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CHARLIE HITS IT BIG by Deborah Blumenthal


by Deborah Blumenthal & illustrated by Denise Brunkus

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: March 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-06-056353-0
Publisher: HarperCollins

What’s a guinea pig with dreams of movie stardom to do? If it’s Charlie, Sophie’s pet, he sneaks away from the human family’s home and heads off to Hollywood. People understand his speech and he is able to hail cabs and be dressed by the snazziest designers. (Clearly a strong suspension of disbelief is required.) In order to get the starring role in a Beauty and the Beast–type film he dyes himself dark brown (all the better to be small, dark and handsome, you see). Charlie is feted and fawned over by the humorously drawn sycophantic Hollywood crowd yet finds himself feeling lonely and dissatisfied. Now what’s a homesick guinea pig to do? Hop a plane back to young Sophie, of course. Brunkus, the illustrator of the popular Junie B. Jones series, adds a great deal to the silly text via her funny, colorful and enlightening drawings. Easily conveying Charlie’s hubris followed by his attainment of just a little bit of humility, Brunkus is the strength of this slight picture book. The moral of the story? Even for ambitious guinea pigs, there really is no place like home. (Picture book. 4-7)