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

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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.

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Overview

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.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316713597
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 583,011
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.25 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted January 25, 2010

    My son and I read this book together.

    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.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    I adore this book! One of my faves. Read it!

    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!!!!!!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    LOOOOOOOVE IT!!!

    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.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2009

    Love This!

    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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    This book was so endearing,I really want to say sweet but that sounds so annoying.You could trade the dogs in with anyone human and have the same exact story, though for me not the same exact feeling, seeing as how I do love dogs.....

    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

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2011

    Looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove it!

    I'm a dog lover and I looooove this book!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2011

    GREAT BOOK!!!!

    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!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2009

    Do not read!

    I wish I had not read this book. It caught my eye because I'm a dog lover and it looked funny, it also said it was funny...it was not. In fact it was depressing. I was really disappointed in the fact that dog fighting was presented in a young reader's book at all, and the fact that the author alomost made you feel sorry for the man responsible for it was very distateful. Do not reccomend for anyone.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2011

    i reaf the other flawed dogs and im nor sure if this is a picrure book or not. can someone please tel me?

    that was he review up top

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

    amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this is an amazing book I am so happy that my bff showed me this book

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

    Love it!

    Love it!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2012

    Flawed Dogs

    This book is great. If you have a rescued a dog you will love this book. WoooooooooooHoooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove it.

    Looooooooooooooooooooooooooooove thissssssssssssssssssssssssssssss boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooook sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo muuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuch grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeead faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaantastic. Yoooooooooooooooooiooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooou shoooooooooooooooooooooould reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeead thhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhis

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2011

    Great

    I love dogs so to me it was great to me not me.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2011

    Cooooooooooool

    I've read it and it's very sad at some points.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

    llllloooovvvveeee iiiiitttt

    my favorite book of all time

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Love it! Love it!

    Did I mention that I love this book? It makes me want to run right out and adopt a rescue dachshund. Sam is a specially bred dachshund who crosses paths with a displaced young girl, Hiedi. The two form a special bond, but a second, jealous pooch in the house finds a way to frame Sam for a crime he didn't commit. Sam's life takes a dramatic change for the worse, barely surviving the pound, test labs, and dog fighting rings. Then one day Sam plots his revenge against the poodle who changed his life. With the help of other flawed dogs, they plot a "shock and awe" campaign at the grandest of all dog shows - Westminster! The graphics are top of the line Berkeley Breathed - a unique style I would recognize anywhere!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    One of my favorite books!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

    becoming a hero

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2010

    I don't reccomend this book

    I strongly disliked this book. I might even say hated. When I saw this book at the book store I thought that it would be really funny. It wasn't. It was actually the complete opposite. It was super sad. Just for the people reding this review to know how sad it was I'm just saying that I had to stop reading it half way in the middle because it was so sad. I'm not joking and I've read some pretty sad books in my life.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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