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Charlie the Ranch Dog PDF Print E-mail

What You Need to Know:
Charlie the Ranch Dog is a comical book about a charming basset hound who lives on a ranch in Oklahoma.
• The humor is tongue-in-cheek, making this a funny read-aloud for a wide range of children.
• The illustrations are visually appealing and integral to the story, they are part of the joke.
• Kids will love Charlie and when the book is over they will be left wanting more Charlie adventures.
Sweet Book Summary:
Meet Charlie, the pioneer ranch dog. Charlie is the beloved pet of Ree Drummond, author of the the hugely popular blog, The Pioneer Woman. In this amusing story, Charlie narrates a typical day at the ranch with his sidekick and fellow canine, Suzie. Apparently, Suzie is in need of much guidance about what needs to be done on a ranch and Charlie's work is never done between ranching, protecting and teaching Suzie. The reality is Charlie doesn't do much but sleep and eat (especially bacon!), and Suzie does most of the work. But in Charlie's own mind he is ever busy protecting the ranch and getting things done.

The story is hilarious. Drummond's humor is very witty and dry, it kind of sneaks up on you. Kids will enjoy the funny illustrations of Charlie, Suzie and life on the ranch. The pictures are part of the humor; the text may say Charlie is busy getting up very early to start his hard work, but the picture has Charlie lounging in his dog bed. Kids will love being "in" on the joke; Charlie really only does a whole lot of napping and eating, not so much hard work. This would make a very entertaining read-aloud. See if your readers notice the adorable chipmunk that is always hanging around Charlie, even though Charlie is very busy chasing the critters away!
Author: Ree Drummond Illustrator: Diane deGroat Published: 2011, 40 pages
Themes: Excellent Read-Aloud, Exquisite Illustrations, Humor, Animals - Dogs
Sweet Discussion Questions:
• Who do you think does all the work on the ranch?
• What is your favorite chore that Charlie or Suzie performs?
• Do you have a pet? Does your pet help around the house? How?
• Do you think Suzie minds working hard? Why/Why not?
• What do you think it would be like to live on a ranch?
If You Liked This Book, Try:
Good Dog Aggie, Lori Ries
How Rocket Learned to Read, Tad Hills
Interrupting Chicken, David Ezra Stein
This recommendation was written by: Melissa Y.
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