Charlie the Ranch Dog (Charlie the Ranch Dog Series)

Charlie the Ranch Dog (Charlie the Ranch Dog Series)

by Ree Drummond, Diane Degroat


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Ree Drummond, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pioneer Woman Cooks series of books, introduces us to her lovable hound Charlie in Charlie the Ranch Dog.

With expressive illustrations by Diane deGroat, a delicious recipe from Ree Drummond, and the hilarious antics of Charlie, this hardcover picture book is an excellent gift.

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. A ranch dog’s work is never done!

This endearing picture book for dog lovers everywhere shows readers that even though you may love bacon and naps most of all, working on the ranch is all about hard work and determination. A New York Times bestseller!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061996559
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/26/2011
Series: Charlie the Ranch Dog Series
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 173,072
Product dimensions: 10.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: AD530L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Ree Drummond is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Pioneer Woman Cooks, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier,  and The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays. Ree’s beloved website, The Pioneer Woman, was founded in 2006 and showcases her cooking, photography, and anecdotes about country life. Her cooking show, The Pioneer Woman, premiered on Food Network in 2011. Ree loves Ethel Merman songs, Lucille Ball, and The Godfather. She lives on a working cattle ranch in Oklahoma with her husband and four children.

Diane deGroat is the illustrator of more than 120 children's books and the author-illustrator of bestselling books about Gilbert, including Ants in Your Pants, Worms in Your Plants! (Gilbert Goes Green); April Fool! Watch Out at School!; Mother, You're the Best! (But Sister, You're a Pest!); Last One in Is a Rotten Egg!; and the New York Times bestseller Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink. Diane lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.


Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Date of Birth:

January 6, 1969

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Charlie the Ranch Dog 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 73 reviews.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
In this utterly fantastic, adorable story, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Pioneer Woman Cooks, enters the world of children's fiction with a bang! You can tell that Ms. Drummond is writing about a subject she truly loves - her dog Charlie; and will remind all readers of their own beloved 'friend' who stands by their side, loves to 'nap' as frequently as possible, and eats a great deal of bacon. You see, Charlie is a basset hound who works very, very hard on his family's ranch. This loveable guy works side by side with his best friend Suzie. Suzie is a dog who is a bundle of high energy; she rarely, if ever, sits down and takes a rest. While Charlie, on the other hand, likes to pace himself. On the ranch, they wake up very early every day to begin work. Really early - as in, the sun hasn't even come up yet. Poor Charlie gets up slowly and makes sure to head outside to begin the day. He fills his hours with many things, such as protecting the yard from Daisy the Cow, as well as helping Mom with the gardening. He also patrols the porch to make sure there are no critters under there waiting for their chance to come inside and create havoc in the house. Charlie tries his best to teach Suzie how to do all these things, while still getting in a few naps, and heading to his bowl in order to enjoy as much bacon as humanly possible. After all, you have to have strength in order to get through the long, hard ranch days. The illustrations in this book are hysterical! The way Charlie snoozes while Suzie jumps fences, works the garden, and plays ALL day long, fills every page with fun and laughter. And, with a powerful ending that shows why Charlie is extremely necessary when he saves the day, makes this a book that should be on the shelf in every child's room. You will even look down at your own "hard-working" friend as he snores peacefully, and run out to the store to buy him as many treats as possible. Quill Says: A fantastic example of pure humor, love, and heart. Hopefully this duo will get together on far more projects, because the world is in dire need of excellent children's books such as this one. And it would be great to see Charlie again!
klsmith901 More than 1 year ago
I see some reviewers complained of the dog sleeping all the time, but if you've ever had a basset hound (which I do) it's a perfect representation of a basset day. I swear my dog sleeps 21 hours a day. He even stands like Charlie with a paw up. Cute story and pretty illustrations.
MB513 More than 1 year ago
my 2yr old likes the finding games on some of the pages.
atxmom3 More than 1 year ago
The illustrations are beautiful! However, the storyline is lacking. Charlie sleeps a lot and Suzie is energetic and playful. The end. I was hoping for a little more substance from the author as her blog is pretty well written and humorous, yet down to earth. I would have preferred a little bit of an adventure rather than a seemingly lazy day. It's her first children's book though and it's always good to have room for improvement. Overall I did enjoy reading this book to my preschoolers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Charlie's adventures keep the kiddos turning the pages of this beloved book! Great job Ree!
lazydogridge More than 1 year ago
The book has been very entertaining. The games are fun and the story is cute. Even has a bonus lasagna recipe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just purchased this book for me to read to the children at school. I'm in the Read Aloud Program and I decided to purchase this book to take to school and read to the children. They all have loved the story about this dog and his daily chores. He does love to Sleep alot. The illustrations are Great! Would recommend this book to anyone that have grandchildren.
Sweetonbooks More than 1 year ago
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 Suzie does most of the work. But in Charlie's own mind he is ever busy protecting the ranch and getting things done. The story is hilarious. Drummond's humor is very witty and dry, it kind of sneaks up on you. Kids will enjoy the funny illustrations of Charlie, Suzie and life on the ranch. The pictures are part of the humor; the text may say Charlie is busy getting up very early to start his hard work, but the picture has Charlie lounging in his dog bed. Kids will love being "in" on the joke; Charlie really only does a whole lot of napping and eating, not so much hard work. This would make a very entertaining read-aloud. See if your readers notice the adorable chipmunk that is always hanging around Charlie, even though Charlie is very busy chasing the critters away!
Lisa Pettinger More than 1 year ago
My grandson loves this book!
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Charlie the ranch dog must be some kin to my favorite ¿head of ranch security¿, Hank the cowdog. Charlie is in charge and he must be constantly on alert to dangers on the ranch¿except, of course, when he must take time out for breakfast, and lunch, and a few naps now and then. Delightful.¿The first thing we do every day is get out of bed early. Too early. Dark early.I¿d better go wake up Suzie. She¿s never been much of a morning dog.Well¿I guess she was a morning dog today. There¿s a first time for everything, I suppose.¿
billsearth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great story with good illustations, told by a ranch dog about his daily life and his companions. It's a god story of working together, companionship, and taking naps. Maybe for 2 to 6-year -olds at storytime?
sarahbatte on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cute book about a hound dog and his doggie friend, about thier adventures together.
kirbyjack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was supposed to receive this book for Early Reviewers, but alas, it never came. So when I saw it at our book fair I snatched it up.What drew me to this book was the cover illustration of Charlie. It reminded me so much of the farm dog my uncle has, and I wanted to see what the book was like. Charlie is a lovable dog who guards his ranch, sleeps, and eats. He reminds me very much of Hank the Cowdog, which is a yearly read in my classroom. This book will join the read aloud shelf, and will surely be well read/worn by my students for years to come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son has been reading and re-reading this book for about a year. We have a Bassett mix and he takes great joy in seeing something similar on these pages. Illustrations are great, story is short and sweet, and love the narration (author narrates and has a southern accent).
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sisterpatty More than 1 year ago
My grandchildren and I all enjoyed the story. They liked knowing that the story was abolished a real dog. I'd say it was a hit!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Charlie the Ranch Dog is a very cute and funny book! The illustrations are beautiful. Charlie's personality is adorable. This book is a must for any dog lover! I got this for my 7 year old son after he received "Charlie and the Christmas Kitty" as a Christmas present from his teacher. He loved that story so much we read it every night for 2 weeks! So we just had to get more books about Charlie and this one is wonderful, too! Charlie is one of our favorites now! My son and I highly recommend this book!!!
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Charlie is so cool i just love it a lot
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