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CHARLIE THE RANCH DOG: STUCK IN THE MUD

Author: Ree Drummond

Illustrator: Diane DeGroat, Rick Whipple

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, 2015

Material: hard cover

Summary: Charlie, the Ranch dog, goes out to help herd his cows. Not every dog can be a herd dog, but Charlie is confident that he can do it. Until Abigail, a calf, separates from the group. Charlie chases her right into a sticky mud puddle. How will he get out and catch Abigail? This is an easy reader story that is part of Ree Drummond's Charlie the Ranch Dog series

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, easy reader

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 7; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 7

Reading Level: 1.8

Age of Child: Read with children ages 3 and 5.

Young Reader Reaction: My kids loved Charlie and giggled at his predicament. They also really liked the illustrations. They wanted to read this several times.

Adult Reader Reaction: Charlie is a cute and funny protagonist and the narrative is just right for little kids. I also liked this book.

Pros: Young readers (especially dog lovers) will enjoy this simple but cute story with lovely illustrations.

Cons: No.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. It is a sweet book and one that we all enjoyed, but it isn't unique enough to buy.

If You Liked This Book, Try: BENNY AND PENNY IN THE TOY BREAKER (Toon Books)   FANCY NANCY AND THE BOY FROM PARIS (I Can Read, level 1)   FLY HIGH, FLY GUY! (Fly Guy series, #5)

Educational Themes: As an easy, this is a book meant to be read aloud so that new readers can build their "word bank." The story itself focuses on problem solving (and acting before thinking), which can open discussions of similar experiences for your reader.

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 - easy reader series, animal characters, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2015

Other Reviews: See Critics Reviews at barnesandnoble.com; and reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com.




                 

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