Flawed Dogs: The Novel

Flawed Dogs: The Novel

The Shocking Raid on Westminster

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Additional Formats
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 9780399252181
  • 224 Pages
  • Philomel Books
  • 8-12 years


The Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of Bloom County and Opus delivers a humorous and heartwarming illustrated novel for kids and dog-lovers of any age!

“Breathed, through words and lush illustrations, tells a story that will charm many readers.”–The New York Times

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.


Praise for Flawed Dogs

 ”Breathed, through words and lush illustrations, tells a story that will charm many readers.”–The New York Times

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.”–Common Sense Media

“Breathed knows how to use just the right language to engage even the most reluctant readers. This book will warm the hearts of animal lovers and promises to engage readers to the very last line.”–Children’s Literature

“[S]mooth writing and humorous exaggeration…[T]he various canine and feline players are an endearing mix of odd attributes and engaging personalities.” –Kirkus Reviews

“A moving tale about the beauty of imperfections and the capacity for love.” –Publishers Weekly

“[An] engaging and well-paced tale.” –School Library Journal

“An easily understood but very fun and crazy plot that takes hold of the reader.”–VOYA