Charlie Bumpers is finally on the same soccer team as his two best friends, and they’re sure the Pirates will be the best team ever! But their high hopes are crushed on the first day of practice.
Not only do they have a bunch of shrimpy and inexperienced teammates, their new coach doesn’t believe in star players. The first few games are a big disappointment to Charlie. So, if they can’t be on a winning team, Charlie thinks, maybe he, Tommy, and Hector can at least win the prize for selling the most candy bars for the fundraiser. But after a series of near catastrophes, Charlie and his friends learn that hotshot plays and gimmicky sales techniques aren’t as effective as hard work, honesty, and cooperation.
Grammy Award-winner Bill Harley continues his fun series for young readers, using humor to illuminate important values such as working together as a team 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
I really enjoyed reading this book with my son (almost 7 years old). Even though it's book 5 in a series, it works well on it's own. Charlie and his best friends are finally on the same soccer team, and it's first year in the under 12 league. They're excited to play together, and they're convinced they're going to dominate the league. Their coach has other plans though. He's focused on teaching the boys to play all positions and to work on their soccer skills. He doesn't let Charlie, Hector, and Tommy play together because he doesn't want any superstars, and anyway they don't even keep score in this league. I was reading this book at the same time I was reading Mindset for Parents, and I loved the growth mindset of the coach. The subplot focuses on a candy bar sale fundraiser for the soccer team. The boys really want to win the big prize for selling the most candy bars, so they decide to pool their resources and work together. Everything goes wrong: they eat too many candy bars without paying, they lose some money, etc. Things spiral out of control, and Tommy decides the solution is getting more candy bars to make more money. Sadly it doesn't work that way as Charlie points out. This part of the book stressed me out big time. Why didn't they just tell an adult and get some help? The suspense made me keep reading with my son night after night, and it gave us a good opportunity to talk through some of the issues that the boys were facing. We both really enjoyed this book, and we'll have to check out some of the others in the series. http://www.momsradius.com/2017/04/book-review-charlie-bumpers-vs-puny.html
The Charlie Bumpers series for middle graders is a great series about families helping one another and sticking together. Charlie Bumpers is the middle child in the family with an older brother and younger sister. When Charlie finds out that Hector, Tommy and himself are all on the same soccer team, The Pirates, he has visions of a great soccer season. Unfortunately, they are one of the smallest and youngest teams and do not win as they had planned. Over the course of the season, their coach continues to teach them the skills they need to become better players and encourages them pointing out all their growth and positive moves. This is not quite enough for the boys, they want to win, or at least, not lose. The season is a tough one for the boys and things get worse. When they are supposed to sell chocolate bars, not only do they have a hard time selling them, but they eat several and lose some of the money. While all this is going on, Matt, Charlie's older brother is filming the games. Charlie is upset with Matt and does not want him to use the film for his movie. What Charlie forgets is that Matt usually has his back, they just need to trust him. A great story with lots of fun characters and events, that will teach children about what family is all about. I recommend this book for school, public and class libraries. This is a great series for families to purchase for their children as well. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.