Charlie the Ranch Dog: Where's the Bacon?

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Charlie the Ranch Dog isn't sure what he thinks about visitors. But Charlie will try to give the new dog on the farm a chance—so long as he stays away from Charlie's favorite things!

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Charlie the Ranch Dog isn't sure what he thinks about visitors. But Charlie will try to give the new dog on the farm a chance—so long as he stays away from Charlie's favorite things!

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Charlie is a happy hound, the "boss" of his ranch, until another dog comes to visit and invades his territory. Rowdy eats his food, drinks his water, and even gets tummy rubs from his "mama." Charlie tolerates these affronts until he discovers Rowdy sleeping in his bed. That is the last straw. Charlie howls and scares the interloper right out the door and into the doghouse. However, instead of feeling better, Charlie realizes that Rowdy might be lonely out there and decides to go and share a bone with him. This early reader concludes with the dogs becoming friends and showing children that sometimes sharing can make a real difference. This book has a solid story line and the delightful illustrations work well. It supports Common Core State Standards by providing new readers with strong content to support key ideas and details. An appealing additon to most beginning-reader collections.—Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews
Basset hound Charlie learns to share with a visiting yellow Lab named Rowdy in this mildly entertaining early reader. Charlie has previously starred in several picture books about his life on the ranch owned by author Drummond. This offering for beginning readers, the first in a series, uses Drummond's characters and deGroat's illustration style from the previous picture books, although the text and illustrations here are done by others (presumably the Amanda Glickman and Rick Whipple "gratefully acknowledge[d]" on the copyright page). The slight plot involves a visit from Rowdy, who is (of course) a boisterous sort whose personality doesn't mesh well with the laconic basset hound. Rowdy takes over Charlie's food and bed, invades his "personal space" and cozies up to Charlie's owner. After Rowdy is banished to an outside doghouse, Charlie takes pity on him and invites him inside to share the sofa for a nap. The illustrations help convey the canine personalities through amusing expressions on the dogs' faces, and Charlie's little chipmunk friend is hidden on each spread for young readers to find. Fans of Charlie's previous picture books will like reading more about his life on the ranch, but others might concur with Rowdy as he naps on the sofa: "Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz." (Early reader. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062219084
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/25/2013
  • Series: I Can Read Book 1 Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 59,921
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.16 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2013

    More Fun on the Ranch!

    My son loves Charlie the Ranch Dog and Ree Drummond is a great reader.

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