Elvis and the Underdogsby Jenny Lee, Kelly Light
Benji Wendell Barnsworth is a small ten-year-old boy with a big personality. Born premature, Benji is sickly and accident prone and has a tendency to faint—a lot. He's at the hospital so often, he even has his own punch card. That is, until the day Benji wakes up from a particularly bad spell. Concerned for Benji's health, the doctor offers him two… See more details below
Benji Wendell Barnsworth is a small ten-year-old boy with a big personality. Born premature, Benji is sickly and accident prone and has a tendency to faint—a lot. He's at the hospital so often, he even has his own punch card. That is, until the day Benji wakes up from a particularly bad spell. Concerned for Benji's health, the doctor offers him two options: wear the world's ugliest padded helmet or get a therapy dog.
Benji chooses the dog, of course. But when a massive crate arrives at Benji's house, out walks a two hundred-pound Newfoundland. And that isn't even the strangest thing about the dog. He announces that his name is Parker Elvis Pembroke IV. That's right, this dog can talk! And boy, is he bossy. Having a bossy dog can come in handy, though. Elvis brings out the dog lover in the most surprising people and shows Benji that making new friends may not be as scary as he once thought.
From a fresh new voice comes the hilarious and poignant story about the importance of finding your own pack.
What People are saying about this
“That Elvis is a dog of dogs: the smartest, the bravest, the funniest. Also, the biggest. No wonder Benji’s adventures with him are hilarious and action-packed! Such a very fun read.”
“It’s impossible not to fall in love with Elvis and Benji. And here I thought I was the only person who actually had conversations with his dog…”
Meet the Author
Jenny Lee is a writer and producer on the new ABC Family sitcom Young & Hungry. She was also a writer and producer of the TBS sitcom Ground Floor and the Disney Channel's number-one-rated kids' show Shake It Up for all three seasons. The author of four humor essay books, Jenny is also the author of Elvis and the Underdogs. She lives in Los Angeles with her 110-pound Newfoundland, Doozy (and yes, it's a toss-up on who's walking whom every day).
Kelly Light lives in New York but grew up down the shore in New Jersey surrounded by giant pink dinosaurs, cotton candy colors, and Skee-Ball sounds. She was schooled on Saturday-morning cartoons and Sunday funny pages. She picked up a pencil, started drawing, and never stopped.
Kelly has illustrated Elvis and the Underdogs and Elvis and the Underdogs: Secrets, Secret Service, and Room Service by Jenny Lee, and the Quirks series by Erin Soderberg. This is her first picture book.
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This is an amazing book. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a funny story with lots of heart.
Benjamin aka Benji, Benj, Baby, was born a preemie. He is always at the hospital and by always I mean he goes so often he his favorite nurse created a punch card for him. Benji has trouble making friends, doesn't play sports and has twin older brothers who are always picking on him. When Benj has a seizure at school his doctor says he either has to wear a protective helmet or get a service dog. Considering he has allergies to dogs, his parents opt for the helmet even though Benji begs them not to. When life becomes unbearable with the helmet, the parents finally agree to the service dog. However, the dog that arrives is much, MUCH larger than they expected. Not only that, the dog is grumpy...at least that's what Benji thinks. A story about friendship, diversity and love this story is one I am definitely adding to the collection at school! I've already read book 2 (I actually read it first:-) and am so hopeful that Jenny Lee will continue with the series.
Hard vocab for third grade.