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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 830L (What's this?)
  • Series: Charlie Joe Jackson
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (July 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596436913
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596436916
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“In author Tommy Greenwald’s raucous debut…this comedy of comeuppance shows its true colors, and, irony of ironies, is impossible to put down!” --Disney's Family Fun

"A perfect book for the non-reader or reluctant reader in your life...Laugh-out-loud funny, clever, and relevant, I believe Tommy Greenwald has written a book that will appeal to kids of all reading tastes." --ReadKiddoRead.com
 
“This is a fun, fast-moving look at middle-school life through the eyes of a kid who would rather clean his room than pick up a book. Reluctant readers will be pleased.” --SLJ
 
"A delightful choice for reluctant readers...Tommy Greenwald’s writing style is breezy and accessible without being too easy. It is also extremely funny and hard to put down. If the book’s cover showed something blowing up, every reluctant boy reader in middle school would be proud to carry it around while secretly enjoying the nonviolent, straightforward story. Bookworms won’t care; they’ll love it either way." --BookPage
 
"Kids who do peruse the book will enjoy Charlie Joe’s chuckleworthy tips on keeping reading at bay, even if they take exception to his list of “helpful oxymorons: 1. good book, 2. happy reader, 3. important author, 4. nice library, 5. favorite bookstore.” --BCCB
 
"Charlie Joe’s insider knowledge of the inner machinations of middle-school cliques will make younger readers smile in anticipation, and his direct address to readers makes make him feel like an older buddy showing the way…Slackers everywhere have a new, likable hero in Charlie Joe Jackson.” -- Kirkus Reviews
 
"Hilarious...This debut is filled with passages that beg to be shared...With its subversive humor and contemporary details drawn straight from kids’ worlds, this clever title should attract a wide following.” --Booklist, STARRED review
 
"Greenwald pulls off a clever bit of reverse psychology in his debut, first in a series starring a cheeky middle grader who goes to great lengths to avoid reading--and whose humor and rapid-fire delivery should draw in like-minded kids." --Publishers Weekly

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.Check out Tommy's website (minimal reading required) at www.tommygreenwald.com

More About the Author

Tommy Greenwald is the author of the CHARLIE JOE JACKSON books, a middle-grade series about the most reluctant reader ever born. It is a projected five-book series, and is based on Tommy's three sons: Charlie, Joe and Jack. The first book, CHARLIE JOE JACKSON'S GUIDE TO NOT READING, was published by Roaring Brook/Macmillan in July 2011; the second, CHARLIE JOE JACKSON'S GUIDE TO EXTRA CREDIT, was published in Summer 2012; and the third, CHARLIE JOE JACKSON'S GUIDE TO SUMMER VACATION, in May 2013.

In addition, Tommy is the author of JACK STRONG TAKES A STAND, a new middle-grade book about the most overscheduled boy ever born, which will be published by Roaring Brook Press in Fall 2013. His first picture book, HOOKED!, will be published by Roaring Brook in 2015.

Tommy is also the Executive Creative Director at Spotco Advertising, a theatrical and entertainment advertising agency in New York City, and the co-bookwriter (with Andrew Lippa) and lyricist of JOHN & JEN, an off-Broadway musical.

To see reviews, trailers, and/or to learn more about the book and contact Tommy, visit tommygreenwald.com.

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Customer Reviews

Charlie Joe Jackson dislikes books.
Medeia Sharif
This book is really funny and fun to read for 5th grade students.
L. Brooker
I think it is great for young "chapter book" readers.
C.R. of Solvang

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Robert Kent on July 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
So thoroughly had Charlie Joe convinced me to give up reading there were almost no future reviews. But in the end, I enjoyed Tommy Greenwald's book so much I guess I'll keep searching for another book that makes me laugh as hard.

This is how Charlie Joe Jackson greets us on page one:

If you're reading this book, you don't like reading.
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.

From here, Charlie Joe goes on to warn us of the many dangers of reading, such as it makes us fat. In a way, this book is split into two books. One book is a conversation between us and Charlie about why reading sucks and what authors might do to improve it. The second book is the actual story, which is also fun.

Charlie's a likeable enough guy, though he narrates his story with impeccable skill, which is odd considering how much he hates to read:) He's a middle school boy in Eastport, who loves beetles, chocolate, and dogs. He's innovative in a Ferris Bueller kind of way (always likeable), he's considerate of other people (especially, shock, his big sister), and he's popular. It's been a long time since I read a book about a middle school protagonist who doesn't feel alienated from the rest of the population. Charlie's well liked and the "hottest" girl in his grade has a crush on him. It's refreshing to sometimes get to read from the perspective of the sort of character who's usually a jerk and/or villain in so many other books.

Greenwald takes great advantage of the fact that his protagonist is a first person narrator and this is one book I cannot imagine written any other way. Charlie Joe is written quite well in his scenes with other characters.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Teaching and loving it on September 18, 2011
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I saw this book featured in a parenting magazine and thought it might be a good fit for my reluctant reader. It was great. She read it in less than a week, which if you have a kid who hates to read, then you know that is a big deal. The chapters wer short, the topic perfection, and she could really see herself in the main character. So, it fully deserves 5 stars from me because its been quite awhile since this momma has seen her daughter read a book 200+ pages without complaining.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By herobrine on February 13, 2012
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The book Charlie Joe Jackson guide to not reading is a great over all book. It is very funny I really, really like it. It was one of the best books I ever read about real life. It starts out like this:

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

Awesome isn't it. If you haven't read it get the book.

The book is about a kid and his struggle to not read. Charlie Joe hates to read and he will do anything to not read. He said reading is evil and it makes you fat.

I loved the book and I think you should read it if you did not already.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By cdl on October 29, 2011
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I read a few pages from this book to my middle school struggling readers as often as I can. As I read, we practice summarizing the previous chapters, predicting, making connections, and visualizing. Several of my students have checked the book out of the library or bought their own copy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GMTA Publishing on July 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"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
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James on July 8, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
After a year of frustration and assisting with bookreports based on partially read book, we discovered Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading. It was a hit and the only book of the year finished before it was due. My surprise was the requst for the book for summer reading. This is my second reluctant reader who prefers comics to stories. The short chapters and fun writting has encouraged reading. I highly recommend this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J.C.Phillipps on June 17, 2012
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My 9-yr old tore through this book. I wouldn't call my son a reluctant reader, but he's not a bookworm either. But he was a bookworm while he was reading this. He'd read it in and afternoons and evenings and was so proud of the progress he was making. He really enjoyed the characters and the pacing. Big thumbs up from the target audience! We have the next one pre-ordered!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dnabean on January 30, 2012
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It was amazing to see my son, 7 years old, transformed. He asked if he could stay up late to read, he turned the TV off because it was too distracting while he was trying to read his book. My son has stacks upon stacks of books. Mystery, fantasy, science fiction, you name it. He wouldn't read any of them. He wouldn't even go for short books, like Dr. Seuss, unless they were read to him.
This book did sit on the shelf for 3 months before I could get him to even listen to it. But once I read the first 3 chapters to him, he was hooked!
Please, please, please, write more Mr. Greenwald!
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