Monday, August 2, 2010

Fast and the Furriest by Andy Behrens

Behrens, Andy, Fast and the Furriest, Alfred A. Knopf Books, 2010. Pgs. 247. Language: G, Sexual Content: G, Violence: G

Not athletically inclined, Kevin Pugh has always been satisfied to be a couch potato, game-loving, junk food eater. One day while watching some dog agility trials, his dog, Cromwell, takes a fancy to conquering every obstacle known to dog or man instead of going around or avoiding them. When his father won’t pay for Cromwell to explore dog agility training, Kevin’s friend Zach becomes the financier of the dog’s new obsession. With secret training sessions with a mysterious dog trainer at Paw Patch and some changes to his own lifestyle habits, Kevin will attempt to turn his lazy dog into a champion despite his father’s primary objections. Will Kevin succeed in keeping the dog agility training and his new healthy lifestyle a secret from his parents and sister? Will Cromwell get a chance to achieve his dream?

A funny, memorable story about a dog and his boy with a few twists and turns. The characters are well-developed, the dog is entertaining, the plot is well-done. Readers who like dog stories, realistic fiction, and humor will enjoy reading this book. EL (4-6). ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Kira M, Youth Services Librarian, HUN Public Library

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