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- Publisher: Scholastic Press
- Format: Hardback | 32 pages
- Dimensions: 257mm x 262mm x 10mm | 476g
- Publication date: 1 May 2011
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0439700493
- ISBN 13: 9780439700498
- Illustrations note: colour illustrations
- Sales rank: 117,323
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 high-stepping dancers in this delightful wordless picture book.
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Stephen Savage is the New York Times bestselling illustrator of the highly acclaimed and award-winning picture book POLAR BEAR NIGHT, written by Lauren Thompson, as well as the creator of WHERE'S WALRUS? He creates illustrations for a wide range of publications, including The New Yorker, the New York Times, and Newsweek. Stephen lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and their daughter.
"The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"February 2011In this wordless picture book, an adventurous walrus slips out of the zoo as the keeper naps, and the enterprising marine mammal leads his would-be captor on a merry chase through the city. After successfully hiding himself amid group after group of people, he finally tips his hand--flipper?--by winning a diving contest; the thoughtful keeper then creates a happier home (and a zoo showpiece) for the walrus by providing him with his own diving board and regulation pool. The visual gag of the walrus's blending into various lineups merely by adding an accessory (a plume on his head means the zookeeper can't find him amid the Rockettes, a hard hat is sufficient to disguise him in a line of bricklayers, and it's the removal of his diver's bathing cap that finally outs him to his pursuer) is an amusing one, cleverly conveyed, and while there's not much plot beyond that, it's still a giggle-worthy and creatively interpreted conceit. The trim illustrations are digitally created, with the smooth regularity and crisp clarity common to that medium, but there's a generous helping of Little Golden Book retro style that gives a period flavor to the escapade. The palette, carefully limited in each spread, sports muted shades of aqua and navy in addition to its predominant gray, but the creamy white of the matte pages ensures that the spreads stay bright and sunny. The shapes balance sturdy rectangles with the rounder shapes of people and Walrus, with Walrus' odd-critter-out status visually emphasized by the droll Fisher-Price sameness of the humans among whom he's attempting to secrete himself. The read-it-yourself wordlessness, visual humor, and sheer absurdity of a walrus' urban adventures will surely appeal to youngsters with a taste for the incongruously silly.