Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go to School
Sassy and Waldo decide to save Stewart. But they don't let dogs into school. So Sassy and Waldo decide to get creative. They put on an old trench coat, and now everyone at Bea Arthur Elementary thinks they are a new student named Salty from Liver, Ohio. Well, everyone except Stewart.
Sassy and Waldo love school! Everything smells like meat and dirty socks. And they discover a whole other way to help out Stewart!
I read huge passages to my daughters, who agreed that Waldo and Sassy's voice sounds exactly like our dog Sylvie's, and we have taken to saying "tiny carrots wrapped in bacon" at every available opportunity. Falatko has somehow gotten right into the mind of the dogs, from their complete fascination with all of the meat available at school to their insistence that squirrels are there to threaten them at every turn. The parents' descriptions of being at work and playing with office supplies were hysterical as well, and Stewart's delaying of his project is completely typical of the average middle school student.
This will appeal to all sorts of readers-- Stick Dog fans, dog lovers, children who are obsessed with bacon. Even sophisticated 8th graders will enjoy taking a goofy break and following these funny exploits.
The illustrations break up the text and add a lot to it. I'm not usually a fan of illustrations, but these are so funny, and complement the text well. While I could imagine Waldo and Sassy in their disguise, it's just as well that there is a funny picture of it for me to ponder.