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Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go to School: Book 1

(Two Dogs in a Trench Coat #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  448 ratings  ·  123 reviews
Little dog Waldo and big dog Sassy are the best at what they do. They keep out squirrels and imminent intruders. They make sure there are no stray meatballs or muffin crumbs in the kitchen. And most of all, they protect their boy, Stewart. But something is wrong. Every day Stewart trudges off to an awful place called school. The dogs know it's awful because Stewart's paren ...more
Published by scholastic (first published May 28th 2018)
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Ms. Yingling
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

Waldo and Sassy are hard working dogs who scour the floor for meatballs and keep their humans' house safe from squirrels every day, even when the humans give them the Breakfast of Distraction and escape every day. They worry about their boy, Stewart, who seems very sad to go to school, so they work out a plan to get into the building and check out Stewart's evil overlords. Luckily, Waldo can speak human, so when he shows up at school wearing a trench coat and blaming all
May 13, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was dumb. It had many plot issues. One dog could speak human, the other dog was surprised by this but then suddenly, inexplicably is able to do the same with zero reasoning why. The “problem” in the story (waiting too long to work on a big project for school) is solved by doing it last minute and still getting an A++. Not the best lesson for a book to teach... the idea that two dogs in a trench coat could fool 9 year olds, the teacher, principal and secretary for days is far fetched as ...more
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such a fun and funny book! Sure to please new readers. Love all of the food references!
I'm not sure how I feel about this book. Maybe my expectations were too high going in? The premise sounds hilarious, but it just didn't work for me. Also it got annoying that every time a food was mentioned it was in bold. Somehow seeing the word "meat" in bold ten times on a page lacks appeal. I know the story is from the dogs' perspective, but it seemed unnecessary, and if you're going to do that why not bold everything that would excite a dog, like squirrel? (and there were a ton of squirrels ...more
Margo Tanenbaum
Great new series for ages 8-12 who are fans of books like Captain Underpants or Bad Kitty.
Apr 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you judge this book by its cover or its title, you won't be disappointed. Surprisingly, the book manages to be funny and remain funny throughout its entirety - truly an impressive feat in a children's book.

I think this will be a popular title among younger readers.
Jen Van Fleet
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kyndel’s review: This book is super funny with two dogs who sneak into school to help Stewart. My favorite part was when Stewart gave his chaotic presentation!
Niki (Daydream Reader)
This book is just pure fun! So hilarious! We need more silly chapter books in the world!
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious for kids and adults
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very cute, very fun partial-graphic novel about two clever dogs who miss their boy so decide to disguise themselves and join him at school. Some of the absurdist commentary may go over the heads of younger readers, but parents will enjoy the jokes.
Dannie Moore
Julie Falatko is at it again with this amazing and hilarious chapter book! From the perspective of dogs, Falatko has captured the thought process of a dog (as humans perceive it, anyway) beautifully. Even the writing style feels as though a dog wrote the book. It's truly a canine masterpiece that had me giggling from cover to cover. Meatball!
Funny and ridiculous transitional book (chapter book/middle grade). Colin Jack's illustrations were perfect. Some of the dialogue and how it was indicated was a bit confusing, though.
Is it hilarious? Of course. It's by Julie Falatko!
So fun. I giggled my way through this, then shared it with my 10-year-old niece, who declared, "It's really funny. I definitely want to read a sequel. The dogs are hilarious." Two paws up!
Becky B
Waldo and Sassy are dogs. They are very good at protecting their house from the squirrel invasion, napping, and eating treats. They also love their humans. And when they notice that Stewart, their boy, keeps coming home from this place called school smelling bored and anxious, they decide it must be an awful place. With a trench coat, some balancing skills, and Waldo's ability to speak human, the dogs cook up a plan to go to this school place and rescue Stewart.

I've seen a lot of rave reviews of
Stephanie Croaning
This is a great book for young readers who are ready to read longer chapter books but still rely on illustrations to help them decode or tackle longer text. The story is silly and fun and could appeal to Captain Underpants fans.

Chapter book, fiction
by Julie Falatko; illustrated by Colin Jack
Scholastic Press, 2018
4 out of 5 stars

Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go to School is the first book in what will be a series featuring Sassy and Waldo. The two dogs are a lovable pair who unwittingly make the wor
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this ARC from the publisher's booth at North Texas Teen Book Festival. I had no idea what to expect -- but it was actually pretty cute! It's a VERY good depiction of "dog logic," though things did get a bit repetitive at times. Overall, it was pretty funny, and I think kids will enjoy it more than I did.

I'm a little bit obsessed with the idea of Squirreltown. That was probably my favorite part of the book. (Dog lore! I love that the dogs have their own belief system.)

I mostly read Ad
Melanie Dulaney
This nominee for the 2019-2020 Texas Bluebonnet Award had me laughing out loud and will likely have many of my 4th and 5th graders moving into “guffaw” territory. Sassy and Waldo take their dog-jobs very seriously, but that is the only thing that gets that adverb! These two are determined to keep the house squirrel free and to get to the bottom of Stewart’s problem with that dreaded place called School. Author Julie Falatko has them dressing up in an old trench coat and waltzing into Bea Arthur ...more
Sassy and Waldo love their human companion, Stewart. But like many dogs, they wonder why he has to leave them every day for a place called school that he seems to hate so much. They decide to try to keep him home, and when that doesn't work, they put on a trench coat, and work together to infiltrate the place. As it turns out, school isn't half as bad as they had imagined, and the two dogs have a blast attending the classes and playing ball. They even point out that Bax, a boy that Stewart is co ...more
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just finished this silly and funny book. Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go to School is sure to have your kids laughing along the way.

Stewart’s dogs decide to investigate the place he goes each day because he comes home and never talks about it, aka school! Sassy and Waldo dress up in a trench coat and enroll in the Bea Arthur Memorial Elementary. Fooling everyone but Stewart, the dogs, now a student named Salty joins the class and learns a lot about the human world.

I adore Julie’s humor, she had m
Stephanie Bange
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this slapstick animal fantasy, family dogs Waldo and Sassy decide to make school more excitng/fun/lively for their young mater Stewart by following him and enrolling in school. When Stewart is giving his big "informational presentation" about squirrels to the class, chaos ensues when alive squirrel comes into the classroom.

Filled with puns, hunger pangs for all things meaty, and a few toilet scenes, Waldo (with Sassy supporting him) stumbles about, bluffing his way through the school day as n
This is one of those books that I think would appeal to anywhere from a strong reader in early grades up to 5th or 6th because it's funny and involves dogs and silliness. I think there's strong appeal across grade levels, for sure.

The book's plot is pretty much 100% summed up in the title--two dogs in a trench coat do, in fact, go to school. They can speak human and no one recognizes them as dogs. So obviously there's some suspension of disbelief required, but I don't think kids will care and I
Shawna Busby
Waldo and Sassy are two faithful dogs to Stewart. They worry about him going to school as he doesn't seem to enjoy it and want to rescue him. This is a funny quick read although the plot seem ridiculous and unbelievable. I think young readers will enjoy this book.

The problem I found while reading this story was the issue Stewart was having with his Big School Project and how he waited until the last minute to complete it and still received an A++. This is not a good message to send to our child
Melissa Mcavoy
“If you follow rules you get a cookie, it’s a good system.”

Sassy and Waldo are the best at their jobs: not only has a squirrel never gotten into the house, Waldo has never missed discovering a stray meatball and Sassy has never failed to nap in the square patch of sun in the hall. But now the two faithful hounds have an even bigger job, saving their boy Stewart from the scary place called school. But when supplemental hand licking, backpack hiding and preventative shoe lace untying are not enoug
Wacky adventures of Sassy and Waldo, two dogs who spend their days keeping their home safe from squirrels, but then decide to help their owner Stewart. Stewart thinks school is boring and our furry friends want to come and help him out. Dressing up in an overcoat they manage to fool the secretary, teacher, principal, and other students into thinking they are a new kid from Liver, Ohio. If you read this with the eyes of a child you will see lots of humor and fun-if you try to read it with the log ...more
May 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A big thank you to Scholastic and Edelweiss for a digital ARC of this book.

Sassy and Waldo are concerned about their boy Stewart. He does not seem to enjoy this place called school very much and have very little to say about it each day when he gets home. They decide to break up their squirrel maintenance routine and get into the school to rescue Stewart. After considering various options, they discover a trench coat in the dad's closet and use it for a disguise.
I was charmed by the cover and w
Michelle Mallette
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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What a lot of fun this first title in a new series is! Kids will delight in the shenanigans and mischief Waldo and Sassy create as they decide to save their human Stewart from school after noticing he comes home less than happy. When they discover a place with playtime, friends, food and cool stuff to learn, it's up to Sassy and Waldo to help Stewart discover he likes school after all. With tons of black and white cartoon-like illustr
Rebecca Caufman
Sep 20, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Lizz Axnick
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a silly and preposterous book. I absolutely loved it.

Young readers will enjoy the adventures of Waldo and Sassy, as they go to school to save their boy, Stewart, from the evil overload. They are not sure who this overload is, but he must be stopped because Stewart says that school is a horrible place. Waldo is the top half of the trench coat and persona, Salty from Liver, Ohio.

This is one of the funniest kid books I have ever read. I adored the illustrations and the jokes about squirrel
Kari Healy
Sassy and Waldo are two dogs on a mission - to save Stewart from this thing called school. Two Dogs in a Trench Coat - Go to School is a humorous story that elementary students will enjoy reading. Who knew dogs could have so much fun at school? Instead of the usual naps at home and keeping the house free of squirrels, Sassy and Waldo disguise themselves to blend in at school and learn just what Stewart is doing each day. The silly adventures that the dogs take part in each day will have students ...more
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Julie Falatko is a modern day gadabout with the ability to have deep and meaningful conversations with kitchen appliances, who can parallel park with an 87% success rate, and who writes stories about misunderstood animals trying to find their place in the world. Please hold your applause until the end.

Julie grew up in New Jersey, an only child surrounded by books. She decided at age 8 that she wan

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