Charlie Bumpers vs. the Perfect Little Turkey (Book 4)



It’s Thanksgiving in the Bumpers’ household and Charlie’s cousin Chip makes everything hard – gets him in trouble, ruins his things, and generally makes a nuisance of himself. On top of that, 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?


2016 Massachusetts Award Must Read, Junior Library Guild Selection, Parents’ Choice Silver, Cybils Award Nominee, 2016-2017 Club Tome It List Grades 4-5, 2017-2018 Land of Enchantment Book Award Nominee (NM)

Reviews & Quotes

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

“A heartwarming look into family life with Charlie finding a new definition for family. The reader can’t help but relate to the real life scenarios and characters while they learn tolerance and acceptance.” Boys and Literacy Blog

“The plot is filled with funny incidents that could conceivably occur in real life…a solid book, which is likely to appeal especially to boy readers in grades 2-5.” Story Time Secrets Blog

“This series is a perfect family read-aloud book. Loved the book, can’t wait for the new one! I have found that listening to the book during car-time before reading it doubles our appreciation of the stories. Mr. Harley is a master storyteller. We feel like these stories are part of the family.” Sara B.

“A great story with lots of fun characters and events, that will teach children about what family is all about.” Carla via Goodreads

“I have loved all of the Charlie Bumpers books, but this one is my favorite. It is the perfect combination of a child’s view of the world when things aren’t going his way as his family operates around him, with a lovely warm resolution. The characters have a real feel to them, and the portrayal of a busy Thanksgiving holiday is genuine. Families are not perfect, and feelings get hurt. Kind of like real life. This book could be reassuring for a child…what a gift!” Ellen via Goodreads


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