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The Dog Days of Charlotte Hayes

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  351 Ratings  ·  50 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
ebook, 240 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by Greenwillow Books (first published March 1st 2009)
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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
Sep 14, 2015 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
The dog days of Charlotte Hayes
By:Marlane Kennedy.

This book is about a girl Charlotte and her new big Saint Bernard puppy named Beauregard(Killer). How did she get that dog? Well, Charlotte doesn't really liked dogs. It was not that she wanted them to disappear from the face of the earth, she simply didn't like them. And she ended up having one. So how did she get him? Well, she saw him chained in someone's backyard and he looked so sad. He had no water or food, and no one ever played with him.
Jan 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-youth
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
Dec 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, fiction
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
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.
Mark Baker
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade, 2009
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.
Aug 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chapter-mg
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? :)
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dogs, animals
I absolutely love dogs, so this book was very enjoyable. Charlotte, the main character, told herself she wasn't a dog person until she realized her passion for them in the end. She went through a lot, but only for a dog. The book is full of twists and turns, and I definitely recommend reading it.
First off this was a book my son bought a few years ago from a scholastic book fair at his school. He read a few chapters but didn't finish the book (he said it was a girl book). A few months ago I told him to clean his room and put everything he didn't want in the hall. He didn't want any of the book he had in his room. I planned to give them to his pediatrician's office because they have a book exchange and they also donate books to local charities. Anyway, i kept this book and wanted to read ...more
Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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