Jul 262011
 
Smells Like DogSmells Like dog by Suzanne Selfors is a delightful, fun and easy-to-read book for tweens filled with action, adventure, real-life problems and treasure hunting. It is a book your tween sons will love to dive into, and you might just enjoy it too.
Homer is a young boy, who is hungry for adventure. He feels out of place in his small village, and he does not have any friends. He lives on a goat farm with his parents and two siblings, and Homer never really feels as if he fits in anywhere. 
To his father’s disappointment, Homer does not show any interest in the family’s goat farm, and he always has his nose in a book. He would much rather be off on treasure hunts with his Uncle Drake, who lives in the city.
One day Homer gets the devastating news that his favorite treasure-loving uncle has died, and Homer is left with a droopy hound, who cannot smell. However, it does not take long before Homer is mixed into a dangerous treasure hunt, where no one can be trusted, and by his side he has his uncle’s most treasured possession – the hound named Dog.

Smells Like Dog is a book full of adventure on every page, and it keeps the reader on edge from beginning to end. Homer is charming young boy, with whom many readers can relate. He is a bit shy and withdrawn, and he feels completely misunderstood.  
Smells Like Dog is the perfect tween book, as it deals with issues of feeling alone, not fitting in and yet it shows that you do not have to be the cool guy at school to have fun. 
 
This was the first full-length tween novel that my eight-year-old son and I attacked together, and we took turns reading through this hair-raising novel. My eight-year-old followed along carefully, whenever I was reading, and he did a great job reading himself. In fact, I think this is perfect book for a second grade reading level, and my son did not have any trouble with the vocabulary. The fact that Smells Like Dog is full of excitement, made my son want to read more, and he often had to comment on something in the book.
With a mix of realism and fiction, Smells Like Dog has the perfect combination for any dog-loving tween.Trust and friendship is at the center of this dog themed book, and it reminds us that we should all accept each other just the way we are.

My son and I are both eager to get started on book number two in this fabulous tween series by Suzanne Selfors. Smells Like Treasure was released on May 10th, and I will bring you a review soon.
Frugal Mom Star Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars  * * * *
Author: Suzanne Selfors

Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (April 12, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9780316043977
ISBN-13: 978-0316043977
ASIN: 0316043974

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Smells Like Dog by Suzanne Selfors for the purpose of writing a book review. Versions of this children’s book review may have been posted on other websites or in printed publications.

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