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...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Scholastic Press
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karen
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...more
Scope
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
Emily
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
Mary Beth
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
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...more
April Thompson
Where's Waldo: animal edition!
Kaethe
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...more
Bradley Clay
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...more
Aknipfel
“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...more
Elizabeth
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...more
Laura
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!
Barbara
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?
Todd
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.
Nicole Ashton
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
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.
Destinee Sutton
Simple, funny, awesome. Walrus is not hard to find, but kids will still have fun poring over his disguises.
Maria Celis
Savage, Stephen. Where’s Walrus? (2011). A bored walrus seeks out some fun and escapes from the zoo keeper by using interesting disguises. The comedy of an audacious walrus allows child readers to imagine how a zoo animal might deal with boredom and sudden freedom. The illustrations, created using Adobe Illustrator, utilize simple block colors and figures to highlight the focal activities of an entertained but hiding walrus. All readers can delight in using their imagination for this wordless bo...more
Kat
Basic plot: Walrus goes on an adventure in the city while the zookeeper tries to find him.

This was pretty darned adorable. Walrus puts on hats and "blends in" with the locals as the hapless zookeeper tries to catch him. He's pretty obvious, so this is a good way to get very small children to start interacting with books by pointing to pictures and getting them to describe what they see. Guaranteed to cause giggles in little ones! There is no text, so the story is told solely in pictures, making...more
Molly
Mar 16, 2012 Molly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Really fun book! Stephen Savage uses bright, bold colors that really pop and simple lines to create some incredible illustrations for this wordless picture book. His use of negative white space and perspective gives the pictures depth without shading. It has a real retro feel to it that I love. The first thing i thought of when I saw the cover was Edward Hopper's Nighthawks. So of course I had to read it immediately. Actually, I've had it checked out for months now (oops.)

Walrus seems like a pr...more
Kathleen
This wordless picture book tells the story of a zoo-dwelling walrus who sneaks out of the zoo one afternoon while the zookeeper catches some afternoon z's. On each 2 page spread the walrus is presented in different place in the city--a fountain, a cafe, a storefront, a theatre. And, in each place, the walrus sneaks from the zookeeper's [too small for a walrus] net.
Despite its accolades from ALA, Kirkus Reviews, and SLJ I find this to be An improbable story worthy of the 3 stars for the illustra...more
Heidi
Walrus is bored at the zoo in which he lives and sneaks out to find some excitement. The zookeeper pursues him from place to place. Walrus disguises himself as he moves from fountain to diner to storefront window to construction site and several other places before ending up at a diving competition. The zookeeper finally lures the walrus back by providing a pool with a diving board allowing him to showcase his prowess.

I shared this book with my kindergartners and they enjoyed it immensely. I had...more
David
Where's Walrus? by Stephen Savage is a wordless narrative about an apparently bored walrus who leaves the zoo and eludes the zookeeper, using a variety of hats to diguise himself, until Walrus' success in a competition reveals a way to releive his boredom at the zoo.

Escaping the boring zoo, Walrus dons hats to elude the zookeeper by blending in as a fountain statue, lunch counter patron, store mannequin, bricklayer, fireman, high-kicking dancer, artist, and high diver. When his diving cap slips...more
Tasha
This wordless picture book has a great appeal for the youngest children and adults alike. Walrus escapes from his small pool in the zoo, pursued closely by the zookeeper. He hides in the most unlikely spots, posing as a mermaid in a fountain, seated at a diner counter, glamming up a window display, and much more. Finally, he is cornered up on a diving board sporting a red swim cap. What happens next is a satisfying close to this cheery picture book.

Savage has a tremendous sense of pacing in this...more
Heidi
Love it! A wordless book with so much fun in the simple illustrations. Fabulous potential for a lap-read. And I think it even could work with a preschool group if you have them telling you the story. It gets the reader involved in seeing where the walrus and zookeeper are. I like the hints at some old-fashioned things. And a fun ending that made me smile means it is definitely a keeper!

5/9/12 This was perfect for storytime! I had a smaller group, so the book span did not take as long. That's alw...more
Kris
Great wordless picture book -- illustrations are simple and balanced. Good use of color and white space. There is plenty of fodder for fostering conversations and storytelling with children as this is read. Great for developing narrative skills and vocabulary.

SLJ: "...The collagelike illustrations in this wordless book were created in Adobe Illustrator. They are large, clear, and simple; the colors are bright, although flat. "

Horn Book: "...Preschoolers will love being one step ahead of the clu...more
Christi
Genre: Wordless Picture book

Summary: That is a fun book is about a walrus who is bored at the zoo and decides to explore the city, leading the zookeeper on a merry chase. The zookeeper is right on his tail but Walrus's ability to blend in makes him difficult to find. This story was a fun adventure and the wordless aspect allows a free and creative dialogue between children and adults.

Critique:
A. Comprehension and predicting
B. The repetitiveness of the scenes allows readers to predict what will...more
Amy Musser
This wordless book follows the escapades of a sneaky walrus that escapes from the zoo and leads the mustachioed zookeeper on a merry chase across town. The walrus is a master of disguise and he manages to elude the zookeeper by dressing as a construction worker, dancer, painter, and even a fire fighter. The zookeeper finally catches up with walrus at a diving competition, which the walrus wins.

The digital illustrations use large, flat areas of solid color to create a stylistic, representational...more
Julia Jasztal
Mommy's review from 11/20/11 -


Why yes friends, yes I am reading children's books to Julia that have almost no words. Why you ask? Why am I doing this when I usually hate them so? Well, I'll tell you. BECAUSE ALMOST ALL OF THE BOOKS ON THE GR ANNUAL POLL ARE THESE BOOKS. BECAUSE APPARENTLY PEOPLE DON'T LIKE WORDS ANYMORE. BECAUSE APPARENTLY DRAWING A FEW DAMN PICTURES IS NOW A "STORY". That's why.
So, here we have a "story" that consists of all of 29 pages WITH NO WORDS. The last time something h...more
Bethany
Bold colors and clean illustrations give an escaped walrus plenty of room for hiding from his zookeeper. The walrus--who tries his hand (flipper?) at dancing, painting, brick laying, dining, and diving--blends into the crowds of people he emulates, making each page a treasure hunt as readers look for the walrus, the zookeeper, and funny details on each wordless page spread. Among all the crowds, only the walrus and zookeeper have a spark of personality, which makes the chase look more like a fav...more
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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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