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Charlie Bumpers vs. The Squeaking Skull
Harley, Bill, 1954-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Atlanta, Georgia : Peachtree Publishers, 2014.
Physical Description:
164 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
As Halloween nears, Charlie and Tommy hope to get out of taking their little sisters trick-or-treating and go by themselves to Alex's upscale neighborhood instead, then attend a sleepover at Alex's house, but when Charlie learns that partygoers will be watching a very scary horror movie he panics.
Reading Level:
490 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.4 3.0 168141.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 2.6 6 Quiz: 64358.
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Can Charlie face his fear of horror movies and enjoy Halloween?
Charlie and Tommy have big plans for Halloween. They?re going to trick-or-treat and sleep over at Alex?s house. But when Charlie finds out that the entertainment at the party will be the ?Scariest Horror Movies Ever,? he is struck by panic. Charlie loves candy, he loves sleepovers with his friends, but he absolutely hates horror movies.
There is yet another wrinkle in Charlie?s Halloween plans. He is determined to win the big prize (ten movie tickets) that will be awarded for the best costume, but when he finally comes up with a genius prize-winning idea, he runs into an unexpected obstacle. How will Charlie be able to enjoy Halloween this year?
This fun series for young readers from Grammy?award winning author, Bill Harley uses humor to illuminate important values such as taking responsibility, being helpful, and making the best of a bad situation.

Author Notes

Bill Harley is a two-time Grammy Award-winning storyteller, musician, and writer who has been writing and performing for kids and families for more than twenty years. He is the recipient of Parents' Choice and ALA awards. Bill won a 2007 Grammy Award for his children's storytelling album Blah Blah Blah and a 2009 Grammy Award for his children's spoken-word album Yes to Running! Bill Harley Live . He lives in Massachusetts.
Adam Gustavson has illustrated sixteen books for children, including Mind Your Manners, Alice Roosevelt! and Snow Day!. He lives in New Jersey.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

In this third Charlie Bumpers book, Charlie is torn in a few directions as Halloween approaches. Part of him wants to trick-or-treat with his friends instead of his younger sister, Mabel. Another part, though, actually enjoys his sister's company. He is also busy making his own costume, a bat with wings fashioned from a broken umbrella. And finally, he is wondering if he can make it through a friend's Halloween-night screening of a reputedly terrifying movie, The Shrieking Skull. Harley develops all of Charlie's concerns with a nice sense of balance and levity, and Gustavson's uncommonly good spot illustrations are frequent, adding notes of creepiness or humor at all the right places in the narrative.--Nolan, Abby Copyright 2014 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Charlie Bumpers is looking forward to a fun Halloween night hanging out with his friends, getting lots of candy, and having a sleepover. There are a few catches, though: he doesn't have a costume, and his sister wants to trick or treat with him. Worst of all, the slumber party will feature a scary movie, which he hates but doesn't want to admit to his friends. Charlie has a lot to figure out, and Halloween is just around the corner. Students will relate to the boy's various plights as he navigates the challenges of fourth grade and deals with his siblings, although some may find his slang silly. Harley narrates and does a nice job of balancing the different voices and switching from children to adults. The audiobook is followed by a brief interview with the author and a recording of the Charlie Bumpers song. Fans of the series will enjoy this third installment (after Charlie Bumpers vs. the Really Nice Gnome), and those new to Charlie will have no trouble following along.-Elizabeth Elsbree, Krug Elementary School, Aurora, IL (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.