The Adventures of Charlie Chameleon

School Days

Children - Social Issues
90 Pages
Reviewed on 10/03/2016
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Author Biography

I have interests in herbal medicine, art, music, dance, neurosciences, psychology, science fiction, astrology, Reiki, Quantum Touch, experimental cooking and chocolate. Does this plethora of interests makes it easier to be a writer? Maybe. I think reading a lot makes a big difference.

My two children showed me how interesting young people can be. When they were four and six, I went back to school to learn more about child growth and development, received a Masters of Education and a teaching certificate. We all did our homework together. Later, I would veer over to Special Education. I taught preschool through seventh grade, as well as adult education for many years. I once had a grandmother and grandson in my Psychology 101 course—fighting for the highest A.

Adults can be funny. Preschoolers are hilarious! Who else can you interact with (This happened the week the housekeeping center was transformed into a veterinarian's office.) and hear, "Don't get up. You're still dead, teacher. Stay down, dog. Lay down." There is nothing quite like imaginary play!

After moving to Arizona, I found the most amazing group of people with whom I share a love of writing. Since working with this group, I’ve published short stories, poetry, and have completed a book for adults, Parenting: A Work in Progress as well as the first book in a series for children, The Adventures of Charlie Chameleon: New Beginnings. The next two books in the series, : School Days and : Summertime are written and waiting for illustration decisions.

I live in Arizona with my husband and our two dogs, Sheila and Bailey.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

The Adventures of Charlie Chameleon: School Days by Ellen L. Buikema is about how Charlie Chameleon and his friends are being bothered by the school bully, Boris Bunny. Through the stories, readers get to see how Charlie helps Boris to change and become a friend. Charlie's adventures with his pet fish, Frankie, and all his activities are fun-filled and every story and character in the book teaches something to young readers. All the characters are relatable, tangible, and funny, and the activities at the end of each chapter will help readers enjoy the book.

Whether it is Charlie's trip to the museum, or Charlie having cookies on a snowy day, or being sick, or the afternoon science class, children will love the way Charlie handles things and his antics will put a smile on their faces. All the activities mentioned in the book can be tried out and kids will enjoy doing the experiment and also making cookies. The illustrations are cute and funny; they breathe life into the scenes and the characters, and make them vivid. It's an excellent book for interactive sessions in classrooms and school libraries, and parents and grandparents can use it as a bedtime storybook to read out to their kids and grandkids.

All the stories deal with situations that happen in our daily lives and Charlie shows readers how to deal with these events. The stories also show parents the importance of using humor while communicating with their children.

Ellen L. Buikema

I am thrilled to have received 5 stars from Readers' Favorite for School Days, the second book in The Adventures of Charlie Chameleon series. The characters keep me laughing.

The third in the series, Summertime, will be available in 2017.

Maxwell

My name is Maxwell and I am 9 years old. My grandma let me read, The Adventures of Charlie Chameleon: School Days, by Ellen Buikema. I read her first book, The Adventures of Charlie Chameleon: New Beginnings and really liked it.

I liked the fact that they did science experiments with raisins, soda and cups. I thought it was funny that a bully was bullying the bunny bully and then the little fish that the chameleon had shook a can of soda and sprayed the bully that was bullying the bunny. I didn’t like the rabbit bully. I really liked her books because of the activities at the end of the chapters. It’s a really nice book and it is funny. I think everyone should get it.
Maxwell

Mimi

School Days is remarkable in that it offers real solutions for children who might experience bullying at school and sometimes feel powerless to do something about it. In this sequel, Charlie Chameleon, Frankie Fish and Gary have to face the obnoxious class bully, Boris. Although Boris constantly attempts to sabotage the class activities, Charlie the Chameleon shows empathy for him through kindness. The story takes an unexpected twist when the class bully himself is intimidated by the bigger bully Fester. It is during this turn of events that Charlie Chameleon decides to stand up for Boris, teaching children that one person can in fact make a huge difference about bullying. Readers of all ages will find out that kindness goes along way through the amusing characters of Charlie Chameleon: School Days!

Maxwell

Best Book Ever
My name is Maxwell and I am 9 years old. My grandma let me read, The Adventures of Charlie Chameleon: School Days, by Ellen Buikema. I read her first book, The Adventures of Charlie Chameleon: New Beginnings and really liked it.

I liked the fact that they did science experiments with raisins, soda and cups. I thought it was funny that a bully was bullying the bunny bully and then the little fish that the chameleon had shook a can of soda and sprayed the bully that was bullying the bunny. I didn’t like the rabbit bully. I really liked her books because of the activities at the end of the chapters. It’s a really nice book and it is funny. I think everyone should get it.
Maxwell