Charlie Bumpers vs. the Really Nice Gnome by Bill Harley

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Charlie Bumpers vs. the Really Nice Gnome
Bill Harley
illustrated by Adam Gustavson
3.5 Stars

Charlie Bumpers is excited to be in Mrs. Burke’s play…until he learns that Mrs. Burke has cast him as the Nice Gnome. He doesn’t want to be the Nice Gnome. The Nice Gnome is so boring and…well…good. Instead he wants to be the Evil Sorcerer. Charlie knows that he could really have fun with that part. Only no matter what he tries (switching parts or messing up his role) he can’t get out of being the Nice Gnome. And to top it all off, he has to deal with walking the dog, getting along with his brother and sister, and having parents that actually care about what is going on in his life. This is a humorous story about a kid who likes to laugh and wants more than anything else to be that cool kid that everyone likes. He does not want to be embarrassed by playing a dumb role like the Nice Gnome. Those who are looking for a good book to listen to as a family will enjoy this story. Not only because it is a good story about a fun kid, but because Bill Harley is also a great storyteller. Only, you might have the Charlie Bumpers song stuck in your head for a few days, because it is just that catchy.

2014, Peachtree Publishers
ISBN: 978-1-56145-788-5
FORMAT: Audio Book, Realistic Fiction
AGES: Elementary School

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