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. Volume XII Number 21 . . . . June 23, 2006
Walter the Farting Dog Goes on a Cruise is listed on the cover as Book 4 of the New York Times Bestselling Series. Whether or not it makes it to the bestselling list, fans of the apologetic little mutt will certainly enjoy his latest adventure. Once again, Audrey Coleman's distinctive style of digital painting ensures brilliantly coloured, quirky illustrations that are perfectly suited to the sly humour of the text. Young readers will be sure to get some good giggles out of Walter's trials and tribulations.
Glenn Murray is the “inventor” of Walter and has co-authored all four stories of the odoriferous little dog. Though the plot lines in each story are thin, twin themes concerning the importance of tolerance and the ability to turn a liability into an asset can be found underlying each of the Walter stories.
Elementary school librarians who have purchased the first three picture books will no doubt feel quite justified in adding Walter the Farting Dog Goes on a Cruise to their collection. They should certainly find that the usual bunch will be eager to get their hands on this latest adventure.
A retired teacher-librarian, Valerie Nielsen lives in Winnipeg, MB.
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