Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading (Charlie Joe Jackson Series #1)

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading (Charlie Joe Jackson Series #1)


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Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading (Charlie Joe Jackson Series #1) by Tommy Greenwald, J. P. Coovert

Charlie Joe Jackson may be the most reluctant reader ever born. And so far, he's managed to get through life without ever reading an entire book from cover to cover. But now that he's in middle school, avoiding reading isn't as easy as it used to be. And when his friend Timmy McGibney decides that he's tired of covering for him, Charlie Joe finds himself resorting to desperate measures to keep his perfect record intact.

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald is the hilarious story of an avid non-reader and the extreme lengths to which he'll go to get out of reading a book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250003379
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 05/08/2012
Series: Charlie Joe Jackson Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 156,931
Product dimensions: 5.28(w) x 7.46(h) x 0.64(d)
Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

TOMMY GREENWALD has enjoyed reading all his life, which is why he's appalled that his kids Charlie, Joe and Jack, would prefer getting a dental check-up to checking out a book. After years of pleading, threatening, and bribing, Tommy finally decided the only way to get his kids to read was to write a book about how to get out of reading. This is the result. And they read it! (So they say.) The Executive Creative Director at SPOTCO, an entertainment advertising agency in New York City, Tommy lives in Connecticut with his wife, Cathy; his non-reading sons, Charlie, Joe and Jack; and his dogs, Moose and Coco.

Read an Excerpt



My name is Charlie Joe Jackson, and I hate reading. And if you’re reading this book, you hate reading, too.

In fact, you do whatever you can to avoid reading, and the fact that you’re holding a book in your hand right now is kind of shocking.

I know exactly how you feel; I’m one of you.

Just remember: you are not alone. We’ll get through this together.


Text copyright © 2011 by Tommy Greenwald

Table of Contents


Title Page,
Part Five: PLOT TWIST,
Dedication & Copyright,

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Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 90 reviews.
Ravenswood_Reviews More than 1 year ago
"CHARLIE JOE JACKSON'S, GUIDE TO NOT READING" BY TOMMY GREENWALD (REVIEW) WARNING! CLEAR ALL CHILDREN FROM THE ROOM BEFORE READING THIS REVIEW! This is a delightful book for middle grade children that actually makes them want to read regardless of the title. It turns out that this book is a clever reverse psychology tool that you can use to get your kids to read regardless of their determination not to. The book is extremely imaginative and written for fun! When Charlie Joe loses his link to NOT reading books, he finds himself coming up with ways to get around actually reading and still being able to figure out what the book is about. The ending is GREAT! Definitely pick up this book for your child or children whether they enjoy reading or not! It's a fantastic read! -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes this book is very good
KarenSwanson More than 1 year ago
'Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading' is a howlingly funny book that would be great for any middle-schooler - reluctant reader or not. The plot is both crazy and plausible: Charlie Joe Jackson intends to do well (ok, well-ish) in school without actually reading the assigned books. CJJ has been successful at this in the past, but now things are happening that make his goal increasingly difficult. CJJ's reactions to the roadblocks - and what is happening all around him at school - are just LOL funny. Literally, I was laughing out loud as I read this book. Which was sometimes embarrassing. But I digress; let's get back on track. Beyond the plot, I loved how CJJ pokes fun at himself all the way through the story. For example, on page 4, in explaining how the book will work, CJJ promises, "The chapters will be short. The pages will be shorter. And whenever possible, I will keep the words shortest." Then on page 12, even though something really awful has just happened and you are dying to find out what happens next (CJJ's best friend suddenly won't help and he doesn't know why), CJJ stops the storyline to apologize. "I just looked at the previous chapter and realized it was way too long," he says. "Sorry about that. Won't happen again." Personally, I found this as hilarious as what was happening with CJJ and his don't-read-a-book-at-all-costs goal at school. Tommy Greenwald has created a fun, funny and really interesting character in CJJ, and then he made this book fly with a plot that is both believable and unpredictable. And J.P. Coovert's illustrations liven an already fast read. If you haven't yet read 'Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading' (or bought it for the middle-schooler in your life), you are missing out. Unless, to quote CJJ (p77) you are "comically challenged." Because "comically challenged" is what you'd have to be to not love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Charlie Joe Jackson is so funny!!!!!!!! He gives so much advice and this book is great for kids. It gives so much detail on how he starts off hating to read and then shares ideas on how to read!!! This book is great for kids even if they hate reading it's a great book for them to start off with.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book it is funny for kids and even funny for everyone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was amazing and i woyld give it five stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am currently readin this with my fifth grade class , and all of us love it:) :) :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really good book i enjoyed reading so did my little brother and he is 4 1/2 years younger than me.
SOFTSERVESUSHI More than 1 year ago
charlie joe has a great sense of humor!!!!! halarious:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book and you will be surprised at how good it is
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Should i get it im ten and read thing really good about the book its just alot of the reviews say tgat fith graders or 12 year olds are reading this so point is should i get it or should i not get it????
wiseowlMN More than 1 year ago
Charlie Joe Jackson actually has a great attitude about the world but goes to such great lengths to not read he makes all his friends, family, teachers, and himself mad at him. He would rather lose a girlfriend than read a book. Obviously, the amount of work in not reading becomes enormous and complicated. This book is clever and fun to read, and would help students who think they hate reading feel understood. The overall tone of the book is positive and although there is a girlfriend, no kissing is mentioned or implied. Highly recommended. There are so many sad, heavy books and this book is some fresh air. I enjoyed it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is areally good book. I had to read this book for our reading program in abbott middle school. This book is great for all ages and you should READ IT!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was AWESOME and worth EVERY cent. So sorry if you dont agree, but dont post negative suff.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommed this book please read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much! But I really don't see how this is a book that is called Guide to Not Reading!!! LOL I recomend this book for reading lovers. :) GET THIS BOOK!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book, starts ok but gets interesting in the end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very good for the most part but at the end it gets pretty boring
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just started reading it and i already like it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really funny and cool and i dig it alot
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Charlie joe jacksons guid is perfect.Its not all about the topic but its a relly good book. I am relly recomending it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How do you leran to not read by reading?!?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book for people who don't like to read like the main character, Charlie Joe Jackson. Charlie Joe Jackson is a person who doesn't like to read but he writes a book about his guide how not to read. It is a very hilarious book with great information and his guide.