Lottie & Walter Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-05-27 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

" An imaginary friend helps Lottie get over her fear of swimming. " said.

" Great story to help overcoming fears and learning confidence. " said.

" A sweet story about overcoming fear. The beautiful illustrations bring the text to life. " said.

" This book is so relatable, especially for the target audience. I really enjoyed reading this book with Year 1 and 2 classes - the students were so engaged because they could relate to Walter's likes (fish fingers) and dislikes (shampoo in your eyes), as well as Lottie's fears. The illustrations, as always, are beautiful and also clever (kids loved picking out the shark-shadows). It also generated great discussions about different ideas of what might have happened to the shark. " said.

"Learning to swim can be frightening for young children. The pool water looks deep, lots of other kids may be splashing around, and all kinds of scary things could be hiding beneath the surface. Lottie is convinced a shark hides in the pool where she takes lessons, one that is only interested in eating her. She’s too afraid to get into the water until one day a Walrus named Walter shows up and helps her have fun learning to swim, just like all the other kids.

Lottie and Walter by Anna Walker is a cute, sweet picture book that’s also funny and comforting. Lottie’s fears are real to her, and Walter helps her confront them. He sings a silly song that goes, “Humbelly doo, lumbelly la, loopy loo,” which helps her get through all kinds of scary situations, including the one at the pool. Soft, watercolor illustrations enhance calm feelings and encourage snuggling. They are also likely to inspire kids to want to spend time at the pool.

Lottie and Walter is the kind of picture book that parents will reach for over and over, perhaps for before and after bath time to inspire young imaginations.

The author provided me with a copy of this title in exchange for my honest review.
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"Lottie goes to swim class every week but she never gets in because she knows there's a shark hiding in the pool. No one else knows it's there and it doesn't what to bite anyone besides her, so she is NOT getting in the pool, even though she wants to. Then one week Walter the walrus shows up at the pool and Lottie shares her fears with him. He might help her be brave enough to go for a swim at the pool party, but you'll have to read to see.

I had an overactive imagination as a kid (okay, I still do) and had a wide variety of fears: storms (thanks to a Twilight Zone episode), things in the toilet (thanks to a glimpse of The Gremlins), monsters at night (thanks to darkness in general), piranhas in the pool (thanks to a glimpse of some movie), etc. So, being scared of the pool already, I think this book may have helped. But, if your kid has an overactive imagination and they don't have a fear of the pool, I don't recommend this book because then they may start to think there are things to fear in there after all. It does end well and happy (I guess it was the walrus in the pool all along? or maybe he scared the shark away?), but the shadows of the shark in the pool are a bit scary, if your imagination tends to run wild.

Thankfully my pool fear didn't outweigh my love of swimming...I just got nervous around the pool filters holes along the sides. And I guess, more thankfully, my fear of the toilet didn't prevent me from using it and it didn't last long. :)
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"Lottie is afraid of the water thanks to a crippling fear of what might be below the inviting glass-like surface. It makes swimming lessons a particular tough challenge, as Lottie sits on the edge of the pool wanting desperately to swim with her peers and the swim instructor, but too afraid to dip even her toes in the water.  For Lottie has a secret, deep within the depths of the swimming pool, a shark is lurking, waiting specifically to eat her the second she gets in the water.

One day after lessons, Lottie peers into a puddle of water and meets Walter, a singing-bubble-bathing-loving Walrus who instantly becomes her best friend. In next to no time, Lottie and Walter are inseparable, but can he achieve the impossible and gently coxes her into the water at a birthday party?

Lottie & Walter is a story about irrational and crippling fears; those ones that we all have, that we know don't make any sense, but simply can not shake. For Lottie, it's a deep seated fear of the sharks and the unknown waiting below the water's surface. It's also a story about unwavering friendships, be they fictional or real, and the power they have over opening our minds to new possibilities and experiences.

As usual Walker's illustrations are spot on. She has a knack for great detail delivered in simplistic ways, to not overload the reader and so that the story isn't lost in the process. She does this through the fantastic use of white space, allowing the story itself to stand up and speak to the heart of the reader, while the illustrations create the perfect accompaniment for a fresh story  that both entertains and reassures our darkest fears.

All in all, Lottie & Walter is a super cute, adorable and easy to relate to picture book. With swimming an essential skill in Australia, I can't help but think this is one of the most unique stories to help over come a very real problem that a lot of children face daily.

This review was originally posted at The Never Ending Bookshelf on 17th March 2019 and can be found here:
" said.

" A sweet picture book that addresses a child’s fear of water with a lovable imaginary friend, Walter the Walrus. " said.

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