If you are looking for a fun summer Rebecca Caudill read, look no futher than Tommy Greenwald’s Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading. It is great for 4th graders (the lower end of the Caudill readers’ range), and it will still be enjoyed by 8th graders, AND it is particularly successful with reluctant readers and Wimpy Kid fans.
Charlie Joe Jackson hates to read. I mean HATES TO READ! He hates to read so much that he will do ANYTHING to avoid it. He hates to read so much that has spent YEARS involving his best friend Timmy in a scam to fool all of his teachers. He hates to read so much that if he devoted as much time and energy to reading as he does to avoiding reading he would out-read what everyone reading this blog will read this year–COMBINED!?!
Anyway, when Charlie Joe gets caught, he thinks it is the beginning of the end, but it is really the beginning of a great first-person, journal-style book, filled with plenty of tips, drawings, and breaking the fourth wall. Get ready to learn how Charlie Joe continues to try to get out of reading Billy’s Bargain, pursues the love of his life Hannah Spivero, and shares useful things like how to “convince others that you do in fact read, when you do in fact don’t.” But most of all, get ready to laugh =-D
Still not convinced that this would be a great book to add to your summer list? Well, this book trailer from the author’s website Tommy Greenwald–A Shrine to Everything Me should do it:
And here’s some awesome news: if you like this book, you can also read the sequels, Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Extra Credit and Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Summer Vacation!
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