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Just a fun book to read, when referring to dogs, Piddleton is an apt location because that is something they are apt to do

  • Mar 31, 2010
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Piddleton, Vermont is a town of approximately 250 people and the location of the Piddleton Dog Pound for dogs that are less than ideal in appearance. In this book, master cartoonist Berke Breathed showcases the most unusual dogs that were in the Piddleton Pound in 2004. Many of the dogs were transferred there from other locations after it appeared that they would never be adopted. The drawings are largely caricatures of both the people and the dogs and they are amusing, although at times you have to look carefully in order to perceive all the humor. This is a fun book to read.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and children's picture book author Berkeley Breathed crafts a remarkable, hilarious, and yes, even poignant celebration of "flawed dogs": "The bent and plain,/ The unbalanced bod,/ The imperfect people/ And differently pawed." At the core of this "2004 Catalogue of the Piddleton Dog Pound's Very Available Leftovers" is Heidy Strudelberg, "Garbo, Joan of Arc, and Mother Teresa of the nation's unwanted dogs: a reclusive warrior-saint of poundpups." Breathed reveals how Heidy was ousted from the high-falutin’ vanity dog breeding world when she awarded a muddy three-legged street mutt the Westminster Best in Show ribbon. Now, it seems, Heidy has retreated to the Vermont mountains to run the Last Chance Dog Pound, where defective dogs go for one more attempt at getting adopted. The bulk ofFlawed Dogs, once you've laughed your way through the introductions and formalities, is a gallery of pathetic pups with accompanying verses. A picture of an extra-long Dachshund startling the dishes right out of her mistress's hands, is captioned thus: "Here’s Sal, it seems no one wants her./ Her ends will stroll off and wander./ A long doggie weenie/ Of noisy linguine/ Sal barks at her butt way down yonder." Dog lovers will be all in a tizzy to get their hands on this crazy, wonderful salute to blemished beagles and faulty foxhounds everywhere. (Ages 8 and older)--Emilie ...
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ISBN-10: 0316713597
ISBN-13: 978-0316713597
Author: Berkeley Breathed
Genre: Children's Books, Entertainment
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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