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An electifying picture book from the author of The Hunger Games.Charlie McButton likes computer games so much, he never plays with anything else. When a thunderstorm knocks out the electricity, his tech empire comes tumbling down, and his whole world loses power.He needs batteries--FAST. But the only triple A's he can find are in his little sister's talking doll. Will he rAn electifying picture book from the author of The Hunger Games.Charlie McButton likes computer games so much, he never plays with anything else. When a thunderstorm knocks out the electricity, his tech empire comes tumbling down, and his whole world loses power.He needs batteries--FAST. But the only triple A's he can find are in his little sister's talking doll. Will he resort to desperate measures and cause his little sister to have a meltdown of her own? Or will be snap out of his computer craze long enough to realize he can have fun with her, even without batteries?Suzanne Collins, author of the bestselling Hunger Games trilogy, and award-winning illustrator Mike Lester team up for a hilarious and timely tale that will crack up young computer addicts and those who love them....

Title : When Charlie McButton Lost Power
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ISBN : 9780399240003
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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When Charlie McButton Lost Power Reviews

  • Krissy
    2018-09-24 09:31

    ***Rated by my son***

  • April Thompson
    2018-09-08 08:45

    The ending brought this up to a solid three star read. I'm not keen on brats spoiled to all things electronic. I was raised to play outside and entertaining myself and I've passed down those traits to my son. Now given, he does own electronics, but they don't control his life. He's happier than a pig in mud riding his skateboard or throwing a few rounds of frisbee golf. I'm glad that Charlie McButton remembers what family time is all about.

  • Crystal Marcos
    2018-08-30 15:56

    Fun charming picture book by the author of the hit Hunger Games triology. I love to see when an author branches out into other areas of creativity. This is a cute rhyming story and my toddler enjoyed it too. A story of a little boy who is dependent on being "plugged in" to enjoy his day. Well a storm comes and he can no longer use electricity to find his entertainment. A clever story about his adventure in the blackout and how he learned fun doesn't always require being "plugged in". The illustrations are also appealing, colorful, and eye catching.

  • Suzanne
    2018-09-10 14:38

    The rhymes seemed forced, but I got a kick out of the illustrations. It's a nice story, as well.But, my favorite is the nugget of trivia I got along with this book. When I saw the author's name, I was reminded that I'd seen a Suzanne Collins also credited on the screenplays for some episodes of Little Bear (tv show based upon the books illustrated by Maurice Sendak). I always meant to look up whether it was the same Suzanne Collins who wrote The Hunger Games, and seeing the name associated with this picture book reminded me to do it. Turns out it is the same Suzanne Collins on all three!

  • Lisa Vegan
    2018-08-29 16:49

    Oh, I just loved this book. The story about a tech addict boy and what happens when the electricity goes out is charming and funny. The rhyming story is catchy. The illustrations are terrific. I especially enjoyed the facial expressions of Charlie and the family dog.It’s fun when Charlie discovers that while his little sister is low tech, playing with her can be very entertaining, just as entertaining as his computer and its games.Yes, this book is written by THE Suzanne Collins and Mike Lester is a wonderful illustrator.

  • April
    2018-09-22 11:32

    My older brother bought me this book which forever ties something more symbolic to it. The story, as many before me have written, is about an overly technologified kid becoming unplugged. We can pretty much all relate right, I'm writing this on my iPad. However, to me the importance was the classic struggles of entitled older sibling vs annoying younger sibling and youthful selfishness vs. starting-to-mature love. Great illustrations and a wonderful story make this a must for my collection.

  • Tamie
    2018-09-23 08:41

    This is one son's favorite right now. The rhyming is clever, the pictures are darling and the message is great. When Isabelle Jane gets sad, my son actually looks sad then he grins and covers his mouth with glee when she runs down the hall to play hide-n-seek with her brother. Besides teaching that there are a lot of other fun things to do than play video games it also helps my son realize the consequences of speaking unkindly to others.

  • Steve Holden
    2018-09-11 10:55

    I've never read The Hunger Games, but am obviously familiar with them and the author. I'm impressed that Suzanne Collins is able to create a very relatable, fun picture book that associates with digital citizenship. It worries me to hear so many of my students always being connected and tied to something electronic instead of talking about being outside playing or with friends. This tells the tale of electricity going out and Charlie McButton needing a battery, or else . . . I think students will enjoy this, and the pictures are lively and entertaining. Good read!

  • Marissa Elera
    2018-08-27 14:37

    I'm usually not super fond of rhyming text that isn't Dr. Seuss, but I enjoyed this.

  • Alison
    2018-09-18 10:39

    i want to read this book !

  • Danna
    2018-09-24 08:48

    Powerful message to all of us who are obsessed with the mechanical things in life.

  • Dotty
    2018-08-27 12:39

    Fun story of electronically wired kid living without electricity for a day. Written by the author who brought us Hunger Games!

  • Lori
    2018-08-29 10:50

    Yes, it is that Suzanne Collins. And when I saw that, there was no way I was passing up this book. As it turns out, it's wonderful! We all loved it (my kids are 7 and 4). The book is about Charlie, a little boy who loves video games and all things that plug in. One night a storm comes through and knocks out their power and Charlie is left without anything to do. He goes a little crazy and ends up in the time-out chair when he tries to swipe some batteries from his little sister's doll for one of his outdated handheld games. In the end, [spoiler alert] he finds that fun can be had through his imagination and playing with his little sister. The book is perfect for kids who love video games, but is also a really great story for siblings. Charlie and his sister play all sorts of games together while the power is out and they have a great time together. And that's the real message that I hope my son picks up on.

  • Desiree Schirg
    2018-08-28 10:56

    Charlie McButton is the main character of this book. He loves computer games and technology so much, he never plays with anything else. One day there is a thunderstorm and it knocks out the electricity. His "whole world loses power" because that is all he interacts and plays with. Charlie needs batteries for his other games to work but the only batteries left are in her younger sister's baby doll. He is mean to his sister and yells at her and his parents put him in time-out. Charlie realizes that the batteries were not worth hurting his sister's feelings. This is a humorous book that I think students will find funny and true. I am sure many students have sibling rivalry at home, does not want to play with their brothers or sisters, or loves to use technology and play video games. The illustrations are wonderful and the author relates a good message to readers. It is a good reminder to be nice to your siblings and step away from technology and go play and use your imagination!

  • Michelle
    2018-09-09 16:57

    I loved this picture book. Charlie McButton is totally plugged in, so when a storm knocks the power out he is desperate for some entertainment. He has an old gadget that would work if only he could find some batteries. All of his little sister’s toys run on batteries which leads him to make some bad choices. However all is not lost, and as he tries to make things up to her he may learn that losing power is not the end of the world. The illustrations are a fantastic piece of this story. They add a comic element that made the story even more enjoyable. Everything reads in a lyrical rhyming style making it fun to read out loud. The reminder that playing something that doesn’t require batteries is current but not heavy handed. A gem of a picture book.

  • babyhippoface
    2018-09-16 10:46

    Charlie loves computers, video games--anything that plugs in--but when a storm knocks out his power, what in the world will he do to keep from dying of boredom? With a rollicking rhyme reminiscent of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Lester’s comically expressive watercolor illustrations, this wonderful read-aloud will absolutely keep kids entertained--even without any batteries. In the classroom, use it as a kick-off for a “TV Turnoff” week or a writing assignment about how they reacted to a time a storm left them without power.

  • Pam Kossoy
    2018-09-17 13:29

    The illustrations are amazing. The story is fantastic. It's so true to life for some people, like my son. What would happen if my son couldn't use the computer and we were out of batteries for his other handheld computer game? All hell would break loose. I'm not sure he'd attack his sister for her battery-operated toys, but he'd probaby go stir-crazy and then we'd end up with a fight on our hands. I'm hoping that my son can learn from this story that it's fun to play WITH your little sister.

  • Monica
    2018-09-19 08:48

    Aiden likes this book, but I have to admit I probably enjoy it more than he does. Cleverly written in rhyming prose (I'm a real succor for rhyming kids books), it portrays the story of an electronically obsessed boy trying to survive a power outage. My 2-yr old is captivated by the pictures and the moral of the story is, of course, the greatest of all: brothers be kind to your little sister. :)

  • K.Q. Webster
    2018-09-09 14:55

    I just read this to my little sister today and as soon as I read the title I had a feeling this little picture book would describe my life. It did. And pretty well. I am all too addicted to anything electronic and computerized. So when I lose all those "necessities", I go crazy. I also get a little snappy around my family. Yes. This book described my life. In an adorable child like way. I definitely recommend it to...pretty much anyone that needs to know how to deal with a power outage.

  • Shelli
    2018-09-01 14:41

    There was never a child more "plugged in" to life than Charlie McButton. All his favorite things need to be plugged into the wall or powered with batteries. However, when the power goes out and the batteries are all spoken for what is Charlie to do??? So many children are JUST LIKE Charlie McButton. This book is a good reminder for them to step away from the shiny blinking things on the screen and go play!

  • Christina
    2018-09-25 16:31

    Charlie's panic and mean-spirited craving for power give way to compassion, fun and a re-discovery of his little sisters charms after a storm knocks out electricity and plunges him into what he first perceives as a black-screened-no-gamer-can-possibly-survive wasteland. Loosely based on her own two children, Collins writes a fun story, but the bright illustrations and amazing facial expressions, on both the children and their dog, by Mike Lester are what make this one worth the time.

  • Karen
    2018-08-26 14:40

    Did you know Suzanne Collins wrote a picture book before the Hunger Games and Gregor books? And did you know that she did it by peeking in my windows and watching my children? Love this story of the plugged in older brother who has a complete melt-=down when there is a power outage. He hurts his little sister's feelings in his mad quest for batteries, but, of course, everything works out in the end. Very cute - rhyme scheme is great, illustrations are wonderful.

  • Kathryn (Nine Pages)
    2018-09-24 11:56

    This is a picture storybook for older readers or to be read by adults to listening children. It does not balk for more complicated words, though does enjoy a subtle rhyme scheme that is masterfully done. Charlie learns that fun can be had without electricity, can be had with others, like his sister.The illustrations have a sort of graphic art/mixed media feel to them, though I believe they are all paint. They are chaotic and bright with some unlikely colors.

  • Jerriev
    2018-09-22 09:35

    Charlie's house looses power during a storm. He does not know what to do without his electronics. He has has many mixed emotions about the situation, but eventually realizes there are many fun things to do without power. This book could be used in class as a book to talk about emotions. It can also be used to talk about other things to do that do not need electricity. It could also be used to talk about siblings (Charlie and his sister).

  • ☆♥☆Kotyonok★♡★
    2018-08-29 14:33

    omg i read this when i was really bored a few months ago and remembered to update it on goodreads as (of course its such an aborable story) 5 stars when i noticed the author...... SUZANNE COLLINS!! so i just so happen to find this book yesterday and saw the author......SUZANNE COLLINS!!!!! (and Mark Lester).....awww its so sweet.....B>)))))))

  • April Hochstrasser
    2018-09-16 10:45

    A delightful tale of a child addicted to computers, video games and all things powered by batteries. What happens when the power goes out? Will he be able to survive? Happily he discovers the joys of being a child again and loses some of his addiction. Very intense illustrations that made me laugh. When Charlie is concerned, he is VERY concerned.

  • Catherine
    2018-09-26 12:31

    I loved this book from the moment it was recommended at a conference I attended years ago.It's been a great addition to my elementary technology curriculum about the advantages and disadvantages of technology.Was surprised and delighted to recently find out that this was written by the author of The Hunger Games. . .never made the connection before!

  • Kristen Gurri
    2018-09-12 09:54

    Kate found this book in the library and we really enjoyed it. I loved it that much more when I realized this was the same Suzanne Collins who does Gregor the Overlander and Hunger Games series. The rhymes in the book were fun to read but not as tiring as some Dr. Seuss can get. The concept was great and the illustrations added to the humor.

  • Duane
    2018-09-13 15:39

    This is a great book for preschool storytimes! Charlie learns during a lightning storm that all his gadgets do him no good. He needs to find a battery to play his video game and his sister's doll might just do the trick. With funny illustrations and interesting wording, youngsters will enjoy the story and the characters. A nice book to add to your collection.

  • Alice
    2018-09-24 09:59

    4.5 StarsIn a world of SO MUCH TECHNOLOGY what happens when the power goes out! AHHHHHHHHHHH!!! This is a great book by the same author as the Hunger Games. This book is just fun and well written with great pictures and a great message. I loved it! It touched my heart made me laugh! GREAT UNPLUGGED BOOK!