know which book would win in a fight, but i do know that this book is adorable. because of the pictures. without the pictures, it would just be a blank book, and i would like it less.

this one is about a walrus who escapes from the zoo and has adventures while hiding from the zookeeper who is desperately trying to make him come back. i mean, i assume it is about that. without words, it is open to interpretation. ma
Feb 03, 2011 Scope rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
Simple gets a bum rap. Simple is difficult. Simple is complicated. Take picture books. When a story is boiled down to 32 pages and even fewer illustrations, there is no room for error. And if the text is removed? We’re talking a tightrope walk’s worth of difficulty. A book can flounder, or in the much rarer instance, succeed in a manner that makes the whole thing seem like no sweat. Such is the case with Stephen Savage’s delightful Where’s Walrus?. You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone immune t ...more
Mar 04, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it
This wordless picture book, which I won in a giveaway, is a quiet charmer. It plays gently with the concept of "seek and find" style books -- on most of the pages a run-away walrus is "hidden" somewhere in plain sight -- slightly camouflaged but ridiculously obvious at the same time. My seven-year old found this hilarious. His younger brother took it more at face value, and just enjoyed pointing to the walrus on each page. There is a slight narrative arc to the book -- it turns out the walrus wa ...more
Sep 28, 2015 Sandra rated it liked it
Walrus escapes from the zoo and the zookeeper goes behind him.

At every page we find Walrus hiding disguised in a different situation: in a fountain, among the firefighters, or dancing in a stage. It's funny that the only thing he uses to disguise himself is a hat!

Only when Walrus loses his hat the zookeeper sees him, just on time to enjoy his amazing skills as a diver.

Although I find this wordless book just fine, my kids loved it. Looking for Walrus at each page proved to be super entertaining f
Jul 08, 2014 Kaethe rated it it was amazing
WE had to go to the library again yesterday, because Veronica's request, which she had been eagerly awaiting finally came in, and because it's the summer reading program, which means things to register to win, and books to donate, and then there's a librarian to great in Mandarin....

I'm trying not to bring in more books because I have a backlog, shelved in a horizontal stack in front of the books shelved in the usual way on the bookcases, and a near-to-toppling stack on the bedside table, and an
Mary Beth
Mar 23, 2011 Mary Beth rated it really liked it
I received this book as a "First Reads" winner, but we would have read it anyway, had we found it at the library first. It is a sweet and funny book about a rascally Walrus who has his own notion of how to spend a fun day: out of the Zoo! The Zookeeper(who sports a walrus mustache) chases after him, only to be foiled by Walrus's many disguises and clever hiding spots. The story is told by pictures only, which means that we get to tell it as we see it, and Rabbit and Bear get to tell us their own ...more
Michelle Doerr
Mar 28, 2012 Michelle Doerr rated it really liked it
Where's Walrus is a picture book intended for nursery readers. This colorful yet simply illustrated book follows a walrus who escaped from the zoo. He tries on all sorts of different hats throughout the city, such as a firefighter, a dancer, and a construction worker, to blend in. All along the zoo security is following him. He is finally returned to the zoo and treated to a nice, big, new habitat. His new habitat allows him to have fun and entertain the zoo visitors. I like this story because b ...more
Kathleen Whitaker
In the wordless picture book "Wheres Walrus", by Stephen Savage, young children ages 3 and up get
a chance to search for the walrus using visual clues. As the zookeeper naps "walrus" decides to
explore the city. As he travels he blends-in. Having the child/children show me where "walrus" is and how he disguised himself so that the zookeeper didn't notice him is a source of fun and learning. This book is a fun and silly book for boys and girls ages 3 and up I found this book listed on the IRA Chil
April Thompson
Jun 13, 2014 April Thompson rated it really liked it
Where's Waldo: animal edition!
Laura Hayden
Feb 08, 2016 Laura Hayden rated it it was amazing
Where’s Walrus?
Reviewed by Laura Hayden
The book Where’s Walrus? is about a walrus that escapes from the zoo and dresses up in disguises to try not to get caught from the zookeeper. Only to want to go back on his own after his many adventures.
The illustrator Stephen Savage uses artwork that was done in adobe illustrator in muted colors. The cover typography was hand written by the illustrator which gives the feel of a fifties commercial. The colors of the illustrations also add to that time frame
Alexa Rothman
Sep 30, 2015 Alexa Rothman rated it liked it
The book “Where’s Walrus” had a very simple story line for a child to understand. The illustrations were also very clean cut and easy to interpret. The story looked like it was set in a city and the Walrus escaped from the zoo. The watchman was chasing him all around the city but the walrus kept hiding and disguised himself so he couldn’t be found. I think this would be fun for a child to read because it kind of reminded me of an ISpy book since the walrus was hiding and we had to look for him. ...more
Apr 04, 2015 Samantha rated it it was amazing
Where’s Walrus by Stephen Savage uses simple, wordless illustrations to tell the story of a mischievous walrus who escapes from the zoo. The zookeeper tries to catch the walrus but the walrus through a series of cute and funny disguises hides from the zookeeper while also trying to find his true talents. However, when disguised as a swimmer, he jumps off of a diving board and into a swimming pool losing his diving cap! The zookeeper, seeing the perfect score the walrus received on his dive, deci ...more
Morgan Gerard
Wordless Book: Where's Walrus

Since obviously this book doesn't have any words the reliance on pictures is even more important than other types of books because if they don't come across correctly the point of the book may be missed. Where's Walrus is a book that does a great job of getting the point across of what the story is telling. The illustrations are bright and the figures are pretty simple which is great for students of a young age. This story is about a walrus that is bored at the zoo a
Sarah DeWalt
Feb 08, 2015 Sarah DeWalt rated it really liked it
"Where's Walrus?" is a wordless picture book thats definitely does not need words to tell is heartwarming story. Its starts off with a birds eye view of a zoo, all the animals seem happily at home except the walrus. He looks rather sad. The next page shows him hoping out of his cage and running out of the zoo and you see a police man in the distance running after him. Through out the story the walrus is roaming around the city trying to blend in and discover new things. The walrus wanders is way ...more
Grant Cooper
The picture book "Where's Walrus?" is a modern day book of a walrus who finds himself in a quiet, boring zoo. The walrus sets out to seek an adventure and successfully sneaks pass the zookeeper, blending in with the rest of the people. The man sets out to look for the walrus on the city streets. Walrus carries out his adventure and continues to blend in with groups of men acting as a firefighter and construction worker. The zookeeper cannot seem to find Walrus, meanwhile, Walrus finds an event t ...more
Rhonda Lee
Oct 27, 2014 Rhonda Lee rated it really liked it
The wordless picture book written by Stephen Savage "Where's walrus?", is one of a kind. You won't find a book quite like it. It is a story of a walrus who finds himself in a quite boring zoo. With the pictures and theme of the book, it was back in more of the modern days, so Walrus goes out to seek adventure. As he is able to get pass the zookeeper he blends in with the rest of the world. The man goes out looking for Walrus out in the streets. Various times throughout the story, Walrus as himse ...more
Melanie Abril
Oct 07, 2014 Melanie Abril rated it it was amazing
Where's Walrus is a whimsical story that follows a zookeeper and a mischievous walrus. Fed up with the dull day to day life at the zoo, the walrus decides to spend a day out. As the story unfolds we see the walrus blending in quite well with the city life as the zookeeper frantically runs all over the city in hopes that the he will be able to capture the walrus and take it back to the zoo. The walrus ends up back at the zoo but ends up getting a little improvement to liven up the zoo.

The illust
Bradley Clay
Feb 28, 2014 Bradley Clay rated it it was amazing
Where's Walrus is a wordless children's book by Stephen Savage. I chose this book because it is one we own and is one my son really enjoys. The book is about a walrus that has escaped from the zoo. A zookeeper goes out looking for him, but cannot find him since the walrus is blending in with others or objects, so that the zookeeper cannot find him.
Text to self: This book is one that reminds me of times I spend with my son reading books. He really enjoys this book and on every page he gets excit
Feb 24, 2014 Aknipfel rated it it was amazing
“Where’s Walrus?” is a wordless picture book by Stephen Savage. This a fun book, in which children can use their predicting and comprehension skills. This book enables the children to predict where the walrus is hiding and use imagination. I would use this book in my classroom to teach both comprehension and predicting skills. All levels of readers can enjoy this book. I think it is perfect for the Pre K to 2nd grade age range.

To use the Text to Self strategy- “Where’s Walrus” is the perfect b
Feb 23, 2014 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Where's Walrus is a wordless children's book by Stephen Savage. This book caught my eye because I loved the front cover's bold colors and the smiling walrus! It's about a walrus who escaped from the zoo and disguises himself in different situations to hide from the zookeeper.

Text-to-self: Sometimes I relate to the walrus in that I wish I could just disguise myself to hide for a while. Sometimes the daily routine can be too repetitive and needs to be mixed up. And sometimes, it's just more fun t
Michael Mendoza
Sep 16, 2015 Michael Mendoza rated it liked it
This book seemed a bit odd and the pictures seemed very computer generated not to mention I think the Monopoly guy is on page 28. But the big take away from this is that concept of light and dark. The people all seemed to be dark as though they do not care or are in a terrible state of living. However, the zoo keeper seemed to be the only one in blue and a few other people in white or grey. The grey gives off this feeling of depression and makes you almost feel sorry for the walrus. However, one ...more
Jun 30, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing
What a fun book! Savage's wordless book is very stylized and quite amusing. A walrus escapes from the zoo and runs around the city entertaining himself. A chagrined zookeeper chases the walrus through a restaurant, kick line, and park before catching up with him at a diving contest.

I enjoyed the illustrations so much that I almost forgot that there was a problem -- the escaped walrus. The last picture neatly and, at least for me, unexpectedly resolves the problem.

Highly recommended!
Jul 10, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it
Shelves: ncbla
In this wordless picture book, a walrus escapes from the zoo and leads the zookeepers on a merry chase. Young readers will adore his antics as he tries to blend in everywhere he goes, playing hide and seek in some unlikely places. This one reminds me of the Where's Waldo? books that were popular a few years ago. Who would think that a walrus could wreak so much havoc and fool so many folks for so long?
Feb 02, 2011 Todd rated it it was amazing
In this highly amusing, wordless picture book, a renegade walrus outsmarts its zookeeper by escaping and finding ways to absurdly blend in to everyday situations. The illustrator's deft hand successfully creates a thoroughly engaging retro look. The title will stand up to multiple re-reads for both kids and adults.
Sarah Plitt
Sep 12, 2014 Sarah Plitt rated it it was ok
Where’s Walrus
By: Stephen Savage

This wordless picture book by Stephen Savage is simple and comical. The dust jacket of this book is loud and invites the reader to wonder what the story has to offer. The illustrations were made using Adobe Illustrator providing simple lines and images throughout its pages. With no frame to confine the reader’s interactions with the book, the humorous journey is shared. Although the repetitive nature of the story can be redundant, you can’t help but embrace the Wa
Nicole Ashton
Feb 27, 2014 Nicole Ashton rated it it was amazing
Now this one made me laugh. In this wordless story a walrus escapes from the zoo and the zookeeper looks everywhere for him. The zookeeper passes by the walrus several times, but does not recognize him because the walrus is disguised as many things throughout the book. In the end the zookeeper find the walrus in a swimming pool doing flips off the diving board. The zookeeper then has a pool with a diving board put in the zoo for the walrus. I can definitely relate to times when I've wanted to es ...more
Feb 10, 2012 Vilo rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
This book without words can be appreciated on many different levels, including a purely visual one. It will take less time to "read" than to locate in the library, but do it--whether or not you have a child to share it with.
The Library Lady
Apr 16, 2011 The Library Lady rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I was never a fan of the "Where's Waldo" series, but this is a delightful twist on it for young kids. There is a lovely retro look to the book and the humor shines through each picture. Terrific fun for both adults and kids.
Feb 08, 2016 Nomre rated it really liked it
Where's Walrus is a terrible cute, simple, picture book about a walrus that escapes the zoo and goes on misadventures around town as the zoo keeper desperately chases him around trying to catch him. The illustrations are simple and used muted colors which give the book a somewhat older, classic feel. The illustrations are all borderless full pages spreads, that allow the reader to feel drawn into the story. With every turn of the page, children and all readers alike, have to look for and single ...more
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Really enjoyed this wordless picture book. Walrus escapes from the zoo. While the zookeeper seeks to find him, Walrus has a great adventure.
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Stephen Savage is known for his economical style of illustration that conveys complex ideas and emotion with simple lines and color. He does a wide range of work from books and household design to celebrity portraits and political icons. His childrens books include the bestselling Polar Bear Night and a new Margaret Wise Brown title, The Fathers Are Coming Home. He created the animal faces on the ...more
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