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Walter makes his third appearance in yet another unapologetically silly picture book, this one dedicated to "everyone who's ever felt misjudged or misunderstood." The story begins when animal gas expert Professor Kompressor pays a visit to Walter's family, equipped with a contraption that looks like a cross between a vacuum cleaner and an old phonograph: "I understand your dog has a farting disorder," he says. At first it seems as if the professor's prescription of powders and potions is working, but one day, young Billy and Betty see Walter floating like a helium balloon over the trees, so full of pent-up gas he has become airborne. Unable to release his gas, the unfortunate dog floats over hill and dale for days and days. The formula for these books requires the much-maligned Walter to redeem his gaseous self by saving the day (he gasses out burglars in the first one and helps catch bank robbers in the second). Here, even more absurdly, he saves millions of butterflies from a freezing windstorm by letting rip a warm cloud of air that melts the frost off their wings. Colorful, crisp, almost three-dimensional art, generated with a digital painting and collage technique, gives the book a bizarre, sophisticated style that both complements and elevates the cheap laughs. (Ages 6 to 9) --Karin Snelson

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Series: Walter the Farting Dog
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers; First Printing edition (May 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525472185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525472186
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 10.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Craig C. Beasley on September 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Poor Walter... The previous book took some bad hits from on-line reviewers saying that the message of the book was bad, that other books are too similar, that the artwork is not good... I don't know, I kind of like this type of book, and my daughter (4 yrs old) seems to as well. She doesn't seem confused by the story and doesn't turn her nose up at it.. In fact, she likes to look at the artwork, and the trials and tribulations of poor Walter and his flatulence problem are enough to hold her attention and to entertain her.

Farts are a common subject for kids' books nowadays, and I think it's a natural curiosity.

The Walter Books are a cute entertaining series, and "Rough Weather" book tells what happens when a scientist tries to stop the farts with a special machine, and Dad tinkers with the formula, sending poor Walter skyward!!!

If your child is as amused by farts as my little princess, get this book and you will be pleased with it as a reading option.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Los Libros on February 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I love this book! The illustrations take a little getting used to (definitely off-beat, like the other two), and the storyline is slightly subversive, but the whole book is just very funny (for me, as an adult), and my kids love it, too. It's the one book that I will cheerfully read them twice in the same night. Farts aside, it's actually pretty wholesome and carries (I think) a positive message about being authentic and true to yourself. Plus, it has larger than usual words for a book targeted at this age group, which I think is useful. All in all, well worth the twelve or fourteen bucks you pay for it. I've bought copies for some other parents as gifts...(Nobody's complained...)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lisa M. Brewer on August 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
We have three Walter the Farting Dog books, the first is the best, followed by Walter the Farting Dog Trouble at the Yard Sale and Rough Weahter Ahead for Walter the Farting Dog. My kids are 5 and 8 and this book gets them giggling, just saying Professor Kompressor gets me giggling a little too. Walter is a very sweet dog with a lot of gas, which tends to get him into a little trouble, but the kids love him anyway. This book as well as the others, have a good lesson in unconditional love and acceptance. Fun book, not too long, interesting if not a little weird artwork. But the kids love it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Reading since 9 on August 16, 2005
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Again Walter the malodorous dog comes to the rescue. This book continues to be a wildly favored choice for my grandchildren, 6 and 5.

Anyone who has has a dog of less than stellar pedigree can relate to loving a dog like Walter. I hope more books are in the future!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. West on October 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is so funny! It is a great kid's book, but I must admit I bought it for my father. I have never laughed so hard!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. O'Neal on July 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
It's true MOST kids ages 3-8 love to hear the word or the bodily function of farting. My kids (ages 6 and 10) thought the book was hilarious. After we read it together, they went through the book over and over looking at the great pictures. They also noticed the little spider on each page. The only problem I found with the book is that my kids love talking about ALL of the time, no matter where we are.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Momma Mimi on May 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Okay as a mother of three (soon to be four!) boys I understand that sometimes it takes bodily functions to get them interested in reading. Well Walter did the trick, my guys love all of the flatulating humor of this cute book. It also has great illustrations which kept my younger ones interested despite the fact that they had no idea what I was talking about, hee hee :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Gal Piazza on September 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I bought this for my daughter who teaches 1st grade. The children love to listen to "Chapter Books" and loved the 1st Walter book. Thank you.
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