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Where's Walrus: Stephen Savage

Book: Where's Walrus
Author: Stephen Savage
Pages: 32
Age Range: 3-8

9780439700498_xlg Where's Walrus? is a wordless picture book by Stephen Savage (who also illustrated Polar Bear Night). It's about a walrus who escapes from the zoo. The walrus repeatedly hides in plain sight, disguising himself as everything from a bricklayer to a chorus line dancer. A determined zookeeper pursues him until the two find a mutually satisfying resolution.

Savage's Adobe illustrator-created illustrations are bold and spare, with plenty of white space, and will elicit giggles on nearly every page. In some cases, the walrus fits in reasonably well with his surroundings (as when he hides in a fountain). In other cases, his disguise is more of a stretch (and hence more amusing). My personal favorite picture is on in which the walrus hides in a store window, sporting a stylish red hat, next to two mannequins in red dresses. He also makes a charming bricklayer. In most cases, he hides with multiple identical people, making this a nice book for preschoolers practicing their counting.

Where's Walrus is sure to entertain preschoolers and early elementary school kids. It's a quick, wordless read with a smile at the end. Recommended for readers age 3 to 8.

Publisher: Scholastic (@Scholastic)
Publication Date: Feburary 1, 2011
Source of Book: Library copy
Nominated for 2011 Cybils in Fiction Picture Books by: Bigfoot

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