Guinea Dog by Patrick Jennings

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Rufus really wants a dog. He really really wants a dog. Everybody he knows has a dog, from his best friend to his worst friend. The family down the street has three! But his clean-fiend Dad says no way! Dogs bark and beg. They drool. They slobber. They carry bloodsucking fleas.

When Mom, despite protests, brings home a guinea pig as a compromise, the whole family is in for a shock. Because Rufus’s new pet doesn’t act like a guinea pig at all: She runs. She fetches. She’ll eat his homework. If Dad thinks dogs are trouble, wait until he has to live with Fido, the guinea dog!

Patrick Jennings’s hilarious novel is perfect for everyone who’s begged for a pet and gotten more (and less) than they bargained for.

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Patrick Jennings blasted onto the children's book scene with his critically acclaimed Faith and the Electric Dogs, which received numerous starred reviews and is now in film development. The author of many titles, including Lucky Cap and Guinea Dog, which was called "a very funny book [that]...would be particularly great for fifth-grade boys" by, Jennings has turned his focus to writing funny, easily accessible stories that will appeal to middle-schoolers. A former resident of Bisbee, Arizona, Jennings now lives in Washington State. Visit him online at
Published April 26, 2011 by EgmontUSA. 208 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Jennings provides no explanation as to why Fido acts like a dog, asking readers to accept the absurdity along with Rufus.

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