Where’s Walrus?
Where's Walrus?
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Stephen Savage
ISBN 9780439700498
Scholastic Press, 2011.
5 stars
Keywords: animals new-york-city puzzles stephen-savage zoos

Where’s Walrus?
by Stephen Savage

Like a great teacher, this bold and witty book shows children how much they already know, as they search its pages for a runaway walrus from New York City's Central Park Zoo.

Youngest onlookers stand in the navy-capped zookeeper's shoes as they examine pages of "line-ups" looking for the gray, broad-tailed, long-tusked escapee on the city's streets. Stephen Savage (Polar Bear Night) creates clever camouflage. Is the walrus part of a team of hard-hatted bricklayers? Holding a hose with a row of firefighters? Savage strips down each scene to its bare essentials, and youngsters will savor staying one step ahead of the zookeeper.

At last the man catches up to Walrus on the high dive. As Savage traces the animal's impressive somersaulting descent, you can see a light bulb go off in the zookeeper's brain. When Walrus goes home, it's as the zoo's star attraction, and youngsters will feel as though they helped Walrus find his calling.

This review first appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers.
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