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Where's Walrus?

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3.93  ·  Rating details ·  2,781 ratings  ·  382 reviews
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
Bam cooks the books ;-)
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!
Kaethe Douglas
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
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
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? ...more
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.
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. ...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
Nov 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: funny, picture-books
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!
April Thompson
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Where's Waldo: animal edition! ...more
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.
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
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
Aaron Fontes
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think this a lovely little romp about a walrus's antics after escaping the zoo. However, I think it needs a bit more structure to truly excel. The only true elements of cause and effect is at the beginning and end of the book, which makes it a bit difficult to ask questions of the audience about extracting more meaning from this *wordless* picture book, since otherwise the illustrations follow the same general theme and are pretty clear in meaning. Otherwise, the illustrations are delightful. ...more
Helena Pereira
Sep 29, 2019 rated it liked it
This story is about a Walrus escaping the zoo and a guard in pursuit of his finding. I personally did not enjoy this book. I find the illustrations to be very impersonal and prosaic. The story line itself is decent and pertains to imagination, creating a wondering about caged animal. I just found the book to be dull, using cold, basic color schemes with no particularly attaching characters. They all didn't seem to show too much expression and therefore, no sense of connection really forms with t ...more
Kyle Fillat
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just looking at the cover of Where’s Walrus made me want to read the book. The art on the cover looks cartoonish and animated with a walrus dressing up as a business man. The walrus has escaped from the zoo. The walrus is hiding from the zookeeper who has a net. The walrus pretends to be a female mannequin in a mall window. The walrus hides as a construction worker, a statue in a fountain, and many other things to make children laugh. Next the walrus puts on a fire helmet and pretends to be a fi ...more
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! ...more
Kylie Katz
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a great book that started with the walrus being bored with his life so he decided to leave the zoo, which led him to disguising as everyday people and eventually let him to a diving competition which he ended up winning. His victory resulted in him having a bigger area in the zoo with many visitors watching him. I loved how the book was only in primary colors. I would give this book 4 stars because although it was a good book, it had no underlying lesson.
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Cassie Dolan
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This books imagery is extremely simple and does not include to many colors. The storyline is about a Walrus who breaks out of the zoo and ‘hides’ from the zoo keeper around town in different places such as; in the store front or with the firefighters. This book is like Where’s Waldo, but because of the simple images allot easier and less frustrating for kids to find the creature in hiding.
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Okay, normally wordless picture books totally aren't my jam, but this one made me giggle. A walrus, having escaped from the zoo, eludes the pursuit of the zookeeper by hiding in plain sight, disguised as a man-about-town. Not many wordless picture books make me think they'd be a good pick for storytime, but I can see using this one. It's simple, it's silly, and I love it. ...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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