Guinea Dog 3

Guinea Dog 3

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by Patrick Jennings
     
 

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An award-winning, hilariously funny middle-grade series about guinea pigs who act like other pets will move its author, Patrick Jennings, into the ranks of much-loved writers, such as Louis Sachar and Andrew Clements.

When Rufus, Murphy, Lurena, and their pets go camping, they meet Pedro, a shy boy who seems afraid of just about everything—especially the

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An award-winning, hilariously funny middle-grade series about guinea pigs who act like other pets will move its author, Patrick Jennings, into the ranks of much-loved writers, such as Louis Sachar and Andrew Clements.

When Rufus, Murphy, Lurena, and their pets go camping, they meet Pedro, a shy boy who seems afraid of just about everything—especially the water. One thing leads to another and the kids go into a nearby town to buy him a pet to cheer him up—a guinea pig, naturally. Yet what they bring home may look like a guinea pig, but it can swim—like an otter!

Guinea Dog has appeared not only on many state lists, but on county and school district lists as well. Here are just some of its appearances: Hawaii NeNe Award Nominee, Washington State Sasquatch Award Nominee, Massachusetts Children's Book Award Honor, Florida Sunshine State Master List, Kansas Winner of the William Allen White Award, Colorado Children's Book Award Nominee, New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award Master List, and Texas's Cy-Fair Horned Toad Tales List.

"Short, manageable chapters; a breezy, conversational style; and indentifiable characters...make this a good choice."—Booklist

"Early-chapter book readers will enjoy..."—School Library Journal

"The writing is strong, the characters are a lot of fun, and the story just plain enjoyable ...There's a little something everyone can enjoy in this last Jennings number."—Betsy Bird, Fuse8

Patrick's website is patrickjennings.com, or you may follow him on Twiitter @pjenningswrites.

Releases simultaneously in electronic book format (ISBN 978-1-60684-555-4).

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Rosa Roberts
The adventure and comedy continues in this third installment of the “Guinea Dog” series featuring the adorable guinea pig that believes it is a dog. Fido, the beloved pet of Rufus, embarks on an annual summer camping trip to White Crappie Lake. Accompanying them on the trip is Murphy, Rufus’s best friend along with his family. To the surprise and shock of Rufus another family will be joining them on this summer trip, Dimitri’s family. Dimitri is the archenemy of Rufus ever since he moved into town, tried to make Murphy his best friend, and was invited to his birthday party. Fans of the series will still relate to Rufus and appreciate the plot twist of newcomer Pedro who is an introvert. Will a new pet for Pedro be the solution? The annual summer camping will never be the same for Rufus and Fido and friends. The kid friendly text and short chapters will appeal to beginning chapter readers. Reviewer: Rosa Roberts; Ages 8 to 12.
School Library Journal
08/01/2014
Gr 2–4—Rufus and his friends are on summer vacation when they meet Pedro, a boy afraid of swimming, whose new pet guinea pig (surprise, surprise) acts a bit odd—just like an otter, in fact. Another cute and laugh-out-loud entry in the series.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-06-04
It’s summer vacation, and in this third in the light-reading Guinea Dog series, Rufus’ and Murph’s families are taking their traditional trip to the lake, unusual guinea pigs included.Rufus is excited to share the experience with Fido, his guinea “dog” from Petopia, the store that disappeared as fast as it popped up. Unfortunately, his mom has also invited the families of Rufus’ nemesis, Dmitri, and a girl, Lurena. At least Lurena will be bringing Fido’s daughter, the guinea “squirrel.” Let the games begin! While swimming, Rufus nearly drowns Fido, who is only resuscitated after another camper, Pablo, offers advice. He joins their circle but, oddly, won’t swim. Murph saves Rufus from his dad’s grilled mushrooms (“Seriously?”) with a well-timed hot dog. Lurena turns out to be a loyal ally. Bully Dmitri’s behavior becomes so bad that even even-tempered Murph notices. Rufus narrates it all with his by-now-familiar, entertaining mix of preteen self-conscious self-involvement and dawning maturity. Murph and Dmitri are a bit one-dimensional, but in them, readers will easily recognize kids they love and love to hate, respectively. Pablo offers a nice counterpoint to Rufus’ hesitancy when he boldly confronts his self-imposed limits when pushed. Why? Because Petopia has popped up again, and Pablo is now the proud owner of a guinea “otter,” meaning Pablo must swim.Youngsters will eagerly jump in for another fast, fun read. (Animal fantasy. 8-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606845547
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/05/2014
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
260,909
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
600L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Meet the Author

Patrick Jennings grew up in Indiana with lots of siblings and a book in his hand. After he grew up, he moved to Bisbee, in southern Arizona, where he taught preschool and began to write professionally. Eventually he left the desert for the coast of Washington State, where he lives with his daughter. A full-time author, Patrick teaches creative writing to middle-schoolers and is a much-requested speaker at schools around the country. The author lives in Port Townsend, WA.

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