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Nice Try, Charlie!

Illustrated by Matt James

For readers 3 - 7 years old | Published September 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

With his cart full of treasures and big green hat, Charlie is a neighborhood fixture. When he finds a pie, he sets off to find the owner — and helps some friends along the way.

Poignant and funny, this story is an ode to resourcefulness and the compassion that turns neighbors into friends. Charlie and his friends might not have much — but they have each other.

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

Nice Try, Charlie! Nice Try, Charlie! Nice Try, Charlie!