Charlie Bumpers has his heart set on playing the role of the evil Sorcerer in the fourth grade play. He's even got the laugh down pat: Mwa-ha-ha-ha! But his dreams of villainous stardom go up in smoke when he finds out that Mrs. Burke has cast him as the Nice Gnome! Determined to rectify this terrible injustice, Charlie concocts one plan after another, but nothing seems to work. To make matters worse, his dad has assigned chores to all the kids in the family and Charlie's job is walking Gingerthe diggiest, sniffiest, and poopiest dog in the universe. Can Charlie deal with these challenges without causing havoc all around him?
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.
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Title: Charlie Bumpers Vs. The Really Nice Gnome Author: Bill Harley Gustavson Illustrator: Adam G Publisher: Peachtree Publishers Published: 4-1-2014 ISBN: 13-978-1-561-45740-3 Pages: 160 Genre: Children's Fiction Tags: Child Development, Family, Overall Rating: Great Reviewed For: NetGalley Reviewer: DelAnne Charlie Bumper's class is putting on the annual school play and he dreams of playing the part of the evil Sorcerer, he has been practicing for weeks and knows he would be great, but his teacher, Mrs. Burke casts him as the Really Nice Gnome and will not let him change roles. He is doomed to play the Really Stupid Nice Gnome. With his mother coaching him to practice his line and his brother constantly teasing him, Charlie's dislike of the role grow with each passing day. Read how Charlie goes about trying to get out of the role and the consequences of his actions. This fast moving story is appealing to young readers grades three to six. They will enjoy the humor and the quick action of characters they can identify with. You will enjoy sharing the story with them and watching as they learn the lessons Charlie Bumpers Vs. The Really Nice Gnome has to teach them.