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Charlie Bumpers vs. His Big Blabby Mouth by Bill Harley
Published on September 1, 2017.
When Charlie exaggerates about his dads career and convinces his classmates that his dad would be the greatest Career Week speaker ever, what will happen if his dad actually does come and his friends find out the truth? When his classmates are boasting about their parents jobs, Charlie gets carried away and leaves the impression that his accountant dad is not only the president of his company but also that he will hand out free calculators to everyone. With rumors flying around the school and expectations escalating, Charlie jumps the gun and tells his teacher Mrs. Burke that his dad can speak to their class during Career Week. Now Charlie has no choice. He has to get his dad to come in. But then, just before the big event Mr. Bumpers loses his job. Charlie is dumbfounded and devastated. How will he explain to his class? Will his dad still come in during Career Week? Fortunately, Mr. Bumpers has some very surprising plans of his own.
This book is the sixth in the series, but the great thing about kids book series is that they don’t need to be read in order. The characters in this book are the same as in the other book I’ve read – Charlie Bumpers vs. the Puny Pirates – but the stories do not relate at all.
In this book, Charlie gets caught up in the excitement of career week. He really wants his dad to come to school and bring calculators (because he is an accountant). I loved how fascinating and exciting the kids found calculators. Things get out of hand and Charlie has to convince his dad to come, and he keeps asking him what he’ll present. He’s very worried about what his friends will think about his dad and about him. It was very realistic.
A side plot deals with Charlie being the classroom messenger – he gets to take notes to the office, etc. Charlie wanted to be like his favorite character, who’s very fast, and he couldn’t resist running in the halls. That doesn’t end very well for him. Right after we finished reading this book, my son had a school assignment to come up with some safety rules, and one of them was “don’t run in the hallways,” and I am almost certain it was because of what happens to Charlie in this book.
I love this series. It shows a real kid dealing with normal problems. He doesn’t always do the right thing, but it always works out in the end. There are consequences for his actions, the adults are present and involved, and the readers can learn valuable lessons right along-side Charlie. But it doesn’t ever feel preachy. We really enjoyed reading this book.
My Rating: 4 Stars