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Smart Dog

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  273 ratings  ·  31 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
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Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 11th 2000 by Yearling (first published October 1st 1998)
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Libby Ames
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
Cole
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
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
Mary
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
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Mackenzi
oh childhood memories.
Slusher
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
Jessica
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.
Jenny
Jan 22, 2011 Jenny rated it 3 of 5 stars
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.
Elevetha
2.5 stars.

10+

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.
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.
dogluvers867
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.

~Audrey
Olive
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
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.
Poonguzhali
she really did not know whatm to do with her homework. then she bought a pet dog.one day it smartly did her homework.that day onn,she revised her work with her pet dog.
B
Amy finds a talking dog that has escaped from a lab.
Amusing. Average girl becomes popular.
Faluja
Another outstanding book about friendship between an incredibly smart dog and a girl, beautiful!
Twyla
amy found a talking dog. he was in trouble.she tried to save him but he was already saved.
Jenifer
I'm at chapter 6 and so far it's actual a good book.Now on chapter 10.now on 17.
Jaqui
This book was interesting!!!i think that kids of a lot of ages would like this book!!!
Sanjana
Really cute & animal-filled book. If u like animals u will ♥ this book 4 sure!
Caitlyn
This book was good i read it in 6 days!!!
Sophie
Love this book!!! I definately recomend this
Omar
Was a great book about a talking dog!!!
Johara Almogbel
The final scene always makes me laugh.
Deborah
its good but short.
s o n n a
the talking dog was AWESOME!!
Mahathi
its interesting
Bekah
I hate this book!
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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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