Walter the Farting Dog.
Summary from Barnes & Noble:
Warning: This book may cause flatulence. Walter is a fine dog, except for one small problem: he has gas. He can't help it; it's just the way he is. Fortunately, the kids Billy and Betty love him regardless, but Father says he's got to go! Poor Walter, he's going to the dog pound tomorrow. And then, in the night, burglars strike. Walter has his chance to be a hero.
Reason(s) for Banning:
- Use of the word "fart" and "farting" 24 times (Reader's Advisory: Banned Book List 2008)
- As a teacher, I would probably not use this book in an educational setting... some parents many find it offensive. However, that being said, flatulence (or farting) is a normal bodily function. While we can, in many cases control ourselves, we can certainly excuse ourselves if the action takes place in public.
- I found that this book would likely make for an enjoyable read-aloud at home. For whatever reason, kids seem to get the chuckles around "farts." There's nothing wrong with a funny read-aloud, as long as it isn't taken out of proportions.
I don't see any reason for banning the book from public libraries. In almost all cases, parents have to be available in order for children under a certain age to check out books... If you're a parent and don't want your child reading a book of this nature, that's for you to decide based on the welfare of your own child. Do so at your own consideration, but don't ruin someone else's reading pleasures!
Your Job - Share your thoughts on the following topics on this post!
- Should the book be on the banned book list?
- Is it okay to be found on a library or book store shelf?
- How would you share this book with your child/children?
- If you are not familiar with the book, based on my post and the discussion of others, would you consider allowing your child to read/be read this book? Why? Why not?