Flawed Dogs: The Year-End Leftovers at the Piddleton

Flawed Dogs: The Year-End Leftovers at the Piddleton "Last Chance" Dog Pound

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by Berkeley Breathed

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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of "Bloom County" comes the annual catalog of the fictional "Last Chance" Dog Pound, riotously depicting imperfect dogs that are available for adoption. Full color.


From the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of "Bloom County" comes the annual catalog of the fictional "Last Chance" Dog Pound, riotously depicting imperfect dogs that are available for adoption. Full color.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this outwardly glib paper-over-board catalogue of homeless dogs, Breathed (Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big) comments on people's mistreatment of animals. Trouble is, Breathed's flippant satire and visual hyperbole make an odd fit with his devotion to a worthy cause-the book may be best suited to adult dog lovers. According to the introduction, Piddleton, Vt., "Pop. 327 (People: 243)," is home to activist Heidy Str delberg, who once named a "shivering three-legged streetdog" best in show at Westminster and then founded the Last Chance Dog Pound, to give "the doomed and most desperate... a final try at getting adopted into a world that worships perfection." But that's all in the fine print. To a casual browser, the book is a rogue's gallery of unlovely pets. Barney, a tattooed hound, sits sadly at the grave of his departed owner, "Leo `Nardo' Davinski, 1922-2003, Tattooer to the Angels Now." Pepe, a cross-eyed Chihuahua, thinks he's as handsome as Richard Gere. Other charmers are flatulent or stick their heads up their owner's nostrils. Every spread includes a full-page color portrait, opposite which is a black-and-white mug shot picturing the lonely animal in a gray cement cell. The sentimental concluding image, a glowing Pi ta holding a bandaged dog, laments that "Some live without love.../ That's how they're flawed." Despite this pro-adoption plea, none of the unfortunates finds a home, and the vaunted Piddleton shelter (if indeed it is the one pictured) looks as lifeless as a tomb. All ages. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The Pulitzer-prize-winning creator of the Bloom County and Outland comic strips has teamed up with the Humane Society of the United States to address the problem of pet over-population and to encourage people to adopt pets from their local animal shelters. All the dogs in this book are leftovers in a fictional animal shelter in Piddleton, Vermont, which has a population of 327, of which 243 are people! Each dog has a very definite flaw, ranging from simple ugliness to elaborate tattoos to strange and sometimes disgusting habits. The last page of the book makes it clear that, even though dogs and people are imperfect, the greatest flaw is to live without love. The illustrations are hilarious, and the pithy, humorous rhymes accompanying each of the flawed dogs add to the charm of the book. This book is recommended as a consciousness-raising exercise for older children as well as for adults. Most of all, it is simply fun! 2003, Little, Brown and Company, Ages 10 up.
— Kathy Egner, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 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 Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Product dimensions:
10.25(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
7 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Berkeley Breathed, one of America's most popular illustrators, is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for his editorial cartooning. His comic strip "Bloom County" ran for years in newspapers around the world and his books of the collected cartoons include the bestsellers 'Toons for Our Times and Penguin Dreams and Stranger Things. His highly acclaimed picture books, A Wish for Wings That Work: An Opus Christmas Story, The Last Basselope, Goodnight Opus, Red Ranger Came Calling, and Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big have been hits with children and adults alike.

Berkeley Breathed lives, works, and surfs in Montecito, California.

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Flawed Dogs 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 80 reviews.
FromtheZoo More than 1 year ago
Parts of the story were very sad, and other parts were laugh-out-loud funny. Overall, it was a sweet story that we enjoyed together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A story of a dog who is perfect. He meets a girl named heidi and... YOU MUST READ IT!!!!!!! I cant explain it but its so touching. A bit like edward tulane by kate dicamillo ( another great book ) but instead of a china rabbit its about a dog. It will hypnotise u and u cant put it down! READ!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will give away the whole book if i try to explain but its no waste of money! A bit sad but... u know what im gonna say... read it!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a HUGE fan of Berkeley Breathed from way back. Love, love, love anything he does. The illustrations are amazing and the story is funny. Great buy.
hayesPT More than 1 year ago
I'm going to have to sound like some paid advertisement, because I have to say that Flawed Dogs is inspirational and oh so warm and fuzzy. To hear the story on which this book is based, is the truly inspirational part. How the dogs are drawn and portrayed is the warm and fuzzy part. What average human being hasn't watched the big dog shows with some feeling of "HUH?"...or just plain disgust. Most us are not Pits and Jolies, hence no pedigree. So, reading that the head judge at the Westminster dog show actually was motivated to bring in a mangled mutt she found on the steps outside the show and then put the winning 1st place ribbon on him...if only as a attention grabber, THAT IS INSPIRATIONAL and entirely selfless as well! THe artwork is so imaginative, funny, and beautiful. If you dont like the book its only because you must be a Pitt or Jolie and lucky you! pt
Tcms Tornado More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!! I read it for the first time in second grade and I haven't forgotten the book since. Great book for bedtime stories.
Allison Snead More than 1 year ago
I read this book to my 2 year old, and now we read it every night. He has practically memorized every word! I haven't downloaded it yet, but I know I will soon!
Elizabeth Lesko More than 1 year ago
I'm a dog lover and I looooove this book!
Linda Conrado More than 1 year ago
my favorite book of all time
Doublewired More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my favorite books because it had all of the things I was looking for, adventure, creativity, happiness and a little bit of sadness to top it off. I love dogs so i really loved this book as you could probably tell. Good is in the details of this book and that is why I give this book four stars.
Awntie More than 1 year ago
This little book tells a little story about how one person can be moved to see the beauty of even the most challenging of gifts. In the end each of us is just a flawed dog who needs to be accepted just as we are.
dogcatcher More than 1 year ago
It isn't what i thought it was going to be about when purchased, but i was glad to find that it helped find homes for animals in another part of the country, i work as an Animal Control Officer and try to find a variety of things that are about animals, this was very intriguing to me and well worth it's price.
daggel More than 1 year ago
Got this book as a gift and will buy it for dog lovers on my Christmas list this year too.

What a wonderful, quirky, downright hysterically funny little book - the illustrations are worth the price - and the writing is funny beyond words.
If you have a sense of wonder, the absurd, the ability to understand what acceptance and love are about, you will treasure this book.
I alternated between tears of laughter and pity -- but, believe me, the laughter will win out.
It's a message, but will leave you feeling good. The last lines alone are worth the price.
If you love animals - even if you just have a wacky sense of humor - this book is for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is incredible. Each time I read it I laugh until I cry. The art is histerical, and I think, as I said, it is the best kid's book there can be, along with other Berkely Breathed books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is wonferful, truely a must read for all people. Really puts the needs of the dogs first. I hope everyone who reads this goes out and adopts one of these amazing dogs and finds the love that I found in my two rescue dogs!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This could've been me! I've always wanted to open a shelter for the dogs nobody else wanted. But this story was told in such a wonderful, FUNNY way. The illlustrations are so creatively ingenious- I can't imagine why anyone wouldn't like it. Unless, of course, they are those 'Pet Show People' with Registered Name Brand Foo-Foo Dogs that cost $800 with names like Sir Winston Rainwater Lion-Hearted Billy Bob Royale III (aka B-Bob). That would certainly explain it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I laughed my bottom off looking at this book. Its a bit dark but has a great message that all four (three) footed and furry creatures deserve love. The illustrations sometimes lack a certain finesse you'd expect from airbrush but the style works for the material, with hilarious results. 'Noodles' was my personal favorite, with 'Lulu' running a close second. Read this book if you need a side split or if you understand bizarre humor like the far-side.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recived the book as a gift and I was annoyed that the wonderful traits of these dogs were not included. I will agree that the illustrations were great. But the story was not one that I enjoyed. I had to stop the other members of my family from throwing this gift away they took great offense that someone would give this to a fmily that loves dogs not only for their outer appearance but for the inner traits that maked dogs what they are a valuable companion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book on the surface is very funny. The illustrations are beautifully rendered but read more closely. I was smiling at the beginning but very teary-eyed at the end. The message of this book should not be ignored. My 6 year old daughter laughed at the funny pictures but totally missed the message. Buy this book, read this book and then open your heart to a 'flawed dog' in a shelter somewhere.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a FUNNY book. I've never laughed so hard. Coffee table book of the year! These poor dogs have it all. Thanks
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has it ALL!!!! Awesome illustrations and hilarious lyrics. I especially liked the tennis balls (you'll get it once you see it). Because of this book I am ordering all of Berkeley Breathed's books. I cannot wait to share this one with everyone!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havent read it uet but i have heard rhat it is a great book!! Im exited to read it!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Join here and maybe i will let you through...... o and this book is great i love it so much and im a cat person!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Made me cry
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books, so sweet, sad, silly, and inspiring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It gave me a warm feeling then a heart broken fealling a scared feeling and a lot more! Please get it and dont forget the adio book! Warning... some parts are scary