This a wordless picture book that follows a walrus who escapes from the zoo and hides in various urban city situations while the zookeeper looks for him in vain. The artwork is charmingly retro, and the storyline even seems to echo the classic Curious George-type scenario. The walrus cleverly hides himself in various funny scenarios, disguising himself as a firefighter, a can-can dancer, a brick-mason, a painter in the park, and on and on. The spreads are all extremely pleasant to look at, and are great for visual literacy. No words are necessary, and an attempt to tell this story with words would likely have fallen flat. This is a truly fun and funny picture book.
Review by Joshua Whiting, Granite District Library Media Program
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: Grades PreK-3
Written and Illustrated by Stephen Savage
Release Date: February 2, 2012
ISBN: 9780439700498 (hardcover)