Everyone flocks to see that outrageous orangutan. But all he wants to see is the world beyond the zoo. So whenever his keeper, Mr. Frumbee, leaves his cage open the tiniest bit, Wallace takes off on an adventureto the department store, the museum, or even the beach.
So it's up to Mr. Frumbeewith a little help from youto find that errant ape within the nine action-packed, full-color panoramas. (And while you're at it, Wallace has six friends who tag along on each of those adventures. Can you figure out who they are and find them in each spread? Here's a hint: Check out the totem pole in the Nature Museum.)
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers|
|Edition description:||1ST SIMON|
|Product dimensions:||9.32(w) x 10.26(h) x 0.36(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Hometown:New York, New York
Date of Birth:November 1, 1926
Place of Birth:Long Island, New York
Education:Studied at the Art Student's League and the New York School of Interior Design
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book clearly deserves more than five stars. Like all of the great children's books, this one succeeds at several levels. The story creates a connection for the reader or listener between humans and animals at a caring, considerate level that can provide a model for human relations as well. It also succeeds as an adventure story, along the lines of a gigantic hide-and-go-seek game. At another level, it helps the reader or viewer become more observant with an early version of Where's Waldo? and I Spy. Finally, the book shows the potential for all to enjoy themselves more by cooperating to expand curiosity and exploration. The book begins with the relationship between Wallace, an orangutan in a little zoo in a big busy city, and his keeper, Mr. Frumbee. The two are very attached to each other. They eat, read, and play games together . . . almost like parent and child. Mr. Frumbee even keeps Wallace's money for him in a bank. Then one day, the door of the cage is left ajar and Wallace escapes with his bank to buy some fine clothes. Seven more escapes follow, each following a discussion about the outside world that interests Wallace. For each of the eight escapes, Hilary Knight provides a wonderfully detailed two-page spread where you are encouraged to find Wallace. If you cannot, for some reason, he tells you where Wallace is on the next page. After you tire of this game or memorize the locations, Wallace has 6 companions in each of the panoramas that you can locate, as well. These illustrations will remind you of the best of the Richard Scarry drawings in their beautiful detail and colorations. Along the way, Wallace is found each time by Mr. Frumbee, and they manage to spend a little time having fun with each other before returning to the zoo. What a nice counter model to the usual outrage and screaming of the caregiver who is looking for the lost child! Wallace finds himself in a park having a picnic, a department store buying clothes, a natural history museum with a dinosaur skeleton, a three ring circus, a baseball park, a midway at an amusement park, and an apartment building near the zoo. The first hint that this could be a great book comes when you see that the story and panoramas are by Hilary Knight, the famed illustrator of the four Eloise stories. The second hint comes quickly thereafter when you read Judith Viorst's description of her copy of the book, acquired in 1964 when it was first published. Her 'original copy . . . [is] chewed on, dribbled on, spilled on, exhaustively read.' Now what more could you hope for from a children's book? The third hint hits you when you open the first panorama and find yourself engrossed in the beautifully detailed, small drawings across the two page spread. If you are like me, it takes you a minute or two to find Wallace, even though he isn't that hard to find in this panorama. The fourth hint shows itself when you notice that Wallace is trusted with the door open, even though he takes off a lot. What is that trust all about? Ah, you see that Hilary Knight is subtly trying to show how you let children grow up by giving them chances to be responsible with suitable, simultaneous observation. The fifth hint struck me when I noticed that Mr. Frumbee seemed to be enjoying the serendipity of the outings as much as Wallace was. This suggested a new level of mature behavior to encourage parents to be a little less up-tight. The final hint for me was when I found myself smiling as I turned every page, in happy anticipation of a fun adventure. Few books affect me that way. I was glad to return to the days of being 6 years old when the world seemed totally unlimited in its potential to amaze and amuse me. I think you will also enjoy that return visit in the time machine. The book also ensures that your child will feel that expansiveness, as well. After you finish enjoying this wonderful story for the fifth straight reading in the same day, I suggest th
I think this is a book I checked out every week from the library. The librarian finally gave me my own copy. I bought this book as soon as I found out I was pregnant eleven years ago. My son still loves it.
I have loved this book since childhood, and am delighted the publishers have decided to bring this book back to the presses. The pictures and story are fantastic, as you quickly fall in love with the ever so curious orangutan, Wallace, and his adorable keeper, Mr. Frumbee. Children of all ages will adore this fun and exciting story, searching for Wallace and his friends at museums, baseball games, and the like, wondering where he will end up next. Long before 'Where's Waldo?', 'Where's Wallace' is a timeless classic that has Waldo easily beat. Adults who loved this classic as children are now able to share it with their own children and grandchildren. Hats off to the publishers for introducing a new generation to a wonderfully delightful book!