Young readers love animals and they will definitely fall in love with Charlie in Charlie the Ranch Dog by Ree Drummond, NY Times bestselling author of The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl.
Charlie lives on the ranch and frankly, he thinks he owns it! After all, there are many jobs that need to be done from keeping the cattle out of the garden, and keeping critters out that don't belong under the porch. However, it's not easy since Charlie has short legs and droopy eyelids that make him nap... a lot! However, when Charlie's really needed, he proves that he'll always come through.
Charlie the Ranch Dog is inspired by Drummond's beloved basset hound Charlie, a central figure in real life on the ranch and on Ree's famous blog, the Pioneer Woman. Charlie is easy to fall in love with and the amazing illustrations by Diane deGroat will have you wanting even more. This is such a fun book, it's easy to see why Charlie rules the roost on the NY Times Bestseller's list.
Read a fascinating post by Ree Drummond titled, "Twenty Steps to Writing a Children's Book." and check out this interview with Diane DeGroat at Jama Rattigan's Alphabet Soup.
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (April 26, 2011)
Source of review copy: Publisher