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Smells Like Dog

I’m a bit swamped lately — which, coming off of my summer funk, is really hurting my blogging game. But I’ve got a treat for you today with a TeenReader review. This is a book that we both liked very much. It surprised me as being very different from what I expected, but in a good way. Sometimes it’s a very good thing not to read too many reviews. That said, don’t miss this one...

TeenReader in the hizzy, reviewing books until I’m dizzy, spittin’ rhymes like Eminizzy, and I’m funny, yes, fo’shizzy. And for all you old people out there, yes, that is how we youngsters talk nowadays. Why not go rap at your bingo night? It’ll be a hoot.

Where were we? Oh! Book reviews! Today I’m going to review a fun book that I thoroughly enjoyed:
Smells Like Dog, by Suzanne Selfors. I could say at lot, but this pretty much says it all:
Because the Pudding family always ate breakfast together at the kitchen table, it was the perfect place to share news and ask questions like, Whatcha gonna do at school today? or Who’s gonna take a bath tonight? or Why is that dead squirrel lying on the table?
Smells Like DogThat’s an example of the funny dialogue sprinkled all throughout the book, which itself was a compelling read. It’s the story of a farm boy, Homer Pudding, who has a love for treasure hunting that comes from his adventurous uncle. So when said uncle is mysteriously killed, Homer is left with his uncle’s dog, a strange coin, and an amazing adventure.

I thought this book was a good balance of an easy, basic plot to follow with a perfect amount of twists and turns to keep you guessing. Just as things were getting clear, the rug was pulled out and we were left in the dark again. The characters and cliches were a bit overexaggerated at times — much of it adding nicely to the fantasy, but at times going a little too far over the top. No worries though, because overall a great book and a fun read. Fo’shizzle.

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Peaceful Reader said...

This sounds like a hoot! Now if only I could rap like that to my students!

Ms. Yingling said...

I have this on my TBR pile at home, and this may be my first choice tonight.

Ms. Yingling said...

Hmmm. I think I'd overdosed on Lemony Snicket and can't take quirky any more. I can't imagine an adult novel with a character named Homer Pudding.