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Guinea Dog [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Jennings
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Rufus really wants a dog. He really really wants a dog. Everybody he knows has a dog, from his best friend to his worst friend. The family down the street has three! But his clean-fiend Dad says no way! Dogs bark and beg. They drool. They slobber. They carry bloodsucking fleas.

When Mom, despite protests, brings home a guinea pig as a compromise, the whole family is in for a shock. Because Rufus’s new pet doesn’t act like a guinea pig at all: She runs. She fetches. She’ll eat his homework. If Dad thinks dogs are trouble, wait until he has to live with Fido, the guinea dog!

Patrick Jennings’s hilarious novel is perfect for everyone who’s begged for a pet and gotten more (and less) than they bargained for.

Editorial Reviews

From 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
© Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

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. Grades 3-5. --Kay Weisman

Product Details

  • File Size: 280 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA; Reprint edition (April 26, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004VS44FO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,319 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious September 20, 2010
This book is great fun for both the parent and the child. My son hates to read and doesn't care to be read to, but this book has changed that. He impatiently asks me to read him "Guinea Dog" each night. The school yard scene with the guinea pig chasing Rufus made us laugh so hard we had to stop and catch our breath before we could continue. We will definitely be looking for more books by Patric Jennings to read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We can't all be golden retrievers May 9, 2010
Right over here! Look this way! Over here! TWEET! You looking? Yeah, so right over we've got ourselves a Patrick Jennings fan. Yup. Patrick Jennings. The guy who wrote that fantastic "We Can't All Be Rattlesnakes", along with approximately a hundred other books. You've read him, right? No? Well that's fine with me. It's like when you discover this cool underground band, and you get to be their biggest fan all by yourself. It's great. You walk around with this knowledge in your head of, "I am into something incredible that only I know about." That's how it is with Patrick Jennings and me. Problem is, I keep recommending his books to the kids in my library. And if I keep this up, I may end up unexpectedly creating a whole host of Jennings fans. Then he'll get hugely popular and go mainstream and I'll have to share him with the rest of the world. After all, he's a fantastic author who writes primarily animal books (not many folks do that these days, y'know) and who's latest title "Guinea Dog" is just about the most fun you can get out of a book about a guinea pig with ambitions.

"My dream of a dog died then and there. Instead, I was the proud owner/caretaker of a plump, punk guinea sow. Like, yippee." Rufus is a pretty easy guy to figure out. He wants a dog. A dog is all his wants, in fact. His father, unfortunately, is dead set against this idea, and what Rufus's dad says goes. That is, until the day Rufus's mom brings home a guinea pig as a kind of compromise. Rufus is not impressed, nor is his dad, but this guinea pig, dubbed Fido, is hardly normal. She pants. She fetches. She plays dead on command.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My son loved it!!!! August 15, 2012
By Yaye
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
He read it during the summer and he loved it! It took him just a couple of days. I loved the fact that he can download it in his kindle and bring it everywhere we go.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for tweenagers and older July 22, 2010
"Guinea Dog" is a hilarious young adults' chapter book about owning a pet with identity problems. Rufus wants a dog, but his dad (and mom) have a long list of reasons why they don't want to get him a dog. The compromise is that they get him a guinea pig named, of course, Fido. The catch is, Fido thinks she is a dog. She doesn't act or think like a guinea pig. So why isn't Rufus happy with Fido? A funny, sidesplitting book with lots of knowing little peeks at real human (and animal) character, complete with flaws, "Guinea Dog" is guaranteed to entertain while it cunningly introduces some of the side concepts that go with owning a pet, such as responsibility, cleanup, planning ahead, providing food, shelter, and medical care when needed etc., etc. Who says a guinea pig can't give companionship? And though bad things can still happen, some very solid good can come from making a few sacrifices to care for a pet that you love and take full responsibility. "Guinea Dog" is a great book for tweenagers and older.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for a 5th grader book club October 19, 2011
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My daughter's book club read this book. The club is a group of 5th graders. Her review was that book started off slow, but the middle and end of the story was awesome. The book provided a nice discussion and was fun to read. All of the girls in the book club enjoyed the book and said they would recommend it to others.
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28 of 42 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disrespectful September 17, 2010
By D. G.
My 7 year old son purchased this book at a school book fair. We began reading it last night before bed, and because I was doing the reading, I was able to edit out the sentence where the boy says something to the effect that when your mom is talking to you it makes you want to throw up. The disrespect our culture shows for adults in general and parents in particular is very evident in this book. There are many well written and engaging children's books which are respectful of others and still contain humor, adventure, suspense, etc.; this is not one of them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Guinea Dog February 11, 2013
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It was a funny book. Sometimes the book got bad but it always got better. That is why I rated this book 4 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars FUNNY and GOOD July 14, 2014
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So good I wish I could give it another star.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars This Was A Strikeout
The premise of a guinea pig that acted more like a dog was appealing, but for all the following reasons it never hit a home run. The main character whined too much. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Get this book !!
This book is very funny and will teach you friendship
The star rating in my opinion would be 4. You have to get this book
Published 3 months ago by Jessica R
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
One of my 7 year old granddaughters loved this story.
Published 3 months ago by Lolo
5.0 out of 5 stars it's a great book
It's a great book you never know what will happen next and it's so cool when it starts showing how the Guinea pig starts to act like a dog

I liked when the guinea pig... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Percy jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!
lol! so rock i love your book. hope to meet you soon
i am so pumped bye bye. kk
Published 3 months ago by db59
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!
This book was great. I loved it and enjoyed it. I would recommend this book to my friends that want a dog. Like me. I love books like this! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lisa Hochberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Barkin Good Time
Just like the young character in this book I couldn't wait to grow up and get a dog! My 7 guinea pigs didn't fetch, bark OR lick faces. Lol This book is definitely cute, cute.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars This book sucks you in!
This book is so much fun! My daughter and I started reading it together and were so pleased with it that we both had a hard time stopping. Read more
Published 4 months ago by P. Schuhmacher
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspension of disbelief
So, maybe a guinea pig couldn't really do all those tricks, but..why not? This story is so charmingly written, suspension of disbelief is not difficult. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Honey Badger
5.0 out of 5 stars Guinea Dog
This book is AWESOME. I loved the way the story ended . Everything adds up at the end too. It`s a really good book that I would rate more than five if I could.
Published 7 months ago by Kid reader
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More About the Author

As a kid Patrick Jennings was afraid of African black mambas and tigers. He grew up in Northwestern Indiana.

He got his first pair of glasses when he was eight, and always wished he had a nickname like his friend, Mike, who didn't need glasses. Mike was called "Tiger" by everyone, even the teachers. Wow.

Patrick Jennings encourages you to call him "Tiger," or, if you wish, "Tigersnack." Both names are hidden inside his name, as are "Rat," "Ratpick," and "Stinking Carp," none of which he wishes to be called. "Jetpack," however, is acceptable.

Before he became a professional writer, Tigersnack was a paperboy, a busboy, a fry cook, a hoddy, a record store clerk, a courier, a teacher, and a librarian. Tiger has since published twenty-one books for young readers. Can you find them somewhere on this site? He bets you can.

Jetpack's books have featured such creatures as electric dogs, rocket cats, grebes, coots, kangaroo rats, werewolves, scorpions, horses grown from seed, delphine aliens, teenagers, snakes, guinea dogs, ferrets, and actors.

He's still afraid of black mambas.

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