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Smart Dog

3.56  ·  Rating Details  ·  331 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
Amy Prochenko has spent most of fifth grade avoiding both the bully Katilyn Walker, whose bark is as bad as her bite, and Sean Gorman, the only kid less popular than Amy. As if life isn't hard enough, along comes Sherlock.

After escaping from a research laboratory, all Sherlock wants is to be an ordinary dog. But Sherlock is anything but normal: he can talk. And when he ask
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 11th 2000 by Yearling (first published October 1st 1998)
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Libby Ames
Mar 09, 2012 Libby Ames rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Smart Dog by Vivian Vande Velde. I grabbed it on a whim, because we needed another read aloud book for my 4 and 5 year old boys. As it turned out, they were hooked along with me, my husband, and my 9-year-old daughter. My boys have a problem with intense conflict, so a lot of the books they like are a little slow. However, this book was gentle enough for them and interesting enough for me. They missed some of the interpersonal conflict between 5th ...more
Karla Malaca
Jan 11, 2016 Karla Malaca rated it it was amazing
the story is about a girl that she is walking to school and bumps with a dog she but she didn't stop walking.then the dog started to talk then the girl stopped she got a little bit scared.then the dog found out that people wanted to open his head to find out why he talk's.I would recommend this book to people the are in love with animals because you can see the young girl save a dog.
Oct 06, 2014 Cole rated it it was amazing
I rally liked this book because there were words that were challenging but it wasn't too hard. The writing was pretty powerful it told how a girl and her friends will stop at nothing to help f-32. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a heart filled story. Also to anyone loves dogs and a challenging yet not to challenging book. I think that this book could have been made for all ages. The genre of the book is an animal centered realistic fiction. If this book was part of a series I wou ...more
Angela Liao
Apr 04, 2013 Angela Liao rated it liked it
Shelves: 9th-grade
This book is about a dog that ran out from a lab and is able to talk. He took a part in changing Amy’s life. Amy was never brave enough to stand up for herself in school, but after the dog came she was finally brave enough to stand up against her class bully. This is a very good book because it describes a girl’s life and the problems she has to go through. She can relate to any other girl in real life. Reading this book should influence other people to stand up for themselves when they are gett ...more
Amy isn't exactly enjoying 5th grade since she's become the target of popular Kaitlyn's endless bullying. One day on her carefully timed walk to school (so she doesn't arrive before her friends, but doesn't get there late), she is stopped by a talking dog that asks for her help to escape from the university's animal research lab, where the scientist in charge wants to dissect his brain. Trying to keep this dog (F-32 or Sherlock) safe is more of a challenge than Amy expects, and leads to consider ...more
Sheila Beaumont
Sherlock is a dog who has escaped from a university lab where gene splicing and neuron stimulation have made him intelligent and able to talk. Fifth-grader Amy and her friends find that keeping the dog's identity secret from grown-ups results in all sorts of unforeseen and hilarious complications.

Smart Dog doesn't quite measure up to Vande Velde's best (A Hidden Magic, for example), but I still found it an enjoyable read. Sherlock and his rescuers are likable characters, the school bully gets he
Jul 30, 2014 Mackenzi rated it liked it
oh childhood memories.
Jan 12, 2009 Slusher rated it liked it
this book is about a dog who was a beagle he was in a lab being experimented on by scientist he got loose and a girl finds him on the street and brings him to her home she finds out that he can talk write type read and do like anything a smart man could do all except dog stuff and one day a scientist (one who worked on him )he trys to get him but in the end they take the dog and fix him back and gives tthe girl the dog back. i think thats right
Apr 04, 2012 Jessica rated it it was ok
I love Vivian Van Velde books...Companion's of the Night, Never Trust A Dead Man, Being Dead, etc. This book was terrible. It was a nice idea, but all the characters had no dimensions, the dialogue was sub par, and you could pretty much see the end from the first chapter. It makes me wonder if this would be a sufficient book for a struggling reader,but then I wouldn't want them to suffer due tothe plot falling short.
Jan 22, 2011 Jenny rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
Amy Prochenko is not a popular girl like Kaitlyn. Until she meets F-32, aka Sherlock, an unusual dog. He's cute and smart, and he can talk. He escaped from a lab where they were going to dissect his brain. Amy vows to hide him, and does a lot of crazy things to do it, including making friends, telling lies, and moving Sherlock around. Amy learns what a real friend is, and finds herself at the same time.
2.5 stars.


Fifth grader Amy finds a dog. But not just any dog. Sherlock is a lab experiment. He talks and has human average intelligence. Maybe even slightly above...

Sherlock was pretty darn cute and he wasn't around as much as I would have liked.

Overall, a short enjoyable but nothing terribly special offering from VVV.
Carly M.
May 03, 2010 Carly M. rated it really liked it
My friend Natalee and I read this book together in the fourth grade, and while I never forgot how much I loved the story (I could even remember names and specific sentences), I kept forgetting the title. But now I've finally found this book again and I'm going to tell everyone to read it! It's a great book for elementary-age kids.
H.L. Stephens
Dec 21, 2015 H.L. Stephens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun read that helped me take my mind off my mind-numbing days at work. Great for kids, especially kids that love animals. Reminds me of Underdog in some respects with its own imaginative edge. No flying here. Just a super smart dog and likable characters.
Feb 25, 2009 dogluvers867 rated it liked it
Shelves: audrey-s-books
this book was pretty good. Better then I expected. The story was really good, but the end kind of lacked something, and it seemed kind of rushed to the end. I felt like i wanted more.

Oct 05, 2012 Olive rated it it was amazing
It was unexpected at the beginning, but the farther I got into it, the better it got. This one was 4 AR points. I have to get 26 points this quarter. Im at 19.6
Holli  Ronquillo
Feb 24, 2010 Holli Ronquillo rated it really liked it
Very fun book about a talking dog and a somewhat unpopular 5th grader who struggles to find her place in school. I read it in a day. Younger kids would love this book.
Apr 14, 2008 Poonguzhali rated it it was amazing
she really did not know whatm to do with her homework. then she bought a pet day it smartly did her homework.that day onn,she revised her work with her pet dog.
Angel Sandoval
May 13, 2016 Angel Sandoval rated it really liked it
I liked it ! The book is about a girl named Amy and finds a dog that is smart. I would recommend this book to people that like dogs and fiction.
Oct 01, 2008 B rated it really liked it
Shelves: j-girl, j-animals
Amy finds a talking dog that has escaped from a lab.
Amusing. Average girl becomes popular.
May 27, 2013 Faluja rated it really liked it
Another outstanding book about friendship between an incredibly smart dog and a girl, beautiful!
Aug 22, 2012 Twyla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: auryn-s-books
amy found a talking dog. he was in trouble.she tried to save him but he was already saved.
I'm at chapter 6 and so far it's actual a good book.Now on chapter on 17.
Feb 19, 2010 Jaqui rated it really liked it
This book was interesting!!!i think that kids of a lot of ages would like this book!!!
Jun 21, 2008 Sanjana rated it liked it
Really cute & animal-filled book. If u like animals u will this book 4 sure! ...more
Aug 21, 2008 Caitlyn rated it it was amazing
This book was good i read it in 6 days!!!
Apr 13, 2013 Sophie rated it it was amazing
Love this book!!! I definately recomend this
Jan 30, 2009 Omar rated it really liked it
Was a great book about a talking dog!!!
Johara Almogbel
Dec 03, 2013 Johara Almogbel rated it really liked it
The final scene always makes me laugh.
Nov 23, 2008 Deborah rated it really liked it
its good but short.
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Vivian Vande Velde (born 1951, currently residing in Rochester, New York) is an American author who writes books primarily aimed at young adults.

Her novels and short story collections usually have some element of horror or fantasy, but are primarily humorous. Her book Never Trust a Dead Man (1999) received the 2000 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Novel. She says that she really likes to write for
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