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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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Jul 03, 2014 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
Jan 25, 2011 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
Jan 25, 2016 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
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
Another wordless book that my grandson (under two) just loves. Walrus escapes from the zoo on a boring day and has some adventures while the zookeeper chases after him. Our favorite scene is the one where walrus joins the can-can dancers. We all have to kick one leg along with them, lol. Cute book!
Michelle Doerr
Mar 28, 2012 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
Jul 08, 2014 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
Feb 20, 2011 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
Mar 04, 2011 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 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
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
May 23, 2011 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?
Jun 30, 2011 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!
Feb 02, 2011 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.
Feb 10, 2012 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 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.
April Thompson
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Where's Waldo: animal edition!
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.
Sep 29, 2016 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.
Destinee Sutton
Nov 10, 2011 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 rated it really liked it
Simple but clever. Fun to read with someone else - ideally a little someone else and tell the story together!
Andrea Holley
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Where’s Walrus? is a picture book about a clever, camouflaging Walrus who escapes from his unnatural habitat in the local zoo.- a swimming pool. In the middle of summer the walrus decides to make a dash for the entrance which has been left unattended by the sleeping zoos animal attendant.
The animal attendant awakes from his nap as the walrus is sliding out of the main gate, “oh my where is he going”?, the zoo keeper thinks. The lonely worker must quickly find the walrus in the big city. Travell
Sue Winson
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The story lady "read" this during the library story-time session. The children and the parents loved it. They laughed, pointed at the book, and laughed again. I borrowed this book from the library, and showed it to little-AJ again. He giggled, frantically looking for the walrus at each double-page, pointed at the walrus excitedly, and giggled again.

This is a really fun book to share with your two-year-old or under. There is no word in this book, so you would have to create your own texts and nar
Jake Delaney
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Where's Walrus? is about a walrus that escapes the zoo and the small pool that he is kept at. He is chased around by a zoo keeper, however, he dresses up as things to blend in with the environment so the zoo keeper does not see him. Eventually, the walrus ends up in a bigger pool where he has room to swim around in. The book is appropriate for children between the ages of 3 and 6 and has not won any awards. I like this book because it has good illustrations to depict the story, however the reade ...more
Lojayn Ottman
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
In Steven Savage's wordless picture book, "Where's Walrus?", readers are invited to capture an escaped walrus with its bewildered zookeeper. Camouflaging itself, the walrus plays smoothly into various roles that are unbelievable, even to the target audience (Pre-K, K, 1st), but still entertaining.

I enjoyed this picture book immensely. I do not remember the last time I read a wordless story, so it brought me back to stretching my imagination. Throughout "reading" this brightly colored and minimal
Kat Harrison
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
"Where's Walrus?" stands out as a wordless picture book because it doesn't take itself too seriously. Without any text, Stephen Savage still manages to give enough heft to his illustrations that kids will be enchanted by their humor, as well as how they move the plot forward. And if you're especially creative, there's even a tiny game of "I Spy" that one can play while paging through the Walrus' escape. Would be great to use as a writing prompt for students!
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: el230
This is a fun picture book and I love this book and how fun it is! I would use this book as a read aloud and then talk about all the different jobs the walrus pretends to be. I would use this to talk about how every job is important and has a purpose in society.
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
We found this book at a good time since I was wanting to be more intentional about introducing my kids to books without words. It was great to see them look for the walrus on each page and to start to understand that there was a story in the pictures (and humor!).
Sheila Moran
Sep 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
Art is great, but it doesn't quite save this book.
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very cute wordless book. Even the littlest of readers will have fun finding Walrus.
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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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