Walrus escapes again, this time with pal Penguin, but their day on the town takes an unexpected turn for the fun-loving pinniped of Where’s Walrus? (2011).
Walrus is back and up to mischief again. A rainy day at the zoo sends visitors scurrying and Walrus and Penguin scuttering for the gate. Flipper in flipper, they bolt for an epic buddy day, with the zookeeper hot on the trail. It's a game of seek-and-find, as the two take on a variety of camouflaging roles with flair. From feeding birds at the park (Penguin playacts as a pigeon) to attending the opera (Walrus assumes the role of a Viking maiden while Penguin conducts), no role seems too large (or silly) for these explorers. Savage’s minimalist aesthetic and muted, gray-toned palette set the stage, as every posture and expression emotes and seems laden with meaning. With visual busyness at a minimum, pattern and color become essential to hiding and finding this duo. When a wounded Walrus encounters a nurse walrus with equal pluck and moxie, the two—with the support of their zoo family—embark on one of life’s great adventures together.
Clever, cheeky, and endearing—a wordless achievement. (Picture book. 3-5)