Where's Walrus

Where's Walrus

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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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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 244.09 x 275.08 x 9.65mm | 430.91g
  • Scholastic Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • w. numerous col. Ill.
  • 0439700493
  • 9780439700498
  • 143,007

Review quote

The Horn Book, starred review
March/April 2011
A sleeping zookeeper, wide-open gates, a clever walrus--a slow day at the city zoo is about to get a lot more interesting. In this wordless look-and-find book, the walrus escapes from his small pool and heads out the gates; the now-alert zookeeper immediately sets off in pursuit. But everywhere he looks, from the fountain to the diner, from the construction site to the theater, the walrus is nowhere to be found. Or is he? With the right headgear and attitude, the walrus hides easily in plain sight over and over again. Preschoolers will love being one step ahead of the clueless zookeeper, who doesn\u2019t notice the fountain\u2019s new mermaid statue or the store mannequin with tusks or the stage dancer with flippers and a tail instead of feet. Savage\u2019s stylish digitally created illustrations feature clean shapes, strong lines, and solid blocks of color. The graphically appealing scenes are easy to read, allowing even the youngest viewers an opportunity to interpret the action. The silly search comes to an end at a diving competition, and when the gold-medal winner\u2019s swim cap comes off, the poor zookeeper finally gets a clue...and an idea for how to keep the walrus happy and boost zoo attendance. The satisfyingly circular ending gives Where\u2019s Walrus? a flipper up on that guy in the striped shirt.
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About Stephen Savage

Stephen Savage is the author and illustrator of Where's Walrus?, which was named a best book of the year by Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, the Horn Book, and the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. He is also the illustrator of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling picture book Polar Bear Night, written by Lauren Thompson, which was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book. When Stephen is not on the run, he lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and their daughter.
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Rating details

2,793 ratings
3.94 out of 5 stars
5 34% (938)
4 36% (1,014)
3 23% (631)
2 5% (149)
1 2% (61)
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