Thursday, December 12, 2019

Two Dogs in a Trench Coat go to School, written by Julie Falatko, reviewed by Katy Golden

Summary: Waldo and Sassy are good dogs who spend their days busily and enthusiastically defending their house from squirrels, sleeping in cozy sun-spots, and worrying about their boy, Stewart. When Stewart complains that school is "boring", Sassy and Waldo decide to take matters into their own hands and save him from what they're sure is an evil overlord. After several failed attempts, the two dogs manage to pass as a human boy named "Salty Woofadogington" (Waldo, it turns out, is able to speak human) and enroll in Stewart's school. With his eternally optimistic dogs at his side, Stewart is able to see the fun side of school, make friends, and even -hopefully - finish his big project.

Straight Talk for Librarians: "Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go to School" is a laugh-out-loud, easily accessible illustrated chapter book. The expressive illustrations and short chapters will keep even the more reluctant reader engaged, along with the dogs' hilarious hijinks and food-related jokes. From eagerly inhaling their "daily midday meat pile" in the cafeteria to catching a Frisbee in their mouths during gym class, the two dogs tackle school with enthusiasm, and their unflappable energy drives the reader forward. Hand this to fans of Stick Dog that are looking for more of a challenge. In the words of Waldo, "You're going to be so amazed. It's going to be amazing."

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