The Dog Days of Charlotte Hayes
Marlane Kennedy
HarperCollins (2009)
ISBN 9780061452413
Reviewed by Sara McGinn (age 9) for Reader Views (2/09)


“The Dog Days of Charlotte Hayes” by Marlane Kennedy is about a twelve-year-old girl named Charlotte who is not a dog person.  When she gets stuck taking care of her family’s huge Saint Bernard, she’s not too happy.  Charlotte feels sad for Beauregard, the dog, because he’s chained up outside.  She wants a better home for him so she tries a number of ways to do it including taking Beauregard to a new shelter near her house and saying that he is a stray.  Her scheming ended when her dad decided to sell Beauregard. Charlotte was worried that he would end up in a home where he wasn’t properly cared for.  So she said she would pay four-hundred dollars for Beauregard so that she could give Beauregard to a Saint Bernard Rescue group!

Charlotte had to get a job to earn the four-hundred dollars.  She found one and has quite a few adventures along the way!  I love the way this book ended.  It was heart warming and terrific!  My favorite part in this book is when Beauregard got his new family!  I also learned how important it is to always be a good pet owner.  I think the author did a wonderful job writing this book!

“The Dog Days of Charlotte Hayes” by Marlane Kennedy was written for 8-12 year-olds and I think it really should be for ages 7-12 because my sister is 7 and I think she’d enjoy it too.

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