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“The greatest gift is a passion for reading.”
Publisher: Harper, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2012
Material: hard cover
Summary: Getting ready for Christmas is BIG work ... and Charlie is happy to supervise (between naps of course). When he discovers a Kitty under the tree, Charlie is convinced it must be a bad dream. Or not. Turns out, kittens can be just what the King of the Ranch needed. This is a seasonal story in the Charlie the Ranch Dog series of picture books.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 3 to 9
Reading Level: 1.9
Age of Child: Read by an 11-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter loves animals and she pulled this from the shelf with a big "aw-w-w!" She liked the story "okay," but she loved the illustrations - particularly the expressions on Charlie's face.
Adult Reader Reaction: This wouldn't be my first pick for a holiday book, but it is a cute story. The illustrations carry the day - especially the little chimpunk who is unmentioned, but moves from page to page.
Pros: Adorable animals and engaging illustrations carry the day in this heartwarming holiday picture book.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. If you have a collection of Christmas books you share as a family each year, this is one to consider adding to your collection.
Educational Themes: This is a story to enjoy during the Christmas season. Engage young readers by asking them what's happening on the page, and be sure to get them on the lookout for the chipmunk. With elementary-aged readers, you could stretch the book to talk about your family traditions and how you prepare for Christmas.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, animal characters, Christmas
Date(s) Reviewed: December 2014
Other Reviews: No Critics Reviews found at the time of this review. See reader feedback at barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com.