Project Description

Teacher’s Guide

Charlie Bumpers vs. the Really Nice Gnome

Part of Charlie Bumpers

by Bill Harley
illustrated by Adam Gustavson

Charlie Bumpers wants to play the bad guy in the class play, but his teacher Mrs. Burke has other ideas. From the award-winning series by Bill Harley.

“A heartwarming and sometimes laugh-out-loud tale about giving 100 percent even when you’re less than thrilled to do so.” ―School Library Journal

Charlie Bumpers has his heart set on playing the role of the evil Sorcerer in the fourth-grade play. But his dreams of villainous stardom go up in smoke when he finds out that Mrs. Burke has cast him as the Nice Gnome! Determined to rectify this terrible injustice, Charlie concocts one plan after another, but nothing seems to work.

To make matters worse, his dad has assigned chores to all the kids in the family, and Charlie’s job is walking Ginger—the diggiest, sniffiest, and poopiest dog in the universe. Can Charlie deal with these challenges without causing havoc all around him? Black and white illustrations throughout. Available in eBook.

Charlie Bumpers is a heartwarming and hilarious middle grade series starring a relatable fourth grader dealing with everyday issues surrounding family, friends, and school. From Grammy Award-winning author Bill Harley.

Also available from Bill Harley:
Charlie Bumpers vs. His Big Blabby Mouth
Charlie Bumpers vs. the End of the Year
Charlie Bumpers vs. the Perfect Little Turkey
Charlie Bumpers vs. the Puny Pirates
Charlie Bumpers vs. the Squeaking Skull
Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year

Format: Hardcover
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-740-3
Publication Date: 03/1/2014
Page Count: 160
Size: 5-1/2″ x 7-1/2″
Age Range: 7 – 10
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-831-8
Publication Date: 3/1/2015
Page Count: 160
Size: 5″ x 7-1/8″
Age Range: 7 – 10
Language: English
Format: CD
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-788-5
Publication Date: 3/1/2014
Time: est. 2 hours
Size: 5-1/8″ x 5-7/8″ x 1″
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-56145-930-8
Age Range: 7 – 10
Language: English

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AR Level: 3.8
F&P: GRL O, Gr 3, Genre RF
Lexile: 560L
Themes: Cooperation, Family, Responsibility
BISAC 1: JUV019000 / JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
BISAC 2: JUV005000 / JUVENILE FICTION / Boys & Men
BISAC 3: JUV035000 / JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education


“A heartwarming and sometimes laugh-out-loud tale about giving 100 percent even when you’re less than thrilled to do so… [L]isteners will be eager to find out how his adventure unfolds.” ―School Library Journal

“A storyteller with an uncanny sense of elementary school humor, Harley has penned a worthy sequel to Charlie Bumpers vs. The Teacher of the Year (2013). With illustrator Gustavson, he captures the frustration that comes with just having to make the best of a bad situation.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Strong characters, a fast-moving plot, and amusing black-and-white spot illustrations continue the fun in this second installment.” ―The Horn Book Guide


Parents’ Choice Recommended Award ―Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2014

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Intermediate) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2015

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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.