William Kotzwinkle is the author of such enduring classics as The Fan Man, Fata Morgana, and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. His novel, The Game of Thirty, was hailed by Stephen King as "top-level entertainment . . . a suspense novel to rank with the classics of the genre." Mr. Kotzwinkle lives with his wife, writer Elizabeth Gundy, on an island off the Maine coast. Glenn Murray is an author known for his work on the HILARIOUS Walter the Farting Dog series of children's books. Audrey Colman is an author known for her work in the Walter the Farting Dog series of children's books.
PreS-Gr 2-In this second far-fetched tale about Walter, neighbors have been avoiding the yard-sale table where Walter has been sitting all day. Unbelievably, Father wonders why! Yet he doesn't hesitate to sell the pup to the first man who stops by to inquire. The new owner, a clown, intends to use Walter for a bank heist by fastening him to a "fart-catcher" in order to inflate balloons with his obnoxious-smelling gas. As the clown pops the balloons in the bank, customers and bank tellers are overcome with the stench. When the perp arrives home with the sack of money, he lights a cigar and is launched across the room because of a gas leak. Walter runs out the door toward his former home, and the police follow the trail of $100 bills fluttering behind him. As they try to arrest Walter, he leads them back to the real culprit. Pages are busy with digital illustrations that give an olive green pallor to the human skin tone and a garish look to the clown. For those who appreciated the lowbrow, tasteless humor of the first book, this one provides much more of the same.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Companion books blossom this spring. The maligned mutt returns in a sequel to last year's bestseller: Walter the Farting Dog: Trouble at the Yard Sale by William Kotzwinkle and Glenn Murray, illus. by Audrey Colman. Father, fed up with Walter's malodorous practice keeping buyers away from his yard sale table, sells the family pet to a suspicious-looking fellow who uses the pooch's singular ability as part of a bank-robbing scheme-a plan that, er, backfires. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
"Kids will find it hysterical. The dialogue 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."