Sassy and Waldo are good dogs. They spend the day keeping their house safe. Has a squirrel ever gotten inside? No! But every day their boy, Stewart, comes home from this terrible place called school smelling like anxiety and looseleaf paper.
Sassy and Waldo decide to save Stewart. But they don't let dogs into school. So Sassy and Waldo decide to get creative. They put on an old trench coat, and now everyone at Bea Arthur Elementary thinks they are a new student named Salty from Liver, Ohio. Well, everyone except Stewart.
Sassy and Waldo love school! Everything smells like meat and dirty socks. And they discover a whole other way to help out Stewart!
About the Author
Julie Falatko writes quirky books about misunderstood characters trying to find their place in the world. She is the author of Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book), which was published to four starred reviews and coverage in the New York Times and People magazine. She is also the author of Snappsy the Alligator and His Best Friend Forever (Probably) as well as many more forthcoming books. To learn more about Julie, please visit juliefalatko.com or follow her on Twitter @juliefalatko or on Instagram @julie_falatko.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Two Dogs in a Trench Coat uses silly, slapstick humor to engage readers. The dogs are obsessed with squirrels, meat, and helping Stewart. Some of the dogs’ conversations are random and repetitious. The dogs’ fascination with squirrels and the dogs’ myths about squirrels allows the reader to look at the world from a dog’s point of view. In the end, the dogs’ fascination with squirrels help Stewart achieve success on his big project and allows the dogs to put their exceptional knowledge to use. The unexpected conclusion will bring out the giggles in readers. Black and white illustrations appear on every page, which help bring the dog’s actions to life. The character’s facial expressions are hilarious. The typography will help keep readers engaged. When the dogs speak, the font is larger and bolded. Food words, which are scattered throughout the book, are also bolded. Two Dogs in a Trench Coat would be a fun book to read out loud, especially if the reader used different voices. The change in the font is the perfect opportunity to have a younger reader take a turn reading. One of the character’s is surprisingly different than expected. Stewart thinks Bax hates him and is a bully, but in the end, Bax helps save Stewart from failing his big project. Bax realizes that his teasing comments were misinterpreted by Stewart and says, “And sorry about making fun of you. That’s just how they do it where I’m from. We let people know we like them by making fun of them. I forget sometimes that some people think that’s rude.” Some readers may get bogged down by the length of the book—at 186 pages, the story slowly comes to a conclusion. Some portions of the story don’t add to the plot, such as a subplot about Mrs. Twohey’s teaching. She thinks that Salty is a spy from another school who is trying to discover her excellent teaching methods. If a reader has graduated to more mature books or likes to focus on facts, this book will not appeal to them. However, for readers who love ridiculous slap-stick humor, Two Dogs in a Trench Coat will make them smile. sneakpeekbooks.com