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The Dog Days of Charlotte Hayes

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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  265 ratings  ·  41 reviews
It's not that Charlotte hates dogs. Or that she wants all of them to disappear off the face of the planet. It's just that she doesn't see why everyone loves them so much.

So how did she get stuck taking care of a big, drooling Saint Bernard puppy? Rain or shine, hot or cold, poor Beauregard is left chained in the backyard. No one ever plays with him or checks his food and w
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by Greenwillow Books (first published March 1st 2009)
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GirlwiththeBraids
Beauregard is a big, drooling, slobbery mess of a Saint Bernard and Charlotte is sick of taking care of him. But she knows she has to, because no one else will. Her father brought him home a few months ago but no one will look after him. Charlotte dreams that Beauregard will go to a good family, one that lets him come inside the house and that will love him. Plans fail and Charlotte is about to give up. Then she heard about the Saint Bernard Rescue Foundation. The problem is, her father doesn’t ...more
Mary
I received an advance reading copy of this book to read and review for HarperCollins Publishers.

This is a great book about a young girl who changes during the course of the book and yet her core person stays the same. I thought I had the book ending all figured out and was definitely surprised! Charlotte is a great character. I loved her, her family and her friends - they all seemed very real. Throughout the book, Charlotte does what she thinks is best for others without regard for how her decis
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Nancy
A sweet book for middle graders. Charlotte Hayes is not a dog person, and her family has recently purchased a St. Bernard. Her flaky father loses interest in it. Her teenaged sister is too busy with homecoming and boys to worry about it. And, her mother is preoccupied with her infant brother and postpartum depression to care about it. So that leaves Charlotte to care for him. After realizing that she is limited in her ability to provide Beauregard with a truly good home, Charlotte plans to find ...more
Sandy
A dog book for those who love them - and for those who don't. I liked the tenuous relationship that Charlotte and Beauregard have and watching Charlotte's love for this animal grow despite the fact that she really doesn't want to take care of him was actually pretty touching. This complex relationship, as well as the subplots about the new girl in school and her mother's post-partum depression, were subtle and kept the story focused, but added dimention to the story.
Boni
Realistic, well-drawn characters, believable situations and a somewhat unexpected ending, which was nice. Though the size of the book may be a bit daunting, it's an easy read for chapter book readers wanting to stretch a bit to mid-grade fare. Lovely book that will stay with me, I think- and those are the best kind, right? :)
Julie
This is one of the Virginia Reader's Choice selections for elementary students this year. Personally, I'd give this book one star but my daughter liked it well enough for me to average our ratings and bring it up one.

I think the message this book sends (although not the intended main one which is that Charlotte learns to like dogs) is just horrible. While the protagonist might feel sorry for her St. Bernard, the adults around her neglect the animal so poorly that they ought to be cited for anima
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Rainey
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I gave The Dog Days Of Charlotte Hayes 4 out of 5 stars because I thought it was a very good light Summer read. The book is basically about a girl named Charlotte Hays who has a younger brother Justin Lee, a mom and dad, and an older sister named Agnes. Charlotte's dad has purchased a huge Saint Bernard dog as a bargain. Her dad calls him Killer. For the first few days Charlotte's dad played with Killer and took good care of him. After that Charlotte has to take care of him because n
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Mark Baker
Charlotte is not a dog person, and yet she is the one who is taking care of the family dog. She decides the best approach is for her family to get rid of the dog. But can she do that when her father still wants to keep him? This book was absolutely charming. I was sorry to see it end when I reached the last page.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Heather
I read this book with my 9 year old old animal loving son. It was a bit long for him so we switched off reading chapters. This book had so many themes/lessons that I liked for my son: a child caring for animals, learning that you have to work hard and stay focused to reach a goal, and caring for the elderly. All of these were explored wonderfully through Charlotte and her family and friends.
Alyssa Calhoun
Charlotte's dad just got a St. Bernard, and at first he and the rest of the family was taking care of it. And Charlotte liked it that way--she's not a fan of dogs. However after a few weeks the "newness" wears off and everyone is ignoring the dog, who stays chained up in the yard. Charlotte feels bad for him and starts taking care of him, even though she doesn't enjoy it. Soon she comes up with a plan She secretively comes up with a plan to buy the dog from her dad and give him away to a St. Ber ...more
Evy
Charlotte Hayes is not a dog person. So how does she end up taking care of a big, slobbery dog? I think this book is very deep...deeper and far more passionate than it seems. Though it appears to be just about a girl whose family neglects the dog they adopted and how she must take care of it to compensate for the lack of attention, it is much more. The moral of the story is that in order to make things better, sometimes you have to give things up. Sacrifice for things you really want or need. In ...more
Bonnie
Charlotte is NOT a dog lover but she does have a caring heart and finds herself trying to do what is best for the neglected family dog by trying to find a new home for it, without telling her father. It was a little harder for me to warm up to this story, as opposed to Marlane Kennedy's delightful "Me and the Pumpkin Queen" for the simple fact that I deplore irresponsible pet owners who get pets without thinking through how it will, and should, change their lifestyle, then think they can just pu ...more
Annajune
Fun lighthearted book about how Charlotte, who claims to not like dogs, comes up with a plan to give her dog a better life. I read this to help my daughter with a school project.
Christine
What a great book! I picked up this book at a glance for my 9 year old daughter. She enjoyed it, and since I like to keep tabs on what she is reading, I enjoyed it too.

This is a very sweet yet somewhat realistic story about a girl's life. Charlotte's mother has post-partum depression, her dad gets caught up in good deals until he loses interest, there's a little school drama, a little money drama and there is also an elderly lady who's had a stroke. All of these elements are wrapped up nicely. C
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The Library Lady
Marlane Kennedy's second book is as enjoyable s her first, Me and the Pumpkin Queen. Her characters ring true and believable--girls will feel as if Charlotte is someone they know and they will pull for her to find the right answer for the dog her father calls "Killer" and she calls "Beauregard".
Luanne Hatcher
I enjoyed reading this book. Charlotte's tender heart for unloved, time consuming pets was touching. Many people select pets and really don't have time to spend with them. Feeding and watering is not enough! Dogs require much care and attention, and Charlotte feels that their large, slobbery dog needs a home where he will be loved, cared for, and played with regularly.
Delaney Mchenry
I loved this book so much because it was really cute and I am a big dog lover. I love the end because it was sweet and very happy. I loved all the characters in the book because they all had good personalitys and they were funny. I loved the dog so much because he was cute and calm and a good listener. I am super-duper glad I read this really good book.
Mustang
May 21, 2012 Mustang rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: ng, ck, cbw, sf
I loved this book, because I liked how she tried to help the dog.She saved up 250 dollars to buy him from her dad. I was about to cry when her friends husbands aunt fell down the steps. I loved the ending, because bearguard got put in a good home.I thought it was very nice when she got up at 5:00 to take bearguard in.
7709eva
This is a realistic fiction book. It is about a girl who doesn't think her family treats the dog the best. So she tries to put the dog into a rescue foundation. I liked this book okay, but it was a very easy read. It would be a good book for people who like small realistic issues.
Karen Arendt
I cried at the end! I am not a dog lover, so I could relate to Charlotte not wanting to take care of the dog but wanting a good home for him. This book be a good way to expand the horizons of students who like to read dog stories.
Jocelyn Teregeyo
Well this is the first book i read as a little kid and i love it. so, I am encouraging you all to read this book, and learn to enjoy the company of books.Becaus a book will always be there when a friend won't.
Tierinee Howe
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The Dog Days of Charlotte Hayes by Marlane Kennedy was a great realistic fiction book. the characters in the book were so funny and they did lots of realistic things.
Diamond
I read this book in 5th grade and I read it for the summer reading and it was a really great book! I suggest this book to girls 9 and up. If u read this book u will love it!
Tom Mueller
Wonderful story presents examples of animal caring and love that all would do well to follow. Focus is on my favorite breed, the Saint. Includes mention of www.saintrescue.org
Julie
Apr 09, 2009 Julie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jennifer Sechler
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
This book was sooo cute!!
The only thing i didn't like about it was the father character, I hope someone else i know reads this soon so we can discuss.....
Georgene
This was a cute dog story with a twist in that Charlotte Hayes is not a dog lover, but she does do what is best for the dog her family owns.
Jen
My eight year old daughter and I read this together. We had a good time with this book; it was a sweet story with several great messages.
Anne
A wonderful twist on the typical story of a kid willing to do anything to prove she's able to take care of a dog/family pet.
Smittygritty
Beautiful book. I felt as of the author was actually writing from the heart, and I haven't seen many cases like that. Amazing.
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