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Smells Like Dog, a humorous adventure story for readers of all ages.


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 collar? And who will continue Uncle Drake’s quest—to find the most coveted pirate treasure in the world? Join Homer; his sister, Gwendolyn; and Dog on an adventure that will test their wits and courage as they leave their peaceful farm and head into a world where ruthless treasure hunters hide around every corner. Where they discover that Dog has a hidden talent and that treasure might be closer than they ever imagined. . . .


-- Nominated for the 2013-2014 Golden Sower Award

-- An ALAN Pick, March 2010 (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents)

-- 2010 Notable Children's Book, Smithsonian Magazine

-- A Scholastic Bookfair Featured Book

"Selfors offers up an adventure tale that features a humorous, high-stakes mystery and a lovable hero. ...Peppered with funny dialogue, this joyous romp is a page-turning adventure that will appeal to enthusiastic and reluctant readers alike."
-- Kirkus, starred review

"Join a delightful band of misfits on a rollicking adventure that centers on a dog that can't smell and treasure hunting...Full of fantasy, fun and humorous dialogue, this will attract dog lovers, mystery enthusiasts, adventure addicts, and reluctant readers. A thoroughly enjoyable read."
-- VOYA, June 2010 issue

"Smells Like Dog by Suzanne Selfors is a light, funny romp of a book for children 8-12. The writing will remind kids of Roald Dahl and Lemony Snickett."
--The Post and Courier, Charleston, SC

"...the cast of eccentric characters—including a budding taxidermist sister, an evil museum director, a pink-haired orphan, and cloud-copter pilot with Indian roots—continue the fun as the boy battles his way through an evil lair and discovers a secret society of lost treasure hunters. Fans who enjoy the editorializing and over-the-top humor in Wendelin Van Draanen’s Gecko and Sticky series will take pleasure in this misfit duo’s quirky adventures."
-- Booklist

"Homer Pudding is a luckless 12-year-old who dreams of hunting treasure like the uncle he idolizes. When his uncle is eaten by a killer tortoise, Homer gets swept into the middle of a treacherous race to locate a pirate’s treasure. A whimsical narration and sometimes comical dialogue add a light touch."
-- School Library Journal

"The author promises that this will not be another 'dead dog story.' And indeed it is not; it is a delightful whimsical book that will appeal to boys and girls and is a perfect classroom read aloud. The first-person narrator deftly weaves in the definition of words and maintains a humorous tone. Selfors' plot contains plenty of near misses, evil characters, whacky inventions, and carnivorous tortoises to capture and hold young readers' attentions. There is even a lost love re-united."
-- Lottie Waggoner for ALAN's Picks, March 2010 (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents)

"Smells Like Dog is a fun and entertaining tale of misfits discovering where they belong. The tongue-in-cheek, over-the-top humor and voice mesh perfectly with the zany adventure."
-- Greg Leitich Smith, author of Tofu and T.Rex.

"I really liked this book. It was an action-packed mystery book. I never knew what was going to happen next. In my mind I had a great detailed picture of what was happening and I felt like I knew every character's personality. I think everyone should read this book."
-- 11-year-old reviewer for Flamingnet Reviews

"Sometimes someone writes the kind of book that kids want to read more than once; the kind of book you wish was around when you were a kid. "Smells Like Dog" is one of those books. We found it delightful at every turn of the page and think you will too."
-- Kitsap Newspaper Group

"This book will be a big hit with kids who enjoyed The Mysterious Benedict Society and Pseudonymous Bosch books...A great book for kids, teen and adults alike. "
-- Reading Nook

"Smells Like Dog is bound to be a classic."
-- The Reading Zone

"This is a humorous, middle-grade novel that will particularly appeal to boys and is recommended."
-- Children's Literature

"I enjoyed the ride."
-- www.motherreader.com

"Suzanne Selfors's third middle-grade novel is sure to be a hit."
-- www.kidsreads.com

"I think Smells Like Dog would be a wonderful book for a third or fourth grade class to read aloud. Girls and Boys will be enthralled by Homer's adventures and it will appeal to even the most reluctant of readers."
-- The Booknosher

"Full of mystery, action, adventure, suspense and lots of laughs, this novel is spot-on."
-- The Times Herald

"This zany and clever adventure will be thoroughly enjoyed by tweens looking for a rollicking wild ride. Comical dialogue and intelligent humor add much to this suspenseful story that is rich with eccentric and endearing characters."
-- StorySnoops

"I absolutely loved this book and could not put it down."
-- Mrs. Carlson, Mayfield Schools

"This well-written series includes quirky characters that kids can relate to--suspense, adventure and, of course, a dog. If you like books by Lemony Snicket or Roald Dahl, this series is for you."
-- Statesman Journal




 

 









Release Date: May 1, 2010
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 978-0-3160-4398-4
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