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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. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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 CooperSee all Editorial Reviews
Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Extra Credit is a smart, interesting, funny book. The writer can become rambling sometimes, but nevertheless, we LOVE this book series. Read morePublished 2 months ago by potlady
My son loves this series and he hates to read - he actually read on his own without me bugging him - wish there were more than 4 booksPublished 10 months ago by M. Murphy
This book was just as great a the first one. This book is going to be a favoured book to older kid. The bad thing about this book is that it will not appeal to younger kids. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
My 11 year old son loves reading and I bought all the books in this series by Tommy Greenwald. I wish there were more! He read through this and two others each in one day!Published 19 months ago by Kimberly
It was very funny and loved it. Would recommend it very much. Really thought it was great. Very, very funnyPublished 21 months ago by tony bianco
My students love to borrow this. Even my reluctant readers seem to enjoy the format of these Charlie Joe books.Published 22 months ago by B. W.
The entire series is made for reluctant readers. Short chapters, illustrations, and sounds like Charlie Jo is speaking to you.Published 22 months ago by James
If your child is a fan of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, iFunny etc he or she will love these too.Published 22 months ago by Hannah Chilton