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Flawed Dogs: The Year End Leftovers at the Piddleton "Last Chance" Dog Pound Hardcover – October 17, 2003

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Amazon.com Review

Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and children's picture book author Berkeley Breathed crafts a remarkable, hilarious, and yes, even poignant celebration of "flawed dogs": "The bent and plain,/ The unbalanced bod,/ The imperfect people/ And differently pawed." At the core of this "2004 Catalogue of the Piddleton Dog Pound's Very Available Leftovers" is Heidy Strudelberg, "Garbo, Joan of Arc, and Mother Teresa of the nation's unwanted dogs: a reclusive warrior-saint of poundpups." Breathed reveals how Heidy was ousted from the high-falutin’ vanity dog breeding world when she awarded a muddy three-legged street mutt the Westminster Best in Show ribbon. Now, it seems, Heidy has retreated to the Vermont mountains to run the Last Chance Dog Pound, where defective dogs go for one more attempt at getting adopted. The bulk of Flawed Dogs, once you've laughed your way through the introductions and formalities, is a gallery of pathetic pups with accompanying verses. A picture of an extra-long Dachshund startling the dishes right out of her mistress's hands, is captioned thus: "Here’s Sal, it seems no one wants her./ Her ends will stroll off and wander./ A long doggie weenie/ Of noisy linguine/ Sal barks at her butt way down yonder." Dog lovers will be all in a tizzy to get their hands on this crazy, wonderful salute to blemished beagles and faulty foxhounds everywhere. (Ages 8 and older) --Emilie Coulter

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Grade 2-5-A tongue-in-cheek parade of mongrels, mutts, and generally unadoptable dogs fills this catalog of the Piddleton "Last Chance" Dog Pound in Vermont. The introductory pages present a cast of heavily satirized human characters as well as a brief history of the shelter, "where the doomed and most desperate are sent- for a final try at getting adopted into a world that worships perfection." The following pages each feature a sad sack and often bizarre dog-too colorful, too gassy, too long, too hairy, likes to crawl up people's noses-and a brief rhyming verse that describes its unhappy past. The full-color acrylics are rendered with broad exaggeration, dark and slightly sinister tones, and a rubbery suppleness that tends toward the grotesque. A note at the end encourages readers to adopt at local shelters. Adults will best appreciate the satire though older children may enjoy the goofy humor and outrageousness of the poor unwanted pooches featured here.
Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Library Binding edition (October 17, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316713597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316713597
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Welcome to Piddleton, Vermont (population 327, people 243), where the Last Chance Dog Pound presents its annual catalog of flawed and unadoptable dogs. Pictures of these wacky canines are accompanied with descriptions in rhyme penned by members of the Piddleton Poetry Club. This hilarious catalog includes Buttercup, a shar pei with one too many face lifts, iBoo, the robot dog whose faulty programming neglected housebreaking, and Spanks, the cat in dog's clothing. These pups are whimsical and endearing, and the only way in which they are truly flawed is in their lack of love. This story makes an earnest plea to adopt one of the millions of animals currently in shelters. A funny book for animal lovers of all ages.
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I dont normaly buy childrens books but I picked this one up in the bookstore and had to have it. The little rymes are cute and the overall message is good, but the artwork is absolutely beautiful and very funny. Its amazing how much expression a cartoon drawing can have.
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I picked this up in the bookstore the other day because I'm a big Berke Breathed fan. After glancing at the first page or two, I was drawn in and carried the book over to a nearby chair and read it straight through. I laughed and cried, then went home and ordered copies for all the animal lovers on my Christmas list. This is one of the funniest and, ultimately, most touching books I've read in a long time. Buy it.
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Flawed Dogs is truly a work of art. Great illustrations. This is the 2004 catalogue of the PIDDLETON DOG POUND's very available leftovers who just *may* have some minor blemishes. We have everything from the dog who's all tongue to the hairball that calls itself a dog. There's a tatooed dog and a teeny dog, an old fart of a dog and a three footed dog. Almost guarenteed to give you at least one (if not more) good laugh!

But do take caution, Parents and other adults may find this book somewhat disturbing. Some crude humor + somewhat mangled dogs.

However, I don't really see that much harm in it. True, this is not for preschoolers but most kids find this book hilariously amusing. It's a great book and I think it's okay for kids to see. Enjoy your trip to Piddleton!
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My kids are all grown up, but I grabbed this off the new acquisitions shelf at the local library because the pictures were so great. And then we spent an evening at home with a bunch of fully grown, respectable (sort of) adults admiring the illustrations. It's written for a dog shelter in Piddleton, Vermont, and the poems contributed by the poetry club of that aspiring metropolis aren't at all bad. But the whole concept of these flawed dogs and the illustrations are just brilliant. Being a flawed dog myself, albeit of a different species, I appreciated the implied permission to get on with my life in spite of it.
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As someone involved with dog rescue, it was easy to "recognize" all of the dogs and their situations. Dogs (and cats) end up at pounds and shelters by the MILLIONS each year for reasons as diverse as "I'm moving", to "I didn't know they would shed". And sadly, the majority of these dogs end up being put to death. In this wonderful book, Mr. Breathed brings attention to the plight of these creatures while entertaining, fabulously! I recommend this for every animal lover and Berkeley Breathed fan.
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By A Customer on October 27, 2003
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This will be a great Christmas present for my 26 year old daughter who has a "flawed dog" of her own. I think this book would appeal more to a 12 years and up category. The variety of bizarre looking dogs coupled with the very funny rhymes made this a laugh out loud book for me.
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This is a terrific book not only for kids, but for anyone who has ever had or wanted a dog. The art work is splendid and full of wonderful detail. So much so you need lots of time to go over each painting several times. The verses which accompany each dog and tells its story are priceless and often "laugh out loud" funny.
As silly as it can be, it also brought tears to my eyes and certainly makes a person think about the plight of the unwanted, homeless animals around the world.
I'd suggest getting a copy of this book ASAP and then going to your local shelter and adopting a "flawed" dog for yourself.
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