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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)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: NP (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (September 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142408573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142408575
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's about a boy who uses the computer everyday until the power goes out and has to learn what else he can do besides being on the computer all day, he learns along the way that although he loves the computer, he also loves hanging out with his sister. Great read for my nephew who is 7 year old and loves the computer too, taught him that his sister could be jsut as fun as the computer.
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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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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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Love this book! It's a great rhyming story with fantastic illustrations. It's funny and teaches a great lesson about getting along with your siblings and how you don't need electricity or tech toys to have fun.
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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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We are going to use this book in our Book Club at school for the 3rd -5th grades. This book helps students understand how not always being on a computer, video games, or other devices and make a difference in their lives.
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I read this book to my students at the end of the school year and challenged them to think of what THEY will do when the power goes out. They had a great time and really enjoyed the story. Great read by author of the Hunger Games.
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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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