Saturday, December 15, 2012

Charlie the Ranch Dog by Ree Drummond illustrated by Diane DeGroat

" 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. Yep it's all work, all the time for Charlie the ranch dog. In fact, he's probably working right now . . . zzzzzzz. . ."

I will say I immediately liked the illustrations in this book. The text, however had to grow on me. The first couple of pages really annoyed me. I thought the sentences were kind of choppy and lacking. That being said, it got better. When the story started progressing it got much better. By the time the book ended, I actually did enjoy the story. I think this may have been a case of trying to write for a child's level and making it too young and childish for a picture book. It began much like a board book but by the end was much closer to its target age range of 4-8 years.

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