Charlie Bumpers vs. the Squeaking Skull (Charlie Bumpers Series)by Bill Harley, Adam Gustavson (Illustrator)
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
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?
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)
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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