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Charlie and the Christmas Kitty (Charlie the Ranch Dog) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-12-25 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 104 user ratings
ISBN:0061996572
LANGUAGE:English

" The illustrations are really wonderful, and deGroat has added whimsical touches that totally enhance the story. And the story is a riot! This extremely hard-working dog (who sleeps all day) is trying to ignore the fact that his household has increased by one - an adorable kitten, who won't leave him alone, was left under the tree. I love the way the text and pictures totally work together in this book! " said.

" Eh... I thought this book was pretty dumb. And considering how many really cool picture books there are out there- this one fell very short. If you're thinking of buying it as a gift for a child this Christmas, look around for something better. Really? With all the $$ and fame behind Ree Drummond now I expected something... better. But I've heard lots of librarians say they didn't like her adult books, so maybe she's just not that good- no matter what the age group. " said.

" Wonderful story of Charlie the basset hound who learns the true meaning of Christmas when a kitten arrives under the tree. " said.

""This is by far the weirdest thing that's happened since the girls dressed me in that pinafore."

Charlie the ranch dog is helping his family prepare for Christmas. And it's hard work, so he settles down for a nap. He is awakened by a strange sound. "Huh? What'd I miss?" The family has gone and let a kitty into the house ... and that's not good at all. He tries several strategies to get the kitty to leave: ignoring it, minding his own business, even napping. Nothing works. But then Charlies realizes there are some advantages to having a kitten around.

Fun read aloud for younger students. Great book for older kids to learn about voice.
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"Our daughter loves animals and she pulled this off the shelf with a big "aww-w!" She liked the story "okay," but she loved the illustrations - particularly the expressions on Charlie's face. This wouldn't be my first pick for a holiday book, but it is a cute story.

To read our full review, go to the Reading Tub.

NOTE: Read this in 2012 with the note "Love this. I will be back to review." Maybe my taste has changed in the interim. It was a nice book, but not a go-to selection for the season for me.
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"I am a huge lover of basset hounds. I have a basset hound and I love basset books, toys, figurines, jewelry, and basically anything basset. Unfortunately, I didn't love this book. The illustrations were cartoony and cute which I did like but the story didn't really have a point to it. I liked that it was told from the point of view of Charlie but all he was saying was that he was unsure of the new kitty. After ignoring it and barking at it he let his guard down and realized it wasn't so bad and came to a sort of reluctant acceptance. I don't see the point. There wasn't really a lesson to be learned. Maybe it was supposed to be "make the best of a bad situation" but it really wasn't that bad. The kitty didn't even bother Charlie. I think I just expected too much from this book. " said.

"I bought this book for my girls because of the little baby orange kitty on the front. Since we just got a new baby orange kitten last month, I knew they would love it. They are also crazy about dogs, so a book about a basset hound and an organge kitten at Christmas was the perfect book!

To my utter delight, 3 things happened at once: 1) I was actually smitten with the drawing of the cowboy boots on the front cover and thought, "Oooooo, those look like Country Outfitter boots!". 2) I realized after I opened the book that this book was written by one of my favorite bloggers, THE PIONEER WOMAN, Ree Drummond and 3) the little orange kitty in the book was just as much of a spit fire as our little guy Stanley. The girls LOVED this book and loved looking for the hiddgen critter on each page & I loved the family edition of a favorite blogger. A great childrens book for any little one who loves, dogs, cats, Christmas or all of it! What a great find!
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"For me, this book just was off from the first few pages. First, I have to admit that I generally do not like books where the animals, in this case Charlie, talk and I thought Charlie's comments were pretty dumb. I don't know if Ree Drummond thinks that animals are stupid or if children can't handle any level of complexity. Secondly, the illustrations by Diane deGroat were a strange mix of realism and cartoons. The people and scenes were always realistically portrayed, but Charlie was drawn in a very cartoon manner. While both were very well drawn, I found these differences very distracting. Lastly, as a animal person I really dislike books, which by the nature of their story, promote bad animal ownership. People should not get or give animals as Christmas presents. Animal ownership is a serious decision and should never be done when the family situation is in any way unstable or in an uproar like it is at Christmas time. Likewise, the new kitten should not have been walking around among the dogs without an adult's presence. I suggest parents skip this Christmas book." said.

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