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Smells Like Dog

(Smells Like Dog #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  1,799 ratings  ·  235 reviews
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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Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, childrens
Cute kids story about a dog that can't smell and a boy who wants to be a treasure hunter.
3.5 stars

Chunky kid Homer Pudding lives on a goat farm with his parents and siblings. His sister dreams of being the Royal Taxidermist at the Museum of Natural History in The City where the Pudding children are forbidden to go. Homer has big dreams too. He wants to be an explorer and discover treasure like his Uncle Drake. Other kids in Muddyville laugh at him for his dreams and for not being athletic. Homer's Dad thinks The City is too dangerous and the kids should stay on the farm and raise go
Jennie Smith
Jun 17, 2010 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 de ...more
Jan 30, 2016 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 happe ...more
Ellaina Locy
Jan 25, 2019 rated it liked it
So I have read this book twice and I really enjoy it. It only took me a few days to finish so if you like a quick read this is a book for you.It is about this boy named homer who lives on a goat farm in a town called milkydale. When he gets the terrible news that his uncle has been EATEN by a tortoise in the city park he receives his uncles belongings but there seems to only be a pair of shoes.His uncle the great treasure only owned a pair of shoes? But that wasn't all he inherited he also inher ...more
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Really cute idea and story. Worthwhile as an adult or kid.
Eva Mitnick
Apr 30, 2010 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
Oct 24, 2012 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 s ...more
Rebecca Wilson
Jan 19, 2014 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.
Rebecca McNutt
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
Joshua Norman
Oct 19, 2016 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.
Kalli Kroeker
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a great mystery book! It took me a few chapters until I really got into it, but once I was into it, it turned out to be one of my favorite books!
An Odd1
Dec 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fun, action
Can Homer believe giant Zelda? sweet Lorelei? his sister Gwen dozy on Madame? energetic Mr Twaddle?
Anna Turner
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
Smells Like Dog is a mystery book about a young boy named Homer whose dream is to become a treasure hunter, just like his uncle. After his uncle's sudden and mysterious death, the only thing that was left to Homer was his uncle's dog. However, a secret coin found hidden in the dog's collar leads Homer on an adventure to find out the importance of the coin and what really happened to his uncle. I LOVED this book! This is a WOW book because it is unpredictable, enthralling, and has precious moment ...more
Cathy Austin
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Absolutely delightful, must read the other books in this series.
Can't help but fall in love with sad sack Homer Pudding, a rather chubby treasure hunting obsessed 12 year old who lives on a goat farm with his younger brother and 15 year old know it all sister. His mom is understanding, his dad kind of no nonsense. You know, the usual kind of family dynamic found in a lot of books that makes for so much fun as the story/stories evolve.
Homer inherits his recently deceased treasure hunter uncle's
Nov 23, 2016 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
Christine Rains
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Homer Pudding wants to be a treasure hunter like his uncle but his father is determined to make him a goat farmer. When his uncle dies and leaves Homer a dog who can't smell, Homer finds a strange coin and seeks to find out what it is. His little town doesn't hold any answers, so he travels to The City with his older sister Gwendolyn and Dog on an adventure that might start his career as a treasure hunter or crush his dreams.

This is a fantastic children's adventure mystery. I read it with my 8 y
Brittany R
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is pretty good. When i read it, it wasn't what i expected it to be but it was still good. I love the dog in this book and how droopy everyone thinks he is. The first reaction to this dog is funny. This book reminds me of the underneath because theres a hound dog in that book and there both droopy dogs. I would recommend this book to people who like treasure hunting adventures and the dog is the sidekick.

Dec 04, 2019 added it
Favorite character: Mr. T. Snooty and Mr. C. Snooty.
Why: They were hilarious and their fights were ridiculous. The letter, in the end, was also VERY funny.
What surprised me the most: Dog was Uncle Drake's most prized possession. I thought it was the coin until I really thought about it. Then I realized that it was Dog.
Would I change the ending: No I would not.
Why not: I think that it was very creative and it was a cliff hanger so it hooks the reader on wanting to get the sequel.
Homer Pudding lives on a goat farm with his family, but he dreams of becoming a great treasure hunter like his uncle Drake. When Drake meets his end under suspicious circumstances, he leaves Homer a dog with no sense of smell, and a coin with the letters L.O.S.T. on it. This leads Homer on a quest to solve the mystery of the coin, and find out the truth of what really happened to his uncle Drake.
Caleb Beadel
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was a very good example of a fantasy book. My favorite part was about the lair and that the museum director was actually a crock.

The problem in book was that Drake putting got eaten by a giant tortoise but that's not true and they fix the problem by finding out what the coin meant

I would recommend this book because if you like the treasure hunt this is good a good example.
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-uns
This book was such an over-the-top ridiculous -- and I mean that in the best way possible. Hound dog with big floppy ears who can't smell anything but...well, I'll leave you to read about it. But I think this is a valuable story about how sometimes you don't realize how special someone is and to always keep an open mind about others.
Karla Martinsen
Apr 07, 2020 rated it liked it
A perfect story for a kid that likes adventure stories, and who wouldn't like a cloud-copter, a dog that can't smell but is your best friend, secret passages and so much more. I wish I still had some young grandchildren to hand it over to!
Anne Beardsley
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fluffy, original
Decent little off-beat adventure. Lots of 'follow your dreams' stuff.
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Rated 5 stars
Ages 12+
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very cute story, absolutely LOVED Homer and Dog <3 ...more
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
My third grade teacher read this to my class, great book.
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jaymie De
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This kiddie lit book had a lot of surprising twists and turns! I am planning to use this book in my classroom -I think the 4th graders will love it!
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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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