Today I have a quick review of Suzanne Selfors’ midgrade Smells Like Treasure , Little Brown, May 2011. It took me a while to get into this quirky novel about Homer Pudding and his treasure sniffing dog but I think it will have a good following, especially among upper elementary and middle school boys. Smells Like Treasure is the sequel to last year’s Smells Like Dog and I feel certain there are more of Homer and Dog’s adventures on the horizon.
In Treasure, Homer’s time has come – his time to take over his deceased uncle’s spot in L.O.S.T – Legends, Objects, Secrets and Treasures – a secret society that seeks out those oddities in the world – but never for personal gain. Of course, his right to his uncle’s chair is challenged by his (former) friend Lorelei. She’s an orphan just trying to get ahead in the world – even if it means stomping on Homer. A quest is set and the contest begins. Selfors’ imagination leads to some terrific inventions – such as the cloudcopter, great discoveries -like musical crystals, and amazing characters, including daft Honorable Lord Mockingbird XVIII.
Selfors is funny and I like her relationship between Homer and Lorelei – it’s very real – even with the absurd situations in which she’s placed them.
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Genres: Elementary, Midgrade, Adventure Stories
Things to like about this book: It’s funny. I like funny. The eclectic crew of characters are quite memorable and Homer and Lorelei work through their differences. If you are looking to add to your collection, I would get Smells Like Dog also.
Audience: Upper elementary and middle school. I’m liking this for boys asking for a new book.
Reviewed from: ARC provided by publisher.