Benji has had health issues since he was born, and he's missed a lot of school over the years. When he is at school, he gets picked on by the biggest bully. One day trying to avoid the bully, Benji has a seizure in the hallway. Although he can't remember a thing about what happened, the doctors tell him they're not sure what caused it, and tell him that he must wear a large helmet to protect himself. Benji begs for a service animal who can detect seizures instead, but his wish doesn’t come true, until a bad situation with the helmet makes his mom see the light. What a surprise when his service animal arrives, and it’s the biggest dog he's ever seen in his life. Not only that, but the dog, Elvis, speaks perfect English. At first Benji thinks he hit his head harder than they had thought, but he soon realizes that Elvis is just special. Unfortunately, it turns out that Elvis belongs to the President of the United States, and the service dogs got mixed up. Benji and Elvis will only be together a week. Will Elvis be able to help Benji? What will the kids at school think when Benji shows up with the biggest dog ever? Read this funny book to find out!
Elvis and the Underdogs by Jenny Lee is a great book for kids who feel a little different. I felt bad for Benji that he had so many health problems, and that he spends more time in the hospital than he does at school. It's also sad when someone doesn’t have any friends. It was wonderful to see the relationship between Elvis and Benji. It would be amazing to talk to a dog and see what they thought about everything, so I was a little jealous! I loved seeing the way Benji grew during the story, and the unexpected way he got to know some of the other kids in his class. I recommend this book to kids in grades 3-6 who like animals and enjoy characters with a quirky sense of humor.
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