Charlie and the Christmas Kitty

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Overview

Why is there a great big tree in the house?!?
And why are all these boxes underneath it?
Hey—what is that?!? Where did it come from?
Uh-oh. This isn't good. . . . This isn't good at all!

In this hilarious follow-up to the New York Times bestselling picture book Charlie the Ranch Dog, Ree Drummond—the Pioneer Woman herself—delivers a story about getting into the holiday spirit...

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Overview

Why is there a great big tree in the house?!?
And why are all these boxes underneath it?
Hey—what is that?!? Where did it come from?
Uh-oh. This isn't good. . . . This isn't good at all!

In this hilarious follow-up to the New York Times bestselling picture book Charlie the Ranch Dog, Ree Drummond—the Pioneer Woman herself—delivers a story about getting into the holiday spirit and finding the good in all. Even though Charlie may not have put a kitty on his Christmas list, he learns that if you keep an open heart, new friends can come in unexpected packages.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susan Treadway M.Ed.
Marvelous water color illustrations bring Charlie the ranch dog to the heart of every reader. He is a most lovable basset hound and the star of several other charming adventures written by The Pioneer Woman. Her own ranch experiences bring Charlie's world to life for all ages while introducing this newest little character. As told from Charlie's bewildered perspective, a mysterious tree appears creating big work which temporarily diverts attention away from daily chores on their ranch. However, an energetic furry surprise shifts his viewpoint from curious to suspicious, and soon kitty wins him over in this hilarious Christmas tale. Before that happens, however, the King of the Ranch cannot lose his revered status nor shirk important duties. He must remain in charge. Children see him struggle a bit since Charlie's thoughts are in distinctive brown font while facial expressions convey a range of emotions. Even as kitty is somewhat ignored at first, Charlie cannot deny his delight. Turns out kitty brings personal charm to the ranch for old and young alike as well as to the main pup. Also included is a most delicious holiday recipe for "Charlie's Favorite Christmas Cookies." Reviewer: Susan Treadway, M.Ed.
Kirkus Reviews
Drummond, the cookbook author and blogger known as the Pioneer Woman, offers a holiday-themed sequel to her previous story about the pets on her ranch, Charlie the Ranch Dog (2011). This time, Charlie the nap-loving basset hound is shocked when a tiny, furry creature shows up as a surprise Christmas present. At first, he thinks the new addition is a rabbit, but then the dog realizes this must be a kitten. The kitty repeatedly tries to befriend the rather staid, older dog, who finds the playful cat a nuisance. Finally, the kitten crawls on Charlie's back, giving him a "backrub" and winning the dog over as a pal. The final spread shows a basset hound puppy named Walter arriving at the ranch, setting the stage for the next installment in the series. The first-person story as narrated by Charlie captures his laid-back, laconic lifestyle, though the humor is minimal and the plot predictable. DeGroat's illustrations liven things up with a variety of perspectives and integrated display type, and the tiny chipmunk peeking out on each spread adds a clever touch. A recipe for "Charlie's Favorite Christmas Cookies" (for humans, not canines) is included. For fans of basset hounds and the Pioneer Woman. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061996573
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 219,589
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD400L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 10.12 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Ree Drummond

Ree Drummond began blogging in 2006 and has built an award-winning website, where she shares recipes, showcases her photography, and documents her hilarious transition from city life to ranch wife. She is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling books Charlie the Ranch Dog; The Pioneer Woman Cooks; The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier; and The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays; as well as Charlie and the Christmas Kitty, Charlie Goes to School, Charlie and the New Baby, and Charlie's I Can Read adventures. Ree lives on a working cattle ranch near Pawhuska, Oklahoma, with her husband, Ladd; their four kids; Charlie; and lots of other animals.

Diane deGroat is the illustrator of more than 120 children's books and the author-illustrator of bestselling books about Gilbert, including Ants in Your Pants, Worms in Your Plants! (Gilbert Goes Green); April Fool! Watch Out at School!; Mother, You're the Best! (But Sister, You're a Pest!); Last One in Is a Rotten Egg!; and the New York Times bestseller Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink. Diane lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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