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February 24, 2012

For The Love Of Laughing

Sometimes it can be painfully obvious to myself that I might be a little too serious.

Last night Anna I and climbed onto her bed to read some of her new library books.

The first one she picked out is called Walter The Farting Dog.

Okay, ha, ha. Sounds funny and silly and perfect for my three-year-old who loves nothing more than saying any number of phrases related to poop.

I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard.

And I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard with her.

And I know she liked that because I could see the surprise and delight on her face at seeing my laughing so effortlessly.

I bet we’ll read it again tonight.


  • 1.
    char said…


  • 2.
    Toni From said…

    It is a great book, still makes me laugh just hearing the title.

  • 3.
    Deborah said…

    My kids loved this book, too. There are more Walter books, so check them out!

  • 4.
    Melodie said…

    Oh my goodness I have not seen that book in over 10 years!!! Hysterical!!! I bet you all laughed and laughed!!

  • 5.
    Linda said…

    Nothing like belly laughing with your little (or even bigger!) ones!

  • 6.
    MammaDoi said…

    Laughter is good for the soul!

  • 7.
    Sue said…

    One of the favorite books for my kiddos-many a year ago! Nothing like a child’s laughter to lighten your soul!

  • 8.
    Sarah H. said…

    That is a really funny book. My son loved it when we used to read it! (he probably still would!)

  • 9.
    Amy said…

    teriffic! will have to check this one out at our library.
    great idea to take a picture of the books we are reading with our kids. reading is such a part of our life and mine go through favorites.

  • 10.
    Linda Baie said…

    It’s a wonderful book, & in my family, made even better because there is a Walter, the dog, perhaps with a little bit of you know what!

  • 11.
    Dawn Cheshire said…

    Thanks for sharing, one to add to my son’s reading list!

  • 12.
    Samantha VanArnhem said…

    We have a few Walter books and just love them too. Grandma was nice enough to buy our girls a little stuffed Walter that makes amazingly realistic fart noises so now he’s kept close by for sound effects when we read. Really ups the level of laughter!

    • ….
      Kim J said…

      The plush Walter the Farting Dog is a great addition to the books!

  • 13.
    Kimberly Loxtercamp said…

    Thanks for sharing…just added this to my library queue. Anything that has to do with poop or farting is funny around this house!

  • 14.
    Lisa W. said…

    Im giggling reading your post…ahhhhh!!! Happy Weekend:)

  • 15.
    MonicaB said…

    I’ll have to get this from the library. Living with 3 small boys, I’m sure this book would be a hit. And we can all use more laughter in our life.. :)

  • 16.
    Marcie said…

    Just reading the title made me laugh! Thank-you for that!

  • 17.
    Sherry Ecklen said…

    I love times like that with my kids! So I have to recommend one of our favorite books. Parts by Tedd Arnold. Very cute and funny. And if you like that one, he has a second one called More Parts.

    • ….
      Carrie H. said…

      We LOVE those too!!!

  • 18.
    Nicky from Canada said…

    This one has brought much laughter to our house – you can get this one on the tag reader!! funny

  • 19.
    {vicki} said…

    I busted out laughing just at the title!
    I’ve check out my library and put a hold on this book. There are a few more too.
    Walter at the Beach
    Walter goes on a cruise
    trouble at the yard sale

    Thanks for sharing with us Ali!

  • 20.
    nicole said…

    After reading your blogpost I went looking for that book in the Netherlands and I found it. I Ordered it online and hope it gets here very soon. I have a four year old who laughs and giggles everytime he hears about “poop”.

  • 21.
    Carrie H. said…

    It is a fun set of books!!!! If you search on every page you can find a tiny spider… He adds a bit more fun to the book… Happy Reading!!!!

  • 22.
    Michelle L said…

    What is it with little people and poop jokes! That sounds like a book my boys would love! THanks for sharing!

  • 23.
    Jonda said…

    I have 2 boys and this subject brings on neverending laughter in our home. Their father isn’t much help. I just try to roll with it and let them see me laugh too and those have been the best memories.

    My 7-year-old is loving the humor of Junie B. Jones right now and the belly laugh is something I wish I could bottle up and keep forever!

    • ….
      Gypsy Chaos said…

      Jonda – You have doomed yourself. You will be rolling with laughter or rolling your eyes while groaning for years and years to come.

      I have a husband, a 25 yr old daughter, and twin 19 yr old sons. I really really missed my daughter while she was in college. I was me and —-THEM—- Shiver. Shudder.

      Just you wait. Blazing Saddles. Beans + campfire scene. Nuf said. sigh.

  • 24.
    madeline St onge said…

    Think I need to find this one for my grandchilren. Ali I am so like you as far as being serious. Guess we all need to remember to laugh once in a while

  • 25.
    patty said…

    may more belly laughing & light-heartedness be in your future ali… (but remember: be kind to yourself!)

    happy weekend!

  • 26.
    Mary said…

    I have and love this book…Walter has several sequels too!

    I keep them in the bathroom, along with the book everybody poops!

  • 27.
    Lissa said…

    That is so cool- don’t you love it when we can see our children are excited inside when we share ‘moments’ like this together- you can see it in their eyes… Awesome ‘Mummy’ moments:-)

  • 28.
    Michele B said…

    I’ve been trying to find that book for my sons ~ especially since we have a chocolate lab who has been known to clear the room with his farts!

  • 29.
    amyjk said…

    we love this book too! you HAVE to get the farting stuffed walter– he really amps up the fun :)

  • 30.
    Cristin said…

    The Walter books are so much fun! You should also check out the Skippy John Jones books, if you haven’t already. HILARIOUS!!

  • 31.
    Martha S. said…

    My son and I LOVE that book! Yes, it’s good, hearty laughter that is sooooo good for the soul! ;)

  • 32.
    Val Irwin said…

    Love your post today, and I can totally relate to a 3 year old and the word poop (I wish I knew what was so wonderful about this word), can’t wait to read this book with my two boys I know they’ll love it.

  • 33.
    Gela said…

    Sounds like a Kodak moment

  • 34.
    Steph said…

    Ali, this book is a favorite of my kids and the only thing funnier than the book itself is the Tag book. The one with the pen that the kids can follow along and read. Yep, it has sound effects. All of them.

    Glad you’re taking some time away from seriousness. It’s overrated :)

  • 35.
    Ann Marie said…

    Just want to say AWESOME!

  • 36.
    Mandy said…

    That is too funny! I just bought that book at Goodwill for the kids. Can’t wait to read it!

  • 37.
    Janet White said…


  • 38.
    Ellen Coker said…

    Your post is so appreciated. A great start to the day and to the weekend. Thank you!

  • 39.
    Tina Lee said…

    I bet Amazon gets a thousand hits for this book! Thanks for the laugh. Laughter is good medicine and it does bring us closer together when we share a good laugh with someone. Blessings on you and your daughter (and son).

  • 40.
    molly said…

    must look for that title for marty.

  • 41.
    elizabeth said…

    I’ve seen a little plush Walter for sale somewhere before… might be fun to add him to your home as a reminder to giggle about something totally ridiculous from time to time ; )

  • 42.
    Janie said…

    Other good books are the “David” series. They are hilarious too.

  • 43.
    lilly said…

    seriously? it is very important business for a 3 year old, so laugh away because you’re making memories for a life time.

    you made my day Anna…way to go!

  • 44.
    Cecilia said…

    Awesome…i love it!
    I tell myself i’m not *too* serious until i start killing all the fun. It’s a fine line.
    Hooray for laughter! I’ll have to check out this book :)

  • 45.
    Jessica said…

    We love this book too! I think it’s such a great gift to give our kids…the gift of laughing together!

  • 46.
    Deb J said…

    I”m so glad you found a book that made both of you laugh so much together. Good for Anna to see and good therapy.

  • 47.
    Christine said…

    For years I tried to inject “passing gas” into my son’s vocabulary. It was a fruitless and thankless effort. Sixteen years later, I am so glad I gave up. “Farting” has provided endless laughs and a new family tradition of finding the next great greeting card related to farting. Classy and cultural? No. But oh so much fun! My parents are even in on it!

  • 48.
    Alexandra said…

    Nothing like a little toilet humour to get you laughing your pants off – no pun intended ;)

  • 49.
    Sarah Jane said…

    Thanks for the tip; I could use a good laugh. Added it to my HOLD LIST at the public library. Can’t wait to check it out. :)

  • 50.
    Allison M. said…

    Wonderful! I had completely forgotten all about this book. My mom bought it for my nephews several years ago. I bet my Lilly would just love it & I was not aware there were more Walter books. My Mom gave Lilly My Goat Gertrude by Starr Dobson for Christmas. We have only read it once so far, but she enjoyed it. May be one for your reading list with Anna. I am most definitely adding Walter to Lilly’s list.

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