14 February 2007
Walter the Farting Dog
Authors: William Kotzwinkle and Glenn Murray
Illustrator: Audrey Coleman
Riding the wave of books that revel in and attempt to demystify bodily functions (see Everyone Poops and Gee Whiz! It's All About Pee), Walter does break new ground as the first picture book to include the phrase "rectal flatulence". The success of this book capitalizes on the unfortunate fact that, like it or not, no one can resist a halfway decent fart joke. Featuring strange early-MTV Video inspired illustrations, Walter is gross but touching. (not gross butt touching, which doesn't appear until the sequel: Thomas the Inappropriately Itchy Cat.)
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I'm not gonna lie. I couldn't resist googling "Thomas the Inappropriately Itchy Cat" with high hopes...only to be disappointed. Consider me heartbroken.
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