Flawed Dogs by Berkeley Breathed
The Novel: The Shocking Raid on Westminster

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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 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.






 

About Berkeley Breathed

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Berkeley Breathed (www.berkeleybreathed.com) lives in Montecito, CA.
 
Published August 29, 2009 by Philomel. 252 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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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.

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The New York Times

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A wacky adventure of misfit dogs and an orphan girl from the cartoonist behind “Bloom County.”

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Publishers Weekly

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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 ...

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In this outwardly glib paper-over-board catalogue of homeless dogs, Breathed (Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big ) comments on people's mistreatment of animals.

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Cunningly, Cassius engineers Sam's disgrace, maiming and exile—a miserable series of events, including an "indescribable" stint in an animal testing lab, that ends with poor, mutilated Sam confronting a slavering bull terrier in a dogfighting ring.

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Readers who have come to expect whimsical and funny from Breathed may be disappointed with his novel ‘Flawed Dogs: The Novel: The Shocking Raid on Westminster’, even though it contains quintessential Breathed illustrations.

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Common Sense Media

He recruits a pack of “flawed” dogs to help him sabotage the Westminster Dog Show, but his revenge scheme turns into something quite different when he and Heidy find each other again.

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With cunning and grit that only a true underdog can muster, Sam proves his prowess all the way to the Westminster Dog Show where he stages a hilarious coup in a rematch with Cassius, the likes of which canine-lovers have never seen.

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