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Charlie Bumpers vs. the Really Nice Gnome (Charlie Bumpers Series)

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Charlie Bumpers has his heart set on playing the role of the evil Sorcerer in the fourth grade play. He's even got the laugh down pat: Mwa-ha-ha-ha! But his dreams of villainous stardom go up in smoke when he finds out that Mrs. Burke has cast him as the Nice Gnome! Determined to rectify this terrible injustice, Charlie concocts one plan after another, but nothing seems to work. To make matters worse, his dad has assigned chores to all the kids in the family and Charlie's job is walking Ginger—the diggiest, ...

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Charlie Bumpers has his heart set on playing the role of the evil Sorcerer in the fourth grade play. He's even got the laugh down pat: Mwa-ha-ha-ha! But his dreams of villainous stardom go up in smoke when he finds out that Mrs. Burke has cast him as the Nice Gnome! Determined to rectify this terrible injustice, Charlie concocts one plan after another, but nothing seems to work. To make matters worse, his dad has assigned chores to all the kids in the family and Charlie's job is walking Ginger—the diggiest, sniffiest, and poopiest dog in the universe. Can Charlie deal with these challenges without causing havoc all around him?

2014 Parents' Choice Award Recommended Fiction

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
Fourth-grader Charlie Bumpers knows which part he wants in Mrs. Burke’s class play, The Sorcerer’s Castle, and which part he most definitely does not want. Of course, instead of getting to play the role of Evil Sorcerer Kragon, with his deliciously evil laugh, “Mwa-ha-ha-ha! Mwa-ha-ha-ha!” Charlie finds himself cast instead as the-all-too-tease-worthy, nice-all-the-time Nice Gnome. Charlie utilizes every possible strategy to escape from impending humiliation: he works out a trade of roles with other disgruntled thespians; he rewrites the Nice Gnome’s lines to turn him into the Hilarious Gnome; he forgets his lines on purpose during a crucial rehearsal. But each time Mrs. Burke responds with her own equivalent of the most famous line from the super-hero TV series Charlie adores: “I—don’t—think—so!” Young readers should connect easily with Charlie’s predicament; family and peer dynamics are believable and ultimately affectionate (although Charlie’s older brother mocks him mightily as the “the Guh-nice Guh-nome,” he comes through for him at crunch time); Mrs. Burke is no pushover, but has her students’ best interests at heart. Funny, touching, and just right for fourth grade. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.; Ages 7 to 10.
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2014-02-19
Charlie Bumpers knows the role he wants in the fourth-grade class play: Evil Sorcerer Kragon. What does he get? The Nice Gnome. Boogers. Disappointed and angry, the endearing Charlie goes to battle. Three times, he tries to rid himself of the horrible part with its ridiculous costume. He even rewrites all of his lines to make them funny and cool, like the hero of his favorite TV show, Buck Meson—Detective from Andromeda. But Mrs. Burke is unyielding. This role is worse than having to clean up after his dog, Ginger. As the big night approaches, though, a special touch is added to his costume that makes a difference: Big brother Matt has taken a pair of white sneakers and spray painted them gold. "Awesome shoes," Matt says. "Awesome gnome." The last 20 pages quickly give Charlie a golden touch, as he saves the performance in multiple ways. Charlie even gets to ad-lib the Buck Meson quote he worked so hard to include. A storyteller with an uncanny sense of elementary school humor, Harley has penned a worthy sequel to Charlie Bumpers vs. The Teacher of the Year (2013). With illustrator Gustavson, he captures the frustration that comes with just having to make the best of a bad situation. Charlie's fans will be psyched to see that Charlie Bumpers vs. the Squeaking Skull is scheduled for fall 2014. (Fiction. 7-10)
Children's Literature - Joella Peterson
Charlie Bumpers is excited to be in Mrs. Burke’s play…until he learns that Mrs. Burke has cast him as the Nice Gnome. He does not want to be the Nice Gnome. The Nice Gnome is so boring and…well…good. Charlie wants to be the Evil Sorcerer and knows that he could really have fun with that part. No matter what he tries (switching parts or messing up his role), he cannot get out of being the Nice Gnome. And to top it all off, he has to deal with walking the dog, getting along with his brother and sister, and having parents who actually care about what is going on in his life. This humorous story is about a kid who likes to laugh and wants more than anything else to be that cool kid everyone likes. He does not want to be embarrassed by playing a dumb role like the Nice Gnome. Those who are looking for a good family read-aloud will enjoy this story, not only because it is a good story about a fun kid, but because Bill Harley is also a great storyteller. Beware, you might have the Charlie Bumpers song stuck in your head for a few days because it is just that catchy. Reviewer: Joella Peterson; Ages 8 to 12.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561457403
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2014
  • Series: Charlie Bumpers Series
  • Pages: 155
  • Sales rank: 532,427
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Posted June 20, 2014

    Title: Charlie Bumpers Vs. The Really Nice Gnome

    Title: Charlie Bumpers Vs. The Really Nice Gnome
    Author: Bill Harley Gustavson
    Illustrator: Adam G
    Publisher: Peachtree Publishers
    Published: 4-1-2014
    ISBN: 13-978-1-561-45740-3
    Pages: 160
    Genre: Children's Fiction
    Tags: Child Development, Family,
    Overall Rating: Great
    Reviewed For: NetGalley
    Reviewer: DelAnne

    Charlie Bumper's class is putting on the annual school play and he dreams of playing the part of the evil Sorcerer, he has been practicing for weeks and knows he would be great, but his teacher, Mrs. Burke casts him as the Really Nice Gnome and will not let him change roles. He is doomed to play the Really Stupid Nice Gnome. With his mother coaching him to practice his line and his brother constantly teasing him, Charlie's dislike of the role grow with each passing day. Read how Charlie goes about trying to get out of the role and the consequences of his actions.

    This fast moving story is appealing to young readers grades three to six. They will enjoy the humor and the quick action of characters they can identify with. You will enjoy sharing the story with them and watching as they learn the lessons Charlie Bumpers Vs. The Really Nice Gnome has to teach them.

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