Guinea Dog

Guinea Dog

Book - 2010
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When his mother brings home a guinea pig instead of the dog he has always wanted, fifth-grader Rufus is not happy--until the rodent starts acting exactly like a dog.
Publisher: New York : Egmont USA, 2010
ISBN: 9781606840535
Characteristics: 183 p. ; 22 cm


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Oct 16, 2019

1 W-Bk 600L - (8-12세) 192 Page

Sep 27, 2019

I got so tickled at the long, long list of reasons why Rufus couldn't have a dog -- which starts on page two -- that I couldn't stop laughing. Great characterization and voice. Wonderfully creative idea. I just adore this series.

Jul 31, 2017

The moral is mostly to be grateful for what you have.

And I enjoyed it.

A lot.


SquamishLibraryStaff Feb 21, 2017

A fun, quick read about a boy who wants a dog and gets a guinea pig. But wait, the guinea pig can catch a Frisbee mid-air and chases sticks. Sounds pretty dog-like to me!

Jan 25, 2016

There is nothing Rufus wants more than a dog. But his Dad is against the idea for a really long list of reasons. And that is where Mom comes in; she gets Rufus a guinea pig which he names Fido. But this is no ordinary guinea pig. She knows how to sit, roll over and likes to bury bones. Hmmm…strange. And stranger still when the family decides to return Fido to Petopia they discover that the pet store has magically disappeared. It looks like Rufus is stuck with Fido…and she is stuck with him. In fact, she gets him stuck in a series of very sticky situations! A great book about friendship and always looking for the silver lining.

Oct 07, 2015

its amazing how he wants a dog and gets a guinea pig that acts like a dog. he soon loves her and so does his dad who hates dog. is it a miracle

taupe_rat_5 Sep 10, 2015

Honestly, this book was just boring. A cliche boy wants a cliche dog. Whoop-dee-freaking-doo. But wait! He gets a guinea pig that acts like a dog! What a twist! Except it was LITERALLY REVEALED IN THE TITLE. The author then proceeds to act as if the boy (I forgot his name, probably because he has no character traits) figuring this out is some huge revelation. They make this the main plot, even though the readers already know what's going to happen! Not to mention that the author's forgotten the meaning of subtlety. The guinea pig acts like a stereotype of a dog. I honestly think that the author has never seen a dog or a guinea pig in real life, but has only heard of them in legends. No research went into this book, the characters are tropes, and the plot is dull at best. I'm not even discussing the author's continued ignorance of responsible rodent ownership! This is probably a children's book, but any child would rather read a story that the author has put effort into. Why do you think the Harry Potter books are so popular? Children's books are not just simpler adult's books. They require just as much thought, if not more, as an adult novel.

JCLAngelicaR May 23, 2013

Sometimes wishing for one thing and getting another proves to be just right, even when it comes to pets. Not sure? Read the book and see for yourself.

Gushihahapro Jul 18, 2012

This book was quite predictable. A little more "surprise" would have made this book far more interesting. Overall though it was ok.


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Nov 28, 2016

Alex77777 thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over

Sep 17, 2014

purple_panda_17 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 14

Gushihahapro Jul 18, 2012

Gushihahapro thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 6 and 9

May 30, 2012

MARMOT0vv0 thinks this title is suitable for 5 years and over


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green_tiger_37 Jul 19, 2014

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Jul 23, 2013

This was a story about a little boy that wanted a dog but lived in an apartment where he could'nt have one. His mom came home from work one day with a guinea pig but the little boy wasn't to sure if he liked it or not. After spending time with the guinea pig and teaching it tricks like a dog, he thought it was the best pet ever.

Gushihahapro Jul 18, 2012

Rufus (aka Roof) desperately wants a dog. But his dad does not. So Rufus's mom being thoughtful buys him a guinea pig. Rufus however is not impressed at first, wanting to return it and buy a dog. However after many days bonding with the guinea pig, he notices the pig also acts just like a dog. Therefore Rufus rethinks about returning him. Now together they are friends and enjoy each other's company.


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May 23, 2013

Other: fun

Gushihahapro Jul 18, 2012

Other: Unique


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