Monday, September 22, 2014

Charlie Bumpers vs. The Squeaking Skull by Bill Harley

The Story- (blurb)
This Halloween Charlie and Tommy have big plans. They hope they can get out of taking their little sisters around and go trick-or-treating in Alex's upscale neighborhood instead. There they'll get tons more candy, they'll be on their own, and afterwards they'll get to attend the sleepover at Alex's house. But when Charlie finds out that the entertainment at the party is to consist of the "Scariest Horror Movies Ever," he is struck by panic. Charlie loves candy, he loves sleepovers with his friends, but he absolutely hates horror movies. There is yet another wrinkle in Charlie's Halloween plans. He is determined to win the big prize (ten movie tickets) that will be awarded for the best costume, but when he finally comes up with a genius prize-winning idea, he runs into an unexpected obstacle.

My Thoughts-

Halloween is on its way and Charlie and best friend Tommy are making plans. Charlie wants to win the school costume contest and 10 tickets to the local movie theater. He pulls out all the stops and works with the art teacher to come up with the most original and creative rabid bat. It's cool how he puts things together with art supplies and an idea.

Their other plan involves sleeping over at a friends house to go trick or treating at the big houses and get the big candy bars and then watch the scary movie, The Shrieking Skull. Charlie's plans hit a roadblock when his mom finds out about the scary movie, which his little sister calls The Squeaking Skull, and calls his friend's mom to voice her concern. Charlie is secretly delighted because he really hates horror movies, but doesn't want his friends to know.

Charlie's older brother Matt comes up with a plan to descare Charlie. Every night he tells him the adventures of The Long Fingered Man. A story that comes in handy at the sleep over and allows Charlie to express his real feelings about being scared.

 This story is loads of fun and filled with quirky ideas and plans. A perfect kids being kids book. 4 stars!


  1. This sounds perfect for this time of year. Thanks for the review.

  2. I know. All the fun Halloween stuff is starting to come out.