The Fast and the Furriest
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The Fast and the Furriest

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  423 ratings  ·  97 reviews
Meet Kevin Pugh, 12-year-old couch potato. Now meet Cromwell, his part beagle, part potato chip dog. Kevin’s looking forward to spending his summer doing as little as possible. Unfortunately, Kevin’s father, former Chicago Bears star player/super-sports fanatic, Howie Pugh, feels differently. So does Cromwell, who has suddenly and mysteriously developed a fascination with...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published March 9th 2010 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2010)
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When I first got the list of the Sunshine State books and researched the books I was really excited about this one. It proved itself to be more disappointing to me. I started this book well over a week ago and I am surprised it took me over a week to read it since it's a mere 250 pages and written for fourth grade reading levels. I had a difficult time getting into the book first of all because it wasn't my style of book, perhaps if I was an elementary school boy I might enjoy it but it was so s...more
I thought it was a good story. Some pretty funny 13 year olds. A strange dog trainer lady and a couple of parents - a little over the top.

The young boy that the story is about is, Kevin, who's father is a famous Chicago Bears football player. His father does not believe a sport is a REAL sport unless it involves some kind of a ball. Kevin has a younger sister who is a socker jock.

Kevin and his dog, Cromwell,a beagle mixed breed, are basically couch potatoes untill they happen to catch the last...more
A very cute and surprisingly sweet story of a boy and his dog.

Twelve year old Kevin Pugh is a couch potato. He loves nothing more than hiding out in the basement, eating junk food and playing video games. He is somewhat the odd person out in his sports obsessed family. Dad is a former linebacker for the Chicago Bears, while younger sister Izzy is a soccer phenomenon. Kevin has tried hard to be the athletic son his dad wanted him to be, but failed at every sport his dad made him try. As the kick...more
This was a cute young adult book. I found myself really rooting for Cromwell and Kevin and was engaged in the outcome of the agility contests. It was a bit hokey and predictable in spots, but that didn't detract from the story for me. I thought the author did a good job developing the family relationships. And come on, who can't like a book about a beagle!?!?!?
Very cute, unconventional underdog sports story... Didn't really buy the dads story arc but overall a fun, funny, fast, furry read!
Kevin has always been absolutely horrible at sports. He can't catch, kick, or run to save his life. And, in his family, not playing sports is almost a sin. His father is a former Chicago Bear and his sister is the best young soccer player in Chicago, maybe even Illinois. Kevin prefers his sedentary lifestyle. He and his dog, Cromwell, are just fine on the couch playing video games. Until one when a commercial comes on for a dog agility competition. Cromwell sees the commercial and he is hooked....more
I'd give this book 3.5 stars. I just picked this up at random from the library, but right away I was laughing at Behren's witty prose. I also had a soft spot for the tubby main character (not that I'm overweight, but the heroine of my story is also on the heavy side.) I was a little disillusioned, however when I realized the fat, instead of being a character trait that made the hero unique, was a weakness that had to be overcome. I'm all for eating healthy and regular exercise, but the reality i...more
Kevin is not that interested in sports and he's not that good at sports. Which is too bad because his dad is a famous, former NFL football player who loves sports and really wants his son to love them, too. In addition, Kevin's sister is a total soccer jock, with trophies everywhere. *sigh* One day, while Kevin is watching TV with Cromwell (his dog), he sees a dog agility competition. Cromwell is immediately inspired to try and Kevin seeks out a dog agility training school. But Dad doesn't want...more
(From March 2010 SLJ)
The classic underdog story goes canine. Twelve-year-old Kevin Pugh leads a comfortable couch-potato existence. While Howie Pugh recalls the glory of playing for the Chicago Bears and tries to motivate his son to follow in his footsteps, Kevin is content to leave athletic glory to his younger soccer-playing sister and to limit his own football exposure to the video-game variety. All of this changes, though, on the day that Kevin, flipping through channels, tunes in to the Pur...more
Kevin Pugh lives in the shadow of his dad, beloved former Chicago Bear, Howie Pugh. His sister is a soccer phenom and his mother is insanely organized, keeping it all together. Kevin is a little more sedentary. His kindred spirit is his dog, Cromwell. He is just as lazy and unmotivated as Kevin, until he sees and ad on TV for dog agility training. Cromwell becomes fascinated, trying to mimic what he sees in the ad. All the sudden, Kevin’s lazy dog wants to run and jump, dragging Kevin with him....more
This trimester I read the “Fast and the Furriest”. This book is about a lazy dog Cromwell and his owner, Kevin. While Kevin is watching TV one day with Cromwell they come across a dog agility competition. Believe it or not Cromwell was watching and immediately was inspired by these wonderfully agile dogs. Cromwell who rarely moves at all gets up and runs out the door and into the Pugh’s backyard and starts running around. Kevin who is not the most fit person in the world runs after him complete...more
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Katie A
I write my reviews in the 5 different categories: Cover/Title, Characters, Plot, Suspense and Overall. I rate each of theses categories 1 to 5 (5 being I loved it, 1 being I hated it)

Cover/Title: 4 out of 5
There was nothing wrong with the cover. The dog was cute and humorous. The only problem I had was that it lacked color.

Characters: 2.5 out 5
Kevin was sort of boring to me. There was nothing I hated about him or loved about him. He was just average. I hated the dad throughout the entire story....more
The Fast and the Furriest is a sapid and absorbing realistic fiction novel by Andy Behrens. What’s surprising is that lazy dog watched television one day and wanted to jump through tires and start hurdling. Everybody in the Pugh family except for Kevin likes to play sports, until one day his dog his dog watches a TV channel about dog agility drills. Kevin, the trainer and Cromley, the dog really work hard at their new sport to try to win competitions. You would have never thought that a fat, ind...more
Wouldn't it be great if your dad played for the Ravens? Or was a retired player for the Ravens? You might think so, but actually, it might not be so great. Kevin Pugh knows what it is like to have a famous NFL player for a dad. His dad played for the Chicago Bears and was GREAT at it. And Kevin is great at football, too. Except his is video game football. And that's just the way Kevin likes it - he is just fine being a couch potato. While his dad is ranting on about team sports and championships...more
Apr 21, 2010 Sarah rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: grades 4-6
12-year-old Kevin feels like he has a lot to live up to: his father is a famous former Bears player and his younger sister is a super soccer player. Kevin, on the other hand, isn’t good at sports at all. Needless to say, his father is not pleased with him.

Kevin prefers staying in the basement with his video games and his lazy dog Cromwell. While flipping through channels on the tv one day, Kevin comes across a dog agility competition. He was about to change the channel when he notices Cromwell’s...more
I really loved this. I loved Kevin, I loved his sister, I loved his friend, I loved Cromwell, his parents infuriated me, but I loved their resolution. Normally I'd say the end was a little sugar-coated and unrealistic but I was rooting for Kevin so much that it made me very happy. Funny and I couldn't help but picture Kate Mulgrew as the quirky Russian trainer (but then I DID just finish Orange is the New Black).
Addison Children
Kevin has a lot to live up to; his dad is an ex-Bear star running back (or some such) with high competitive expectations for his kids. Kevin excels at video games and junk food. Suddenly his beagle mix, also an overweight couch potato, decides to become an agility superstar after viewing a televised competition. Yes, the premise is weak, but I think boys may enjoy this light read.
Fast and the Furriest
By Andy Behrens

Hi I’m Kevin Pughs. You know, my dad is the famous Howie Pugh, former Chicago Bear. He wants me to love sports like he does, but the only sports I like and am good at is the Madden Football video game. My dog, Cromwell Pugh, likes to lay on the couch with me and eat potato chips. At least he did until we saw a dog agility competition on TV one day. All of a sudden he wouldn’t sit still, jumping over everything, asking for walks all the time and trying to leap...more
Oak Lawn Public Library - Youth Services
Lexile Level: 660

Pages: 247pgs (also available on audio)

Summary: Kevin Pugh, 12 years old, is the son of a famous Bears player. And a couch potato. So is his dog Cromwell. Much to the dismay of his famous father, Kevin is looking forward to a summer of lounging, eating, playing video games, and basically doing as little as possible. Kevin’s summer is shaping up just the way he wants until he pauses his channel surfing on Animal Planet and a dog agility program. Suddenly, Cromwell is all about ag...more
Kate Hastings
Feb 16, 2014 Kate Hastings rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Grades 4-6 dogs obesity exercise winning
Recommended grades 4-6. RL 660.
Kevin's father is a retired football legend and sports fanatic. Kevin is a couch potato. The family dog, Cromwell, is a slug. The only exercise they get is walking to the refrigerator.

But then one day the television happens to be showing a dog agility tournament, and Cromwell gets all riled up and tries to jump through a hoop in the back yard (and gets stuck). And that gets Kevin thinking... could they do it? Too bad his father doesn't consider dog agility a sport....more
Cindy Plett
I read this one because the children's librarian said it was a fun read. It is very appropriate for guys and girls between 10-13. You really root for the main character in this book-and of course-his dog.
Vani K
The fast and the Furriest is about a boy named Kevin and his dog Cromwell who are not very athletic. So Kevin's dad Howie makes him go to a football camp,but and Kevin finds a way to get out. Then he and Cromwell (secretly) join a dog show and along the way Kevin learns more and more about himself.The lesson l learned from this book is that you should always know that no matter what your best friend will always be there for you. I recommend this book to any animal lover who likes to be in animal...more
Kara Mcclain armoudian
Couch potatoes, human and canine, unite! Until the obese beagle, Cromwell, sees a dog agility competition and dreams of greatness. Kevin, who also lives to eat and sleep, tries to make Cromwell's dreams a reality and starts training his dog. However, Kevin's family is highly athletic and competitive and won't approve of this "dog sprot" so Kevin keeps it all secret. What happens when Kevin is forced to attend football camp, what happens when his secret is found out, and can Cromwell focus enough...more
Kevin & Cromwell are serious couch potatoes until Cromwell sees a dog agility contest on TV. This perks him up and he soon has Kevin walking him for training and going to school in order to compete. Kevin has parents that love him dearly but don't know him well and have stereotyped their own son. With the support of Kevin's best friend, both financially and emotionally, the outcome is positive. Kevin & Cromwell gain confidence and health but the parents may be the ones who have learned t...more
Kevin hates sports, except the computer kind, but his father was pro football and pushes Kevin to get involved. While his father can't get Kevin interested in leaving the couch, his dog does. Cromwell becomes very excited when he sees a dog agility contest on TV and starts dragging Kevin out for walks and tryies to jump through the tire swing until Kevin starts hunting for training classes. But how can he pay for them and how can he get out of the football camp his father signed him up for.
Pam Torres
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This was a fun quick read, perfect for the hard-to-please reluctant reader. The action is fast paced and there are some very funny scenes. I was a little disappointed with many of the secondary characters, the Dad seemed like just a caricature. This is a good choice for 8-9 year old boys. I liked the way Kevin finds something he enjoys that is physical and gets him off the couch. The dialogue is lively and Cromwell is incredibly lovable.
Melissa Alexander
This book was just okay. The story line was rather slow. While it did have a good message about doing what you love, it was rather unrealistic.
Stephanie Jewett
Cute. I wonder if my dog would be interested in agility training- she's kind of a spaz, but if we could harness that...

The ending was predictable (and a little disappointing for that), although kids would probably feel ripped off if they didn't get the ending they were hoping for. I was also pretty annoyed with Howie, until the end, when he shows promise of improvement.

I would have no problem recommending this for kids (and adults who like kids' books).
This was such a cute book to listen to with the kids! And the kids *loved* it! We got into the dog agility competition and cheered for Cromwell (and for Kevin). Little sister - Lizzie - wasn't as annoying as I had preconceived - and I really liked that she stood up for Kevin and Cromwell. A pretty good book and it kept our now if we ever get a dog, I am imagining tire swings and obstacle courses in the future as well.
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Andy Behrens is the author of two previous children’s books. He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter.
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