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The Blue Smoker of Barkwater Village
by Annette Burget Bailey   

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Publisher:  iUniverse ISBN-10:  0595394698 Type: 


Copyright:  June 2006

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The Blue Smoker of Barkwater Village

"In this hilarious children's tale, the Blue Smoker of Barkwater Village keeps his city free from evil with a single blast of blinding blue intestinal gas."

Barkwater Village is a sleepy seaside community with its share of smiling faces and sunshine. Cloudy skies are few and chronic cursing is not allowed. The village also has the lowest crime rate in the county and remains a regular rest stop for sightseers trying to catch a whiff of a suspicious smelling smoke that supposedly circles the city's skyline each and every evening at exactly six o'clock.

Barkwater is a caring, pet-friendly community with bunches of bulldogs, Boston terriers, and bloodhounds. But there's only one Blue Smoker.

Booter Pooter, son of the former Blue Smoker, Super Pooter, has a dog-given gift inherited from his father--the uncanny ability to clear any room with his super stinky stench. Following a freak farting fiasco, Booter is officially declared the Blue Smoker, and Super Pooter's stinky successor seeks to successfully smoke out any and all evil in Barkwater Village.


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Shirley Roe, AllBooks Reviews
Barkwater is a sleepy seaside village filled with interesting four-legged characters. The town is unique in that everyday at exactly six o'clock sharp, a strange smelly smoke descends over the village. Wherever the strange stench originates, it seems to have a definite affect on criminals -- they don't like it and the town remains crime-free.

This little book and its interesting characters will entertain your children night after night. Although the entire book seems to be about flatulence, as a parent and grandparent, I realize that this is a very amusing topic for children.

Children will cheer when Booter Pooter transforms into superhero, Blue Smoker of Barkwater Village. The characters names are funny appealing to little people. Although I'm not sure the little people will associate the play on words in certain parts of the book i.e.: DNN's Barry Bing and the Bellen BeBeneres show, older children will find this amusing. The author's use of poetic consonance throughout the book gives it a happy rhyming appeal.

Anne K. Edwards
Drop into Barkwater Village and visit with a dog named Booter. But, bring a clothespin. You'll need it.

Booter is something of a local hero, but to find out why, you'll have to read the story. A fun read for children that parents will also enjoy. Talented author Annette Burget Bailey combines an unusual dog with an unusual town and creates a place we will long remember. It's something in the air.

Recommended as a story kids and adults will enjoy, a timeless tale that will be enjoyed by the generations to come. Enjoy. I did (and I'm way past being a child).

Willie Elliott, Myshelf
Annette Burget Bailey has gone outside the box in her delightful book for children The Blue Smoker of Barkwater Village, but the big question is how far will the book go when parents and teachers find out the book is about dog flatulence - or as Bailey comes more to the point and says farting?

The story centers around Booter Pooter and his knack for preventing crime by emitting a blinding blue gas or as the more prudish would say, passing gas.

After the reader accepts the usage of fart and farting, he is presented with an entertaining story.

The play on words is clever. For example, a seasonal sightseer is named Ralph Rotten and the following paragraph is a delightful play on words: While I waited for a wonderful family to whisk me away, I worked tirelessly at cultivating my canine common sense, and enrolled in correspondence classes at Pet State University, with a minor in Lassie Literature. I received my Barkers of Arf degree, graduating Summa Cum Canine,
top dog in my class.

This is a book young boys would go wild for - if they could get their hands on it, and some girls would venture a read to see what those naughty boys are up to.

The word fart is considered vulgar in some circles, but that aside, judging the book on its merit as a children’s story, it is a success. I loved it, and I’m just a little boy at heart.

As for Booter Pooter and his gang, dog bless their souls.

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Reader Reviews for "The Blue Smoker of Barkwater Village"

Reviewed by John Domino 10/15/2008
You have to LOVE GOD's animals. They are like kids!

Blessings to YOU!

Reviewed by Chrissy McVay 7/2/2006
Congratulations on the completion and publication of your new book!

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