Series: Charles McCheese
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Charles McCheese, the eleven-year-old founder of The Childhood News Network, only has two rules for his reporters: they keep grow-ups out of the news, and they report on Southwest Florida and Southwest Florida only.
That was the station’s magic formula until Naveen shows up and starts bringing his mom everywhere. Plus, he’s convinced the other reporters they can cover stories from all around the world, when the truth is most of them can’t even find their way home from school.
Charles is forced to consider shutting down the station, while his out of control reporters are off chasing conspiracies of their own invention. It’s pretty clear that his team has lost their minds. His second least reliable reporter is never going to get out of Tokyo, and his least reliable reporter is never going to survive her voyage on a giant duck across the English Channel.
The worst part is everyone still finds time to be mad at Charles. Why can’t they see that this is all Naveen’s fault and why can’t they all stop talking about Taco Tuesday?
Praise for Charles McCheese!!
★★★★★ LOVED THE BOOK! It was so clever and fun.
★★★★★ “An awesome read for kids. My 10 year old is demanding a sequel, and a plane ticket to Tokyo, he wants to get rescued by Captain Shinobi too! ”
★★★★★ “Charles McCheese and the Childhood News Network is absurd in the perfect way that kids love. This story is filled with so much magic and adventure that you start to believe it’s all possible, like maybe you could turn a rubber duck into a sailboat if you just knew how to dream big enough.
★★★★★ If you like tacos, ninjas, and the Queen of England than this is the book for you!!
Charles McCheese and the Children’s News Network by Emma Jean is the perfect book for middle grade children and younger teens looking for a fun, wacky story set in the unique setting of an all-kids run news program. Jam-packed with around the world locations, zany characters and hilarious situations, this story is appealing to both kids and adults.
11 year old Charles McCheese is the founder and anchor of The Children’s News Network, which operates under only two rules – they report on the news of southwest Florida only and there are no adults involved, as “adult news is the worst”! Working with his reporting team – Nicholas, Leah and Lilly – things are grand until Nicholas brings Naveen, a participant in Nicholas’s last interview, back to the station. Following Naveen’s lead, soon the reporters are off to distant cities and countries, chasing down crazy conspiracy theories about Taco Tuesday. And that’s just the beginning. Now it’s up to Charles to figure out a way to not only get his wayward reporters back home safely but to keep the station running!
I loved the humor in this story but even better, I appreciated the way the story brought out the best in each of the characters. Charles has to learn how to adapt and the rest of the crew also overcome challenges that allow them to grow. And perhaps because I have lots of friends who are teachers and parents dealing with at-home learning, I can see this story serving as a springboard for engaging and entertaining discussions about a myriad of topics: who are the ninjas, where odd celebration days (such as Taco Tuesday) originate from, how do animals get released into the wild, how do you become a knight, etc. The humor and crazy situations keep the story light, exciting and fast-paced.
With an exceptional plot, engaging characters and screwball situations, Ms. Jean delivers a cracking good story that is sure to grab the attention and imagination of any child. Charles McCheese and the Children’s News Network by Emma Jean comes highly recommended by Artisan Book Reviews!! Boo review by D.L. Smith for Artisan Book Reviews.