The Resource Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year, Bill Harley ; illustrated by Adam Gustavson

Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year, Bill Harley ; illustrated by Adam Gustavson

Label
Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year
Title
Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year
Statement of responsibility
Bill Harley ; illustrated by Adam Gustavson
Title variation
Charlie Bumpers versus the Teacher of the Year
Creator
Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Charlie Bumper's worst fear is confirmed: he has the strictist teacher in the school for fourth grade! It doesn't matter that she's been named Teacher of the Year. He's still afraid of her. Last year when he was horsing around in the hall, he accidentally hit her in the head with his sneaker. (Don't ask.) How will he survive a whole year under a teacher who is just waiting for him to make another stupid mistake?
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Storyline
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Tone
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Award
Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Award (Oregon), 2016.
Review
  • Gr 2 – 4 — When Charlie finds out that his fourth-grade teacher will be Mrs. Burke, Teacher of the Year, he knows that he's in trouble. The previous year, he accidentally hit her in the head with a shoe. He is also a disorganized mess and she is notoriously orderly. Throughout a rough couple of first weeks of school, Charlie struggles to be more organized and to get along with Mrs. Burke. He befriends Hector, a new student from Chile, and is annoyed by know-it-all Samantha Grunsky. While Charlie seems incapable of avoiding mishaps, he also has some very good qualities, like helpfulness, which will have readers cheering him on. The final conversation with Mrs. Burke includes an explanation of her "dry sense of humor," which is a little awkward, but otherwise this is a fast-paced, enjoyable first entry in a new chapter-book series. It's a good choice for those who have finished Andrew Clements's "Jake Drake" books (S & S).—Laura Stanfield, Campbell County Public Library, Ft. Thomas, KY --Laura Stanfield (Reviewed September 1, 2013) (School Library Journal, vol 59, issue 9, p122)
  • Charlie’s fourth-grade year is off to a rocky start. He’s dismayed to learn that his teacher is Mrs. Burke, whom he accidentally hit in the head with a shoe the year before (“I’m glad to see you’re wearing both of your shoes,” she quips on the first day of school). Charlie has the best intentions and the worst luck, a combination that tends to land him in trouble; the playground becomes littered with toilet paper after he uses a roll to create the finish line for a race, and his sneaker gets stuck on the roof after he throws it up there to retrieve a soccer ball. The swift-paced story is powered by peppy repartee between Charlie and the people in his life, as well as his droll internal monologue (including his repeated observation, “Trick question! No good answer!”). Charlie’s kindness to a new classmate from Chile and his growing appreciation of Mrs. Burke supplements the comedy. Dynamic and skillfully drafted ink-and-watercolor spot illustrations from Gustavson, who illustrated Harley’s Lost and Found, help chronicle the hijinks. Ages 7–10. Illustrator’s agent: Abigail Samoun, Red Fox Literary. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed July 29, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 30, p)
  • Charlie Bumpers is doomed. The one teacher he never wanted in the whole school turns out to be his fourth-grade teacher. Charlie recalls third grade, when he accidentally hit the scariest teacher in the whole school with his sneaker. "I know all about you, Charlie Bumpers," she says menacingly on the first day of fourth grade. Now, in addition to all the hardships of starting school, he has gotten off on the wrong foot with her. Charlie's dry and dramatic narrative voice clearly reveals the inner life of a 9-year-old--the glass is always half empty, especially in light of a series of well-intentioned events gone awry. It's quite a litany: "Hitting Mrs. Burke in the head with the sneaker. The messy desk. The swinging on the door. The toilet paper. And now this--the shoe on the roof." Harley has teamed once again with illustrator Gustavson (Lost and Found, 2012) to create a real-life world in which a likable kid must face the everyday terrors of childhood: enormous bullies, looming teachers and thick gym coaches with huge pointing fingers. Into this series opener, Harley magically weaves the simple lesson that people, even teachers, can surprise you. Readers will be waiting to see how Charlie faces his next challenge in a series that marks a lovely change of pace from the sarcasm of Wimpy Kid. (Fiction. 7-10)(Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2013)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10220571
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1954-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Harley, Bill
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Ages 7-10
Interest level
  • Lower Grades
  • LG
LC call number
PZ7.H22655
LC item number
Ch 2013
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 2
  • 4
Reading level
  • 3.5
  • 3.5
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Gustavson, Adam
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Charlie Bumpers
Series volume
1
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader AR
  • Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Teacher-student relationships
  • Teachers
  • Elementary schools
  • Orderliness
  • Conduct of life
  • Families
  • Teachers
  • Schools
  • Orderliness
  • Behavior
  • Family life
  • Humorous stories
  • Conduct of life
  • Elementary schools
  • Families
  • Orderliness
  • Teacher-student relationships
  • Teachers
Target audience
primary
Label
Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year, Bill Harley ; illustrated by Adam Gustavson
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Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes excerpt from: Charlie Bumpers vs. the really nice gnome
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn828670942
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
138 pages
Isbn
9781561458240
Lccn
2013004850
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)828670942
Label
Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year, Bill Harley ; illustrated by Adam Gustavson
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes excerpt from: Charlie Bumpers vs. the really nice gnome
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn828670942
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
138 pages
Isbn
9781561458240
Lccn
2013004850
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)828670942

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