Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide To Not Reading, written by Tommy Greenwald / Illustrated by J.P. Coovert
Middle-schooler Charlie Joe Jackson does not read books. He is so good at not reading books, he is now sharing his techniques in this great self-help send-up. Along with his techniques, Charlie Joe shares his background and experience in not reading books (which seem to stem from the year he got only books for Christmas, including the dreaded Complete Mark Twain). The intentionally short chaptered narrative (who wants to read long chapters?) includes details of his grandest scheme to avoid reading books: the successful all-school research project that he completed without reading a single book, but that cost him his girl-friend and his summer vacation. I’d reveal more, but Charlie Joe insists you read the book in order to learn how not to have to read any more books in the future. For grades 5 through 8.