Walter the Farting Dog

Walter the Farting Dog

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by William Kotzwinkle, Glenn Murray, Audrey Colman
     
 

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Warning: This book may cause flatulence. Walter is a fine dog, except for one small problem: he has gas. He can't help it; it's just the way he is. Fortunately, the kids Billy and Betty love him regardless, but Father says he's got to go! Poor Walter, he's going to the dog pound tomorrow. And then, in the night, burglars strike. Walter has his chance to

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Warning: This book may cause flatulence. Walter is a fine dog, except for one small problem: he has gas. He can't help it; it's just the way he is. Fortunately, the kids Billy and Betty love him regardless, but Father says he's got to go! Poor Walter, he's going to the dog pound tomorrow. And then, in the night, burglars strike. Walter has his chance to be a hero. A children's beloved classic, this story will have kids rolling on the floor with laughter. Adults are permitted to laugh too.




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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Here's a companion to Taro Gomi's Everyone Poops, albeit with less educational value. Walter, a fat gray dog with an apologetic look on his face, comes home from the pound with two children. He has incurable gas, and his family decides to take him back. The night before he is to go, Walter sadly devours "the 25-pound bag of low-fart dog biscuits the vet had prescribed for him, which had made him fart more.... A gigantic gas bubble began to build inside him." Wouldn't you know, two burglars break in, and Walter's liability becomes his asset. Predictable stuff, but Kotzwinkle (Trouble in Bugland) and education writer Murray know their audience. Their simple strategy just keep saying "fart" should have children rolling in the aisles during read-aloud. Newcomer Colman likewise fixates on one visual gag, Walter with steam blasting out his backside. Unlike Babette Cole, whose Dr. Dog takes a mock-scientific approach to digestion, Colman specializes in reaction shots; in her surreal collages of photos and patterns, people hold their noses and a cat glances at the culprit. Yes, this lowbrow endeavor could be a crowd-pleaser but, like its topic, its disruptive effects will tend to linger. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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A New York Times Bestseller!

"Is there any reason to purchase this, besides the fact that kids will find it hysterical? The dialog is clever...and the art is quite ingenious. Seemingly computer-conceived characters—including Walter complete with a permanently abashed expression—are unique efforts, as are the smoothly colored backgrounds. All in all, it's a gas."
Booklist

“Kotzwinkle and education writer Murray know their audience. Their simple strategy – just keep saying ‘fart’ – should have children rolling in the aisles during read-aloud… Colman specializes in reaction shots; in her surreal collages of photos and patterns, people hold their noses and a cat glances at the culprit.”
Publishers Weekly

“This children’s book is a delight… The story, by William Kotzwinkle and Glenn Murray, is well-written and eminently readable, both to oneself and aloud, and the art by Audrey Colman is perfectly suited to the subject matter.”
Comics Buyer’s Guide

“Walter, a loveable and preternaturally gaseous canine, has brought dog flatulence (and as a result, flatulence in general) to the fore like never before… Walter is hailed by kids and grownups alike.”
Chicago Sun-Times

“A silly, heart-warming story on its own, Walter really comes to life through Colman’s whimsical, funny illustrations.”
Oakland Tribune

“A whimsical story about one of the more embarrassing aspects of animal (and human) behavior.”
Poetry Flash

“[Walter the Farting Dog] gives readers and listeners a chance to indulge in what is usually an off-limits topic, one of those things that everybody does but which all are supposed to disavow any knowledge of.”
The Education Digest

“When you put this cute story together with the wildly original artwork by Audrey Colman, you get an irresistible book that is as hilarious as it is touching… As well as being quite amusing… Walter the Farting Dog has a good message and illustrations that will make all readers smile.”
Curled Up With A Good Kid’s Book

“Spending at least 75 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller List, Walter the Farting Dog is a delightful children’s book with a title that elicits giggles that continue throughout the book… On its surface, this story may seem to have very little redeeming social value except to be an entertaining book to read to or with your kids (or someone else’s). But if you look a little deeper into its content, perhaps there is more to be learned from Walter. Maybe some of those little imperfections that make kids feel different are really things to be proud of. Maybe even some of the unpleasant things about us can work in our favor…even if you have to look really, really, really hard to see how.”
Paw Prints Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781583943991
Publisher:
North Atlantic Books
Publication date:
10/18/2011
Series:
Walter the Farting Dog Series , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
186,819
File size:
7 MB
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

Read an Excerpt

[OUTSIDE THE HOME]Betty and Billy brought Walter home from the dog pound. “Nobody wanted him,” said Billy.“But we love him,” said Betty.“Well, he smells awful,” said their mother. “I think you’d better give him a bath.”[IN THE BATHROOM]Mother walked in and said, “He still smells awful.” And that’s when they got the first clue. The tell-tale bubbles in the water.“He’s probably just a little nervous,” said Mother, hopefully. “His stomach must be upset.”But Walter’s stomach wasn’t upset. Walter’s stomach was fine. He felt perfectly normal. He just farted a lot.


From the Hardcover edition.

Meet the Author

William Kotzwinkle is the author of eighteen children's books, including The World is Big and I'm So Small, Tales from the Empty Notebook, The Nap Master, E.T. The Extraterrestrial and E.T. The Book of the Green Planet. His books for adults include The Bear Went Over the Mountain, The Fan Man, Fata Morgana, and Doctor Rat. He is the two-time winner of the National Magazine Award for Fiction and the World Fantasy Award. His books are published all over the world.


Glen Murray is a supervisor for educational technology in New Brunswick, Canada. He spends a lot of time in schools where he often mixes business with pleasure by reading to elementary classes. He has written radio dramas for the CBC, as well as articles on Canadian history and technology. He recently worked with the Lung Association on their Flight for Life project, raising awareness from coast to coast about air quality and the environment.


Audrey Colman is an artist and designer living in Berkeley, California. Her art has been featured in a variety of products from magazines, posters, and other print work to multi-media projects. This is her first children's book. She is also the author and illustrator of Francine, Francine the Beach Party Queen! Visit her art at www.goodartstudio.com.


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Walter the Farting Dog 4.2 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 125 reviews.
psj More than 1 year ago
My four year old and I read this in the store and it was hilarious. After we left the store it was all he talked about. So I bought it and we read it all the time. It is a sweet and funny story about a farting dog. The kids love him, but no matter what he eats he farts. The dad tells them to get rid of the dog. But then burglars come into the house and his farts run them off - he is a hero! Great story!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Coming from someone with some serious gastric problems... I found this book to be a real eye opener. It made me feel like I'm not the only person with stomach 'issues', and that is OK! Growing up, I only dreamed I had a dog like Walter. Someone who understood me. Who could stand to be around me. So don't insult this book. I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who will be inspired from this book...nay, who NEED this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My sister is 8 and im 12 and we all luv this book!!! Never can out grow it! ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so stupid it was funny! Come all you tight-up parents, it's just a little fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is my fav book sence i was a kid
SkipperGirl More than 1 year ago
This one is laugh-out-loud funny. Kids and grown-ups will enjoy this story over and over again. Readers will love Walter and his special talent that helps to save the family's valuables. Walter is a hero!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First off, I have no problem with the topic of this book being about farts. My problem is that the story seems to just drag on, the illustrated characters are completely creepy -especially the burglars who break into the house in the middle of the night! I'm suppose to read this to my child at bed time so that he can have nightmares about men coming through our windows at night!?! I really cannot stand this book and I don't think it is appropriate at all for small children! Not funny and not entertaining.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I gave these books to my little grandson because he is so thrilled with 'the body electric'. Everything about his body makes him laugh. When someone sneezes he laughs and sneezes along, and a hiccup sends him into gales of laughter that brings tears. Celebrate the magic of the body, including the wonder of passing gas. What a piece of work is man! This can also be the first step to teaching the social manners surrounding body function, while still accepting the body as a wonder. Not talking about farting certainly does not eliminate it from happening.
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It is freaking awsome!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My nephews LOVE this book!!! People need to lighten up. Every kid loves farts and such. It is only a big deal when adults make it a big deal. Need to get the whole series for my boys. (Being the one that reads the book to the boys, it does tend to drag a little, but they like it and that is what matters)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I used to get these books all the time from the library. Walter is so funny. Genius author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is a fart
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I sharted. o.o
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can see ur pic. I am a wizard. The pic is hilarious. Shutup about there being no such thing as hogwarts cuz i am livin proof
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sooo funny. Good story book.: D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best story ever for children!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
FUNNIEST BOOK EVER IN THE WHOLE WINDE WWWWWWWWOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRLLLLLLLLDDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
its a funny book with are hero walter the farting dog!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is so stupid
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only complaint I have is more relevant to the NOOK version of the book than the book itself. It looks like the physical book was simply scanned in to make electronic version. In one sense, it was good to be able to get the book in the format I, as the consumer, wanted; however, the quality was disappointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this when I was a little kid! Hilarious!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago