Monday, June 24, 2013
Author & Illustrator: Stephen Savage
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Year: 2011
Location: Knox County Public Library- Powell
Awards: featured on "Calling Caldecott" blog, IRA Primary Fiction Award, Kirkus & School Library Journal starred reviews
Summary: All the animals are asleep except for walrus, who quietly escapes out of the front gate of the zoo. When the zookeeper comes after him, he disguises himself as a mermaid in a fountain, a man in a diner, a mannequin in a store window, and many other people. He ends up joining a high diving team and performing spectacular dive that wows the crowd. After he wins the gold medal, the zookeeper builds him a beautiful new pool at the zoo. The graphic elements all return back to the look of the 1950s, including walrus' handsome fedora. Gorgeous book!
Classroom Ideas: This book could be used as a writing activity as kids write about another adventure that walrus could have. Also, a character study of walrus would be interesting- was he naughty or just adventurous?