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The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this endearing book has some scenes that might be tough for sensitive readers to take. A dog is shot, hit by a car, loses his leg in a bear trap, and is separated from his owner. There are several exciting chases and dog fight scenes, but the violence is tempered with humor and sweetness. There is also a scene involving people betting on a dog fight.
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What's the story?
The story follows Sam, a $180,000 dachsund bred for excellence, as he discovers the love that is shared between a pet and a human. His human of choice, Heidy McCloud, is a 14-year-old girl with a \ rebellious streak, who thinks she doesn’t like dogs ever since her parents’ dog-related death. Sam and Heidy find each other unexpectedly and love each other instantly. All is right in their world until they are separated by a jealous and scheming poodle and his owner. Over the course of a few years, Sam is maimed and heartbroken with revenge on his mind. 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.
Is it any good?
FLAWED DOGS is hilarious and sweet with a message of friendship and faithfulness that anyone (even cat lovers) will find uplifting. Each animal in the book is an unforgettable character, drawn and written with Berkeley Breathed’s signature brand of wit. His illustrations add an extra measure of emotion to the already lovely book.
Berkeley Breathed's illustrations are amazing and they impart the message of the story with humor and poignancy.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about jealousy. Why were Cassius and Mrs. Beaglehole so jealous of Heidy and Sam? How could they have handled their feelings in a better way? Have you ever been jealous of somebody? What did it feel like and what could you do to overcome those feelings?
Why didn’t Sam’s physical imperfections matter to Heidy? Why did Cassius think the imperfections would matter?
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