The Dog Who Wanted to Be a Boy

Max was a big dog who had a big wish. He wanted to be part of a family. But Max lived at the dog pound. And at the pound he had a big problem.

People always picked the small dogs and the medium dogs and even the almost-big dogs.

No one wanted the biggest dog: Max.

One afternoon, a couple visiting the pound stopped to look at Max. He wagged his tail happily.

The man pointed and laughed. “Look at that dog,” he said to his wife. “He’s so big! I bet he’d eat us out of house and home.”

They didn’t adopt Max.

Max was really sad. He curled into a tight ball. He tried to look as small as possible. Soon he drifted off to sleep and dreamed of being a boy.

When he woke up, he had an idea.

FAZ Reading Level Detail

Lexile Score 520
Word Count 584

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