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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling (July 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375859004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375859007
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4–7—Kevin Pugh, 12, leads a couch-potato existence. While his father, Howie, recalls the glory of playing for the Chicago Bears and tries to motivate his son to follow in his footsteps, Kevin limits his football exposure to video games. Things change, though, when, flipping through channels, he tunes in to the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge and sees a terrier shatter the agility-course record. Kevin's dog is as sluggish as his owner, but he is mesmerized, so Kevin halfheartedly enrolls his pet in a training program, even though Dad dismisses dog agility as something less than a real sport. Although incredibly clumsy during training, boy and dog pull off a miraculous win in their first competition and qualify for the championship. The days following are anticlimactic: even after the win, Howie is unimpressed with Kevin's and Cromwell's efforts; they are not able to come anywhere close to the time they achieved during the Invitational; and Kevin feels like more of a loser than ever. Just as he is ready to walk out without competing, his father inspires him to leave the more experienced dogs in the dust yet again. In spite of a clichéd plot and caricaturelike secondary characters, Behrens's engaging style will appeal to children. Students will relate to likable Kevin's self-deprecating humor, and Cromwell's perseverance gives anyone with an unrealized dream a glimmer of hope.—Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
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The couch potato son of a beloved Chicago football hero, Kevin Pugh has neither his father’s athletic talent nor ambition. His dog Cromwell, however, is an agility powerhouse, who makes up for his lack of style with innate talent and a love of the obstacle course. Kevin’s planned summer of loafing and gaming changes when he and Cromwell enter dog agility classes and competitions, which have an unforeseen result on Kevin’s own athleticism and self-esteem. This semi-sports story reads like a Cinderella tale in which the protagonist rises above his own apathy, rather than nasty relatives, to achieve hero status. Secondary characters, such as Elka, the eccentric trainer at the dog school, and Kevin’s best friend, Zach, who has grand visions of sponsorship deals for Cromwell, are effective foils. Plot surprises are few, but the abundant humor makes this a satisfying underdog story in the tradition of Gordon Korman’s and David Lubar’s novels. Grades 2-5. --Kara Dean --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Behren's writing and characters are great.
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The characters are very believable and described in such detail you feel like you might actually know them!
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Our 9-year-old grandson read this book and loved it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Diane on April 16, 2010
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This is a very funny book and also very inspiring. My son and I read it together (he is 9), so it might be more appropriate for children in grades 4 and 5 to read solo.
The characters are very believable and described in such detail you feel like you might actually know them! The chapters are an excellent length - you can read one or two at a shot.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes dogs in particular, but probably any companion-type pet.We were both a little disappointed when we finished the last chapter because we enjoyed the story more and more as it progressed. My son predicts that this would make an excellent movie and I have to agree. An excellent choice for any less-than enthusiastic reader and I predict it will be a popular summer reading book for many.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Cunningham on February 14, 2011
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This was a great, funny story about a kid who learns he can be more than he is ... the characters were hilarious and the action was quick - I drove five hours without even thinking about it while I listened. Highly recommended for kids and for adults who want something entertaining.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DAC VINE VOICE on September 29, 2010
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12 yr old Kevin Pugh spends a lot of his time in the basement, playing Madden Football and watching television. Kevin's dad, Howie used to play for the Bears. The Pugh's love in Chicago and the fans still love Howie. Kevin's younger sister Izzy is a soccer star, be he' s no athlete.

At an annual charity kickball game between two news station, Kevin is hit in the head twice.

Izzy was idly juggling a balled up sock. "It's just too bad you didn't stay in Kevin. We totally coulda won." "I was wounded," said Kevin. "Had to come out" Izzy threw her sock ball at Kevin, who lunged out of the way. "Where were those reflexes earlier, Kev?" Howie asked. "Not funny," snapped Kevin, adjusting his bag of ice. "I could have been killed today. Or braindamaged. I could be in a vegetative state right now because of a kickball." Howie rolled his eyes. "That was pretty impressive actually getting hit in the face twice by the same kick. Is there somebody at Guiness Book we could call? "

Kevin's dog Cromwell used to lay around all day doing nothing until he an sees an agility dog competition on Animal Planet. Out of shape Cromwell wants to be an agility dog. Kevin doesn't know want to make of the change is once inactive dog. With some financial help from his best friend Zach, Kevin and Cromwell enroll in agility classes. Elka the trainer has a special way with dogs. Kevin is convinced Elka speaks dog. Elka takes a special liking to Kevin and Cromwell.

I loved The Fast and the Furriest. Behren's writing and characters are great. I laughed out loud a lot. I read the last scene over several times, and belly laughed each time. This book has much more to offer then laughs. Kevin has finally committed to something and grows more confident. For much of the summer Kevin keeps his where abouts a secret, knowing his football star father won't approve. When the truth is comes out Howie, isn't too happy at first but with the help of wife and daughter, he comes around.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By samfl on July 1, 2012
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I gave this book 3 stars. If I could give it 3 1/2, it'd be more accurate. It was better than "ok" but I wouldn't buy it for someone as a gift. It a great underdog story, and you can tell the ending from day one, but it's cute and funny. And it's a quick read. Good, but not great, was what my daughter thought of it. Don't hunt it down, but if someone gets it for you, go ahead and read it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 18, 2010
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Andy Behrens' THE FAST AND THE FURRIEST tells of pre-teen Kevin, who hates sports, as does his dog - until the dog sees a dog agility competition on TV. Now Cromwell is beginning to mimic the TV show - and Kevin is being dragged to obstacle courses and even becomes involved on a mission to help his dog achieve its dreams! A fun story evolves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Barnes on October 29, 2013
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Not everyone is cut out to play football, no big deal, right? Wrong, if you are Kevin and your dad use to play professionally, it is a very big deal! Neither Kevin or his dog, Cromwell are athletic, but something changes all that, this book has some funny parts but there is a serious thread running through it about letting people be true to themselves and sometimes people really do change!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ainara on March 5, 2013
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This book is amazing. If there was a whole series I would read it all.this was the best book I've ever read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kali Garcia on May 12, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. It was very detailed and the characters were easy to identify with. Throughout the book, I was always rooting for Kevin. He realized what he was good at and followed his dream. I recommend this book to all my friends.
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