Benji Wendell Barnsworth is a small ten-year-old boy with a big personality. Born premature, Benji is sickly and accident prone and has a tendency to faint - a lot. He's at the hospital so often, he even has his own punch card. That is, until the day Benji wakes up from a particularly bad spell. Concerned for Benji's health, the doctor offers him two options: wear the world's ugliest padded helmet or get a therapy dog.
Benji chooses the dog, of course. But when a massive crate arrives at Benji's house, out walks a two hundred-pound Newfoundland. And that isn't even the strangest thing about the dog. He announces that his name is Parker Elvis Pembroke IV. That's right, this dog can talk! And boy, is he bossy. Having a bossy dog can come in handy, though. Elvis brings out the dog lover in the most surprising people and shows Benji that making new friends may not be as scary as he once thought.
From a fresh new voice comes the hilarious and poignant story about the importance of finding your own pack.
©2013 Jenny Lee (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers
This is one of the 2014/2015 Sunshine State Readers. Downloaded at the beginning of summer to listen to with my daughter. Didn't have very high expectations for this book, but was pleasantly surprised. It was a great story of friendship and trust.
The dog Elvis is such a great character. We loved how the story evolved and the lessons that both Benji and Elvis teach each other. The story kept us so involved that before we knew it we were at the end wishing for more.
Really good storytelling and the entire family could relate (from 6 to 45!). It started off a bit slow, but we were on a road trip and all of us got involved with the story. It became hard to stop listening...and we were sad that the story ended.
Elvis. Love the attitude and wisdom of the dog.
More Elvis! We'd all love to read a sequel.
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