Flawed Dogs: The Shocking Raid on Westminster [NOOK Book]

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Pulitzer Prize-winning Berkeley Breathed's first illustrated novel! Sam the Lion is actually a priceless dachshund, bred to be a show dog. More important, he is Heidy's best friend, and she needs one like never before. Living with her reclusive uncle is hard, but Sam has a way of making her feel soft and whole. Until the day Sam is framed by the jealous poodle Cassius, and is cast out by Heidy's uncle, alone on the wild streets, where he is roughed up by a world he was not bred for. Sporting a soup ladle for a ...
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Overview

Pulitzer Prize-winning Berkeley Breathed's first illustrated novel! Sam the Lion is actually a priceless dachshund, bred to be a show dog. More important, he is Heidy's best friend, and she needs one like never before. Living with her reclusive uncle is hard, but Sam has a way of making her feel soft and whole. Until the day Sam is framed by the jealous poodle Cassius, and is cast out by Heidy's uncle, alone on the wild streets, where he is roughed up by a world he was not bred for. Sporting a soup ladle for a leg, Sam befriends other abandoned dogs and journeys all the way to the Westminster Dog Show, where his plan for revenge on Cassius takes an unexpected turn when he and Heidy spot each other after years of being apart. Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author Berkeley Breathed's first illustrated novel is a heartwarming and humorous ode to the unconditional and lasting love we and our pets share.






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Editorial Reviews

John Schwartz
Breathed, through words and lush illustrations, tells a story that will charm many readers
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
Bloom County cartoonist Breathed (Pete & Pickles) makes the move from picture books to middle-grade fiction and, from the harrowing opening scene at a dog fight, readers will be rapt. After spending eight years isolated at a boarding school in Minnesota, 14-year-old orphan Heidy McCloud is invited to live with her dejected uncle Hamish, greedy Mrs. Beaglehole and their evil poodle, Cassius, on the vacant McCloud Heavenly Acres dog ranch in Piddleton, Vt., “Home of the World's Most Beautiful Dogs.” En route, Heidy meets Sam, a Duüglitz dachshund worth $180,000, and a reciprocal, platonic love is born. However, Cassius resents the attention Sam receives and sets a trap resulting in the dachshund's imprisonment in a pound with “the seven most ridiculous dogs [Sam] had ever seen,” as well as Sam's suffering an awful injury. But the dog's determination to reunite with Heidy doesn't wane. Dramatically lit and featuring comically exaggerated characters (human and canine alike), Berkeley's b&w artwork augments the story's drama and humor. A moving tale about the beauty of imperfections and the capacity for love. Ages 8–12. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Summer Whiting
Sam the Lion is not a lion at all—at least not in the physical sense. He is beaten down and feels dejected. No matter that he is one of a kind and worth $180,000! His life has been nothing short of rough, and it is about to get even worse. When his soulmate, a human named Heidi, is sent to live with her uncle, she rescues Sam and the two became fast friends. Unfortunately for them, Cassius, the resident poodle, is jealous of Heidi's love for Sam. He makes it his goal to undermine the unknowing dachshund. After being framed for some pretty awful tricks, Sam is put up for adoption. Unable to accept the recent turn of events, he makes it his mission to prove to the world that he was set up. He begins his journey to find his beloved owner. This story follows this spirited pup through staggering capers and shenanigans. Breathed knows how to use just the right language to engage even the most reluctant readers. This book will warm the hearts of animal lovers and promises to engage readers to the very last line. Reviewer: Summer Whiting
VOYA - Jenna Yee
Flawed Dogs is written in first person with an easily understood but very fun and crazy plot that takes hold of the reader. As you read about Sam, you feel how he struggles with himself. The plot is not uncommon, but the story from a dog's point of view balances out the predictability. Teen readers who like animal stories will like this book. Reviewer: Jenna Yee, Teen Reviewer
VOYA - Cindy Faughnan
From the moment the show dog Sam the Lion meets Heidy, the fourteen-year-old orphaned niece of a rich man, the two are inseparable. They dance together in their first dog show and amaze the crowd. Cassius, the poodle that belongs to the caretaker, plots a way to get rid of Sam so he can have his rightful place as Heidy's favorite. When it looks as if Sam has attacked a baby, he is shot at by Heidy's uncle. During the next year he is taken by the sheriff to a holding cell for unwanted animals, caught in a trap where he loses his leg, and befriended by a man who uses him for pit fighting. Through it all, Sam is kept alive by his love for Heidy. Finally he decides to sneak into the Westminster dog show to have a showdown with Cassius in order to reunite with Heidy. The animals in this story talk to each other but communicate with the humans in their usual ways, through barks, tail wagging, and kisses. The story is told with humor. Names include Mrs. Beaglehole, Mrs. Nutbush, and St. Egregious School. Comments such as "whistles are to dogs what a pricked thumb is to a vampire" are scattered throughout. The author is a cartoonist known for the comic strip Bloom County and a picture book that inspired this work. The illustrations, both black-and-white and color, are detailed and add to the cartoonlike nature of the story. Although some characters are caricatures and the time spanned in the novel creates a few holes, readers will root for the spunky dachshund to the very end. Reviewer: Cindy Faughnan
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—This chapter book is a spin-off of Breathed's 2003 picture book of the same name (Little, Brown). Sam the dachshund was bred to be an award-winning show dog, right down to his priceless "Duüglitz tuft." But Sam has no interest in appearances; like all dogs, beautiful or "flawed," all he really wants is to belong to someone special, and to be loved. After a dramatic escape from his frightful new owner, he sneaks into a girl's luggage and soon wins her affections. But Cassius, a champion full-size poodle and denizen of Sam's new home, is not accustomed to being second in anyone's heart and is determined to get rid of him. What follows is a series of misadventures for Sam and a group of abandoned animals from the National Last-Ditch Dog Depository. Featuring some harrowing moments, this is not a story for the faint of heart, but readers will definitely be rooting for Sam and his comically imperfect band of followers. Black-and-white and full-color illustrations, done in the award-winning author's familiar style, are sprinkled throughout, adding depth to an already engaging and well-paced tale.—Jessica Marie, Renton Public Library, WA
Kirkus Reviews
Breathed's fans won't be surprised by the dark tone of this outlandish tale, but readers expecting a heartwarming pet story may be taken aback by the difficulties that face Sam, the canine hero. Luckily, smooth writing and humorous exaggeration make it relatively easy to get through the violence of a dog-fighting ring, the perfidy of an envious poodle and three long (mercifully undescribed) years in a research lab. Characterization of the humans is sketchy at best, but the various canine and feline players are an endearing mix of odd attributes and engaging personalities (except for the murderous poodle). Sam's clever plot to infiltrate the Westminster dog show combines the suspense of an over-the-top caper film with the slapstick of the Marx Brothers (Mrs. Nutbush bears a striking resemblance to Margaret Dumont). Clearly growing out of, but not a simple expansion of, the 2003 picture book of the same name, these pups' tale carries the same message of caring and concern and will likely worm its way into the hearts of readers able to persist through the problems and pain. (Fantasy. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101140284
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/17/2009
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 512,127
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Berkeley Breathed lives in California.
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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

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    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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