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Guinea Dog (Guinea Dog #1)

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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
ebook, 208 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by EgmontUSA (first published April 13th 2010)
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Judy Desetti
I enjoyed this title. It will make a good read read aloud. I was excited to see that this is the same author that wrote We Can't All Be Rattlesnakes which was a hilarious title! Guinea Dog is about the theme of a child wanting a dog as a pet and the parent saying NO. I personally have been there and understand the intense desire to get a dog to love and play with. Like Rufus, my dad said absolutely not! This was a wonderful fantasy about what happens if the boy gets a guinea pig that does exactl ...more
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 ...more
Elizabeth Bergin
Fifth-grader Rufus desperately wants a dog, but his dad has a mile long lists of reasons why his family will never get one. That doesn't stop Rufus from asking and hoping, though. Then one day, his mom brings a pet home for him--a guinea pig! Rufus is disappointed and embarrassed, and hopes that it will annoy his dad enough for him to take Fido back to the pet store. What will happen when the pet store seems to have disappeared and Fido starts acting like a dog? This book is fun and funny. Many ...more
I read this because it is up for the Colorado Children's Book Award, CCBA, and I wanted to be able to recommend it or not to my library students. I think children will enjoy it, although it isn't my favorite children's book. I would recommend many others before this. However, it does tell a humorous tale of a boy and his pet guinea pig. Jennings does a nice job of making a guinea pig acting like a dog somewhat believable, and creates fun instances between the boy and his pet. It gets a little "p ...more
Kim Patton
Delightful book about a boy named Rufus who wants a dog desperately. When his mom buys him a guinea pig instead, he is deeply disappointed and wants to return the animal. Fido, the guinea pig, starts acting so much like a dog, though, Rufus gives him a chance. Envy of a friend--from his dog to his normal house & normal family--is a theme that many kids will relate to.
Barb Middleton
Yay! I have a new series I can recommend to my guinea pig crazed students. Seems like a teacher always has one as a pet in the classroom and those "Humphrey" readers will like this Patrick Jennings book. While it is not from the point of view of the guinea pig, it has a hilarious narrator named, Rufus, who is in 5th grade. With a name like Rufus it is only reasonable that this protagonist desperately wants a dog. The problem is his dad's obsession for order and quiet along with his new job of wo ...more
i expected a story about a boy and his "dog". it was less about that and more about ... differences? i guess so. there was that lesson of you have to look on the inside instead of judging things by the outside, so that was good. i think there wasn't enough story about the title and main topic of the book. it is possible that there wouldn't be much of a story if they stuck to that though. what i did not like was the lack of respect often through the book. i understand kids being hard on their par ...more
I really like how, at the beginning, when Fido acts like a dog, the main character hates it, showing that he really was just playing up a dog in his mind. BOTB
So, where do I begin? I was hopeful... Super duper hopeful... that I would like this book. I have 2 guinea pigs and a dog. I should be predisposed to liking this, right? Nope. The dad is totally a jerk (it's called divorce, use it Mom/Raquel). I really honestly couldn't get over how horrible the dad was. Had to have his house squeaky clean, to the point it didn't look lived in, treated his family like an inconvenience, etc. I didn't get past 25 pages, and that's all I give books. Maybe it gets b ...more
Lindsay Roney
This book, although a cute concept, was just ok in my opinion. I felt it was missing some humor and a lot of conflict. Where was the rising action, the conflict resolution and the falling action? It lacked any excitement. On the positive side, I liked the way Jennings wrote his young boy characters. They thought and acted much like my own fifth grade students.
Sara Truog
Boy who really wants a dog receives a guinea pig that acts like a dog instead. Sounds amusing, but I didn't love it. None of the characters felt authentic to me, particularly Dimitri and Lurena. Also, the author writes the way kids talk, so there's some incorrect grammar. An ok book, but I'm going to pass on it for my library book club at this time.
Extremely funny kids chapter book - enjoyable for both kids and adults.

"'Copy that' was my new favorite way of saying 'okay,' replacing, 'Gotcha, chief,' which Dad recently made me stop saying."

'How'd your hamster die?' I asked.
'Natural causes.'
'Like lightning or something?'"
A boy named Rufus really wants a dog, he's been dreaming of getting one for a long time. His best friend has a dog, and almost everyone in the class has one but him. When his dad hears about him wanting a dog he disagrees a lot, his mom doesn't want either. She comes up with an idea to get a guinea pig instead, it makes a lot of noise, annoys dad, and Rufus already wanted to get rid of it. After a few days Rufus notices that the Guinea pig thinks it's a dog, it starts to bark in front of Rufus's ...more
Daniel Chaikin
Anna recommended this to us.

5th-grader Rufus wants a dog, but his anal dad can't stand the idea. So, Mom gets him a guinea pig. Rufus is so disappointed, it takes him a long time to realize this isn't a normal guinea pig. It understands "sit" and "quiet" and "go get help" and even how to eject CD's...

Recommended juvenile book.

some extra bits:

1. The best character isn't Rufus, but his friend Murphie who comes late to school, is nearly failing 5th grade, and who everyone likes (including this read
I am torn between two feelings about this book. One is that I know children enjoy it, and I can see why. A guinea pig acting like a dog is hilarious. And the book is hilarious and wacky. But it's also filled with kind of flat and unlikeable characters who don't really change all that much, and it just...ends. I know there are sequels...why wouldn't there be? Why write one book when you can milk that cow into a series of 500 million mediocre books? But as far as handing this one out to kids, and ...more
This book is about how a boy named Rufus really wanted a dog but his dad doesn’t like dogs because the pee, they poop, they eat poop, they eat dead things, their breath smells like dead things and poop. So his mom gets him a guinea pig. Now he feels too embarrassed to tell anyone because everyone has a dog from his worst friend to his best friends. So embarrassed, he’s not going to tell his best friend, Murphy. Even though Rufus wants to return the guinea pig, Fido, he can’t because the pet sto ...more
Zachary C
This is an amazing book if you like animals and humor. The book Guinea Dog is easy I would say around a fourth grade book. there are some funny quotes in the book like "that is no guinea pig that is a dog"! the book guinea dog is full of cliff hangers. They call this book Guinea dog because it is a guinea pig who acts like a dog. the Guinea pig acts like a dog by doing tricks such as beg, rollover, bark, sit, and jump. This book relates to my life as well because I have a guinea pig who acts li ...more
We listened to this and the next 2 in the series in the car back and forth to school etc. The short chapters lend itself to short commutes. We all enjoyed it and the kids were always up to turn on Guinea Dog to find out what was going on. It was read by the same guy who did Percy Jackson on tape. He's got a great knack for voices and that is always a big part for me when listening. Looking forward to his other book about rattlesnakes.
C. L.
Kid has troubles. Kid gets pet with quirks. Pet acts as catalyst for growth in kid's life. Is this a unique formula? Not at all -- but there's a reason it's consistently repeated, and this book is the best version of it that I've ever read. Wonderful voices and a light, deft thematic hand take it beyond the standard trope to something truly special. It's probably a 4.5 instead of a 5, but I'm feeling warm and fuzzy. Highly recommended.
A and I are reading this book for the next parent/child book club. I just finished the book, and I have to say, I really enjoyed it. The parents were a bit hard to take, and I wished the family in the book could communicate better - but what really cracked me up is the kid complaining about his dad making lists (and having a list type of personality), when the book is filled with lists that the kid made. That, is classic, imo.
Holly Thompson
This book was the antidote to all things difficult in my life at the time. Sad shows and the news were bringing me down. But knowing I had such a ridiculous book to read helped me remember that life can be sad, but books are an amazing escape. I was hoping for a little more on the supernatural part of not being able to find Petopia, but a story about a boy and his guinea dog was still entertaining.
Gail Shipley
Being given a guinea pig when all you really want is a dog sucks! Talk about turning lemons into lemonade! Jennings does an excellent job of turning this guinea pig into a guinea dog complete with the traits, personality and heart of a dog. After reading guinea dog I can see the sales of guinea pigs going up! It's amazing how animals, no matter what kind, can tug on our heart strings. A good read.
I really liked this book, it made me laugh out loud. It truly captures the single mindedness of children about when they set their minds to wanting something and there's nothing you can do that would make them change it. Oh yeah! until they finally decide to change it themselves, so just leave them alone they will eventually come around and realize that you were right all along. Good syntax.
Patricia C Robbins
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. I could not identify with him or his friends. I didn't care about the guinea pig, the characters, or the book. Too bad, it seemed to have some potential.
Completely goofy story. Rufus, a 5th grader, is desperate for a pet dog. Dad is a 'no, not ever ever' person, and mom buys him a guinea pig that just happens to act like a dog! The story moves at a good pace and weaves in themes of family & friendship. Readers who liked the Humphrey series would probably like this too.
Jennifer Wardrip
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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 e
A boy really wants a dog and dad does not want a dog, so mom buys him a guinea pig. I really enjoyed reading this and know that students will too. On the MHL division 1 list. 2 more books in the series that I will need to check out.
This book is exactly what you think it is going to be when you read the title. However, that didn't make it anything less than what it should've been. This is a very quick read for us adults and I did find myself smiling and actually laughing out loud when I was reading the story. It moves quickly and it's adorable, you fall in love with the characters and Fido and just want to be in their world. The main character is a fifth grade boy and as a fifth grade teacher, I think Jennings NAILED the pe ...more
Itasca Community Library
When his mother brings home a guinea pig instead of the dog he has always wanted, fifth-grader Rufus is not happy–until the rodent starts acting exactly like a dog. Rufus is both embarrassed (what will his friends think?) and charmed by Fido’s dog-like behaviors; she obeys his commands, chews his dad’s shoes, rolls over, and plays fetch.
Great MG story with the main character fully aware of what others think, which is so true for many kids his age, and trying to figure everything out. Can't help but love the don't-judge-a-book-by-its-cover messages:)
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