Yo Ho, Blow the Man Down: Walter the Farting Dog: Banned from the Beach by William Kotzwinkle
In Walter the Farting Dog: Banned from the Beach, America's favorite flatulent dog is off with his family for a tropical shore holiday, where Betty and Billy's family find their posh cottage most satisfactory.
As usual, Walter "blows it" as he tries to excavate a bone buried in the sand and inadvertently blows the grouchy Crabbe family's beach umbrella away. When Walter is summarily banned from the beach, Walter's sympathetic family try to assuage his hurt feelings with a pleasant stroll through the village, whereupon his unfortunate windiness blasts the meringue off the al fresco diners' Key Lime pie.
Confined to the cottage while the family frolics in the ocean, poor Walter decides to "make the best of it," snacking on a bag of tropical fruit, marked COOK THOROUGHLY. Suddenly, Walter hears Betty and Billy, stranded on a sand bar with the tide rising and shouting for help. Selflessly, he breaks out of the cottage and charges to their rescue. When the tropical fruit produces the predictably powerful effluent, Walter parts the ocean waters like Moses, allowing the kids to escape to the shore and exposing an old pirate chest filled with gold and jewels. The treasure thrills the family, who begin planning to purchase their own coastal cottage. Walter, however, is a disappointed and deflated dog: he'd been hoping for a chest filled with bones.
For more holiday happenings with the gad-about dog who is always a gas, see Walter the Farting Dog Goes on a Cruise.
Labels: Dog Stories (Grades K-3)