THE FAST AND THE FURRIEST
New York : Knopf, 2010
IL 3-6, RL 5.3
Pugh, 12, and his dog Cromwell are the ultimate pair of couch potatoes.
Kevin’s father, Howie, a former player for the Chicago Bears, encourages
Kevin to play football, but Kevin is only interested in the video game
form of the sport. One day in his basement retreat while flipping through
tv channels, Kevin happens upon the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge, a
dog agility competition. Much to Kevin’s surprise Cromwell, referred by
Kevin as “part beagle, part potato chip”, sits up, takes notice and is
mesmerized by the stunning performance of Jody and her dog Shasta. As a
result, Cromwell is soon acting totally out of character. Cromwell asks
to be taken for walks and attempts to jump through a hanging hoop in his
back yard. Kevin’s father, Howie, then insists he attend football camp
for the summer. When Kevin’s kicked out for injuring another player in
practice he surreptitiously signs up Cromwell for agility training with
Elka, the “dog-whisperer” trainer at Paw Patch. This is enthusiastically
financed by best friend Zach, and Team Cromwell is born. After crashing
his way through classes at Paw Patch, Cromwell surprisingly manages to
win his first competition.
Is it possible to transform couch potatoes Kevin and Cromwell into champions to beat rivals Jody and Shasta in the Midwest Kennel Club Championship and win his family over to support them in their kind of sport? (New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award nominee, 2011-2012)
Dogs -- Agility trials -- Fiction.
Dogs -- Training -- Fiction.
Competition (Psychology) -- Fiction.
Football -- Fiction.