Hardcover: 48 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Library Binding edition (October 17, 2003)
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)
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Age Range: 3 and up
Grade Level: Preschool and up
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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