Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide To Not Reading

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide To Not Reading

Paperback - 2012
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A hilarious book about the extreme lengths to which one boy will go to avoid reading a book.Charlie Joe Jackson may be the most reluctant reader ever born. And so far, he's managed to get through life without ever reading an entire book from cover to cover. But now that he's in middle school, avoiding reading isn't as easy as it used to be. And when his friend Timmy McGibney decides that he's tired of covering for him, Charlie Joe finds himself resorting to desperate measures to keep his perfect record intact. This is the hilarious story of an avid non-reader and the extreme lengths to which he'll go to get out of reading a book.
Publisher: New York : Square Fish, 2012
ISBN: 9781250003379


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Dec 17, 2015

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading is one of the funniest books that I have ever read. Thee only thing that I would change is to a "New Zealand" Model. I know this sounds a bit strange but, I know this is American as some of the words are spelt incorrectly.

May 19, 2015

This book is about a 6th grade (just guessing he is in 6th grade) boy named Charlie Joe Jackson. He is trying to get through middle school without reading a single book. This book is part of a series of Charlie's life. Each book in this series deals with a theme, for example reading in this case.

I like this book because it has good humor, characters, and drawings. The author really understands what is going on a 6th graders mind. This book relates to my life because I think my parents have too high expectations sometimes.

I think this book is good for 4th-6th graders. So altogether I think this book is great.

(p.s. I think the author is trying to trick kids that dont like reading into reading)

by Cassidy, age 11

litriocht Jun 17, 2014

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading is the author's first book. In fact, according to the biography on the inside jacket, he wrote this novel to convince his sons Charlie, Joe, and Jack to read; so, even the title reflects Greenwald's attempt to get his children to engage with literature.

A humorous romp through the end of Charlie Joe's school year, this book may very well lure reluctant readers to crack it open and keep reading. Right from the beginning, the narrator promises short words, short pages, and short chapters. Plot twists include middle school love interests, plans to outsmart teachers and parents, and a social experiment to break down cliques. Interspersed between chapters, Charlie Joe shares 25 tongue-in-cheek tips to avoid reading.

The whimsical cartoons by J. P. Coovert strewn throughout the book add to the book's appeal.

icehockeyrules Jul 17, 2013

This Book was TOO childish for me. I guess I am "getting too old for this." :P


Reluctant readers, bane of the nation, are the target audience here. Will they like the book? Well, there’s lots to be said for short chapters and a hero who’s on their side. Pictures don’t hurt matters much either. Greenwald could have turned this into a preachy tract, saying something about how assigned reading in schools sucks the fun out of books and turns legions of children into non-readers every year. That’s true and a good lesson but I appreciate that instead his non-reader comes by his non-reading honestly. Like a lot of kids, he just never took to it. All in all it’s a great idea. Book haters of the world, your spokesman is here.


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Apr 26, 2016

JustinL05 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 14

Apr 22, 2014

Green_Cat_117 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 13

Apr 18, 2014

brown_dog_1046 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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yellow_cat_1129 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 6 and 17


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Let’s be clear. Charlie Joe Jackson is a charming guy. If you met him you’d probably like him. Lots of people do, and why not? This is a kid who has figured out what it is he wants out of life and goes for it. Take reading. Charlie hates it. Couldn’t dislike it more. So over the years he and his friend Timmy have set up a nice little arrangement. Timmy will read books for Charlie if in exchange he can get free ice cream sandwiches. Everything’s going beautifully until the day Timmy destroys Charlie’s sweet scheme. Caught, Charlie finds himself facing a huge school project with a ton of reading on the horizon. He has a plan to get out of it, but it hinges on setting up the girl of his dreams with the class nerd. Can Charlie keep himself from reading from here on in? And do we even want him to?


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“Charlie Joe’s Tip #2: Never read a book by someone whose name you can’t pronounce. Let’s face it: chances are you wouldn’t be reading this book if it were called Venedkyt Styokierwski’s Guide to Not Reading”


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