2.07.2011

Zoo City: Where's Walrus? (Plus a GIVEAWAY)

I am always very much relieved when my 2 year old's latest book obsession does not involve cars and trucks... or trains and planes ...  or anything with wheels, really. Ever since we received Steven Savage's new wordless picture book, Where's Walrus? a week or so ago, he has been constantly pulling it off the shelf to read, thus relieving me of the task of making vehicular sound effects while reading to him.

Using the same minimalist retro graphic style he employed in Lauren Thompson's Polar Bear Night (a New York Times Best Illustrated Book), Savage has created the wonderfully simple and wordless Where's Walrus?.  A walrus sneaks out through the zoo gates, and in order to evade the zookeeper he disguises himself by donning the various hats of his fellow city inhabitants such as construction worker, fountain mermaid, plein air painter.... etc.
Anyone who has visited a zoo can imagine life must be rather dull for the animals. What walrus wouldn't dream of getting up on stage with the dance hall girls or sitting down to coffee and donuts at the local diner? There are so many things to see and do in the city, after all!  Perhaps the walrus was looking for his true calling? If so, he might remember the old saying, "there's no place like home."  He can't resist the siren call of the water, but this time there is a spectacular twist, tuck, forward pike and splash and life in the zoo won't be quite as boring anymore.

Don't underestimate the value of a good wordless picture book. There ends up being a lot of interaction between reader and listener. One of my sessions with the little guy went something like this:

"Where's Walrus?" 
"Right there!" 
"What hat is he wearing?" 
"Yellow!" 
"Yes, a construction worker hat." 
"Hiding!"

With a wordless book, there is no hurry to get back to the text or turn the page until all discussion about the picture is finished.

This book is brand new to the shelves and you are sure to enjoy it.

Want more? 
Visit Steven Savage's website.
Watch the trailer below. It truly captures the spirit of the book.


How to Enter the Giveaway to win one of three Where's Walrus? books:
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  • Anonymous entries will not be considered.
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  • Giveaway ends 11:59 pm Feb. 20. Three winners will be announced Feb. 21. If the winner(s) do not get in contact with me within 48 hours of the announcement I will pick a new winner(s).
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review purposes, but it in no way influenced my review.

31 comments:

Phyllis said...

That looks like an interesting book. I would like a copy.

Ellen said...

omg that trailer is adorable!!! i want the book!

also i LOVE the NEW FONT of your title!

Even in Australia said...

Pick me, pick me! :-)

LitLass said...

We love wordless books, and I've been wanting to see this one! Thanks for the giveaway.

CJ said...

I usually tend to skip over wordless books, but this one looks very interesting.

Julie said...

pick me!

The Villager said...

I've had my eye on this book for a while - nice review post by the way!

MaryAnne said...

I love wordless books, and this one sounds cute!

Jessica said...

Oh, oh...count us in! We'd love to win this attractive wordless book!

You know where to find me. ;)

Kathleen said...

This looks like a really cute book. I'm sure my husband would enjoy sharing it with our young son.

Kay said...

This looks and sounds like a great book to add to our home library!
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Amy Pertl-Clark said...

I LOVE wordless picture books and this one looks amazing. Thanks for writing about it!

Steph said...

Looks very cute... throwing my name in the hat!

Pat Kahn's Childsplay said...

Sound like a book that will be great fun to share with the little ones. Thanks for giving us all the chance to be in the drawing.
Pat

BookBlogFun said...

Wordless picture books really let children tell the story as they see it. My kids still enjoy, Do You Want to be My Friend by Eric Carle.

Thanks!
Lauri Chandler
www.bookblogfun.doodlekit.com

Kim said...

Looks like a fun book!

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Bridget R. Wilson said...

Looks like a great book. Can't wait to read it.

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Stephanie said...

This looks like a great book. I love the opportunites for different interpretations.

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Terra H. said...

Please count me in to win this book. Thanks.
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Mozi Esmé said...

Looks like a fun book!

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Mary Ann Scheuer said...

The kids at our school library would love this!! Thanks for a great review.

Andrea said...

My son is the same way - almost everything involves something with wheels. The wordless picture book Chalk by Bill Thomson does capture his interest. I'll have to check into more wordless books - thanks for the review!

AndreaASchoenherr@gmail.com

Wehaf said...

This looks adorable!

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Librarian Mommy said...

I think the trailer for this book is adorable. I can't wait to read it to my kids.

Ellen said...

I'm a preschool teacher and I know at least two boys in my class who would LOVE to sit in our library center with that book.

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Carrie said...

This book looks super cute and I would love to win a copy to share with my boys!

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CarrieM said...

Love the illustrations!

aanchal said...

I would love a copy for my kids

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Katie said...

Would love to win a copy of this for my Head Start classroom!

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rambleSAHM said...

So cute! Would be great for my two yr. old son! Cute site. I follow you on GFC.

http://ramblesahm.blogspot.com/

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Where Futures Begin said...

We would love this book! kosharem@yahoo.com

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