Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Perfect Book for Reluctant Readers

I have to admit that it is rare for me to read a whole series.  There are so many new books out there, that once I have read the first and second books (and on a rare occasion the third) I usually call it day.  So it must mean something when I read the fourth, yes the fourth book in a series about Charlie Joe Jackson, reluctant reader extraordinaire!

His books are fun and I was so curious to see where the author was going to take this character that I broke down and had to read this latest book.  As always these books are great for kids who tend not to want to read, but they are also great entertainment for kids who devour books.  These are some of my can't miss choices for kids, so you heard me, don't miss them.

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Title:Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Making Money

Author:Tommy Greenwald

Target:Grades 4-7


What this book is about: 
Charlie Joe Jackson MUST have the latest gadget out there, the Botman.  However, his parents are not inclined to buy it for him and he doesn’t have the cash to get it himself.  This means he will have to earn the money, and as we have learned from Charlie Joe’s past books, work is not really his thing.  After a disastrous turn with a dog walking business, he decides to throw a bar mitzvah for himself where the gifts (I mean checks) will provide him with ample funds.  The problem - he is not Jewish!   So Charlie makes other arrangements to become a man.

Why I love this book: 
Tommy Greenwald started this series to highlight a boy who would do anything not to read a book.  It was a wonderful concept and the books that followed have been funny and perfect for reluctant readers.  

In his last book he had come to the end of the “disliking books” story line so I was anxious to see what he would do next with Charlie Joe.  He found a wonderful segue with the concept of making money and continued to tap into his character’s reluctance to do anything the right way the first time.  Of course trying to avoid the right thing always brings Charlie Joe more trouble and work than if he had just done the right thing from the start, but that is what makes Charlie Joe so charming.

This book felt a little on the slim side.  I do think the story could have been developed more, he could have added more humorous financial tips and the idea of charity could have been built up.  But this book will please Charlie Joe Jackson fans.

Who this book is for: 
As always, these books are great for reluctant readers who like realistic fiction.  Charlie Joe is a charismatic character and the chapters are set up as quick reads.  The books do not have to be read in order.

Final thoughts: 
Money can’t buy happiness but it can buy you a funny read - this book of course!

To purchase this book:
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