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Smells Like Dog (Smells Like Dog #1)

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Meet Homer Pudding, an ordinary farm boy who's got big dreams-to follow in the footsteps of his famous treasure-hunting uncle. But when Uncle Drake mysteriously disappears, Homer inherits two things: a lazy, droopy dog with no sense of smell, and a mystery.

Why would his uncle call this clumsy dog his "most treasured possession?" And why did he put a gold coin on the dog's
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jennie Smith
Jun 17, 2010 Jennie Smith rated it it was amazing
Let me tell you how much I love this book. I laughed so hard during this book that my husband kept looking at me like I was nuts (nothing new here people, but still). Suzanne has written an absolute gem with this one. I love Homer because of his shy, unsuspecting ways and can see many of my students in him. Dying to prove that there is more to them than we could ever imagine but just not quite sure how to do it. Homer definitely does that through his quest to find out more about Uncle Drake's ...more
Jan 31, 2016 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll admit that the dog on the cover is what made me pick up this book. I'm a sucker for any story that has a dog in it. It didn't hurt that it was on the sale table at Powell's in Portland for $3.98. I definitely got my money's worth with this one because I really enjoyed the story. There's a mystery (what really happened to Homer's uncle Drake?), some hidden treasure to be found, and some very bad people who want to keep Homer from finding it (since they want it for themselves), that all ...more
Joshua Norman
Oct 19, 2016 Joshua Norman rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I thought it was the best book ever and I recommend it to all of you. Summary: homer puttings grandfather has died and he had a dog. The dog was passed down to homer and he see's that the dog has a tag that said "L.O.S.T". So homer go's on a journey to find out why the collar said that. JOSH TAYLOR
Elizabeth (NC)
I read this one very quickly. I can see why it would appeal to upper elementary school, but it reminded me too much of A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Eva Mitnick
Apr 30, 2010 Eva Mitnick rated it liked it
Shelves: children
The title of this book, along with the cover art, might lead an unsuspecting reader to think this was one of those goofy books about strange dogs and bad smells, full of broad jokes and gross-out humor.

Actually, Smells Like Dog is a bit harder to pin down than that. There is in fact a smelly dog - named Dog - that drools and eats all manner of revolting objects. Dog does have one highly unlikely and happily redeeming talent, but our hero, young Homer Pudding, doesn't find this out right away. In
Maclean H
Dec 06, 2012 Maclean H rated it it was amazing
Smells Like Dog. This book blew my mind it have such suspensful chapters that I felt like I was in the book because the author added so many details to the character that I thought I was there. I was very suprised when Hommer found a friend, but soon to be his enemy. The thing that really astounded me was when Hommer went out to the city because he had to find his dog Dog because the city for farmers is not a match in this book.I was not really enjoying the part when Dog foung out he could not ...more
Rebecca Wilson
Jan 22, 2014 Rebecca Wilson rated it really liked it
Audience: first graders

We are going to read a story about a boy named Homer that goes on an adventure. Homer has never been outside of his hometown of Milkydale and he is nervous and excited. Have any of you every been nervous to go to a new place? Have you ever been somewhere all by yourself? Well just like you, Homer goes on exciting adventure that has surprises along the way. Let's find out how Homer's journey begins and ends in the reading adventure, Smells Like Dog.
May 19, 2012 Nadine rated it it was amazing
Funny!!! :)
Nov 23, 2016 Rachel rated it really liked it
I greatly enjoyed this book. For such a lengthy book, it moved quickly, as there was plenty of action to keep the plot going forward. I believed Homer's accidental leap into the world of treasure hunters and the way that many of the characters in the book were not what they initially seemed. Homer was a slightly hapless, but likable, protagonist, and I often found myself rooting for him and his trusty companion, Dog.

There were quite a few incidents for which the reader needs to suspend disbelief
Sam  K
Dec 07, 2016 Sam K rated it really liked it
This book was good but I thought it needed a bit better base it is a realistic fiction that includes a boy who loses his uncle though a crocodile incident in the zoo and he receives his uncles dog which has something special. Read the book to find out !
Oct 01, 2016 Joe rated it it was amazing
Homer, an 11 year old boy, loved treasure hunting, like his Uncle Drake. Homer always looked up to him, listened to his stories, and collected maps like him. One day he received a compass, a coin that said L.O.S.T, a letter, and a droopy dog in the mail. The letter said that his Uncle Drake had been eaten by a giant mutant turtle near a museum and these were his possessions that he left for Homer. Homer also received another letter inviting only him to a VIP party at the City Museum
Feb 21, 2015 Gabby rated it it was amazing
His Homer Winslow Pudding is a twelve-year-old boy who lived on his family’s goat farm in a town called Milkydale dream isn’t to goat farm, but to follow in the footsteps of his famous treasure-hunting uncle, Uncle Drake. When Uncle Drake dies unexpectingly, eaten whole by a mutant tortoise in a nearby city called ‘The City’, the town’s attorneys send his belongings to the Pudding. Homer names his new dog ‘Dog’ and they soon grow to love each other, but Homer’s father plans on sending Dog back ...more
Ryan Porcu
May 20, 2013 Ryan Porcu rated it liked it
If your dog couldn’t smell, would you allow it to be your only source of protection for an ancient artifact sought after for years? In the mystery novel, “Smells like Dog,” by Susan Selfors, a dog with no sense of smell is the only thing standing in the way of ransom-greedy culprits who want to steal an artifact of legend. The Puddings, a typical modern-day farm family, receive a dog without a name, or, more importantly, without smell, from their dead relative.
The young boy Homer Pudding is sure
Tracy Bye
Jul 08, 2013 Tracy Bye rated it really liked it
Shelves: intermediate
Audience: Intermediate (4-6)
Genre: Fiction - Adventure
Bloom's Taxonomy discussion questions

Who was Uncle Drake?
How would you explain his mysterious disappearance?
Name two things Homer inherits from his Uncle Drake?
What is the importance of the gold coin on the dog's collar?

What is the main idea of this story? (This has to do with the questions asked in remembering)
Describe what is meant by the "city" not being safe.

Using what you know, how would you solve th
Reading Vacation
Quirky meets adventurous in this far flung tale of a boy, his sister, and a dog. Add a heavy dose of humor and a touch of make-believe and you have Smells Like Dog.

Homer Pudding is a twelve-year-old nobody. He lives on a goat farm, but really wants to be a treasure-hunter like his Uncle Drake. His dreams seem dashed when Uncle Drake dies an unusual death. Even stranger, Uncle Drake leaves his dog (named Dog) to Homer.

Dog is not a typical dog. He eats random items, has no sense of smell, and has
Noël DeVries
Mar 06, 2010 Noël DeVries rated it liked it
Smells Like Dog reminded me a lot of Eva Ibbotson in her more Dickensian work: larger-than-life characters with silly names, colorful settings, and plot lines that circle back in the end.

I read the first two chapters out loud to my siblings, 11, 8 and 5. They enjoyed the characters, and the prose: “she almost always sat slumped real low in her chair, like a melted person…” That phrase has made it to our dinner table more than once since reading Smells Like Dog.

Sometimes I like cheekiness in narr
Bridget R. Wilson
The Puddings are goat farmers. They live in the country with their goats and collies. They have no use for the City. So says Mr. Pudding, but his twelve year old son homer has to disagree. Homer knows he's meant for something more than the small town drudgery of a goat farm. He wants to be a treasure hunter like his Uncle Drake. Homer likes nothing more than poring over maps looking for hidden clues.

When his beloved treasure hunting uncle dies suddenly and tragically, Homer is devastated. Howeve
May 21, 2010 Brittany rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade, arc-own
Homer W. Pudding wants to be a treasure hunter like his uncle. His dad thinks he should work on being a goat farmer so he can take over the family farm. When his uncle mysteriously disappears, Homer is determined to find out how such a thing could happen. When Homer gets a dog delivered to him which was his uncle's "most treasured possession," he doesn't know what to do. That is until he finds a coin on the dog's collar. When his sister Gwendolyn asks him to runaway to the city with her, Homer ...more
Nov 20, 2013 Chris rated it it was ok
Homer Pudding is an ordinary farm boy who's got big dreams-to follow in the footsteps of his famous treasure-hunting uncle. But when Uncle Drake mysteriously dies being eating by a giant tortoise, Homer inherits two things: a lazy, droopy dog with no sense of smell, and a mystery.
Why would his uncle call this clumsy dog his "most treasured possession?" And why did he put a gold coin on the dog's collar? Homer, his sister Gwendolyn, and Dog began an adventure that will test their wits and
Feb 04, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it
I don't know about you, but when someone says "smells like dog" to me, I think YUCK! (And I have two dogs, whose smell ranges from traditional doggie odor to a Frito-like scent to an aroma close to dead fish. None of them fantastic smells.)

Fortunately, the title of this book is deceiving. "Smells Like Dog", another middle grade Golden Sower nominee my daughter and I read together, is really the story of young Homer Winslow Pudding, the middle child of a family living outside a teeny town (in Gre
Dec 11, 2013 Jm rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Homer rêve de devenir chasseur de trésor, comme son oncle Drake. Mais sa passion l'isole des autres et il n'a pas d'amis. En plus, à la maison, à part par sa mère et son petit frère, son obsession pour les trésors n'est pas bien vue. Mais quand son oncle est tué, mangé par une tortue géante, la chasse au trésor est bannie de la maison. Homer hérite alors de son oncle un basset et une pièce sur laquelle est inscrit C.A.D.O.R. Mais que signifie cette inscription ? Qu'est-il vraiment arrivé à son ...more
Aug 02, 2014 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Homer W. Pudding has spent all his life on his father's goat farm, and dreads the day when he'll have to take it over. It's what his father expects of him, after all. But he dreams of being like his famous uncle Drake, who is a treasure hunter and adventurer who travels all over the world in search of lost treasures. One day, he receives word that his uncle has died and left Homer his most prized possession... which turns out to be a smelly, droopy old Basset hound. To say Homer is unimpressed ...more
Alison John
Dec 11, 2012 Alison John rated it it was amazing
Smells Like Dog
By Suzanne Selfors
realistic fiction/fansty
354 pages

This book is about a boy named Homer Pudding. He loves treasure maps and stuff like that and hopes he can be a treasure hunter some day like his uncle. But one day changes his life forever, his uncle is reported dead. Homer is given his uncle's most prized possession, which is his droopy dog, who cant even smell. Homer doesn't know why this dog is his uncle's prized possession and why is there a gold coin on the dog'd collar? Will
Feb 11, 2014 Roberta rated it really liked it
Shelves: bookleggers
Homer's sensible parents don't want him to be a treasure hunter any more than they want his fiery older sister Gwendolyn to be a taxidermist. But Homer is suspicious about his uncle's death, since getting eaten by a giant tortoise doesn't exactly make sense. After all, tortoises are herbivores. When Homer gets a mysterious invitation to a VIP event at the museum in The City and his father takes away all his treasure hunting supplies and Homer accidentally destroys a rather important piece of his ...more
Feb 19, 2012 Kristy rated it really liked it
Completely lovable book. Of course I am biased because I am a Basset Hound owner myself, but for young readers this is a fun book anyway with a really positive message about following your heart.

Homer W. Pudding is an outsider - a chubby 12-year-old boy who wants nothing more than to become a treasure hunter like his Uncle Drake. Unfortunately, he lives on a farm in the country, where his dad in particular won't hear of such nonsense. When his uncle dies unexpectedly, Homer inherits Drake's Bass
Sep 15, 2011 Jeanne rated it liked it
This is not a sad dog story. I repeat, this is not a sad dog story.

Our story begins with the introduction of 12-year-old Homer Pudding. Isn't that a great name? By the way, everyone has a great name in this novel. Homer lives on a goat farm and dreams of becoming a treasure hunter someday, just like his uncle, Drake Horatio Pudding.

When his uncle unexpectedly dies, Homer receives an inheritance: a dog. This is not just any dog; this is a basset hound with no sense of smell. And yes, Homer gives
Jun 02, 2015 Debra rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile, fiction
Having been introduced to Suzanne Selfors with her Imaginary Veteranian series, I found her Homer Pudding series, Smells like Dog. This is going to be an ongoing story about Homer Winslow Pudding, boy treasure hunter, and Dog, a basset hound who does not smell, grows in his abilities to seek out treasure while coping with growing up in Milkydale on a goat farm.
Homer inherits Dog after his beloved Uncle Drake gets eaten by a giant tortoise at a city park. A gold coin hanging from Dog's collar s
Aug 24, 2011 Pam rated it liked it
My 11-year-old niece chose this book for her summer gift from me and after reading it, wanted me to read it as well. She thought I would really like it, and I did. I can see that it is an engaging read for upper elementary and middle school (and maybe even high school) students.

The protagonist is a 12-year-old boy, Homer Pudding, who receives a strange inheritance from his recently deceased, treasure-hunting uncle. Homer must discern the mystery behind what his uncle gifted him and has a series
Brittany Stone
Selfors, S. (2011). Smells Like Dog. New York: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Homer Pudding is a just like any other little boy who has big dreams. His dreams, are to follow in his treasure-hunting Uncle's footsteps, but his Uncle Drake all of a sudden disappears. Homer Pudding discovers that he has a droopy dog with no sense of smell and a mystery to solve to find his Uncle. Homer, his sister Gwendolyn, and Dog begin their adventure by leaving the farm and heading out into the world wher
Jul 14, 2015 Sandy rated it liked it
This is a good juvenile fiction book. The author is very clear that this is NOT A SAD dog book. When Homer's uncle dies he leaves his most precious possession to Homer. What he gets is a basset hound with a strange gold coin around his neck. It seems like Dog causes nothing but trouble since it turns out that he can't smell and will eat anything that looks like food - like whitewash paint. But Homer doesn't want to give up his uncle's gifts. Homer and Dog have lots of adventures - flying inside ...more
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Suzanne Selfors lives on an island near Seattle where it rains all the time, which is why she tends to write about cloudy, moss-covered, green places.
She's married, has two kids, and writes full time.
Her favorite writers are Kurt Vonnegut, Charles Dickens, and most especially, Roald Dahl.

Please visit her at to learn more about her books.

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“Anyone who loves books the way Homer does, loves libraries, too. It doesn't matter if the library has fancy red leather chairs and gold-plated shelves that reach to a vaulted ceiling, or if the library has splintery wooden benches and shelves made of old milk crates. it's the scent that sets the book lover at ease. It's better than grandma's perfume, or freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, or even toast. It's a scent derived from paper, mildew, dust, and human endeavors.” 3 likes
“Running away from home is not a good idea. Unless, of course, you happen to be forty years old, and then your parents will probably shout, "Hurrah!" and change the locks the minute you've stepped off the front stoop. But in the case of Gwendolyn and Homer, ages fifteen and twelve, setting off in the middle of the night would only bring their parents immense heartache and worry.” 2 likes
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