Charlie's Birthday Wish is a book about Charlie, a bully. His birthday is coming soon, and he realizes that he doesn't have any friends to invite to his birthday party. With his mom's help he makes amends and (spoiler alert) the children forgive him and attend his party.
While I love the concept of the book and how children can be forgiven for being mean to others, I found some of the rhythm and rhyme to the book to be awkward. For instance:
"I cannot take back those things I said to Lauren, Joe, and Sally. Nor could I ever tell her about the prank I pulled on Jake with that little fake snake... That turned out to be a very BIG mistake."The rhythm is missing a connecting flow. It would have been a much better story as prose. We have read this book to our girls a few times. They sat through it with interest and have asked to read it a few times since we received it. Carlyn really likes the images.
Overall, I'm not overly excited about the book, it's okay. If you are looking for a book that covers the topic of bullying, this book fits the category. It is also unique in that it puts the bully in the role of the protagonist, giving bullies a voice and feelings. It would be a great book to open the door to a discussion about how even a bully has feelings and wants to have friends, or how if a child is mean to another that those actions have consequences and they can apologize and change their behavior.
Charlie's Birthday Wish is available on Amazon.com.