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Smells Like Dog (Homer Pudding #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
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 de ...more
Eva Mitnick
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
Rebecca Wilson
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.
Maclean H
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 s ...more
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 w ...more
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
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
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
Addison Children
A quirky mystery/adventure, so of course I'm in. Homer lives on a goat farm and his father expects him to take over when the time comes. Homer dreams of following in his uncle Drake's footsteps - treasure hunter. When Uncle Drake dies under mysterious circumstances, and Homer is left with a worthless dog and a potentially valuable coin, Homer sets off with the dog and his sister (she has her own reasons for taking off) for the City to find some answers and hopefully treasure. For fans of Facttra ...more
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 t ...more
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
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 t ...more
Ryan Porcu
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
Noël DeVries
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
Tracy Bye
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
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 o ...more
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
Inger L Hudson
A page turning good book.

Suzanne is an excellent storyteller who leaves each chapter with a desire to know what happens next. Was hard to put it down. The story is intricate with characters interweaving but at just the right time she sums it all up nicely so you never feel lost. I began reading this book because my 11 year old nephew said it was his favorite, I can see why. I'm glad it gave us something to share. I look forward to reading the next book in her series.
If you like mystery and adventure this is your book. Join Mr. Pudding on an adventure of a lifetime. It all starts when his uncle Drake dies. He is only left with the dog it has no capability of doing anything but sleeping. But there's something different about the dog on his collar there is a Coin that says L. O. S. T which can be very dangerous. If you want to know how this is dangerous read the book. It always kept me on the edge of my seat waiting what was going to happen next and I can neve ...more
Smells Like Dog By Suzanne Selfors is a really good book. This is one of those books that takes you on an adventures but leaves you laughing at the same time. It makes you want to never stop reading because you have so many mysteries that need to be solved like what does L.O.S.T stand for and why was there a gold coin on the dogs collar. If I was in this book I would want a dog just like dog. I recommend this book for people who like dogs and funny adventures.
Alison John
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
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
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
Maple Sout
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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
Trevor Bagnasco
Dec 10, 2014 Trevor Bagnasco rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 3rd grade and up
Recommended to Trevor by: my school librarian
I thought this was the best book ever. Everybody should read this book. This book is a book I would read. This is an action book. It's about a dog named Dog that Homer Pudding's uncle gave to him and you'll have to find out more about this AMAZING book. I love this series.
Not quite as good as the Imaginary Veterinary series, but good in it's own right. My boys especially liked this one - what boy doesn't want to imagine he is on a treasure quest with the help of his faithful dog and some newfound friends with cool gadgets!
Rebecca McNutt
Despite its rather off-putting title, Smells Like Dog was a really intriguing, exciting and funny novel. It has little to do with the dog itself and more to do with a vivid mystery involving lost treasure and the disappearance of a boy's uncle. All the characters were memorable and the story itself is suspenseful and surprising. Definitely worth reading, especially if you love thrillers, mystery, YA or humor.
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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.

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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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