From School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-In this followup (2012) to Tom Greenwald's Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading (2011, both Roaring Brook), a poor report card and a reputation for cutting up in school land Charlie Joe in his middle school counselor's office. Things go from bad to worse, causing Ms. Ferrell to recommend that Charlie Joe attend "Camp Rituhbukkee," a summer camp that focuses on academics and reading. Charlie Joe, a self-professed non-reader, is horrified, and he quickly offers a deal. If he gets straight A's for the last quarter of the school year, he won't have to attend "Camp Life-is-suckee." The deal is made and the boy must figure out how to raise his grades. The answer: extra credit. What ensues is a riot of middle-school mayhem, relationship issues, and teacher troubles all rendered hilarious by the author. McLeod Andrews reads with equal parts youthful exuberance and snarky sarcasm. He gets extra credit for turning a fantastic book into an A+ audiobook through his amazing and entertaining cast of character voices. Give this audio (plus the book, with illustrations by J.P. Coovert) to fans of the "Wimpy Kid" series. Even reluctant readers, like Charlie Joe, will be won over by this hilarious take on middle-school life, and will be clamoring for the next title in the series.-Lisa Hubler, Charles F. Brush High School, Lyndhurst, OH α(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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In his 2011 debut, Charlie Joe Jackson offered his Guide to Not Reading. Now he has got to get his grades up if he wants to avoid the dreaded Camp Rituhbukkee (Camp Read-a-Bookie). But the only way to improve his grades is to try to get some extra credit—not easy when you’re barely getting credit in some courses. But Charlie Joe gamely poses for his art teacher, wearing a goofy costume; agrees to serve on student council to satisfy its advisor; and tries out for the school play to boost his drama grade. Naturally, all this effort comes with a downside (he doesn’t even think about his crush for six straight hours), but there are some surprising pluses as well. Charlie Joe is a fun and funny character (as are the many entries in his handwritten “Tip Sheet” document), and readers will get a kick out of his evolution and his own shock at the ways he adapts to change. Comic line drawings add to the humor. Grades 4-7. --Ilene Cooper