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Charlie Bumpers vs. the Squeaking Skull (Charlie Bumpers Series)
     

Charlie Bumpers vs. the Squeaking Skull (Charlie Bumpers Series)

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by Bill Harley, Adam Gustavson (Illustrator)
 

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This Halloween Charlie and Tommy have big plans. They hope they can get out of taking their little sisters around and go trick-or-treating in Alex's upscale neighborhood instead. There they'll get tons more candy, they'll be on their own, and afterwards they'll get to attend the sleepover at Alex's house. But when Charlie finds out that the entertainment at the

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This Halloween Charlie and Tommy have big plans. They hope they can get out of taking their little sisters around and go trick-or-treating in Alex's upscale neighborhood instead. There they'll get tons more candy, they'll be on their own, and afterwards they'll get to attend the sleepover at Alex's house. But when Charlie finds out that the entertainment at the party is to consist of the "Scariest Horror Movies Ever," he is struck by panic. Charlie loves candy, he loves sleepovers with his friends, but he absolutely hates horror movies. There is yet another wrinkle in Charlie's Halloween plans. He is determined to win the big prize (ten movie tickets) that will be awarded for the best costume, but when he finally comes up with a genius prize-winning idea, he runs into an unexpected obstacle... How will Charlie be able to enjoy Halloween this year?

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Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
Fourth grader Charlie Bumpers has big plans for Halloween: ditch the chore of taking his little sister (“the Squid”) trick-or-treating, in favor of heading to a sleepover at a friend’s house in a posh neighborhood that is sure to have a bigger candy haul (“The bigger the houses, the bigger the candy bars!”). The only problem: the sleepover plans include the watching of the most gruesome horror movie ever, The Shrieking Skull, and Charlie cannot help being a “dorky chicken” about scary movies. Even as he privately tries to tame its terrors by renaming it The Squeaking Skull and submits to his older brother’s nightly de-scaring program, Charlie does not know if will be able to make it through Halloween night. A subplot about Charlie’s costume plans does not quite come off: would it really be fatal to his costume-contest hopes if a first grader decided to be a rabid bat, too? But it is easy to sympathize with Charlie’s mingled desire and fear about pushing himself out of his comfort zone and to appreciate his empathy for other buddies who turn out to be just as scared as he is. All in all, another good-natured, big-hearted installment in Charlie’s ongoing adventures. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.; Ages 7 to 10.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-06-18
Award-winning storyteller Harley serves up hilarious high jinks squirming with Halloween trouble.Charlie Bumpers is back on the scene, scaring himself into another life lesson with his fourth-grade friends.Tommy and Charlie always take their pesky little sisters trick-or-treating in the neighborhood. This year, though, the boys make big plans to wangle an invitation to their friend Alex’s party. Every kid dreams of snatching up full-sized candy bars in those upscale neighborhoods. But when Charlie discovers that the scariest movie ever will be shown at the sleepover, panic ensues. In an effort to prepare Charlie for the movie, older brother Matt gleefully shares the story of Simon Purslip, the long-fingered man who snatched people off the streets. The emotions shown in Gustavson’s ink-and-wash illustrations propel the storytelling further. Harley deftly covers the territory of unintended consequences, as a boy with good intentions ends up with a stolen costume idea, scary stories every day of the week and even less candy than before. Readers will empathize with the fear of being the most frightened kid in the room. Charlie’s thoughts and feelings are universal, making his realistic situation a learning experience for more than just the main character.Life is the best teacher, and if Charlie can survive all the troubles that come his way, maybe others can too. (Fiction. 7-10)
Children's Literature - Krisan Murphy
For a high quality, realistic adventure, listen to the author tell the story of Charlie Bumpers’s Halloween dilemma. All the ideal elements of a middle grade adventure are in place in this tension-filled, hilarious tale. The most admirable feature of this scary story is that it is told without degrading the family unit or family values. Actually, it is the strong family values that hold the story together—parents who care enough to ask and be involved. Many boys (and girls) will recognize Charlie in themselves. He wants to go trick-or-treating without the encumbrances of his younger sister, “Squid,” or his parents, who take too long talking with the neighbors. Charlie is confronted with the dilemma of getting his wish by spending the night at his friend’s house, but having to watch The Squeaking Skull movie. The antics of his older brother are hilarious and ring true to form. The antagonists in the story get their due and Charlie finds his true voice in this delightful and worthwhile story! Reviewer: Krisan Murphy; Ages 8 to 12.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561458080
Publisher:
Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
Publication date:
09/01/2014
Series:
Charlie Bumpers Series
Pages:
164
Sales rank:
890,438
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
490L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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Charlie Bumpers vs. the Squeaking Skull 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
Charlie Bumpers vs. the squeaking skull is a hilarious book about a boy named Charlie whose juggling a Halloween contest, a “descaring” operation, and a sleepover that is (probably) going to scare him out of his wits! Charlie’s school is having a costume contest but he doesn’t want to have an ordinary costume it has to be something amazing and original, but what? When he finally gets an idea, is it too late to make the costume in time? Meanwhile Charlie is invited to a sleepover with some of his best friends, and they are watching the scariest movie ever, The Shrieking Skull. Now his brother Matt wants to de-scare him, but it seems like he’s just enjoying himself watching Charlie scream. You’ll laugh your pants off when you read this book! Review by Masha K, age 10, Boston Mensa