This wordless picture book has a great appeal for the youngest children and adults alike. Walrus escapes from his small pool in the zoo, pursued closely by the zookeeper. He hides in the most unlikely spots, posing as a mermaid in a fountain, seated at a diner counter, glamming up a window display, and much more. Finally, he is cornered up on a diving board sporting a red swim cap. What happens next is a satisfying close to this cheery picture book.
Savage has a tremendous sense of pacing in this book. It moves ahead from one hiding place to the next, and then turns into a full story as the final pages turn past. The story works well without words, helped by the skilled pacing and the ease of the storyline.
What really sets this book apart are the illustrations, done in bold shapes and bright colors. They have a graphic quality to them and a modern edge. While the book sounds like a Where’s Waldo type of book, it really isn’t thanks to the simplicity and style of the illustrations.
This wordless dazzler of a picture book will impress old and young alike with its style and sense of fun. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
Reviewed from copy received from Scholastic.
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