Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Making Money (Charlie Joe Jackson Series #4) (Hardcover)

By Tommy Greenwald, J. P. Coovert (Illustrator)

Roaring Brook Press, 9781596438408, 208pp.

Publication Date: August 26, 2014

List Price: 13.99*
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Charlie Joe's weekly allowance just isn't cutting it and he desperately needs money to buy a Botman, the latest gadget to sweep his middle school. Only catch is, he wants to earn the money by doing the least amount of work possible. After several failed attempts, including a near disastrous day of dog-walking, Charlie Joe hatches a plan to throw his own bar mitzvah (no gifts please—checks only) even though he's not Jewish. Hilarity ensues when throwing a fake coming-of-age party turns out to be much harder than it looks.

About the Author

Tommy Greenwald has enjoyed reading all his life, which is why he's appalled that his kids Charlie, Joe and Jack, would prefer getting a dental check-up to checking out a book. After years of pleading, threatening, and bribing, Tommy finally decided the only way to get his kids to read was to write a book about how to get out of reading. The result was Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading. And they read it! (So they say.) The Executive Creative Director at SPOTCO, an entertainment advertising agency in New York City, Tommy lives in Connecticut with his wife, Cathy; his non-reading sons, Charlie, Joe and Jack; and his dogs, Moose and Coco.

J. P. Coovert is the illustrator of the Charlie Joe Jackson books by Tommy Greenwald.

Praise For Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Making Money (Charlie Joe Jackson Series #4)

“A perfect read aloud, this debut is filled with passages that beg to be shared.” —Booklist, starred review

“Slackers everywhere have a new, likable hero in Charlie Joe Jackson.” —Kirkus

“Anyone concerned about the state of education in America will be more concerned after reading this book. But slacker kids who want to mail in their next book report will find it beneficial.” —Kenny Mayne, ESPN Sportscaster

“Watch out Wimps! Charlie Joe Jackson is showing kids exactly how its done... and by "it" I mean how to avoid that pesky task of reading a book. However, what these students don't know is that in the process of learning how to avoid reading a book... oops they've read one... and if the experience of this librarian is correct, it will only be the first book they will read! When your new readers discover they have finished this book they will be struck by one of two thoughts: 1. Where's the sequel? 2. That wasn't so bad... got anything else like it. Charlie Joe Jackson is like a free scoop of ice cream... enticing, cool and will leave the newly minted readers hungry for more!” —Josh Newhouse, Librarian and Reading Advocate, Sligh Middle Magnet School; Tampa, Florida