My Friend Charlie
James Flora ~ Harcourt, Brace & World, 1964
Someday I'll get through all the Jim Flora books and won't that be a sad, sad day!?! My son loves this book because his uncle is named Charlie and the fact that one of his favorite folks shares names with the hero of our story tickles him to no end. And, really, shouldn't everyone have a friend like Charlie?
My friend Charlie is a pretty good old friend. I couldn't like him any better than I do, even if he owned a pony and an air rifle. There are lots of reasons why I like Charlie. Here are some:
1. He gives me half of whatever he is eating.
2. Sometimes he lets me be the pitcher in the ball game, even though he owns the ball.
3. Charlie never laughs at my nose.
4. Sometimes when I am about to be eaten by dragons, Charlie saves me.
5. Once when I cut my hand, Charlie cried too.
The whole book is utterly adorable like this and funny and sweet. Honestly, of all the Flora books I own, this one is the most children's-book-ish. The voice is so true to the way children talk and act... really, it's a joy to read aloud. And even though some outlandish stuff occurs (of course), it is all reality-based... just two little boy having a blast together. A million thumbs up!
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