Monday, June 23, 2014

Charlie Bumpers vs. The Teacher of the Year

Charlie Bumpers vs. The Teacher of the Year
By Bill Harley, illustrator by Adam Gustavson
Atlanta, Ga. : Peachtree Publishers, 2013, Age 8-11

Charlie is the main character who causes a lot of mischief at home and at school.  His is going into the fourth grade and gets the teacher Mrs. Burke, who he doesn't want. Throughout the book, he gets to know his teacher and decides that he likes her.  Charlie has a lot of mishaps throughout the book, which makes it very comical.

The book is written through Charlie's point of view. which adds to the silliness of the book because we hear his internal dialogue.  Most of the book is dialogue that Charlie has with other characters which engages the reader.

The illustrations are black and white and are prevalent throughout the story, not pictures on every page, but they are there when important things happen in the story.  I really enjoy the illustrations because they are well done and give the reader something to look at while reading.

I think that this a fun book that many students would enjoy.  I would say that is directed towards middle school age students, and maybe younger because it is a pretty easy read.

Reviewer: M.L.

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