Sunday, November 27, 2011

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to NOT Reading (Realistic Fiction)



Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide 

to Not Reading 

By Tommy Greenwald Illustrated by 


So refreshing and fun! The only obstacle that protagonist, Charlie, must overcome is trying to not read.


Proud to declare that he has never read an entire chapter book, Charlie Joe Jackson is a sixth grader with the charm and personality of a Hollywood star! 


Charlie Joe has been using his friend Timmy McGibney to complete his reading. If Charlie Joe gives Timmy an ice cream sandwich, then Timmy changes the agreement. He is know asking for more. Charlie, with his back against the wall (what was he going to do...actually READ? NO!) So, Charlie hatches a new plan to avoid reading at all cost. 

Charlie, Joe, and Jackson
Greenwald named his protagonist after his three sons Charlie, Joe, and Jack, who hated reading while in elementary and middle school. Charlie Joe Jackson includes twenty-five tips for not reading. His first tip for reading is that you should select a book with short chapters. And the chapters in Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading are very short, yet very funny. 
Charlie Joe's Tip #13: "You Can Go To The Movies And Still Be Reading." Oh, Charlie Joe! 



Fifth or sixth graders, both those who love to read and those who are a little more resistant, will love. It is a fast read, full of Coovert's clever illustrations that are reminiscent of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and Nate the Great

I personally feel that it is nice to read a clever story about a typical middle school boy. There is no major life obstacle to overcome. The content is light and accessible to students (and to adults!). 


Sadly, I feel that this book might be discounted by many classroom teachers and other readers of children’s literature for its lack of meat and bones. This book is not high art. It is, however, a clever look into the mind of a sixth grader who tries to work the system to his advantage. A humorous and educational tome for all to read! 



1 comment:

  1. I think your comment about teacher's avoiding this type of book is pertinent. Many teachers overlook some of the more fun books because perhaps they aren't the best literature and maybe they don't have a deep underlying meaning. Though, in my opinion ANY book (that is appropriate) that a child is WILLING to read is a good book!

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