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Charlie the Ranch Dog (Charlie the Ranch Dog Picture Books)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  849 ratings  ·  155 reviews
Meet Charlie.





He's a ranch dog. Breakfast is his life, especially when bacon is involved. Charlie has dangly ears, floppy skin, and big fat paws. And he loves living in the country. That's because he works like a dog...fixing fences, gardening, and helping his family out on the range.





Yep, it's all work, all the time for Charlie the ranch dog. In fact, he's probably working...more
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Published April 26th 2011 by HarperCollins (first published March 29th 2011)
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Erin Straley
Now, I love the Pioneer Woman blog, but I can't get behind a book that seems to only exist for brand promotion. There's no storytelling here, just prattle about the details of the daily life of a ranch dog in the same cutesy voice that Drummond uses on her blog. I have a copy of this at the library because our centralized collection development bought it for us. One star only because the illustrations are cute.
Sweet on Books
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 S...more
David
Charlie the Ranch Dog by Ree Drummond, illustrated by Diane deGroat is
a look at the life of a hard working pioneer ranch dog, two dogs in fact, as related by Ree Drummond, known as the Pioneer Woman.

Charlie narrates a typical day at the ranch with his fellow canine Suzy. Charlie is a bassett hound and Suzie is a Jack Russell Terrier. In Charlie's mind he is constantly busy, including training Suzie. In reality, Charlie mainly sleeps and eats, with bacon his favorite food.
Charlie eventually sa...more
Kristin
The genre of this book is a picture book, and is intended for children who are (P) ages five to eight years old. This book is about a dog names Charlie and his friend Suzie who live on a ranch. Charlie is a bassett hound who loves to sleep and eat, and occasionally work on the ranch. But really Suzie does most of the work while Charlie relaxs. This is a very cute book that children are sure to fall in love with. Charlie, the main character, is a cute and funny pup with a huge heart. The illustra...more
Jennifer
Loved this book! Such a cute story, and my K-3 grade kids enjoyed it. I was going to do a book talk on Brian Selznick's "Wonderstruck" and share his writing process with the 4th and 5th graders (had seen him in person at a book signing where he did a presentation). I wanted to show the writing process with a book appropriate for the young ones, as well, and found Ree Drummond's blog when searching. She shares pictures of the writing process (including the work with her illustrator) and explains...more
Carol
I follow Ree's blog and my absolute favorite part of it are Charlie stories and pictures. How did I not know that there was a picture book about him?!?! I was browsing the shelves at the library and it popped right out at me... when I saw the title on the spine I knew it had to be about the Charlie that I loved to follow online :-) Loved the illustrations and the run down of Charlie's day. It certainly helps that I have a lazy hound of my own! Fun read - glad I found... will definitely be adding...more
Ashley
Illustrations by: Diane deGroat
Publication date: 2011
Fiction, Picture book

Summary:
This story is narrated by a dog named Charlie. He describes a day in his life living on a ranch and how he helps his owners with things like: scaring the cows off the yard, mentoring the young dog Suzie, and helping with chores…well sort of.

Evaluation:
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I would recommend this book for a read aloud and for an emergent reader-early reader. There are many literary elements to discuss. Th...more
Jan
Charlie the hound lives on a ranch, with his terrier friend, Susie. The two work hard all day, with Charlie making sure that Susie does her job right. Between meals, naps, and supervising, a ranch dog's work is never done. Hmm. Guess it's time for another nap....Zzzz. With wonderful illustrations by Diane de Groat, this picture book will tickle the funny bone of kids who understand the irony of the "hard-working" hound. Ages 3-6
Beth
Charlie, as the title so explicitly states, is a ranch dog. He's up before the sun and helps out with chores around the ranch like... sniffing, eating, and napping. Charlie likes to think he's being helpful, but really his best friend Suzy does all the heavy lifting.

I adored the illustration in this book, and I especially love how they so perfectly and lovably contradict the story Charlie is telling.
Kathryn
I am so enjoying Ree Drummand's new show on The Food Channel, her blog and her recipe book The Pioneer Woman Cooks. This book is all about their funny dog Charlie. It's a terrific book. If I didn't love Shelties so much I might consider a Beagle!
Andrea
Absolutely hysterical! As the owner of a basset hound, I thought this was an amazing children's book written about basset's and their personalities. Everything in here made us laugh out loud. I think the humor in owning a basset hound was so well captured because the author is an own of a basset. They truly are a different breed, but we don't love them any less!
Gary
I read this to my grandkids.
Though the book is written with children in mind.
It touches the adult who reads this book to children.
I may need to buy more copies to allow little fingers to touch the pages as we read it.
A good introduction to the author who is also an accomplish parent, and a culinary leader of "everyday" food on her foodtv show.
Shannon
I got this from the library this because it was on last week's NYT bestseller list. WHY??? The story is awful, the art is below middling, and the only redeeming factor at all is the chipmunk who appears throughout the book. One of the worst books of 2011 so far, hands down.
Brunette Librarian
Easy to read for young readers but still interesting enough for older ones, Charlie the Ranch Dog is a fun tale about the day in the life of Charlie, a dog on Ree Drummond’s farm. Charlie, Drummond’s real dog, tells of his friends, the animals on the farm and the hard work he does day in and day out. Including time for naps, breakfast, lunch, more naps, and occasionally running Susie the cow of the garden, Charlie does his part to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Beyond being a fun read that...more
E.B.
The pictures are cute, but I got the impression that this is just another tool to promote the PW brand. I'm glad I didn't buy the book.
Rachel B
Very cute illustrations. I LOVE Ree Drummond and the Pioneer Woman. This is a book I just had to buy for my library. :)
Kimberly Werner
“Charlie the Ranch Dog” is a picture book for children ages 5-8 (Primary). Charlie is a floppy eared, lovable country dog. He lives on the ranch with his best friend, Suzie (another, more energetic dog). Charlie’s narration takes the reader on a tour of his very ‘busy’ day helping on the ranch. The plot is meant to be comical as it soon becomes clear that Suzie is the one who does most of the work while Charlie takes frequent naps and stops for snacks. In the end, Charlie does have the opportuni...more
Barbara
Life isn't easy for a working dog, and Charlie the basset hound describes this busy routine. Together with his canine friend Suzie, he maintains order on the ranch. But as he goes through the day, it's clear that Charlie does more sleeping, eating, and relaxing than he does working. But when the family cows start to chew on the plants in the garden, Charlie comes to life. This would be a neat book to use for introducing voice since Charlie's voice is so present in the book's pages. Anyone who lo...more
Christopher Skelskey
The ids loved this book. There is even a recording on You Tube with the author reading to the kids. Then they can see a video with the actual Author and Charlie. The kids really loved how Charlie though he was being such a help and he was sleeping all the time.
Lara Ivey
Charlie and Suzie are ranch dogs...each having his/her own special talent to help out on the ranch. Charlie's happens to be more of the slower variety of helping than Suzie. They would be two easy characters to compare with their work at the ranch.

I would consider using the illustrations as part of a study on Dian deGroat, illustrator of We Gather Together...Now Please Get Lost! , Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire, and other Gilbert books.
Jessica
Loved thus book! I'm sure there are plenty of "dog" themed books out there, but I thought this one was cute and stood out from the rest! It had humor, bright pictures, and a good story.
Wendy
Beautiful pictures! What a FUN story and since I have seen her show I can see the personality of her dog Charlie fits this little story to a tee.Really a great story for kids!
Allison Parker
I couldn't help but be amused by Charlie's distinctive voice. Charlie introduces himself as a ranch dog, and by the way he describes his daily tasks, you would think he is indispensable to the work of the ranch. Yet the illustrations reveal a different story: it turns out Suzie, the other ranch dog, is quite the energetic work dog, while Charlie's priorities are more along the lines of eating and napping. But a dramatic moment of bovine mischief finally allows Charlie to rise to the level of his...more
Miah Suarez
I think that Charlie The Ranch Dog is a cute story about a dog who "says" that he is always working but really he just lays down and really doesn't do anything.
Jennifer Lavoie
I bought this book because I had a Basset Hound. And now I love the Charlie books, and so do the second graders and kindergarteners I work with. The kindergartners love Charlie and his antics, and love guess what will happen next. The second graders love Charlie, too, but they create their own "Charlie" stories by following the style of the book with their own pets. It's a fun activity and it lets the kids be creative by writing about their own pets. For students who don't have one, they choose...more
Katie Casey
Cute children's book from one of my favorite cookbook authors and bloggers, the Pioneer Woman herself!
Natalie
I love seeing Charlie on Ree's show! What an adorable book! Funny and great for dog lovers of all ages!
Cheryl
Charlie: The Ranch Dog was a cute, quick, fun read. The book was both entertaining and easy to read. There were not a lot of big words used, which I think is an important factor in a children’s book. At times, the book even read sort of like a Dick and Jane novel…”Here is Charlie sleeping..z.z.z.” Also the sentences were about only two or three sentences long. Charlie is the narrator of this book. My other favorite character besides Charlie was the chipmunk. He was always shadowing Charlie. This...more
Miah
This book was a really cute book about a ranch dog named Charlie.
Kim
Terrific read-aloud. Good for teaching point of view as well.
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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 cookbook The Pioneer Woman Cooks. Ree lives on a working cattle ranch near Pawhuska, Oklahoma, with her husband, Ladd; their four kids; their belov...more
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