Saturday, October 10, 2009

Flawed Dogs: the Shocking Raid on Westminster by Berkeley Breathed, as reviewed by Freaky



We loved the picture book by the same title, and when this one finally arrived we read it in one sitting. Perfect! The age-old themes of love, heartbreak, true beauty, purpose and revenge are illustrated with doggy kisses, airplanes on the highway, lethal farts and mud. Like I said, perfect!

Events that would seem far-fetched written by anyone else somehow seem perfectly plausible when written by Breathed, which makes us wonder: what would happen if he and Dave Barry got together to write a novel? Almost a scary thought, but one we would love to see happen.

Breathed manages to hit most of the terrible fates that can befall a dog (animal testing labs, dog fighting ring, hit by a car, dog pound, etc.) while still making us laugh between the sniffles - and only he can be that silly and heartwarming at the same time. A must read for any dog lover out there (and really, if you don't like dogs enough to appreciate this books, we have little use for you anyway.)

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