Walter the Farting Dog: Trouble at the Yard Sale

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Walter's family is holding a yard sale, but there are few customers.  Walter, farting contentedly 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 ...

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Overview

Walter's family is holding a yard sale, but there are few customers.  Walter, farting contentedly 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 is reunited with his family by doing what he does best.

After being sold at the family's yard sale, Walter is put to use blowing up balloons for a clown who is bent on robbing banks, but he escapes and becomes a hero.

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Walter, the rootin'-tootin' pooch of bestselling fame, becomes an unwitting accomplice to a bank robber in this hilariously malodorous misadventure.

Walter's family is having a yard sale; but when nobody shows up, Father begins slashing prices. Then a kooky-looking gentleman offers to buy their gassy dog, and Father is only too happy to give him a good deal. Unfortunately, no one knows that this mysterious dog lover is actually a crook who intends to use Walter as a secret weapon for securing ill-gotten gains: He plans to fill balloons with Walter's foul air, then pop them to knock out security guards and bank customers! However, Walter catches "wind" of his new owner's foul plans, and after a cigar-meets-fart explosion, Walter makes his break and brings the police straight to the robber's hideout.

Featuring more of Audrey Colman's zany artwork, this sublimely smelly sequel definitely cuts the cheese -- er, mustard. Young readers will howl at scenes of wide-eyed Walter hooked up to the fart catcher and cross-eyed bank customers keeling over from the burst balloons. Walter's many fans will be holding their breath (and their noses) for more adventures featuring their flatulent friend. Matt Warner

Publishers Weekly
This sequel to the bestselling Walter the Farting Dog will please its fans, as the pooch continues to leave an acrid trail, and a clown with a dark side plans to put Walter's talent to use. Ages 5-up. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This is the second book about the dog with a major gas problem. It will probably equally delight some of the kids and offend the more sensitive just as the first did. While at a yard sale, Walter is stolen by a crook who makes him fill balloons with his potent gastric product. Then, dressed as a clown, the robber invades a bank, pops the gas-filled balloons, and makes off with a bag full of bills as the guard and others in the bank struggle from the effects of the freshly released gas. Walter escapes captivity, however, and there is a happy ending, as Walter's family welcomes him back, problem and all. The apparently computer-generated full and double-page scenes are crowded with an odd assortment of objects and equally odd-looking people in all sorts of styles and combinations, with Walter the most realistic-looking of all. The visual fun may be more attractive than the gross point of the zany plot. 2004, Dutton Children's Books/Penguin Young Readers Group, Ages 4 to 8.
—Ken Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-In this second far-fetched tale about Walter, neighbors have been avoiding the yard-sale table where Walter has been sitting all day. Unbelievably, Father wonders why! Yet he doesn't hesitate to sell the pup to the first man who stops by to inquire. The new owner, a clown, intends to use Walter for a bank heist by fastening him to a "fart-catcher" in order to inflate balloons with his obnoxious-smelling gas. As the clown pops the balloons in the bank, customers and bank tellers are overcome with the stench. When the perp arrives home with the sack of money, he lights a cigar and is launched across the room because of a gas leak. Walter runs out the door toward his former home, and the police follow the trail of $100 bills fluttering behind him. As they try to arrest Walter, he leads them back to the real culprit. Pages are busy with digital illustrations that give an olive green pallor to the human skin tone and a garish look to the clown. For those who appreciated the lowbrow, tasteless humor of the first book, this one provides much more of the same.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525472179
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/29/2004
  • Series: Walter the Farting Dog Series , #2
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 138,298
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.02 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author


William Kotzwinkle is the author of several children’s books, including Walter the Farting Dog; The World is Big and I’m So Small; and E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial. His many adult books include The Bear Went Over the Mountain; The Fan Man; Fata Morgana; and Doctor Rat. A celebrated satirist, he is a two-time winner of both the National Magazine Award for Fiction and the World Fantasy Award.

Glenn Murray, co-author of Walter the Farting Dog, is a supervisor for educational technology in New Brunswick, Canada. He recently spent a year in Jordan, serving as an advisor to the Ministry of Education in Amman and setting up computers in classrooms. He has written radio dramas for the CBC and spends a lot of time doing public readings in elementary schools.

Audrey Colman illustrated and designed Walter the Farting Dog, her first picture book. More recently she wrote and illustrated Francine. Her artwork has been featured in magazines, posters, and multimedia projects.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2004

    Dark humor

    A disappointing sequel to the original. Selling the family dog [and lying about it] is bad enough, but when Walter is forced to endure cruel treatment, I couldn't help but wonder how the Humane Society would react. Not for small children.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2009

    Disgusting, disappointing book

    The vile concept of a dog with flatulence is one thing, but a bank robbing clown is not appropriate for children. The entire book is disgusting. It is amazing what passes for literature worthy of publication these days. If negative ratings were possible, this book would rate a negative 5.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2004

    First Walter book better

    Disappointed with Father selling Walter and then lying to the kids about where Walter was. Father never acknowledges selling Walter or apologizes. What lesson does this teach our kids. Had I read the story first, I would not have sent it to my grandson.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2014

    A favorite!

    Walter books are entertaining and funny for kids and the adult reader also! My grandkids love them and it's great fun to laugh together while reading. Highly recommend!

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    Good series

    Lotds of laughs for all

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2007

    It is funny to me.

    I like the book because the dog is kind of stinky and he jumps on other people. On the first day, the people don't like the dog. I like the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2006

    A real funny book

    this book was funny and i really liked it because the dog passes gas alot and when you read it to little kids and you make a passing gas noise they laugh it is so funny. I really liked it cause it is a funny book and i would want to read it to littler kids. i really like to read to little kids but i dont like to read all that much like i used to but this is a funny book that i think that kids aged from 8-10 should read cause i think that they will like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2004

    As good as the first Walter book....!!

    If you liked the first Walter book, you will appreciate this one as well. Same kind of humor, same fantastic illustrations. I would not recommend this for EVERY kid (or adult)....but if your children know when it is appropriate to use such humor and when it is impolite (like in school for example), then this book is great. Adults with an appreciation for the silly, ridiculous nature of this story will get a kick out of it, too. This book is a GAS! ha!! :O)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2004

    Gaseous Fun

    The title of this 32 page book kind of grossed me out at first, but as you read the story you are trapped in the humour of Walter's little problem. In this story, Walter is used by a crook to subdue security guards.While the situations are funny, the book of course deals with a subject that may not be suitable for all readers. In my opinion, the categorization in the 9-12 year group is too high. This book is better suited to younger readers. However, in reading this book to children, I would recommend parents play an active role in discussing the humour and its appropriateness for various social settings. Ifa parent is not willing to get into this discussion, then pass this one by.

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