Monday, February 7, 2011

The TTLG 2011 Picture Book Celebration - Thirty-Eight

Here is another wordless book that is funny and imaginative. I am finding quite a collection of these wordless gems, all of which are wonderful for children who want to 'read' a book by themselves, even though they don't know how to read on their own yet.. 

Where's Walrus?
Stephen Savage
Wordless Picture Book
For ages 3 to 5
Scholastic, 2011, 978-0-439-70049-8
   All is quiet in the zoo. The keeper, the elephant, and the bear are all napping, but the walrus is wide awake, looking over the wall of his enclosure. Before the keeper has the opportunity to do anything, the walrus is out of his pool and heading out of the zoo. You would think that it would be easy to find a very large grey animal in a city, but the walrus is a very intelligent animal. He knows how to blend in with his surroundings. He knows how to disguise what he is, and the poor keeper searches and searches in vain. Then something amazing happens and the walrus’s disguise comes off. Everyone can see what he is, and everyone can also see that this walrus has a hidden talent – besides being a master of disguise.
   Young children are going to fall in love with the walrus in this book. They will laugh when they see how the wily animal hides in plain site, and the ending is sure to cause a sensation. With minimal flat illustrations, Stephen Savage gives little children a unique book experience. 

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