Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Best of 2011- #5- Where's Walrus?

I am over halfway through sharing my favorite picture books of 2011. These are the new books that are most requested at bedtime or storytimes in my house.

Where's Walrus? by Stephen Savage is a wordless picture book that portrays the plight of a walrus escaped from the zoo. Walrus escapes his small pool at in the city zoo. He leaves the zoo and travels around the city. A variety of hats help Walrus blend in with his surroundings as he tries out life as a fashion model, bricklayer, firefighter and more. But when the hats come off, Walrus is "discovered"-- not only by the zookeeper, but he is also discovered to be a very special Walrus.
I'm not sure if I'm the only one who has ever felt akward when reading wordless books to kids. My son always calls me out... "Mommy, I know you're not reading. Read the words... like a book." Some of you may be more gifted than me in this area, but honestly, the wordless genre has had always been a challenge for me.
Where's Walrus? may have made that challenge history. On each page, I am able to begin by asking my son a question, "Where's Walrus?" From there the conversation flows as my son finds Walrus, and we talk about where Walrus is hiding, what he is doing, and if the zookeeper will get Walrus.

Although the title sounds strikingly familar to another seek and find book, Where's Waldo, this is not a busy seek and find book. Walrus is generally hiding in an obvious spot on a sparsely illustrated page. The fun in this book isn't all about locating Walrus, it's seeing what he will try to do next. (Although for my 3 year old, there were a few times that I had to give him hints as to where Walrus was hiding... an older kid would probably be able to find Walrus very, very easily.)One more fun fact about the book, the artwork was drawn and created in Adobe Illustrator. I'm very impressed that someone could use a computer to illustrate a wordless picture book... and do it well.
This book is fun and funny. It's different than a lot of books that are available for this age range. It will entertain kids and parents alike. 
I originally posted this on review on October 16, 2011.
This is a frequently requested book at bedtime so it belongs in my best of 2011 countdown.
Here's where I am sharing:
Book Sharing Tuesday

I'll also be popping over to the We Teach Network today to share my post on the We Teach: We're Bloggers Weekly Blogger Share. This linky is open to any We Teach: We're Bloggers group members. I've made a lot of great friends on this network and they are so supportive of my blog! I co-lead the we're bloggers group and we feature blogs that link up each week in a youtube video that is shared on the we teach facebook page. If you're a blogger, we'd love to have you join the we teach network and share your posts each Tuesday! It's free to join. Leave me a comment or send me an email and I'll get you set up.


  1. First, I see Pete the Cat in the stack of book, and I have to say we LOVE that cat in our house....so much that the book is held together by a very pathetic crease because we read it so much.
    Second, Where's Walrus looks adorable. I'll have to check it out because I think my girls would love it. (Although, I am like you and feel totally awkward reading wordless books. I never read it the same way twice and my girls always say, "Read it like you did the last time.") :)

  2. I liked Blue Chameleon, we recently checked out at the library.

  3. These look like great books! My kids are past the "read it again" stage.
    Enjoy this time. It is so special!!!
    I see that you have a Pete the Cat story as a favorite. Here's a post with a video of a Pete the Cat story. http://onlinestoriesforchildren.blogspot.com/2011/06/pete-cat-i-love-my-white-shoes.html