CHARLIE AND THE CHRISTMAS KITTY by Ree Drummond

CHARLIE AND THE CHRISTMAS KITTY

From the "Charlie the Ranch Dog" series
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 6

KIRKUS REVIEW

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)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-06-199657-3
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins
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