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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.See all Editorial Reviews
Cool story about a boy an a dog gaining confidence by being true to themselves. Great encouragement for being healthy an active.Published 9 months ago by Madison W
the book the fast and the flurries is an good book about a dog and his owner who has a hard time getting where they want to goPublished 11 months ago by K.H.
All I have to say is it is great but there should be little more facts about Kevin. The dog Should be like a a lab cause they run faster or be fat.Published 15 months ago by Alex
My son and I both read this book for a book series of notable children's books. I could relate to the dog growing up because we had a beagle that had his own agenda and we would... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ginger Bratzel
Thais book is great it was a fun read and gives Boyes a good insight on how to be positivePublished 17 months ago by jack
This book is so good and you have to read it and you would like it too and it is funny tooPublished 18 months ago by joey
I love animals ( favor dogs) and the book is just hilarious!
You should totally read this AWESOME book !
My kids found this book humorous and engaging throughout. They are not big fans of stories involving animals, but this was a delight.Published 21 months ago by Elaine Cox
Great for anybody who loves dogs. The first book I've read about a dog that becomes interested in in dog agility from a Tv competition.Published on May 5, 2013 by Matthew Rosenbloom