If Wendell Had a Walrus (Hardcover)

By Lori Mortensen, Matt Phelan (Illustrator)

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 9781627796026, 32pp.

Publication Date: April 17, 2018

List Price: 17.99*
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In this heartwarming story about friendship and imagination, a boy named Wendell dreams of getting a pet walrus. Together, they’d ride bikes, tell jokes, and have a grand time. If only he could find one!

But looking for a walrus turns out to be its own adventure, one with an unexpected and happy result.

Acclaimed author Lori Mortensen and New York Times-bestselling illustrator Matt Phelan have created a sweet, playful, memorable book in If Wendell Had a Walrus that kids are sure to request again and again.

About the Author

Lori Mortensen has written over 70 books. An award-winning writer for children, she is best known for books including Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg and Cindy Moo. She and her family live in Northern California.

Matt Phelan was born and raised in the Philadelphia area, studied film and theater in college, and held a variety of jobs. Since 2004 he's been drawing pictures for a living, for such books as What Are You Waiting For? and Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbook.