Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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....Yes, this lowbrow endeavor could be a crowd-pleaser but, like its topic, its disruptive effects will tend to linger." Publishers Weekly
When Betty and Billy rescued Walter from the pound, they never imagined that such a cute dog was capable of such unpleasant and frequent smells Walter passes gas constantly! But just when the dog seems destined to be returned to the pound, a remarkable event turns him into a hero, and his new family learns to live with his smells.
This story is set in a realistic ordinary family, and deals with ideas and attitudes about pets. The overarching theme is how one discusses with a young child "passing gas" - a new concept to very young children. It carries the message that we can all be heroes, whatever our quirks and habits.
About 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.