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Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading (Charlie Joe Jackson Series) Hardcover – July 5, 2011
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
He reminds me of my 14 year old son. Which is why I read the book. I have to say, though, that I laughed out loud so often as I read the book, that my older son, 19, has stolen my Kindle, to read it. This is a great book. There is no hidden agenda to get anyone reading against their will (apparently) and there is an acknowledgement that reading isn't everyone's 'cup of tea' (you have to read the book). It confronts some pretty good topics, in a kind of slick 'don't look too hard or you might actually be thinking' kind of way.
Charlie Joe admits the adults in his life are human, and some of them are pretty cool. There's no generation war, just a battle of the wits. He's not about to argue, just to find another way...
There's a great little plot twist at the end, but from my point of view, the best thing about this book is that it is NOT preachy. Charlie Joe does not (sorry - slight plot spoiler) become converted to reading, but he does end up doing something pretty amazing.
Finally, I just love the irony of this book, and that's how I'm going to sell it to my ever so ironic middle school English class. You have to READ it...or maybe I could find the audio book...[book:Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading|9564947]
Let's be clear. Charlie Joe Jackson is a charming guy. If you met him you'd probably like him. Lots of people do, and why not? This is a kid who has figured out what it is he wants out of life and goes for it. Take reading. Charlie hates it. Couldn't dislike it more. So over the years he and his friend Timmy have set up a nice little arrangement. Timmy will read books for Charlie if in exchange he can get free ice cream sandwiches. Everything's going beautifully until the day Timmy destroys Charlie's sweet scheme. Caught, Charlie finds himself facing a huge school project with a ton of reading on the horizon. He has a plan to get out of it, but it hinges on setting up the girl of his dreams with the class nerd. Can Charlie keep himself from reading from here on in? And do we even want him to?
It hadn't occurred to me until I presented this book to a reading group I run for kids, but Charlie Joe Jackson may qualify as a notebook novel.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While our reluctant-reader grandson was staying with us this summer we all enjoyed this story, it's zany characters & fun plot. Read morePublished 19 days ago by BLTampa
My 5th grade class in Costa Rica (bilingual school) loved me reading aloud to them from this book. Every day they begged for another chapter! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dale
I've bought this book twice for reluctant readers and it has been just the ticket to get a middle schooler to enjoy a book. Good for boys and a girl liked it as well.Published 6 months ago by Gmadison
I love to read,and this was just insulting! I got to chapter 28 then I stopped reading because it just hurts to even read the titlePublished 10 months ago by Bryce
Cute story about a boy who hates reading. I loved it, unfortunately, it was too difficult for my students who hate reading to read independently!Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
It was really cool and funny even though i like reading. Read the entire series, hope there are more to come.Published 15 months ago by tlodeco
Awesomest book ever so good. Awesome awesome soooooooo good. A a a a a a a a a a aPublished 15 months ago by phungt
Absolutely hilarious!! I LOVE Charlie Joe and this series and so do my students!! I can't keep the books on the library shelves and now I am introducing the series with my... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amy M. Pritzl