Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald
Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald is about a middle school boy who is determined to do as little reading as possible. This story follows him through the school year as he cooks up wild schemes to get out of reading as much as possible. He goes to great lengths to never read any books.
He advises readers of methods, excuses, and tips about not reading. Along the way, he causes a fair amount of pre-teen angst including girl trouble and misunderstandings between best friends. He shares his observations and theories with readers.
By the end of the school year, his non reading tricks are discovered by his parents and teachers and his punishment is a choice between reading 10 books and reporting on them or writing one book. The result of that choice is this guide.Impressions
With a definite nod to the Wimpy Kid series, Greenwald has written a funny book that should appeal to non-readers everywhere. With short chapters and pages that feature a mixture of sketches, tips, lists, and narrative, this book is an easy read for even those who have never finished a book before.
The straightforward approach to the narrative style gives it the air of a guy talking to his best friend and giving advice. Boys in 5th and 6th grades will especially enjoy it, but girls would get a kick out of it too. This was a fun and fast read that could be a great way to get that first chapter book under the belt of a reluctant reader.
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