Project Description

Teacher’s Guide

Charlie Bumpers vs. the Perfect Little Turkey

Part of Charlie Bumpers

by Bill Harley
illustrated by Adam Gustavson

Can Charlie be a polite host to the most annoying little cousin in the universe?

It’s Thanksgiving in the Bumpers’ household and Charlie has to be the perfect host to his annoying little cousin, Chip. Chip makes everything hard for Charlie―gets him in trouble, ruins his things, and generally makes a nuisance of himself. On top of that, for homework, Mrs. Burke has assigned Charlie the task of writing what a family is to him. How will Charlie be able to see past his “turkey” of a cousin to understand the real meaning of family?

Grammy Award-winning author Bill Harley continues his fun series for young readers using humor to get across some important values such as learning to live together as a family and making the best of a bad situation. For more on this series, visit the Charlie Bumpers website here.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-835-6
Publication Date: 9/1/2015
Page Count: 176
Size: 5-1/2″ x 7-1/2″
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-963-6
Publication Date: 9/1/2016
Page Count: 176
Size: 5-1/2″ x 7-1/2″
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
Format: CD
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-893-6
Publication Date: 9/1/2016
Time: est. 2 hours
Size: 5″ x 5-7/8″ x 1″
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-56145-764-9
Age Range: 7 – 10
Language: English

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AR Level: 3.6
F&P: GRL O, Gr 3, Genre RF
Lexile: 530L
Themes: Family, Responsibility, Cooperation
BISAC 1: JUV019000 / JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
BISAC 2: JUV005000 / JUVENILE FICTION / Boys & Men
BISAC 3: JUV035000 / JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education


“Harley has as good a handle on tumultuous family relationships as he does on school-day mishaps…” ―Publishers Weekly


Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award ―Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2015

Land of Enchantment Book Awards (Nominee, Grades 3-5) ―New Mexico Library Association, New Mexico Council of ILA, 2017-2018

Club Tome It List (Nominee) ―Tome Student Literacy Society, 2016

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Meet the Author

Bill Harley is a two-time Grammy Award-winning storyteller, musician, and writer who has been writing and performing for kids and families for more than twenty-five years. He is the recipient of Parents’ Choice and ALA awards. He won a 2007 Grammy Award for his children’s storytelling album Blah Blah Blah and a 2009 Grammy Award for his children’s spoken-word album Yes to Running! Bill Harley Live. He lives in Massachusetts. You can visit his website here.

Meet the Illustrator

Adam Gustavson is the illustrator of more than twenty books for children, as well as numerous periodicals. He holds a master of fine arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York, and teaches at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He lives in New Jersey. You can visit his website here.