Thursday, May 22, 2014

Book Review: Charlie Bumpers Vs. Really Nice Gnome by Bill Harley & Illustrated by Adam Gustavson

Book received at no charge to facilitate review.

Charlie Bumpers can't wait until his teacher posts the parts for the school play. He knows which part he wants, the Evil Sorcerer Kragon. Playing the bad guy sounds awesome. Instead, he gets the part of the Nice Gnome. He can't think of anything worse. Any part would be better than the Nice Gnome, even if it is the biggest part in the play. Too bad he can't just trade.

In fact, Charlie does try to trade parts but his teacher, Mrs. Burke, won't let him. When trading doesn't work, Charlie tries two other times to rid himself of such a nice part, even going so far as to rewrite all of his lines. All to no avail. 

Luckily, his big brother Matt gives Charlie a special set of sneakers to add to his costume, sure to put put the part of the Nice Gnome somewhere in the "cool" spectrum. Even better,  Charlie saves the play elevating him to hero status.

The younger middle grade reader will delight in Charlie's antics while at the same time will relate to the disappointment of not always getting what you want. Author, Bill Harley, pegs elementary school humor in a sequel that won't disappoint. The illustrations by Gustavson elicits additional laughs. The reader will anxiously wait the next installment.

Rating:  Recommended ★★★★☆


Publishing Information:

Publisher: Peachtree (April 1 2014)
Pages: 160 
ISBN: 978-1-56145-740-3
Ages: 7-10

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19 comments:

Summer said...

We've never read Charlie Bumpers, but my son enjoys books with humorous moments, so it sounds like something he would like.

Holly said...

I think they would like all of the imagination in it!

dlhaley said...

The adventures Charlie Bumpers has.

lisa said...

My son loves books like this! We would love to try the series out.

Connie Cain said...

My Grandson loves to read and he would be the one who would want the villian part also,. :)
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Dianna said...

Jesse would love it cause --it would make him laugh, and tell me all about each charpet and what had happened next-- then grumble that I'd make him a book report out of it-- then he's just start laughing all over again while he was writing--- It happens everytime he reads something that he likes

Lee Mckoen said...

my grandson would llike the adventure that go on charlie gets into

Veronica Valdez said...

I think my nephew Gio would like the illustrations. He has a creative mind and likes art.

Becky said...

Our son is really into books that make him laugh, like Bash and the Pirate Pig, or Captain Underpants... so I think he would like that this book is funny, especially since the boy is playing 'Nice Gnome' instead of 'Evil Sorcerer Kragon'.. it sounds like something that would totally happen to my son!!! lol

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Amanda Lewis said...

He likes funny books :)

Dominique Cloutier said...

My son really likes gnomes, so I think he'll love this!

Candie L said...

We watched a program on evil gnomes. It kind of scared my son so I would love something to counter it. Thank you

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Sunnie said...

I think my nephew would love the action in it.
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Debby Chandler said...

I think he would like the adventures Charlie gets into.

Diana said...

My grandkids would love these humorous books!
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Emi Pearce said...

I think that my kids need to read about Charlie as a way to set an example of not being able to always get what they want. Not sure if they would love that aspect of the story but I would.

Crystal Rose said...

My daughter would love any part that makes her laugh. She loves silly stories.

Helga said...

They look like very appealing for boys to read.

Jennifer Shelton said...

My son would love that he is a boy like him and that he has fun adventures!

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