Two dogs in a trench coat go to school

Julie Falatko

Book - 2018

"Sassy and Waldo are good dogs. Sassy and Waldo spend their day keeping the house safe. Has a squirrel ever gotten inside? No! But every day their boy, Stewart, leaves for a scary place: School! Sassy and Waldo need to save Stewart. But they don't let dogs into school. Not even the really good ones. Sassy and Waldo put on a trench coat. Now everyone at Bea Arthur Elementary thinks they are a new student. Everyone except Stewart."--Page [4] of cover.

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Falatko, Julie. Two dogs in a trench coat.
Animal fiction
Humorous fiction
New York : Scholastic Press 2018.
First edition
Physical Description
184 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Main Author
Julie Falatko (author)
Other Authors
Colin Jack (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Proud of their success in keeping the neighborhood squirrels at bay, house dogs Sassy and Waldo fixate on a new mission: rescuing their boy, Stewart, from the mysterious school to which he drags himself each day. With plenty of comical reinforcement from Jack's freewheeling sketches, Falatko spins this promising premise into a hilarious romp as, contrary to their expectations, the titular disguised pooches find that school is a nonstop round of astonishing new discoveries enhanced by exciting servings of meat (all food words throughout are in boldface) every lunchtime. Recognized by Stewart but none of the blithely oblivious grown-ups, new student Salty Woofadogington not only goes on to score triumphs in music class and PE's ultimate frisbee, but helps to crank up Stewart's lame oral report on squirrels into a truly epic class presentation. From Waldo's introduction (as a small and scruffy dog who smelled like kibble plus something else he'd rather not discuss) on, the author fills the narrative with doggy gags, and trots in a tasty supporting cast that ranges from Stewart's carefree working parents to Bax the bully, a wisecracking supposed nemesis who his actual name being Bax Thabully becomes a solid friend. You're such good dogs, Stewart burbles at the end, admitting that his whole attitude toward school has been turned around. Few readers will disagree.--Peters, John Copyright 2018 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission. Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-The title pretty much says it all. Two dogs, Waldo and Sassy, do in fact stand on top of each other, put on a trench coat, and impersonate a new student so that they can save their owner Stewart from the horrible place known as school. They can't understand why he escapes from them every morning and goes to a place where he does "nothing" all day. At Bea Arthur Memorial Elementary School and Learning Commons, everyone but Stewart thinks that "Salty from Liver, Ohio" is a new transfer student. Readers will likely suspend disbelief for scene after scene of silliness as the dogs come to enjoy school and save Stewart's science presentation. The book's slapstick humor and gags play largely on the dog's superior sense of smell, love of meat products, and obsession with squirrels. The design and typography will be appealing to reluctant readers-food words are in bold, and when the dogs speak, their words are italicized. VERDICT A goofy offering for readers who like over-the-top fare.-Tim Wadham, Children's Literature Consultant, Puyallup, WA © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

(c) Copyright Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. Review by Horn Book Review

Small, scruffy Waldo and big, lazy Sassy love their human Stewart (maybe even more than they love meat). Since Stewart seems unhappy at this mysterious thing called "school," the protective pooches--Waldo atop Sassy and wearing a trench coat--infiltrate Bea Arthur Memorial Elementary as its new student, befriending classmates and charming (most) teachers. Falatko's absurdist premise and laugh-out-loud humor are deepened by Jack's cartoony illustrations throughout. (c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

(c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. Review by Kirkus Book Review

Giggle-inducing shenanigans ensue when two loyal dogs hatch a plan to save their human boy from school.Waldo loves food, Sassy loves naps, and they both love Stewart and want to rescue him from that horrible, boring place called school, which makes Stewart smell like "a weird mixture of boredom and anxiety." The intrepid pooches commence with an operation they code name Pepperoni. Under the titular trench coat, they disguise themselves as a human to infiltrate Bea Arthur Memorial Elementary School. Bulldog Sassy forms the bottom half, while terrier Waldo, who can speak Human, stands on her shoulders. As new student Salty Woofadogington from Liver, Ohio, the dogs discover that school is great: They get to eat sloppy Joes, play Frisbee, and sing (read: howl) in music class. They fool everyone except Stewart, who's lucky Waldo and Sassy love school; he doesn't even have a topic for a project that's due tomorrow. Waldo and Sassy fly into action. They have the perfect subject: squirrels--dogs are squirrel experts, after all. The boisterous third-person narration plays with typography: All the dogs' favorite foods (just about every possible comestible, including carrots) are in bold text, while Waldo's dialogue as Salty is in a faux typewritten face. The tale is further enlivened by the cartoonish black-and-white illustrations, which depict Stewart with paper-white skin, but some secondary characters have dark skin, notably Salty's teacher, Ms. Twohey, who is not entirely convinced by her new student.For readers who appreciate the goofy. (Fantasy. 7-12)

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