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Picture Book Saturday: Walter the Farting Dog: Trouble At the Yard Sale

The Deets:
Audience: wee ones
Pages: 32
Publisher: March 30th 2004
ISBN: 9780142406267
Genre: picture book
Source: library book






Walter's family is holding a yard sale, but there are few customers. Walter, fartingcontentedly near Father, wonders why. When a man offers ten dollars for Walter, Father readily agrees. Walter wonders why. Walter is sad to leave his family behind, but relieved to discover that his new owner is a clown. Walter figures he will help the clown bring joy to children on their birthdays. But the clown has a dastardly plot: he will use Walter's gas to inflate balloons and then pop them to stun guards during bank robberies. Will Walter turn to the dark side? Of course not! He comes out a hero and is reunited with his family by doing what he does best.





Don't be discouraged by the title. Yes, Walter is a farting dog, but it's funny--- not gross.He uses his flatulence for good, not evil.

In this book, Walter helps foil a would-be thief's dastardly plot to rob banks. No one is expecting his stink bombs to be able to take out grown men with a single whiff, but they do. In the end, the family realizes what makes a family a family, and even dad learns to appreciate Walter just the way he is.

I admit it's a bit much at time. A dog that passes gas--often-- is the focus of an entire series of picture books. But I couldn't help but feature this one. I think Walter needs some more love. My boys love these books. (Walter is a close second to Llama Llama for my youngest.) This odd humor really appeals to them, which appeals to me. Anything to make them readers!

The pictures are okay in the Walter the Farting Dog series. They aren't realistic. In fact, they have more of a cartoonish feel, which seems appropriate for the content. Not sure how realistic you could make a fart cloud look in a picture book... Plus, seeing it blown out of proportion on the pages makes it even funnier to the kids.

So, if you're like me and you have young boys that have that quirky sense of humor, they would probably enjoy this series. Just put the mom squeamishness aside as you read it aloud. You'll enjoy their giggles as you read together if you do.   

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