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Charlie Hits it Big    by Deborah Blumenthal & Denise Brunkus order for
Charlie Hits it Big
by Deborah Blumenthal
Order:  USA  Can
HarperCollins, 2008 (2008)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

The message of this picture book is: there's no place like home.

Charlie is a guinea pig who is loved by his owner, Sophie. His life is comfortable, but he has always had a dream of being a Hollywood star. He follows his dream and successfully auditions for a part in a show.

Charlie succeeds beyond his wildest dreams, meeting all sorts of Hollywood types. Soon, though, he realizes he misses his family and the Pet Food Emporium back home (which offers a tempting fruity-nut buffet).

Charlie soon leaves it all behind and returns home, and is lovingly accepted back into the arms of Sophie.

The drawings are bold and rich, and they carry the story, which, despite its positive message, falls slightly flat in the telling. However, Charlie Hits it Big would still appeal to any dream-seeking child.

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