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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
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
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
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April Thompson
Where's Waldo: animal edition!
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
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
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Sarah Plitt
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
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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
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Eva
Ik heb een zwak voor woordenloze prentenboeken. Vaak zijn het zoekboeken, en hoewel dat leuk kan zijn, is die formule toch ook wel uitgewerkt.
Where’s walrus (nee, niet te verwarren met Where’s Wally) biedt een rustige, vrij rechtlijnige verhaallijn, met retro aandoende, digitale tekeningen met grote, koele kleurvlakken en veel visuele humor.
Bij het openslaan van het boek ontmoeten we een ondeugend knipogende walrus in close-up. De volgende pagina geeft ons een overzichtsbeeld: de walrus in zij
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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