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Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading

Greenwald, Tom (Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading
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Middle schooler Charlie Joe is proud of his success at avoiding reading, but eventually his schemes go too far.
Authors: Greenwald, Tom
Title: Charlie Joe Jackson's guide to not reading
Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 220 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Tommy Greenwald ; [illustrated by J.P. Coovert]
Summary: Middle schooler Charlie Joe is proud of his success at avoiding reading, but eventually his schemes go too far.
Additional Contributors: Coovert, J. P.
ISBN: 9781596436916
1596436913
Branch Call Number: j GREENWALD 2011
Subject Headings: Books and reading Juvenile fiction Middle schools Juvenile fiction Schools Juvenile fiction Interpersonal relations Juvenile fiction
Genre/Form: Humorous stories
Topical Term: Books and reading
Middle schools
Schools
Interpersonal relations
LCCN: 2010024079
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Middle schooler Charlie Joe is proud of his success at avoiding reading, but eventually his schemes go too far. First in a series.

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Middle schooler Charlie Joe is proud of his success at avoiding reading, but eventually his schemes go too far.


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Jun 17, 2014
  • litriocht rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading is the author's first book. In fact, according to the biography on the inside jacket, he wrote this novel to convince his sons Charlie, Joe, and Jack to read; so, even the title reflects Greenwald's attempt to get his children to engage with literature.

A humorous romp through the end of Charlie Joe's school year, this book may very well lure reluctant readers to crack it open and keep reading. Right from the beginning, the narrator promises short words, short pages, and short chapters. Plot twists include middle school love interests, plans to outsmart teachers and parents, and a social experiment to break down cliques. Interspersed between chapters, Charlie Joe shares 25 tongue-in-cheek tips to avoid reading.

The whimsical cartoons by J. P. Coovert strewn throughout the book add to the book's appeal.

Jul 17, 2013
  • icehockeyrules rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This Book was TOO childish for me. I guess I am "getting too old for this." :P

Mar 05, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Reluctant readers, bane of the nation, are the target audience here. Will they like the book? Well, there’s lots to be said for short chapters and a hero who’s on their side. Pictures don’t hurt matters much either. Greenwald could have turned this into a preachy tract, saying something about how assigned reading in schools sucks the fun out of books and turns legions of children into non-readers every year. That’s true and a good lesson but I appreciate that instead his non-reader comes by his non-reading honestly. Like a lot of kids, he just never took to it. All in all it’s a great idea. Book haters of the world, your spokesman is here.

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Jun 29, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

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Jun 29, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Let’s be clear. Charlie Joe Jackson is a charming guy. If you met him you’d probably like him. Lots of people do, and why not? This is a kid who has figured out what it is he wants out of life and goes for it. Take reading. Charlie hates it. Couldn’t dislike it more. So over the years he and his friend Timmy have set up a nice little arrangement. Timmy will read books for Charlie if in exchange he can get free ice cream sandwiches. Everything’s going beautifully until the day Timmy destroys Charlie’s sweet scheme. Caught, Charlie finds himself facing a huge school project with a ton of reading on the horizon. He has a plan to get out of it, but it hinges on setting up the girl of his dreams with the class nerd. Can Charlie keep himself from reading from here on in? And do we even want him to?

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Mar 05, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“Charlie Joe’s Tip #2: Never read a book by someone whose name you can’t pronounce. Let’s face it: chances are you wouldn’t be reading this book if it were called Venedkyt Styokierwski’s Guide to Not Reading”

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Mar 05, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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