Charlie Chooses – written by Lou Peacock, illustrated by Nicola Slater


Charlie Chooses – written by Lou Peacock, illustrated by Nicola Slater, Nosy Crow, 9781536217278, 2021

Format: Hardcover

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: Picture book

What did you like about the book? This book would be a great addition to any social-emotional learning collection. Charlie has trouble making decisions for himself, often deciding to do nothing rather than choose between different options. He decides to get a dog for his birthday, and his dog chooses him! Readers will be comforted by the fact that Charlie now has less trouble making decisions, but he is still the same person. There is a good bit of humor in the book – both in the writing and the illustrations, that young kids will laugh at. The illustrations include bright colors but have a calm feeling. 

Anything you did not like about the book. I would have liked to see Charlie use a few more strategies to be able to make decisions on his own. 

To whom would you recommend this book? This is a great addition to any social-emotional learning collection. Read-alike with Tom Percival’s Big Bright Feelings series. 

Who should buy this book? Elementary school librarians, public librarians

Where would you shelve it? Picture book

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Sarah Bickel, Greenlodge Elementary School, Dedham Massachusetts

Date of review: July 12, 2021

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