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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (September 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142408573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142408575
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 9.9 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3-A clever, humorous story in rhyme. Charlie's techno-driven world comes to a crashing halt when a thunderstorm causes a power outage. His mother advises, "You'll have to find something without plugs to play./Read a book!/Clean your room!/Sing a song!/Model clay!" Uninspired, Charlie finally remembers an old handheld video game, but the battery is missing. Desperate, he steals one from his sister's talking doll and ends up in the time-out chair. Feeling remorseful when the little girl starts crying, he seeks her out and the two have a grand time playing games and pretending to be dragons and wizards. When the power returns, Charlie is ready to retreat to his "handsets and bots" but decides that it might be fun to spend some time with his sister as well. The hilarious cartoon illustrations are bold and appealing and depict the siblings' many emotions with exaggerated clarity. While the mother appears only as a hand patting her panicked son's head, the family dog is usually present, patiently enduring a hose-down from little Isabel Jane or angrily reproving Charlie for hurting her feelings. Pair this tale with Glenn McCoy's Penny Lee and Her TV (Hyperion, 2002) for a fun storytime during "TV Turnoff Week."-Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools
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A clever, humorous story in rhyme. (School Library Journal)


More About the Author

Suzanne Collins has had a successful and prolific career writing for children's television. She has worked on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit Clarissa Explains It All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. Collins made her mark in children's literature with the New York Times bestselling five-book series for middle-grade readers The Underland Chronicles, which has received numerous accolades in both the United States and abroad. In the award-winning The Hunger Games trilogy, Collins continues to explore the effects of war and violence on those coming of age. Collins lives with her family in Connecticut.

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#5 in Books > Teens
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#41 in Kindle eBooks
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Read it, especially if you have children.
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The rhyming is great to read out loud, and the illustrations are perfect.
Evalee Mcbean
I purchased this book for my 7 year old son for Christmas.
A. Parmenter

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tony Dell on July 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Great read for kids, you can make a correlation between kids playing video games today and making their own fun like we did way back when
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Charlie loves computer games so much, he never plays with anything else - so when the power goes out, he's really in the dark. His desperate search for batteries involves his sister's toys and some nasty behavior before he settles down to realize what's truly important in his life. Deftly written by Suzanne Collins and nicely illustrated by Mike Lester, When Charlie McButton Lost Power is refreshingly original and moving!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Parmenter on November 17, 2008
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I purchased this book for my 7 year old son for Christmas. It was a huge hit. I have four boys from 6-13 and we all loved it. It's a hilarious, sweet book. I'm so glad I found it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Denise D. Bradley on October 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
I love this book and so do my children, I would love to find more from this author, Your child will love it too. Buy it you'll be glad you did.

D Bradley
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on July 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I read this book with a class of kindergarten-aged children. They repeatedly ask to read and re-read Charlie McButton, and enjoy it every time. The rhythmic quality of the book makes it fun to read and easy for the children to remember what is going to happen next. The children relate amazingly well to Charlie McButton and both his dilemma (the power went out and he can't play video games) and the way that Charlie interacts with his little sister (first with disdain, then with a cute and playful understanding).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robin Landry TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Charlie McButton is a boy who loves his technology. He lives for his computerized games until he's forced to live without what he loves most.

"then one day a thunderstorm blows through town,
and brings his tech empire tumbling down.
A lightening bolt struck an electrical tower,
And Charlie Mcbutton?
His whole world lost power."

Told in wonderful rhyming verses, Charlie looks around at his world and sees that his little sister has batteries! I won't give away what happens, but suffice it to say, Charlie learns a valuable lesson. The illustrations, by Mike Lester a cartoonist, are so alive with color and detail drawn in a way that will have the kids asking for this book over and over.

Suzanne Collins, a prolific and inspired writer, has also written a very popular series for middle-schoolers called Gregor the Overlander, and Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Books That Heal Kids on June 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This an important read for the littles. Okay, so we've all heard the awful statistics about kids watching too much TV, addicted to their XBoxes and PS3's, and setting world records text messaging. So as the school year wraps up, I've been sharing Charlie McButton with students as a reminder to get out there this summer and MOVE and UNPLUG. When I asked kids why they thought video games and TV could be harmful to kids - you wouldn't believe the responses. They know EXACTLY why too much technology can be a negative thing in their lives. This story is funny and such a great conversation starter about the importance of unplugging.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Evalee Mcbean on June 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
When you read the title, you expect it to be mostly about Charlie learning how to fill his time without his video games. The most wonderful surprise about this book, however, is how it goes into his relationship with his little sister. The rhyming is great to read out loud, and the illustrations are perfect. My eight year old always gets emotional at the picture of Charlie's little sister when she gets her feelings hurt. The kids, (and Mom), love it.
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