Tuesday, October 12, 2010

PROFESSOR BINGO PRESENT DAY: OOGY-REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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BOOKIN' WITH BINGO'S
"PROFESSOR BINGO
PRESENTS DAY"  
PART TWO
HERE IS THE SECOND BOOK FOR TODAY'S
"PROFESSOR BINGO PRESENTS DAY"
CHILDREN/YOUNG ADULT BOOK CHOICE IS.....
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OOGY
The Dog Only a Family Could Love
BY LARRY LEVIN

ABOUT THE BOOK:

In the bestselling tradition of Rescuing Sprite comes the story of a puppy brought back from the brink of death, and the family he adopted.

In 2002, Larry Levin and his twin sons, Dan and Noah, took their terminally ill cat to the Ardmore Animal Hospital outside Philadelphia to have the beloved pet put to sleep. What would begin as a terrible day suddenly got brighter as the ugliest dog they had ever seen--one who was missing an ear and had half his face covered in scar tissue--ran up to them and captured their hearts. The dog had been used as bait for fighting dogs when he was just a few months old. He had been thrown in a cage and left to die until the police rescued him and the staff at Ardmore Animal Hospital saved his life. The Levins, whose sons are themselves adopted, were unable to resist Oogy's charms, and decided to take him home.

Heartwarming and redemptive, OOGY is the story of the people who were determined to rescue this dog against all odds, and of the family who took him home, named him "Oogy" (an affectionate derivative of ugly), and made him one of their own.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Larry Levin and his family live in a suburb of Philadelphia, PA. He is an attorney in solo practice. He and his wife, Jennifer, have been married for twenty-six years. Their sons, Noah and Dan, are eighteen. Oogy is eight.

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MY REVIEW:

Larry Levin tells the inspirational story of how a dog named OOGY came to be part of his family. Typical tale of how a dog gets a good home story and does cute things, right? Oh, not this one! This is a story that runs the gamut from tragedy to triumph, from rescue to redemption, from loss to love!

On what was to be one of the saddest of days for Levin and his twin sons, Noah and Dan, as they went to the animal hospital to have their very sick, terminally ill pet cat put down, they amazingly came out with renewed hope in the world…and a dog named OOGY! OOGY was not just any dog but rather a puppy who was just barely alive when found during a police raid . He was taken to the Levin’s vet where they cared for OOGY and he not only survived, but became a well loved miracle at the clinic. You see, OOGY had been used as what is known as a “bait dog” to train fighting dogs. Such unimaginable cruelty is more than I almost could read about. However, with the ending coming out the way it did, I was glad I read on.

OOGY is a pretty much unknown breed of dog called an Argentine Dogo who although he was used in such a brutal and gross way, he somehow was able to keep his genial temperament and it is one of his most endearing qualities and one that the Levins recognized right away. This loving and amazing family was able to look past OOGY’s mass of scar tissue that was covering the disfigured left side of his face and a missing ear. I think all they saw was what was inside this beautiful dog!

Levin writes in a very conversational way and tells of specific things that happened with OOGY and his family rather than a running narrative of all his time with them. OOGY is a quick read but a very special one. As they bring OOGY home, Levin tells about another coincidence in connection with their adopting him. He writes about how the Levins also went through an adoption to bring their twins sons, Noah and Dan, into their loving home. What it took for the Levins to get their sons is a heartwarming coincidence in the story and just highlights what special people they are. As for adopting OOGY, many families would never have gotten past the poor pup’s looks let alone welcome what was a fighting dog into their home; a home with children in it as well! OOGY proceeds to show time and time again the effects he has on not only the family but also the effect they have on him. OOGY may have a lopsided little face but his heart is just fine! 

GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO ANNA AND MY FRIENDS
AT THE HACHETTE BOOK GROUP,
I HAVE TWO COPIES OF THIS
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131 comments:

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OMG this one has been on my wishlist! I am dying to read it because I love animals and this seems like a really touching and beautiful story!

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This is another one that I've seen and wanted to read. Send it my way ' hint hint!

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I would love to read this because it is such a great story and the Levins are such an amazing story for adopting this special dog.
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