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Guinea Dog (Guinea Dog #1)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  1,152 Ratings  ·  205 Reviews
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
ebook, 208 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by EgmontUSA (first published April 1st 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
Apr 03, 2010 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 09, 2012 Jacquie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 10, 2012 Kim Patton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-for-boys
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
Jun 02, 2014 Barb Middleton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 27, 2016 Earl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Patrick Jenning's Guinea Dog more than I thought I would. I normally wouldn't have read this since it looked like a fluff read about a flurry fur ball. But it's more than that. It's perfect for kids 7 and up because the character goes through things lots of kids that age (range) go through. Jennings perfectly captured the thoughts running through a kid's head. It's funny and somehow deep at the same time as the main character tries to figure out who he is in terms of his family, ...more
Oct 25, 2010 Tal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Zachary K
Sep 28, 2016 Zachary K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rufus, a boy in 5th grade wants to get a dog because he loves dogs. His dad does not like dogs at all so Rufus's mom gets him a guinea pig at Petopia. No one knows that the guinea pig named Fido acts like a dog except Rufus. Will Rufus keep Fido or keep begging to his dad that he wants a dog. My favorite part is when Rufus taught Fido to take out and put in CDs to the CD player and bring them back. I recommend this book to people who like action and people who like dogs.
Lindsay Roney
Aug 03, 2012 Lindsay Roney rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ssyra
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.
Oct 17, 2013 Meghan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, humor, animals
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?'"
Sara Truog
Jun 24, 2013 Sara Truog rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
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.
Feb 04, 2014 Quinn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rori simmons
Apr 16, 2016 Rori simmons rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome it took me three years to even get me to read that book
Feb 28, 2017 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: independent
3.5 stars
Feb 04, 2013 Riya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Hyeonjeong Lee
- Personal reaction
I love this story very much because of the animal, guinea pig! My friend used to have a guinea pig. Her situation was exactly same with Rufus. She wanted to have a new dog! But, as she already had three dogs, her parents did not allow her to get another one. Instead, they bought the guinea pig for her. At that time, many people did not know about a guinea pig. Though my hometown was very countryside, we did not hear about the animal. Thus, when my friend had the guinea pig, I
Sarah Holland
Personal Response: This book was engaging and humorous. The themes in the story were relevant to children. For example, I love how it teaches the reader to not judge a book by its cover. Rufus was upset he got a guinea pig instead of a dog, but learned he should not have been so quick to underestimate his new pet. The importance of friend relationships also stands out.

-read independently: The narrator, Rufus, feels unsatisfied with his looks and feels unliked by classmates. With the help
Courtney Raymer
Personal Response: I really enjoyed this story, I wasn't really sure what to expect with the title Guinea Dog. But I knew it would be a cute story. I really like the variety of characters that were introduced throughout the story, there were many different personalities and types of characters. The book was very easy to follow between chapters and the author did a great job of giving enough description to let you really get in the story and visualize it. The only thing I wish was different was t ...more
Melissa Stasi
My first impression of this book would be that it was an easy read and cute for a younger child to read due to the bigger print and easy words. This book is about a child named Rufus who gets a guinea pig from his mother. After naming it, Fido, he isn't too sure he likes the pet and his dad does not like the pet due to the amount of distraction it gives out while he is working at home. Children who read this book might find it humorous to know that the guinea pig starts acting like a real dog by ...more
Megan Mandl
Personal Reaction:
I see this book being very well-liked by children who like animals. I thought the pet guinea dog was a very cute character. I did not like how Rufus was so harsh towards his parents, but this could be used to teach children to respect their parents (see Independent Reading section below).

- ages 8-12
Independent Reading:
- I would suggest this book for children who are interested in/like animals. They would really like the character of the guinea dog and could probabl
MaryMargaret Kelly
First thought, cutest book ever. I absolutely loved this book. It made me want a guinea pig for a second, but only if it acted like Fito did. I loved how they portrayed Rufus. him wanting a dog so bad, his best friend, Murphy had a dog and even Dimitri, the kid he hated, had a dog. He just wanted a loyal pet that he could do everything with, which i loved because thats how i am about my dog.

This book is great for kids in 3rd-5th grade. A lot of kids can make connections to this book as well, may
Mary Ledom
Guinea Dog was a book that brought me back to my younger years. This book is about a boy named Rufus who is not aloud to get a dog according to his father. When his mother comes up with a brilliant idea, she walks in the house with a Guinea pig. I relate to this story because I was not able to get a dog when I was younger and constantly begged my dad to let me. I know that I will have students in my future classroom that will be in the same boat as I was and I think this book is perfect for thos ...more
Allison DeMeo
After having a book talk in class with my partner Lana, I really wanted to read this book.
Personal Reaction: I thought this book was very cute for children. I personally wouldn't have older kids read it, I would choose the younger grades.

Purpose: Read aloud for grades 2-4. This book is more relatable to the younger students because it has to do with a little guinea pig and his owner. The boy in this book is dealing with a strict father, which i thought was interesting because I relate to this
Kristina Befort
Guinea Dog tells the story of a boy named Rufus who desperately wants a dog, but his dad is very against having a dog in the house. Instead, Rufus's mom buys him a guinea pig as a compromise, but this isn't a regular guinea pig; it's a guinea pig that has the personality of a dog.

I honestly did not personally like this book, but I think it would definitely be great for third and fourth graders, as it was a relatively easy read. Some of the vocabulary words may be slightly challenging for this a
Aryana Ahmad
Personal Reaction: Every child has wanted a dog when growing up, but of course every parent was against the idea of getting one. But, in this story Rufus has wanted a dog his best friend has one and he wants one. But, his grumpy dad is against the idea because he works at home and thinks the dog would basically be annoying. So, his mom buys him a guinea pig, then eventually Rufus starts bonding with the guinea pig and teaches him cool tricks. But, when I read this story I personally didn't like ...more
Taryn Vogel
Personal Review: After hearing about this book in class, I really wanted to read it. I have grown up with dogs as pets my entire life, so I have no idea how it would feel to want a dog so bad and not be able to get one. I think this is a book that all students will want to read and be able to relate to.

Purpose: This book would be great for discussion in the classroom. There will probably be many different opinions and thoughts. Some students could be like me and have always had pets. Some could
Courtney Weber
I related with this book in the way that I always wanted a dog. My parents had a really disobedient Dalmatian before I was born that started biting other dogs and people, so they got rid of it before I was born. I think I probably asked nearly every day as a kid. To this day I still want a dog and my mom still tells me no. However, I overall did not like this book. I thought it was very unrealistic so I was a little confused why it was categorized as realistic fiction. I do not think any family ...more
Ann Marie Olson
Personal reaction: I liked this book for an individual read for grades 3-4. It was pretty simple and easy to follow, so I think this book could definitely be a good way to boost a child’s reading confidence. I enjoyed this book because it talks about a little boy who really wants a dog (like most kids) and begs his father for one. Eventually, he ends up getting a guinea pig that ironically acts like a dog. Rufus’ classmates make fun of the fact that he has a guinea pig instead of a dog for a pet ...more
Anna Korroch
Personal response:

I really enjoyed this easy read. It was cute and used vivid descriptions of the setting and what the boy was feeling. I liked how the book is very easy for young children to relate to and I could see myself in some of the same situations when I was in fifth grade. I remember always wanting to have what the other children in my class had. This story is a good reminder to appreciate what you have.

I think that this could be a great book for independent reading in fourth or fifth
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