Walter Was Worried

By Laura Vaccaro Seeger, illustrated by the author

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Opposite the simple declarative sentence, "Walter was worried" is a portrait of a very worried Walter. But wait! The letters that spell out his feelings form his facial characteristics, as well as his expression. Gradually a simple story unfolds: the sky grows dark, the fog rolls in, lightning lights the sky, and thunder shakes the trees; Priscilla was puzzled, Shirley was shocked, Frederick was frightened... and eventually (when the sun came out) Henry was hopeful, and Elliot ecstatic.


Praise for Walter Was Worried

"Innovative ... Opportunities for read-aloud interaction abound here."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Typesetters will be tickled and printers pleased by Seeger's emotive imagery.
--Publishers Weekly

"There is surprising depth in this wonderful collaboration of art and story."
--School Library Journal

"A smart, alphabet-based game."
-- Best Book of 2005 Award, Child magazine

"With colorful illustrations, Seeger takes young readers on an educational journey through the imagination."
--Children's Literature

In the Press

Children's Review: Walter Was Worried by Laura Vaccaro Seeger / Author, Laura Vaccaro Seeger / Illustrator . Roaring Brook/ Porter $15.95 (40p) ISBN

Seeger, who played with letterforms in The Hidden Alphabet , gives new meaning to the word "typeface" here. In this diverting book, oversize adjectives de

- Publishers Weekly
WALTER WAS WORRIED by Laura Vaccaro Seeger | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of WALTER WAS WORRIED . Moods can change as quickly as the weather, and this innovative concept book cleverly illustrates the range and volatility of both.
- Kirkus Reviews

Reviews from Goodreads



  • By Laura Vaccaro Seeger, illustrated by the author

  • Laura Vaccaro Seeger is a New York Times best-selling author and illustrator and the recipient of a 2008 Caldecott Honor, Theodor Seuss Geisel Honors for both 2009 and 2008, a 2007 New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award, and the 2007 Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Best Picture Book. Her books include First the Egg, The Hidden Alphabet, and Dog and Bear,among others.  Raised on Long Island, New York, Seeger began drawing at two years old and never stopped. For as long as she remembers, she wanted to write picture books. She received her B.F.A. degree at the School of Fine Art and Design at SUNY Purchase in Westchester, New York, and  then moved to Manhattan, where she worked as an animator, artist, and editor in the network television business. Seeger lives in Rockville Centre, Long Island, with her husband, Chris, their two sons, Drew and Dylan, and their dog, Copper. She loves painting, surfing, tennis, playing the piano, and spending time with her family. She takes long walks at the beach every day and paints in her studio every night.
  • Laura Vaccaro Seeger
    Laura Vaccaro Seeger


Available Formats and Book Details

Walter Was Worried

By Laura Vaccaro Seeger, illustrated by the author

  • Trade Paperback



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