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Don't Make Me Smile

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Charlie Hickles' parents are getting a divorce—and for some reason, they actually expect him to understand! But Charlie isn't going to take this divorce lying down.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 23rd 2002 by Yearling (first published 1981)
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Roya Fourstar
دربارهی مسائل غمانگیز و یا چیزهای ناراحتکننده با بچّههایمان حرف نمیزنیم و بعد وقتی مرگی، طلاقی، تصادفی، چیزی اتفاق میافتد کاسهی چه کنم میگیریم به دست که حالا چی بگوییم و چهجوری بگوییم و خودمان که گیج میشویم هیچ، بچّهی طفلکی را هم گیجتر میکنیم. چاره چیست؟ فکر میکنم بهتر است دربارهی بخشهای ناجورِ زندگی هم با بچّههایمان حرف بزنیم و آگاهیِ کافی بدهیم تا بازیِ روزگار نتواند غافلگیرشان کند. میپرسید چگونه؟ خُب، طبیعیست که شما نمیتوانید یک روز صبح تصمیم بگیرید که بنشینید کنار تختِ بچّهتان و منتظر باشید ...more
Josiah
Jan 23, 2009 Josiah rated it really liked it
Don't Make Me Smile was written before what I consider Barbara Park's peak writing years, when everything she touched turned to literary gold. Still, it's almost on the same level as her greatest novels, such luminous masterpieces as Mick Harte Was Here, My Mother Got Married (and Other Disasters) and The Kid in the Red Jacket. Many kids' books have tackled the issue of divorcing parents, but not many do so as sincerely or meaningfully as Don't Make Me Smile, or with so much laughter popping up ...more
Niloufar
Dec 13, 2016 Niloufar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
فهمیدن اینکه به جای بچه ها فکر نکنیم و تصمیم نگیریم، همینطور فهمیدن فشار هایی که گاهی ناخواسته روی دوششون میگذاریم و خودمان را از هر اذیتی مبرا میدانیم، کار سختی نیست
فقط باید کمی بچه شد و از دید آنها به مسائل هر چند ساده و قابل فهم نگاه کرد
کتاب خوبی بود و به راحتی خودم را در داستان دیدم و باهاش پیش رفتم
همه مشکلات قابل حل نیستند گاهی علاوه بر بچه ها بزرگترها نیز باید این موضوع را بفهمند و با آن کنار بیایند.
با هر مشکل باید متناسب با خودش برخورد کرد

امیدوارم شما نیز مانند من از خواندن این داستان لذت
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Megan Chonczynski
Dec 06, 2014 Megan Chonczynski rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for children whose parents are divorced or who are getting a divorce. It shows that they are not alone and the way that they are feeling is normal. It is not easy for some kids when their parents get divorced because they are confused and upset. It is hard for them because ever thing will be changing. This book shows how a little boy felt about it and how he tried dealing with it.
Lynn R
Jan 05, 2017 Lynn R rated it it was amazing
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No matter how old I am, Don't Make Me Smile goes down as the funniest book I've ever read. Even though it's about a child going through a divorce, Charlie's (the protagonist) sharp and snarky attitude keep the novel from getting too heavy. He's a very relatable character - even though I've never gone through divorce, Charlie's take on growing up is very honest and true. All of Barbara Park's books are excellent, but this one is by far my favourite!
Brittany Nerdin
Jan 20, 2011 Brittany Nerdin rated it really liked it
I very much enjoyed reading this book. It is about a boy for finds out his parents are getting divorced. He is completely surprised by this news and feels his life is ruined. I liked the writing style, and there were some very funny parts. The book is believable and entertaining. I would recommend this to children with similar problems.
Amy
Jun 09, 2011 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: punkin-s-shelf
cute book; very realistic. I was hoping it would be a little closer to Junie B.; this kid is 10 going on 11 and JB was only 7. It doesn't seem like Park has anything in between as far as I could tell. My 7yo enjoyed the book and the way it was written. We skipped ~2 pages in the middle that revealed Santa/Easter Bunny/Tooth Fairy stuff. It wasn't essential to the story.
Alicia
May 13, 2016 Alicia rated it it was amazing
This book provided a perfect description of divorce. It's been 18 years since my parents divorced but I felt pulled back to my childhood as I read and felt all the feels again, with my new friend Charlie.
Laura
Aug 14, 2007 Laura rated it it was amazing
I clearly remember reading this in fifth grade while waiting for school to start in the morning. It was one of the few things that took my mind off of the fact that we were moving soon, which I was dreading. Very good look at how a kid feels when his parents divorce.
Reyhaneh
برای کسی خریده بودم که «به کارش بیاید» و باری بردارد از دوشش... گفتم بخوانم قبلش که باری نباشد بدتر.
فکر کنم بود... دستکم برای مورد خاص ما.
جا خوش کرد در کتابخانه خودم.
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David
Mar 07, 2011 David rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 8th-grade
Really good book.
Marzie
Feb 15, 2016 Marzie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
ترجمه ی کتاب خیلی روان و خوشخوان بود
Donna
Dec 16, 2015 Donna rated it liked it
A little sad. Probably a good choice for children whose parents are going through a divorce.
Bryan S.
Jan 17, 2011 Bryan S. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 8th-grade
This book is amazing and very funny. I like the way the author writes it's like my style. I had many laughs and alot of touching moments. I would recommed this book
Kelsey
Jan 23, 2014 Kelsey added it
Kind of boring
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Barbara Park received over 40 awards for her books, including 25 Children's Choice awards.

Park was the daughter of a merchant and a secretary, Doris and Brooke Tidswell. She grew up in Mount Holly Township, New Jersey. From 1965 to 1967, she attended Rider College, later finishing her B.S. in 1969 at the University of Alabama. She married Richard A. Park in 1969. She lived in Phoenix, Arizona for
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