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When Charlie McButton Lost Power

Written by Suzanne Collins and illustrated by Mike Lester
Published by Puffin Books
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5.5
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Goodreads Rating - 4.1 / 5.0
4-8
Target Age
32
Pages
Picture
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Charlie McButton likes computer games so much, he never plays with anything else. When a thunderstorm knocks out the electricity, his tech empire comes tumbling down, and his whole world loses power. Charlie needs batteries?FAST! But the only triple- A?s he can find are in his little sister?s talking doll. Will he resort to desperate measures and cause his sister to have a meltdown of her own? Or will he snap out of his computer craze long enough to realize his sister might be fun, even if she doesn?t come with batteries? Collins and Lester team up for a hilarious and timely tale that will crack up young computer addicts and those who love them!

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The Book Snob Mom
Mom, Avid Reader, Austen Fangirl
The Book Snob Mom's Rating
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6.0

I’m going to commit blasphemy here and say that Suzanne Collins’ (of The Hunger Games’ fame) rhyming in this book is on par with Dr. Seuss (only with fewer made up words)—it’s seriously such a fun read-aloud that trips right off the tongue. Initially, the illustrations weren’t my favorite, but after reading it several times, I think they add a delightful pizzazz and sense of chaos that really adds to the story. With the prevalence of technology, the message that relationships can be strengthened and fun had without turning to electronics is lovely.

Mr. Staccato
Spent many carefree hours hunting clues with the Hardy boys and defending Redwall Abbey.
Mr. Staccato's Rating
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6.75

A true hidden gem. Don’t judge this one by its cover.

B is for Bookworm
Human Development Degree, Book-loving aunt
B is for Bookworm's Rating
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6.0

A wonderful book about unplugging and using your imagination and spending time with those you love! :) I didn’t love the illustrations at first, but they’ve really grown on my and I think they, and the rest of this book, are so fun! I especially think all of the wording and rhyme is fantastic.

Mom of Boys
Three little boys who love books about dragons, whangdoodles and magic.
Mom of Boys's Rating
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5.75
Lemony Snickers
Reading contracts all day long. Not bad, but not quite as fun as reading about hobbits.
Lemony Snickers's Rating
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6.0
Readerly Mom
Bay Area mother of two, world traveler, book lover, picky reader
Readerly Mom's Rating
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2.5

I can see how this book might be useful for some families when dealing with the issue of finding moderation in technology use for kids, but it was just so incredibly heavy-handed. My kids are too little for screens, so nothing about it was appealing to them, and if kids are old enough for some screen time, I can’t imagine this feeling fun or funny or anything other than preachy.

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Who Wrote When Charlie McButton Lost Power

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Suzanne Collins

In 1991, Suzanne Collins began her professional career writing for children’s television. She worked on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit Clarissa Explains it All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. For preschool viewers, she penned multiple stories for the Emmy-nominated Little Bear and Oswald. She also co-wrote the Rankin/​Bass Christmas special, Santa, Baby! with her friend, Peter Bakalian, which was nominated for a WGA Award in Animation. Most recently she was the Head Writer for Scholastic Entertainment’s Clifford’s Puppy Days,and a freelancer on Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! While working on a Kids WB show called Generation O! she met children’s author and illustrator James Proimos, who talked her into giving children’s books a try. Thinking one day about Alice in Wonderland, she was struck by how pastoral the setting must seem to kids who, like her own, lived in urban surroundings. In New York City, you’re much more likely to fall down a manhole than a rabbit hole and, if you do, you’re not going to find a tea party. What you might find...? Well, that’s the story of Gregor the Overlander, the first book in her five-part fantasy/​war series, The Underland Chronicles,which became a New York Times bestseller. It has been sold into 21 foreign territories. Her next series, The Hunger Games Trilogy, is an international bestseller. The Hunger Games has spent over six years to date on The New York Times bestseller list since publication in September 2008, and has also appeared consistently on USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. It has been sold into 56 territories in 51 languages. In 2010 Collins was named to the TIME 100 list as well as the Entertainment Weekly Entertainers of the Year list. Lionsgate released a film adaptation of THE HUNGER GAMES on March 23, 2012, directed by Gary Ross who also shared screenplay credit with Suzanne and Billy Ray. It broke multiple box office records and went on to become the 14th highest-grossing North American release of all time on its way to generating nearly $700 million at the worldwide box office. Lionsgate released the second installment THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE worldwide on November 22, 2013, directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and Michael DeBruyn and bringing back stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Willow Shields, Paula Malcomson, Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci and Lenny Kravitz along with new cast members Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone and Jeffrey Wright. It was the highest-grossing domestic box office release of 2013 and the 10th highest-grossing domestic release of all time. Lionsgate will release THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 on November 21, 2014 and THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 2 on November 20, 2015, also directed by Lawrence. All four films are being produced by Nina Jacobson of Color Force and Jon Kilik. In September 2013, Suzanne released a critically acclaimed autobiographical picture book, YEAR OF THE JUNGLE, illustrated by James Proimos. It deals with the year she was six and her father was deployed to Viet Nam. It has been sold into 12 territories in 11 languages. Her first picture book, WHEN CHARLIE MCBUTTON LOST POWER, about a boy obsessed with computer games, was illustrated by Mike Lester and came out in 2005. It has been sold into 4 foreign territories. Her books have sold over 100 million copies worldwide. (Bio via http://www.suzannecollinsbooks.com/bio.htm)

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Who Illustrated When Charlie McButton Lost Power

illustrator
Mike Lester

Put a kid in a room alone with nothing but pencils, paper, his own imagination and you get me. By normal standards I should be an anti-social home pest exterminator by day and WWF fan by night. But I'm not. I'm a cartoonist and for two reasons: I could not hit the curve but I could hit a nerve. I am classically trained to be able to find the classical station when I need to. Beyond that, I've been making it up since I was in that room alone. Truth is, God was in there with me just like he is today and we've managed to knock out some pretty decent work in a number of different areas working with some incredibly talented people and for some great clients. There are more wooden plaques on the wall than I ever imagined. All of them spelled my name right and frankly, I deserve them. But my beautiful wife, my two children, Mom, cat and completely untrainable dog I do not deserve. They are simply a blessing for which I am thankful everyday. (Bio via mikelester.com)

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Book Details

ISBN 10:
0142408573
ISBN 13:
9780142408575
Publication Date:
September 1, 2007