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Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go to School
Contributor(s): Falatko, Julie, Jack, Colin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1338189514     ISBN-13: 9781338189513
Publisher: Scholastic
    OUR PRICE: $9.00  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: May 2018
Annotation: Sassy and Waldo are good dogs, who keep their house safe (from squirrels, mostly), and worry about their boy, Stewart, who always comes home from school smelling of anxiety; so the two dogs come up with a plan to help him--they will dress up in a trench coat and attend school, posing as a new student, to find out just what is bothering Stewart.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Dogs; Juvenile fiction.
Human-animal relationships; Juvenile fiction.
Schools; Juvenile fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dogs
- Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2018013848
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Series: Two Dogs in a Trench Coat
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.50" W x 0.75" (0.75 lbs) 184 pages
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Contributor Bio(s):
Julie Falatko writes quirky books about misunderstood characters trying to find their place in the world. She is the author of Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book), which was published to four starred reviews and coverage in the New York Times and People magazine. She is also the author of Snappsy the Alligator and His Best Friend Forever (Probably) as well as many more forthcoming books. To learn more about Julie, please visit or follow her on Twitter @juliefalatko or on Instagram @julie_falatko.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 May)

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

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