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Nice Try Charlie!

Illustrated by Matt James

For readers 3 - 7 years old | Published August 01, 2020 | ISBN 9781773061801
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship

Cover of Nice Try Charlie!

Regular price $21.95 CAD

48 pages | 12 in × 8.75 in
Print Format

About this book

Nice Try Charlie!

Matt James

Out in the neighborhood, Charlie finds things. He finds Margaret’s ball, and he finds Aunt Myrtle’s cat up in a tree. He finds Aunt Myrtle and his friend Steve looking at a big lemon pie. “Whose pie is it?” Aunt Myrtle wants to know. Charlie always tries to be helpful, so he sets off to find the owner of the mystery pie … but it doesn’t seem to belong to anyone. Fortunately, Aunt Myrtle knows just what to do.

At once contemplative and fun, this story illuminates the value of resourcefulness and community. Matt James thoughtfully portrays Charlie and his friends, who may not have much in the way of material goods, but who have each other — a found family to share in good times and bad.

Includes a gatefold showing a delectable lemon pie.

About the Author

Matt James

Matt James is a painter, author/illustrator and musician whose many highly acclaimed children’s books include Yellow Moon, Apple Moon by Pamela Porter (New Mexico Book Award); I Know Here by Laurel Croza (Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award) and its companion volume, From There to Here; and The Stone Thrower by Jael Ealey Richardson. Matt’s illustrations for Northwest Passage, a stunning tribute to the iconic Stan Rogers song, won the Governor General’s Literary Award. He also wrote and illustrated the highly acclaimed book The Funeral. Matt lives in Toronto.

Awards and Praise

Praise for The Funeral:

Ezra Jack Keats Award Honor Book
A New York Times / New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Book
New York Public Library Best Books for Kids
CBC Books Best Canadian YA and Children’s Literature of 2018
Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award Finalist

“James uniquely and playfully captures the particularities of a child’s perspective.” — Booklist, starred review

“[A] book that gives young viewers a glimpse of the funeral experience but tacitly champions their right to process it in their own way.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review

“Enveloping and original, James’ authorial debut offers an honest exploration of a difficult and delicate subject. Exceptional.” — Kirkus, starred review

“In his first outing as author, Canadian artist James examines the way the funeral of a distant relative feels to a child. . . . [the story] traces with a big heart the way she makes sense of this puzzling event.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Witnessing the acceptance of varied reactions to death and the elements of memorial will help children prepare for or reflect upon their first funeral. A notable portrayal.” — School Library Journal, starred review

“Matt James’s (I Know Here) quiet, child’s-eye view of a funeral, with all its mysterious rituals and traditions, is a pitch-perfect introduction to a sometimes-difficult theme. . . . [A] graceful, beautifully illustrated picture book about death, customs and emotions.” — Shelf Awareness, starred review

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