Guinea Dog

From the Series Guinea Dog

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Rufus has been dreaming of getting a dog. His best friend has one. His worst friend has one. But his dad has a few objections: They whine. They gnaw. They bark. They scratch. They beg. They drool. Rufus pays no attention when his mom offers her think-outside-the-box suggestion, because she can’t be serious. She can’t be. She can be. And she actually comes home with a guinea pig. And if Rufus’s dad thinks dogs are a problem, he won’t know what hit him when he meets the Guinea Pig That Thinks She’s a Dog. She barks. She bites. She’ll eat your homework.

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 3
Copyright 2010
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Darby Creek ™
Language English
Number of Pages 192
Publication Date 2010-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 2.3
Reading Counts! Points 8.0
Text Type Fiction—Humor
BISACS JUV002180, JUV013000, JUV035000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.25
Lexile 600
Guided Reading Level P
ATOS Reading Level 3.7
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 136660
Accelerated Reader® Points 4.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Reviewed, and Table of contents

Author: Patrick Jennings

Patrick Jennings's books for young readers have received honors from Publishers Weekly, The Horn Book, Smithsonian Magazine, the PEN Center USA, the Woman's National Book Association, and the Chicago and New York Public Libraries. The Seattle Public Library awarded his book, Guinea Dog, the Washington State Book Award of 2011. His book, Faith and the Electric Dogs, is currently being adapted for the screen. His newest book, Hissy Fitz, was published in January 2015. He currently writes full time in his home in Port Townsend, Washington.


  • Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award, Winner, 2011
  • Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee, Nominated, 2010
  • Horned Toad Tales List Nominee, Nominated, 2010
  • Colorado Children's Book Award Nominee, Nominated, 2010
  • Great Stone Face Award Nominee, Nominated, 2010
  • Florida Sunshine State Young Reader's Award Master List, Long-listed, 2010
  • Massachusetts Children's Book Award Honor, Commended, 2010
  • Nene Award Master List, Long-listed, 2010
  • Washington State Sasquatch Award Master List, Long-listed, 2010
  • William Allen White Children's Book Awards, Winner, 2010
  • Minnesota Maud Hart Lovelace Award Nominee, Nominated, 2010


School Library Journal

“Early chapter-book readers will enjoy this humorous tale.” —School Library Journal


“Jennings injects magic realism into a story filled with believable yet flawed characters, resulting in a satisfying story….[A] good choice for readers making the transition to chapter books.” —Booklist

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Rufus’ narration is fresh and funny, particularly when he’s poking fun at his father or observing the complex dynamics of boy-girl interactions, and his descriptions of Fido’s wiggly behind and raucous screeching only add to the story’s playful charm." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Kirkus Reviews

“[T]he undeniably funny plot moves along, and readers into beginning chapter books should enjoy this wry story of wish fulfillment.” —Kirkus Reviews