- 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: 46 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When Charlie McButton Lost Power Paperback – September 6, 2007
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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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Top customer reviews
"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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Some of the language in the story is a bit challenging for such young students, but the rhyming/sing-songy flow of the book makes it very understandable overall. I would definitely read this book aloud to 2nd or 3rd grade classrooms as well.