The Children's Book Compass

A New Wordless Book

Posted on: February 12, 2011

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Where’s Walrus? By Stephen Savage.  (2011).  Pages not numbered.  Scholastic.  Grades Preschool-3.  Wordless Picture Book.

This wordless picture book follows a walrus as he romps through an urban landscape.  While his keeper naps, Walrus makes his escape from a tiny pool at the city zoo.  As the keeper searches for him, Walrus finds ways to make himself blend in – adopting a pose like the mermaid statue in a fountain, or as manikin in a department store window and more.  Each time Walrus manages to elude capture with his adoption of a matching hat.  Children will delight in discovering each new disguise while the keeper remains clueless.  Finally, the keeper sees Walrus in a platform diving competition where he is awarded a gold medal.  The last illustration shows Walrus back at the zoo in a large pool where he performs his championship dive.  Savage’s playful illustrations were drawn and created in Adobe illustrator.  The artist uses white effectively as background and emphasis for his crisp, retro illustrations that pop from the page.  This is a great introduction for young children to interactive picture books like Where’s Waldo? Searching for the not-so-hidden walrus will engage them.  Older children might want to participate in story telling by writing text to accompany the illustrations.  All children can engage in building their oral language skills by narrating the story.  Enjoy this link to another Walrus adventure.

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