Guinea Dog

Guinea Dog

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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 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.
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 131 x 193 x 15.24mm | 178g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 160684153X
  • 9781606841532
  • 494,571

Review quote

"Jennings' salute to kids who get less (and more) than they ask for offers a unique and hilarious take on boy-dog bonding. Fifth-grader Rufus begs for a dog, but because Dad says no (in an enumerated list), Mom brings home a guinea pig. Rufus is disappointed, and Dad is annoyed, but because the pet shop has vanished, they are stuck with a rodent that barks, fetches sticks, whines, and licks faces. Rufus is both embarrassed (what will his friends think?) and charmed by Fido's doglike behaviors; the scale finally tips in the pig's direction when he executes a perfect, Lassie-like rescue of his master. As he did in Faith and the Electric Dogs (1996) and more recently in We Can't All Be Rattlesnakes (2009), Jennings injects magic realism into a story filled with believable yet flawed characters, resulting in a satisfying story. Short, manageable chapters; a breezy, conversational style; and identifiable characters (the bully, the show-off, the obsessive stay-at-home dad) make this a good choice for readers making the transition to chapter books." --Booklist

--Journal
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About Patrick Jennings

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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Rating details

1,359 ratings
3.85 out of 5 stars
5 33% (450)
4 32% (430)
3 26% (349)
2 6% (87)
1 3% (43)
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