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GUINEA DOG by Patrick Jennings

GUINEA DOG

By Patrick Jennings

Age Range: 7 - 9

Pub Date: April 13th, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-60684-053-5
Publisher: Egmont USA

A humorous story about an unusual pet. Rufus has but one wish—a dog. His stay-at-home Dad does not agree. His list of reasons not to get a dog extends over two pages. Rufus’s sympathetic mom brings home a guinea pig, which Rufus has expressly said he does not want. To his surprise, though, the guinea pig (which he sullenly names Fido) behaves like a dog! She obeys every command Rufus gives her, plays tug-o’-war and even chews shoes. His best friend wishes she were his when, during a Frisbee game, out of nowhere, she retrieves the disc and brings it to Rufus. The family decides to return Fido to the pet store, but a classmate is willing to buy her to replace her hamster—and it’s then that Rufus begins to have second thoughts. Jennings provides no explanation as to why Fido acts like a dog, asking readers to accept the absurdity along with Rufus. The school characters are fairly one dimensional, but the undeniably funny plot moves along, and readers into beginning chapter books should enjoy this wry story of wish fulfillment. (Animal fantasy. 7-9)