Actually, the word ‘Charlie’ likes to use for
himself is handicapped. The way a horse is handicapped, he says, to make the
race fair. It carries more weight because it's a faster horse. And remember,
he says, there are lots of people carrying more weight than I am.
Charlie Fairmile is blind. He always has been. He doesn't know what he's
missing. What he does know, is that his dad is being charged for a crime he
didn't commit. If proven guilty he will go to jail, and if he is, Charlie
and his mom will have to move to Winnipeg. So Charlie, Bernadette, and their
mildly psychotic new friend, Lewis, set out to find the real Stocking
Bandit, but first they need a plan.
From Charlie's Point of View was written by Canadian author Richard
Scrimger. Scrimger writes picture books, funny kids' books, and adult
fiction. I recommend both of his children’s series: the Peeler Family
Series; The Way to Schenectady, and Of Mice and Nutcrackers,
and the Norbert Series; The Nose from Jupiter, A Nose for
Adventure, Noses Are Red, and The Boy from Earth. From
Charlie's Point of View is a paperback mystery with 278 pages. This is a
fun book and I would recommend it for kids in grades four to eight.
This is a good book to read, chapter by chapter, before you go to bed at
night, or for a parent to read to their kids. Its many different characters
make it funny and colourful as they either mesh or clash in the creatively
different settings dreamed up by the author. As the reader, you really do
forget that Charlie is blind, as you get lost in his crazy life and
adventures. I love Richard Scrimger books, and From Charlie's Point of
View is no exception. That is why I give this book four stars! And make
them extra shiny!