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