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A humorous story about an unusual pet. Rufus has but one wish-a dog. His stay-at-home Dad does not agree. His list of reasons not to get a dog extends over two pages. Rufus's sympathetic mom brings home a guinea pig, which Rufus has expressly said he does not want. To his surprise, though, the guinea pig (which he sullenly names Fido) behaves like a dog! She obeys every command Rufus gives her, plays tug-o'-war and even chews shoes. His best friend wishes she were his when, during a Frisbee game, out of nowhere, she retrieves the disc and brings it to Rufus. The family decides to return Fido to the pet store, but a classmate is willing to buy her to replace her hamster-and it's then that Rufus begins to have second thoughts. Jennings provides no explanation as to why Fido acts like a dog, asking readers to accept the absurdity along with Rufus. The school characters are fairly one dimensional, but the undeniably funny plot moves along, and readers into beginning chapter books should enjoy this wry story of wish fulfillment. (Animal fantasy. 7-9)
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Gr 2–4—Fifth-grader Rufus's only wish is to get a dog, but his work-at-home dad objects. He lists numerous reasons, including that dogs lick people's faces, chase cars, and eat dead things. Rufus's mom brings home a guinea pig instead in an attempt to fulfill her son's desire for a pet. To his surprise, the guinea pig, which he names Fido, acts like a dog. She obeys his commands and chews his dad's shoes. When Rufus's family decides to return the animal to the pet store, a classmate is willing to buy her to replace her hamster. But Rufus begins to have second thoughts about relinquishing the guinea pig. Although no explanation is given for why Fido behaves like a dog, children will have no problem accepting the absurdity of the situation. Early chapter-book readers will enjoy this humorous tale.—Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606841532
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA
  • Publication date: 4/26/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 83,669
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.04 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2010

    Great story for animal lovers!

    Guinea Dog is well written. I think that any animal lover will like this book. It is about a boy who learns to be happy with what he has. The boy wants a dog but gets a guinea pig instead. He names it Fido. Will he keep Fido, yes or no?

    18 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Reviewed by hoopsielv for Teens Read Too

    For as long as he can remember, Rufus has been longing for a dog. His parents definitely aren't, however. Instead, Rufus' mom brings home an unexpected and unwanted gift: a guinea pig! The family learns quickly, though, that Fido isn't just an ordinary guinea pig. She must have some dog blood in her! Fido starts keeping the family up at night and gets sent to the "doghouse" (actually the treehouse), follows Rufus around, sleeps at the foot of the bed, and even responds to commands! She's also more work and trouble than they bargained for. Will they adjust to this new way of living on the edge, or will Fido end up back at the pet store? This was a terrific book full of laughs. I truly enjoyed it and so did my elementary-aged sons!

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

    giunea dog

    Pretty good book for animal lovers like me

    8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2012

    Such a wonderful book

    Oh wow this was a great book. My 5 year old read the whole thing in 3 hours! I recomend it greatly (; XOXOXO

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2011

    Amazing!

    One of the best books that i have ever read! Its is a wonderful story for almost all ages. My brother bought the book for himself but i took it and read it and was so glad that i did :)

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Weicome

    My name is Hannah.

    4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Hellokitty

    Hellllo this b,ook is so funny to me

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    I Bought it

    Ok book lol funny

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Wonderful read-aloud book

    My children (ages 11 and 7)loved this book. We chose to read it as a read aloud book and it was witty and engaging for all of us. I felt that the author must have kids himself or really be tuned into how a kid would feel. The vocabulary was difficut at times- which makes it best suited for a read aloud or for a child ages 9 and above in my opinion. Superbly written- both my kids were hoping there was a sequel or that this was a series they were so into the storyline.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2012

    Love it!!!

    I love this book!! It's funny they used ruffes (i think thats how you spell it) as his name!!!

    Ellie

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    BEST BOOK EEVVEERR!!!!!!

    I actually have guinea pigs!!! So this book is lik the best book ever to me!!! Its also really funny too!!! I recomend this book to who ever want to read it!!!! Its about a guinea pig (by the way, they are actually REALLY smart) who acts like a dog!!!! He can run as fast as the main character's bike!!!its REALLY GOOD!!!!!! :) :) :)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Looks Great

    My friend read this. She said it was really good. So get it!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Ok

    This book was alright but it wasnt my favirite.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Ill just give it five stars

    I have a guinea pig named holly but a guinea pig that acts like a dog this book souds intresting ill just give it 5 stars

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2013

    MG with TRUE VIEWS

    This book is about a boy,Rufus,who really wants a pet dog. Well,his dad is a clean freak and has OVER 160 reasons why he does not like dogs!! And his mom is.......well......a really welcoming and kind person. So she goes and buys a ginny pig!!!!! And of course the dad does NOT like it. But the pet is starting to act like a dog!!!! Will Rufus keep the pet or will he give it back?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Awesome

    Great book good for kids and animal lovers. Definetly 5 stars

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    Good book

    It pulled me in

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2012

    Dogs Unite! Chapter 4

    Jack swallowed. He standed no chance against a Doberman fight dog like Foxy. But yet..... He was a police dog. It was time to start acting like one. The female Doberman sniffed around the corner, her muzzle raised. "Alex! Fang! Get in here, you fools!" The two street dogs shook wildly at Foxy's snarl. Willie was in a submitive position where he crouched on his knees. Willie looked at Jack. "Run," he whispered. "Where is he?" Foxy barked. Sweat dripped over Jack's pelt . "I-I don't know, Foxy!" Fang whimpered. "Please don't hurt us," Alex begged. "Please! We'll do anything! Anything!" Foxy was still for a minute. "Find him. Bring him to me! Now!" Foxy roared. Jack's heart thudded like thunder itself. He had been saved once, but he couldn't be saved again. He needed to fend for himself. Foxy's fangs were covered in saliva. "Find the mongrel! Find the inferior mutt! Now!" she ordered at the top of her lungs. Her fur was puffed up like a cat's. Foxy whipped her elegant head around, her chest heaving. Willie was right there. "Could you be more insolent? You are nothing but a liar, Willie!" Foxy snarled. She paused. "You know what I do to worthless canines like you? Well, it ain't pretty. I'll tell you that. Wake me up, and you'll never see daylight again. Defy me, and your limbs will be ripped off your body. Clean off. Speak now, stupid fool!" Foxy roared. Her voice was very dark. Willie was frozen in fear. Foxy began to circle him. Jack coouldn't take it anymore! He jumped out of his hiding place and jumped into the air. He bit Foxy's leg. Foxy howled and turned around as she got ready to snap. Willie ran at top speed. "Run, Jack! You don't stand a chance!" Willie woofed. "No. I do." "Shut up!" Foxy snarled. She shook Jack off her leg. He thudded on the ground. Drool clung from the female Doberman's mouth. Foxy would already go phsyco. Her docked tail, her pricked ears, a true symbol of a Doberman. She turned around and lashed out at Jack with her massive fangs. There wasn't a hint of mercy in her eyes as she slashed her teeth across Jack's shoulders. The female guard dog struck again, this time managing to get a firm grip on his neck. She pinned him. The slender dog snarled. Jack felt his world spinning. "Jack! No!" Willie rushed under Foxy's belly. The female dog lunged out. "Dead meat!" she howled. She dragged Willie by his leg. "Ready to die, ration-sized runt? Nothing but a pipsqueak," she growled. Jack lunged out, his teeth slashing. But it was too late. Willie lay on his back with shallow breaths. He closed his eyes and went still. Willie was dead. Jack spun around to face Foxy, the dog that had killed Willie. Her eyes were cold and cruel. "Give up? See? I warned you, impudent dog. Still nothing but a worthless cop dog. With no fighting skills. Inferior hound. You sad? Your friend is a dead dog. And you are next, silly dog. Go get a cone. Shame on you. For being born. Useless rat. My revenge is complete. Revenge," she spoke. Jack looked down at Willie's limp body. Without warning, Jack leaped into Foxy's side. For a moment, she was stunned. The was going to slash Jack's leg off. Jack spun away. "Pesky street hound!" Foxy roared. Jack dove under the fence. He jumped and ran into the driveway of his own yard. Jack ran to his water bowl. Willie's owner wouldn't be happy when they saw their dog missing. Jack knew Willie had died bravely. He had died saving him. Tomorrow was s brand new day. More coming! To Be Continued…

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2012

    Threes A Charm

    Amazing

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Awesome

    This book is worth the money. YOU HAVE TO BUY THIS BOOK AND LAUGH THE BLEEP OUT OF YOURSELVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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