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Walter Canis Inflatus: Walter the Farting Dog, Latin-Language Edition (Latin Edition) (Latin) Hardcover – July 8, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 4
  • Series: Walter the Farting Dog
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Frog Children's Books; Language ed edition (July 8, 2004)
  • Language: Latin
  • ISBN-10: 158394110X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583941102
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 11.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,181,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The original English is a New York Times Bestseller!

"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.
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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 of the World Fantasy Award. His books are published all over the world.

Glen Murray is a supervisor for educational technology in New Brunsqick, 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 enviornment.

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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. J. Hoverd on May 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
What is a great and entertaining book in English is now a firm favourite with my son in Latin. He likes being able to follow the Latin using the english version written directly below. However the Latin requires someone who has reasonable proficiency in the language if you are wishing to directly translate and explain the Latin to a child and there is no helpful glossary. All in all, a great book - very quirky pictures but a firm favourite with my son.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spudman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The picturis ab Audrey Colman collatis are wonderful fun, playful, and entertaining. My memory is foggy, but the illustrations here seem brighter than those in the first book. Maybe a different printing technique or better inks were used here. There also seem to be some embellishments in this edition that weren't in the original English version. I may be mistaken on this one however.
On almost every page there's a spider or two to be found, but I'm not sure why. On one page a person in a wall portrait appears to be holding his nose as Walter farts. On the vet's diploma we read "Fart expert," and in the family bathroom we see containers of fart buster and phart off. There's something whimsical and humorous, if not gaseous, to be found on every page.
The pictures of the kids' bedroom is a mix of Monty Python, Pee Wee's Playhouse, and Dali, a mix of realism and the cartoonish.

Anyone could enjoy this book on some level, but only those with some Latin background can fully appreciate the nuances and humor in the translation. One of my favorites is Dobbin's interpretation of "That dog farts morning, noon and night" as "Iste canis XXIV/VII/CCCLXV pedet."

VCR is translated as "MQIOIPCVCI" accompanied by the footnote " Machina quae imagines omne in posterum captas visendi causa illustrat." At first I was baffled by the string of capital letters until I looked at the first letters of each word in the footnote. Clever stuff!

Dobbin's translation is at times so liberally creative that I had a difficult time matching the English phrases with their Latin counterparts. At times a single English sentence would become two Latin sentences and vice versa. Those who have studied Latin in recent years or have a great memory may fare better than I.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bernie HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is but one of the many children's classics that are translated into Latin. Naturally, there are going to be people that will pick apart the book and say that is not correct form or syntax. Then again, Walter has not been around that long. And pulling it apart is really part of the fun. Just remember that the translator Rob Dobbin has translated several books into various languages. He is the Author of "Epictetus: Discourses Book 1" and soon will translate the complete works of Epictetus.

Let us face it, it is easer and more fun to read something you already know. Also, it is fun to see how certain phrases and newer concepts are handled. Learning Latin this way also helps kids pass English tests in school by learning root concepts.

This book has an added plus. The English and Latin are both on the same page. Therefore, when Walter does what he does best you can imagine it in both languages.
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By Becky on May 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I gave this book as a gift to my nephew (3 yo) who's father has been studying Latin. The translation is nice, with small English subtitles. Overall, a hit as a gift, with boy and his father!
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