Written by Bill Harley
Illustrated by Adam Gustavson
Charlie is doing his best to get through fourth grade without any major embarrassments, but that’s easier said than done. Everyone is looking forward to career week and wondering if the parents doing presentations will bring them things – like the parent who’s a baker bringing in cookies. Charlie never asked his parents to present because they have boring jobs. When someone suggests Charlie’s dad is a math genius, the tale of Charlie’s dad quickly turns into super-math prowess. By the time everyone knows his dad might come, he has a private jet and will give new calculators to everyone in the school. Charlie is unable to quash the rumors, and he still hasn’t asked his dad. Meanwhile, he’s managed to become the class messenger (aka, Master Messenger), but he can’t resist running in the hallways. Naturally, that creates another disaster (aka, a disastrophe). Then his dad loses his job. How can any of this turn out okay?
Lively black and white ink drawings accompany many pages and help the reader know the characters.
This and the other books in this series are great for kids to learn that they are not alone in their feelings as they navigate all the coming of age issues. Everything that seems important at the time will likely seem silly in the end.
- Title: Charlie Bumpers vs. His Big Blabby Mouth
- Author: Bill Harley
- Illustrator: Adam Gustavson
- Published: Peachtree Publishers, September 1, 2017
- Reviewer: Sue Poduska
- Format: Hardcover, 184 pages
- Grade Level: 2 to 5
- Genre: Fiction, Chapter book
- ISBN: 978-1-56145-940-7