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Rough Weather Ahead for Walter the Farting Dog Hardcover – May 10, 2005

4.6 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews

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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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Craig C. Beasley on September 10, 2005
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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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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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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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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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Funny book that everyone can enjoy (if you like this type of humor) and particularly little boys do. At Christmas we made Grandpa read the first Walter the Farting Dog book out loud and the whole room was in stitches. The book was funny and the group dynamics made it hilarious.
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My little one is great fan of both dogs and fart humor, so this is a win-win. My wife thinks that our daughter will soon grow out of this phase of enjoying toilet humor, but the truth is that some of us never do. I find myself laughing just as hard as the little one at Walter's gassy exploits.
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This book was a big hit for a gag gift for my husband's birthday. He is 55, not 5, though. While I think a lot of 5 year old's may think it's hilarious, I don't really think the subject matter is really appropriate for a child. I got my husband this book and Walter the Farting Dog stuffed animal. Big hit! Again, hilarious for this purpose but for a child's gift? probably not such a good idea. My thoughts, anyway.
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I love this series of books. I have them all and all are worth reading. They are funny and my students love the "farts!" The children in the book love him despite his smell, the parents want to get rid of him because of his smell. BUT, his smelly farts are what saves the day! He is not much to look at, but full of love for others! Teaches tolerance for others and even what you may think are the worse about you - could in fact be one of the most lovable things about you! Don't judge a book by it's cover or a dog by it's farts!
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