When Charlie exaggerates about his dad’s career and convinces his classmates that his dad would be the greatest Career Week speaker ever, what will happen if his dad actually does come and his friends find out the truth?
When his classmates are boasting about their parents’ jobs, Charlie gets carried away and leaves the impression that his accountant dad is not only the president of his company but also that he will hand out free calculators to everyone. With rumors flying around the school and expectations escalating, Charlie jumps the gun and tells his teacher Mrs. Burke that his dad can speak to their class during Career Week. Now Charlie has no choice. He has to get his dad to come in. But then, just before the big event Mr. Bumpers loses his job. Charlie is dumbfounded and devastated. How will he explain to his class? Will his dad still come in during Career Week? Fortunately, Mr. Bumpers has some very surprising plans of his own.
This fun series for young readers from Grammy–award winning author, Bill Harley, uses humor to illuminate important values such as learning to live together as a family and making the best of a bad situation.
About the Author
Adam Gustavson is the illustrator of more than twenty books for children, as well as numerous periodicals. He holds a master of fine arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York, and teaches at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He lives in New Jersey.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the sixth book in the Charlie Bumper series. Charlie's fourth grade class is having careers week and the parents have been invited to visit the class and share about their jobs. The teacher is looking for one more parent to fill the final slot. Charlie listens to some of his classmates bragging about their parent's jobs and what they will bring in for the class.. He wants everyone to like his dad so he tells his teacher that his dad will come in. He then starts to brag about his father's job leading his classmates to believe he is president of his company, has his own jet, will bring calculators or maybe even computers for everyone and more. Unfortunately, Charlie does not correct these stories and his father does not want to come to present. He finally convinces his dad to come, but he still does not know what to say to his classmates about the calculators. To add to his problems, his father loses his job, and Charlie causes a problem when he is delivering a message for the office and loses his job as well. The great thing about these stories is that kids can relate to Charlie's issues. Kids often brag about their parents jobs or abilities to others. In this day and age, most families know someone who has experienced job loss or unemployment for one reason or another. The Bumper family help each other through their difficulties and help them to reason out solutions. I like that Charlie's older brother Matt took a role in that in this story. Readers may smile when they learn what Mr. Bumpers decides to do to share and entertain Charlie's class as well as the solution for his unemployment. I like this series. It is a good one for boys, particularly reluctant readers as well as being ideal for a read aloud and offering all sorts of great lessons to share and discuss. A great addition to a school, class and family library.
This book is the sixth in the series, but the great thing about kids book series is that they don't need to be read in order. The characters in this book are the same as in the other book I've read - Charlie Bumpers vs. the Puny Pirates - but the stories do not relate at all. In this book, Charlie gets caught up in the excitement of career week. He really wants his dad to come to school and bring calculators (because he is an accountant). I loved how fascinating and exciting the kids found calculators. Things get out of hand and Charlie has to convince his dad to come, and he keeps asking him what he'll present. He's very worried about what his friends will think about his dad and about him. It was very realistic. A side plot deals with Charlie being the classroom messenger - he gets to take notes to the office, etc. Charlie wanted to be like his favorite character, who's very fast, and he couldn't resist running in the halls. That doesn't end very well for him. Right after we finished reading this book, my son had a school assignment to come up with some safety rules, and one of them was "don't run in the hallways," and I am almost certain it was because of what happens to Charlie in this book. I love this series. It shows a real kid dealing with normal problems. He doesn't always do the right thing, but it always works out in the end. There are consequences for his actions, the adults are present and involved, and the readers can learn valuable lessons right along-side Charlie. But it doesn't ever feel preachy. We really enjoyed reading this book. http://www.momsradius.com/2017/10/book-review-charlie-bumpers-vs-his-big.html