When Charlie McButton Lost Power

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An electifying picture book from the author of The Hunger Games.

Charlie McButton likes computer games so much, he never plays with anything else. When a thunderstorm knocks out the electricity, his tech empire comes tumbling down, and his whole world loses power.

He needs batteries—FAST. But the only triple A's he can find are in his little sister's talking doll. Will he resort to desperate measures and cause his little sister to have a ...

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Overview

An electifying picture book from the author of The Hunger Games.

Charlie McButton likes computer games so much, he never plays with anything else. When a thunderstorm knocks out the electricity, his tech empire comes tumbling down, and his whole world loses power.

He needs batteries—FAST. But the only triple A's he can find are in his little sister's talking doll. Will he resort to desperate measures and cause his little sister to have a meltdown of her own? Or will be snap out of his computer craze long enough to realize he can have fun with her, even without batteries?

Suzanne Collins, author of the bestselling Hunger Games trilogy, and award-winning illustrator Mike Lester team up for a hilarious and timely tale that will crack up young computer addicts and those who love them.

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K-Gr 3-A clever, humorous story in rhyme. Charlie's techno-driven world comes to a crashing halt when a thunderstorm causes a power outage. His mother advises, "You'll have to find something without plugs to play./Read a book!/Clean your room!/Sing a song!/Model clay!" Uninspired, Charlie finally remembers an old handheld video game, but the battery is missing. Desperate, he steals one from his sister's talking doll and ends up in the time-out chair. Feeling remorseful when the little girl starts crying, he seeks her out and the two have a grand time playing games and pretending to be dragons and wizards. When the power returns, Charlie is ready to retreat to his "handsets and bots" but decides that it might be fun to spend some time with his sister as well. The hilarious cartoon illustrations are bold and appealing and depict the siblings' many emotions with exaggerated clarity. While the mother appears only as a hand patting her panicked son's head, the family dog is usually present, patiently enduring a hose-down from little Isabel Jane or angrily reproving Charlie for hurting her feelings. Pair this tale with Glenn McCoy's Penny Lee and Her TV (Hyperion, 2002) for a fun storytime during "TV Turnoff Week."-Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142408575
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/6/2007
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 95,895
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.86 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.12 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2011

    Highly Recommended!!

    I am a computer lab tech. for grades 5k-2. The first week of school, we went over computer lab rules and I read each class this book. They LOVED it!! The illustration is wonderful and the story is AwEsOmE! Great choice!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2006

    GREAT book for today's tech driven world!!!

    Our family loves books that rhyme and this is one of the best that we have come across in a very long time. Our 3 children who are ages 8, 6, and 4 1/2 fell in love with the characters and the story. The illustrations are FANTASTIC. All of our children could relate to the emotions that Charlie experienced after the loss of power as well as the relationship he has with Isabel Jane, his sister. This book will be a classic in our home. The ending is sweet and brings us back to what is truly important in life...family relationships, and the power of a child's imagination.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2005

    If you love Suzanne Collins like me then..

    you should try this book. It's great!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2006

    Well Loved in This House!

    We've read this book over and over again. It has a great meaning about being nice to others and presents it in a really fun way.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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