Charlie Bumpers vs. the Really Nice Gnome (Book 2)



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?


Parents’ Choice Recommended

Reviews & Quotes

“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

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

“Great continuation of the first story. Perfect read for my 4th grader.” Brenten @

“I love it. It is so cool. It has lots of action and it is very funny. I really like this series and I am looking forward to the next book.” Charlie R.

“Storyteller Bill Harley… entertains us with a second volume of tales of Charlie Bumper, focusing on the big worries and small victories that fill a fourth grader’s world.” Sally’s Bookshelf

“The story is a fast read, due mainly to my refusing to stop turning pages.” Kid Lit Reviews


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