Smells Like Dog
By Suzanne Selfors
(Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780316043984, 368pp.)
Publication Date: May 2010
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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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 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...
Suzanne Selfors is the author of the Imaginary Veterinary series, the Smells Like Dog series, Fortune's Magic Farm, To Catch a Mermaid, and many other books. Rumor has it that just like the hero of Smells Like Dog, she dreams of becoming a famous treasure hunter. With the help of her loyal dog, Skylos, she's dug many holes in her backyard. Her most prized discoveries include a piece of petrified wood, a petrified slug, and something that resembles a shrunken head, but this has yet to be confirmed.
Praise for Smells Like Dog:
* "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 Reviews (starred review)
"A fantastic tale in every good sense of the word... Homer W. Pudding: my kind of hero."—Rebecca Stead, author of Newbery Medal winner When You Reach Me
"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
"Full of fantastic characters (eccentric adventurers, sinister and surprising villains, and one droopy but very special dog), delightful humor, and wonderful adventures, this book is a treasure. Every page made me smile."—Sarah Beth Durst, author of Into the Wild and Out of the Wild
"Join a delightful band of misfits on a rollicking adventure... Full of fantasy, fun and humorous dialogue, this will attract dog lovers, mystery enthusiasts, adventure addicts, and reluctant readers."—VOYA