Charlie Bumpers vs. the Really Nice Gnome


“The Nice Gnome?” I said out loud. “I’m the Nice Gnome?”

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.

About this Story

Charlie Bumpers has his heart set on playing the role of the evil Sorcerer in the fourth grade play. He’s even got the laugh down pat: Mwa-ha-ha-ha! 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?

Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, 2014  |  ISBN-13: 978-1-56145-740-3  |  Ages: 8-12 
Hardcover: 160 pages;  Paperback: 160  pages  |  Also available: ebook, audio book, and audio CD




Charlie Bumpers vs. the Really Nice Gnome is the proud recipient of the Parents’ Choice Recommendation Award.


The story is a fast read, due mainly to my refusing to stop turning pages.

As in its predecessor, there are plenty of humorous moments as well as spot-on depictions of school and familial relationships.

Great continuation of the first story. Perfect read for my 4th grader.


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