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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
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Scholastic Press
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karen
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
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Scope
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 ...more
Bettie☯
Jan 25, 2016 Bettie☯ rated it liked it
Description: 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 reveal his true talents? Follow the happy-go-lucky runaway as he hides amongst firefighters, businessmen, and even hi
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Emily
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 ...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 ...more
Kaethe
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
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Mary Beth
Mar 26, 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
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
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Sandra
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
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Barbara
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?
Laura
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!
Todd
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.
Vilo
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.
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
Nov 10, 2011 Destinee Sutton rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, funny
Simple, funny, awesome. Walrus is not hard to find, but kids will still have fun poring over his disguises.
Carrie Gelson
Feb 03, 2012 Carrie Gelson rated it really liked it
Simple but clever. Fun to read with someone else - ideally a little someone else and tell the story together!
April Thompson
Jun 13, 2014 April Thompson rated it really liked it
Where's Waldo: animal edition!
Alex
Nov 02, 2016 Alex rated it liked it
1. None
2. Kindergarten
3. The walrus has escaped from the zoo, and the security guard has to find them. Unfortunately for the security guard, the walrus is very clever and disguises themselves. Along the way, the security guard realizes that the walrus has a hidden talent to show everyone when they go back to the zoo.
4. This book manages to be funny even to adults (well, at least this one) despite not containing a single word outside the title. Small children will have fun noticing the mischievou
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Stacy Natal
Nov 21, 2016 Stacy Natal rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Fun wordless picture book about a zoo escapee walrus and the zookeeper that hunts for him
Itzel Delgadillo
Sep 25, 2016 Itzel Delgadillo rated it it was amazing
Where's Walrus by Stephen Savage is a wordless Picturebook. It is about a walrus who is bored of his life in the zoo so he decides to get out. The zookeeper looks for him and Walrus hides by disguising himself as what he sees. He hides in between firefighters, dancers, artists and construction workers. Do you think you could help the zookeeper find Walrus?

This wordless picture book is a delight. It is easier enough for kids to know what is going on. I had already seen this book and I saw how a
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Siskiyou-Suzy
Kind of a fun Waldo-esque book for the young, young set. I looked through it with a 2-year-old and it was sort of fun, but not at all challenging. Still, it's doable for little ones, and that can be fun. The art is nice.
Ryan
Sep 29, 2016 Ryan rated it really liked it
A search and find book for the youngest. Can you find where Walrus has run off to? What is he doing around town? Will he ever make it back to the zoo? Wordless, but not less fun.
Gervy
Sep 24, 2016 Gervy rated it liked it
Uber-stylish illustrations, but I'd say only interesting for one read.
Heidi-Marie
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
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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
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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
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Johara Almogbel
Sep 17, 2016 Johara Almogbel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The colors and style of the illustration are absolutely gorgeous, and the story is cute. Definitely recommended if you want to prettify your bookshelf!
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
David
Dec 18, 2011 David rated it really liked it
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
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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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