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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Cheeky Charlie: Bugs and Bananas (My Crazy Brother Book 2) by Matt Waugh is a humorous collection of stories revolving around Charlie, who is barely three, and his sister, Harriet. Charlie smells weird and different every day and on his worst days he stinks like Mrs. Whippy, his sister's best friend Gabby's dog. One can usually tell what Charlie has been up to after smelling him. Charlie’s stories are fun, filled with humor and adventure, and his sister Harriet discovers her writing skills after each of Charlie's adventures. Every story captures Charlie’s mistakes, pranks, and funny ways to enthrall children reading the book and leave them with a good feeling.
The stories are warm, simple, sweet, and short, and they put a smile on the faces of young readers. It is an excellent bedtime storybook and parents will be able to connect well with the portrayal of Charlie and his pranks. Charlie’s and Harriet’s characters are real, relatable, and tangible, and can be found in many homes. Charlie is not malicious, but he is full of mischief and fun which makes him adorable to readers. The stories are good for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries where many young readers can see a part of themselves in the characters of Charlie and Harriet. Books like this make a good read for children who want stories that are filled with fun, adventure, and mischief so that they can see a bit of themselves in the stories. It is definitely a good book to have in one’s personal collection and children will want to read more stories about Charlie.