Guinea Dog

Guinea Dog

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by Patrick Jennings
     
 

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Rufus has been dreaming of getting a dog. His best friend has one. His worst friend has one. But his dad has a few objections: They whine. They gnaw. They bark. They scratch. They beg. They drool.

Rufus pays no attention when his mom offers her think-outside-the-box suggestion, because she can't be serious. She can't be.

She can be. And she actually comes

Overview

Rufus has been dreaming of getting a dog. His best friend has one. His worst friend has one. But his dad has a few objections: They whine. They gnaw. They bark. They scratch. They beg. They drool.

Rufus pays no attention when his mom offers her think-outside-the-box suggestion, because she can't be serious. She can't be.

She can be. And she actually comes home with a guinea pig. And if Rufus's dad thinks dogs are a problem, he won't know what hit him when he meets the Guinea Pig that Thinks She's a Dog. She barks. She bites. She'll eat your homework.

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
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)
School Library Journal
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606841532
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/26/2011
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
122,804
Product dimensions:
5.04(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.58(d)
Lexile:
600L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Patrick Jennings blasted onto the children's book scene with his critically acclaimed Faith and the Electric Dogs, which received numerous starred reviews and is now in film development. Guinea Dog was called "a very funny book...would be particularly great for fifth-grade boys." by wired.com. Now that his children are middle-grade age, he has turned his focus to writing funny, easily accessible stories that will appeal to middle-schoolers. A former resident of Bisbee, Arizona, Jennings now lives in Washington State.
You can visit him online at www.patrickjennings.com.

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Guinea Dog 4.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 103 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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?
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh wow this was a great book. My 5 year old read the whole thing in 3 hours! I recomend it greatly (; XOXOXO
Brittnee Romrell More than 1 year ago
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 :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good book for animal lovers like me
coleandlanasmom More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!! :) :) :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My friend read this. She said it was really good. So get it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book about a boy who wants a dog but in the end he gets a best friend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book good for kids and animal lovers. Definetly 5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book because to me it was preety interesting but dogs are not like the the long list that the dada made the list was not true at all dogs are much better i like these kind of books it was realy good but a only one time read book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guinea Dog is about a guinea pig that thinks its a dog! It is way good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books if you're like me who likes animals
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book i highly recomend ot to anyone - katie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wanted a new dog too, but insead they got me a guinea pig but it doesn't act like a dog.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is a guinnie dog2 you know i have it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the sample and i loved it. I will definetly buy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really cool and intresting book its one of the best books ive ever read trust me thanks for reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It pulled me in
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How can people say this book is bad. I love it so far i am reading it now. I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is worth the money. YOU HAVE TO BUY THIS BOOK AND LAUGH THE BLEEP OUT OF YOURSELVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I ment Patrick Jenings I love his books<3