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Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading (Charlie Joe Jackson #1)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  3,767 Ratings  ·  505 Reviews
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 despe ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by Roaring Brook Press (first published 2011)
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Tommy Greenwald
Dec 04, 2013 Tommy Greenwald rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote it, therefore I love it.
Kim Tomsic
Dec 31, 2010 Kim Tomsic rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
CHARLIE JOE JACKSON’S GUIDE TO NOT READING by Tommy Greenwald (Roaring Brook Press/July 2011 ) for middle grade readers is about Charlie Joe, a reluctant reader, whose cool-dude reputation is centered around the fact that he’s never read an entire book from cover to cover.

An advanced copy of CHARLIE JOE JACKSON’S GUIDE TO NOT READING arrived in my mailbox along with a towering pile of vacation mail. As I scattered bills and letters across the kitchen counter, I realized I couldn’t start a new b
Anyce Paul-Emile
Dec 31, 2014 Anyce Paul-Emile rated it liked it
Do you not like to read and want an idea on how to get out of it? Well then, you should read Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to NOT Reading. I should warn you not to take any of his advice, because what happened to him might happen to you. This is a dramatic fictional story. There were times in the story that I felt very emotional, mad, sad, shocked. I will talk more about this in the third paragraph, but for now, a summary.
This story is about a boy who hates, I repeat HATES reading, a lot. The stor
marcy marshall
Jan 29, 2015 marcy marshall rated it it was amazing
*Spoil Alert *
Do you hate reading?If you answered yes then Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to not reading is a perfect book for you. This is a realistic fiction mixed with comedy that will have you laughing until it hurts.

This story is about a boy who hates reading and still manages to get through life without even reading an entire book cover to cover.The words and phrases that are in the book are used today.The setting takes place in middle school were most of the conflict start to happen.Charlie
Jul 10, 2012 Lindsey rated it liked it
Recommends it for: middle-schoolers, fans of Big Nate, grownups who hate diary-of-a-wimpy-kid
Shelves: reviewed
Charlie Joe Jackson is an avid non-reader. He has never read a book cover to cover, and he's proud of it. (Except for The Giving Tree. Which has, like, sixty-two words in it.) This book will inspire all reluctant readers in their efforts to avoid the written word, and give helpful tips on how to do it.

The great thing about this book is that it will satisfy both the middle-school reader and his/her parents, which is a thing wondrous and rare. On the one hand, Charlie is actually a nice, funny, "g
Jul 03, 2011 Wendy rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I won this is a Goodreads First Read. Yay!

As a middle school teacher, I found this book funny and appealing. There are times when Charlie's comments sound a bit too much like the comments of an adult who is a good kid-watcher, but overall his voice is well done. I gave it three stars instead of four for a reason that won't apply to most people. Over 50% of my kids are Latino, and like the excellent "Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie" this book is so entrenched in white, middle class culture that m
Colby Sharp
Dec 17, 2011 Colby Sharp rated it it was ok
Shelves: mg-novel
I struggle with bokos that are focused on kids being slackers and not like reading. Diary of a Wimpy Kid is not my favorite (Is that a nice enough way of saying that I dislike it very much?). Recently, I read the James Patterson book "Middle School: The Worst Years of my Life" and it kind of falls into the same category of "Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to not Reading". I am sure that these books can do a decent job of getting reluctant boys to read, but at times I wonder if they do more damage th ...more
Sep 20, 2011 Betsy rated it really liked it
The unreliable narrator. It's a staple of adult literature, and a relative newcomer to the world of children’s lit. Even books for teens are more likely to sport these first person ne’er-do-wells than titles for the 9-12 set. It can be done mind you, but it’s tricky territory, made all the trickier if the narrator is always being on the up and up with the reader. I think the closest you can usually get to an honest-to-goodness unreliable character is something like Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to ...more
Jan 29, 2015 Arixel rated it really liked it
Are you not a big fan about reading? This book is for you. Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide To Not Reading, literally had some "facts" (excuses to not read) in the book that probably every kid has tried to say to parents and or teachers. I enjoyed this book more than I expected. If you don't read, take a chance and read this book! This is a realistic fiction book that like I said, has humor in it and life lessons. I recommend this book to those non-readers and just anyone in general.

The setting of
Deb Tyo
Jun 07, 2011 Deb Tyo rated it really liked it
Shelves: humorous
Chapter 1

"If you're reading this book, you don't like reading.

In fact, you do whatever you can to avoid reading, and the fact that you're holding a book in your hand right now is kind of shocking.

I know exactly how you feel; I'm one of you.

Just remember: you are not alone. We'll get through this together."

In Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading, Tommy Greenwald creates a character who is very honest with readers. Charlie Joe tells us that this book serves two purposes: "One, it will s
Tommy Greenwald’s new book Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to NOT Reading is a perfect book for the non-reader or reluctant reader in your life! Charlie Joe has made it all the way to Middle School without ever, EVER, reading a book cover to cover. It hasn’t been easy, but he has come up with an arrangement that has carried him this far successfully… until now. When his teachers discover what he’s been up to, will Charlie Joe be able to keep up his track record?
In this hilarious book, Charlie Joe sp
Tina Lowen
I'm conflicted about my rating for this title. It isn't quite a four for me, nor is it really a three. I'd give it three and half stars if I could. I'm clearly not the intended audience for this book, which I'm sure is impacting my score.

I enjoyed the book's humor and found myself liking Charlie Joe, despite his willingness to go to incredible lengths to avoid reading a book. I have to applaud the author for a few things which are difficult to find in books for young people these days: Charlie J
Mar 02, 2016 Ajay rated it it was amazing
There were sine helpful tips in here but I won't use them anytime soon.
Jacob Gonzalez
May 13, 2015 Jacob Gonzalez rated it it was amazing
Do you really not like to read? Well if you don't this would be a perfect book for you because in this book it gives you good tips on what reading can do to your body. This book is a realistic fiction with a little bit of comedy. In my opinion I thought this was a terrific book because I relate him to me by hating reading so much.
Charlie Joe Jackson hates reading more than anything. He had to read a book for a test about clinques were bad for kids. Also, every time he had to read a book he'd ge
mikey guzman
Apr 30, 2015 mikey guzman rated it it was amazing
Do you want to learn some tips to get out of reading?If you do hate reading like me you need to read this book.The genre is realistic fiction,and its pretty funny.I loved this book it was funny,but you could really learn a couple of tips to not read (plus some chapters are half a page.)
this book is about a boy who hates reading and has a secret deal with one of his best day they get caught and charlie gets in trouble and has to read a book for the first time.P.S he hates reading a
Joyce Yattoni
Feb 21, 2016 Joyce Yattoni rated it really liked it
This is not a book I would have picked up for myself, as I tend to go for the more serious "stuff". I was pleasantly surprised because although I do not like the fact that middle schooler Charlie Joe Jackson doesn't like to read his character is hilariously funny and I do see his character in some of my students. You know who you are. Charlie never ends up liking to read by the end of the story, but he does manage to learn and he learns a lot about growing up and navigating middle school relatio ...more
Charlie Joe Jackson REALLY hates to read. For twelve glorious years he has managed to avoid it almost completely (exception: Shel Silverstein's "The Giving Tree" because it only has 62 words). But middle school is proving difficult ground to manipulate his way around the written word. It doesn't help that his best book-reading buddy has begun to blackmail him, and now there are girls to pay
attention to too. But Charlie Joe comes up with a daring master plan that almost works. This is a quick and
Penny Peck
Sep 06, 2011 Penny Peck rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-ya
If a sixth grader liked DIARY OF A WIMPY KID an wanted another book that was similar, I would recommend CHARLIE JOE. It doesn't contain as many cartoon drawings, but it is funny, thoughtful, and original. Even some of the teachers are nice! There are some cartoons, and the premise of the book, about a boy who avoids reading, is believable. He is smart and can read, but doesn't think books are cool. Lots of funny lists are included, which add interest. Some nonstereotypical girl characters make t ...more
Sep 26, 2012 Rachel rated it it was ok
I didn't think I'd like this book, but I had to read it so I could lead a book club on it. Even two or three chapters in, I thought it was going to be just another smart-ass wimpy kid knock off that underestimates the brainpower of juvenile readers and assumes that the class of kids now known as "reluctant readers" will only pick up shallow swill. (Ahem...let me climb down from my accidental soap box now...)

And mostly it was.

The End.

Addendum: The avid upper elementary readers in the book club li
Aug 28, 2014 Lauren rated it really liked it
Charlie Joe Jackson is here to help! He has written a book that not only serves as a guide to help get out of reading, but, if you absolutely have to read, he has written a short book. Why is someone who hates reading writing a book? Read to find out :)

This was my first Charlie Joe Jackson book and I thought the characters were very well written. I think this book would appeal to both boys and girls who want something fun to read.
Jorge T
Dec 09, 2014 Jorge T rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
This book would be a good choice for kids who want a guide on how to not read. It is mainly about the main Character Charlie who has never read a book in his life. One day when one of his boo reports is due his friend timmy who always reads the books for Chalie and gives him the answers refused to give him the answers. And he does not know what to do next. If you want to find out what happens next read this book and find out. This is a really good book. READ THIS BOOK
Josh Jackson
Jul 19, 2014 Josh Jackson rated it really liked it
Great read for reluctant readers in the cross-over range, fifth grade to seventh. Charlie Joe would rather do anything than read - even setting up his crush with his best friend. This book has good humor and lots of short chapters, perfect for many middle-aged boys. The journal style is easy to read and has a Diary of a Wimpy Kid feel.
Karen Arendt
Aug 20, 2011 Karen Arendt rated it it was amazing
Absolutely perfect! Any non-reader would love this book, and I love that the author was inspired to write it because his children don't like to read. I can't wait to put it into the hands of students!
Ron Christiansen
Dec 20, 2014 Ron Christiansen rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, ch-lit
Before reading and liking Diary of Wimpy kid, I would not have picked up this book. And still I was a bit worried about an entire book about not reading. But it works. The section on libraries is hilarious. Greenwald finds so many ways to get at reading, often surprisingly personal and meaningful.
William McKee
Mar 18, 2016 William McKee rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It was very good and funny at the same time. It gave you tips on how it to read which were pretty funny. The book was short but hilarious. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series one day.
Jun 03, 2011 Sue rated it did not like it
Alright I lied. I read the first quarter and the last quarter.
Too listy and the premise didn't work for me.
Sep 23, 2011 Kaethe marked it as abandoned
Shelves: age-middle-grade
I love the idea, but must admit that it didn't hold my interest very long. Obviously, I am so not the target audience.
Robert Kent
Jul 14, 2011 Robert Kent rated it it was amazing
So thoroughly had Charlie Joe convinced me to give up reading there were almost no future reviews. But in the end, I enjoyed Tommy Greenwald's book so much I guess I'll keep searching for another book that makes me laugh as hard.

This is how Charlie Joe Jackson greets us on page one:

If you're reading this book, you don't like reading.
In fact, you do whatever you can to avoid reading, and the fact that you're holding a book in your hand right now is kind of shocking.

From here, Charlie Joe goes
Barb Middleton
Sep 23, 2013 Barb Middleton rated it really liked it
Shelves: realistic
I have great empathy for parents who are baffled by their bloodlines being sabotaged with the appearance of a non-lovin-reader in the family. "Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading" not only addresses the child who hates reading, but it has the adult humor for the parent of a nonreader. Charlie Joe is clear at the get-go that his book will show you how to get out of reading and it will be a nice easy book. His first tip is to make sure you choose a book with short chapters; that way when yo ...more
Ана Хелс
Oct 17, 2015 Ана Хелс rated it really liked it
Признавам, че обичам да инфантилизирам ударно, особено след по-корави сблъсъци с родната ни действителност в работен план. И за целта съм на един вечен куест в търсене на леки, наистина, ама наистина детски истории, които няма да натоварят моето или респективно детското съзнание, намеквайки за разделени родители, родители загубили децата си, родителска вина, смърт, болка и унижения, както твърде често напоследък се залага в съвременните текстове за деца. Сега, разбирам желанието за достоверност ...more
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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. This is the result. And they read it! (So they say.) The Exe ...more
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