Charlie Brown (Peanuts) Charlie Brown is the beloved protagonist of the Peanuts comic strip, created by the late Charles M. Schulz in 1950 (from an earlier incarnation of 1947, Li’l Folks). Today an entertainment empire rests on his small, sturdy shoulders, and insecure little Charlie Brown carries it well. Frozen in time at approximately eight years old, Charlie Brown (impossible to call him just “Charlie”) is the unacknowledged star of the show, an unassuming little kid with high hopes that always seem to be dashed, whether by the other kids, e.g., his nemesis, Lucy, or by fate itself. Charlie Brown always comes back for more, be it the winning pitch, the perfect kite, or the little red-haired girl. As often as not, he is thwarted, but on he trudges, with no more damning an epithet than “Good grief!”.
Charlie Bucket (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) Charlie Bucket is the young protagonist of Roald Dahl’s 1964 children’s classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and was played by the enchanting Peter Ostrum in the 1971 film version. Charlie is a poor young boy in England who is one of only five children to win a ticket to tour the famous chocolate factory of the very eccentric Willy Wonka. Charlie is a perfect child – kind and respectful without being smarmy. Although poor, he is rich in spirit and deals with his lot in life with dignity. Beside himself with joy when he finds the winning ticket, he embarks upon his journey, along with Grandpa Joe, full of anticipation and excitement. His fellow sojourners, Augustus, Veruca, Violet and Mike are not so nice, and come to not-so-nice ends as a result. At journey’s end, Charlie is richly rewarded, and we cheer for him with all our hearts.
Charlie Marlow (Heart of Darkness) Charlie Marlow is the protagonist of Joseph Conrad’s classic novel of African colonialism, The Heart of Darkness, first published in serial form in 1899. The character is inextricably bound up in the persona of Martin Sheen in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 screen rendition, Apocalypse Now, which adapts the story to the setting of the Vietnam War. Charlie Marlow is an ivory transporter who has been dispatched to seek out Kurtz, the keeper of the important Inner Station in the Congo. Charlie is a good man, even-tempered and actually somewhat enlightened for his times. He treats the natives kindly and eventually even sees a commonality in their parallel existences. It is Kurtz who holds the power of fascination for Charlie. Initially viewed as a god-like person, Kurtz’ own madness gives lie to that characterization. The association with Kurtz and Charlie’s attendance at Kurtz’ death are life-changing events for him. When the dying Kurtz whispers: “The horror! The horror!”, Charlie takes these words solemnly into his heart. It is a heart that has been changed for good by his experiences, by his journey to the heart of darkness.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl) - Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory is opening at last! But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. And the winners are: Augustus Gloop, an enormously fat boy whose hobby is eating; Veruca Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents are wrapped around her little finger; Violet Beauregarde, a dim-witted gum-chewer with the fastest jaws around; Mike Teavee, a toy pistol-toting gangster-in-training who is obsessed with television; and Charlie Bucket, Our Hero, a boy who is honest and kind, brave and true, and good and ready for the wildest time of his life! Recommended for ages 7-10.
Charlie and the Christmas Kitty (Ree Drummond) - Why is there a great big tree in the house?!? And why are all these boxes underneath it? Hey—what is that?!? Where did it come from? Uh-oh. This isn't good…This isn't good at all! In this hilarious follow-up to the New York Times bestselling picture book Charlie the Ranch Dog, Ree Drummond delivers a story about getting into the holiday spirit and finding the good in all. Even though Charlie may not have put a kitty on his Christmas list, he learns that if you keep an open heart, new friends can come in unexpected packages. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (Roald Dahl) - Now that he's won the chocolate factory, what's next for Charlie? Last seen flying through the sky in a giant elevator in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie Bucket's back for another adventure. When the giant elevator picks up speed, Charlie, Willy Wonka, and the gang are sent hurtling through space and time. Visiting the world’' first space hotel, battling the dreaded Vermicious Knids, and saving the world are only a few stops along this remarkable, intergalactic joyride. Recommended for ages 7-10.
Charlie Bird Count to the Beat: Baby Loves Jazz (Andy Blackman Hurwitz) - Count with Charlie Bird as he plays his sax: One orange ostrich plays organ solo. Two tiny tigers play trumpet duo. Andy Blackman Hurwitz is a 17- year music veteran with a specialty in jazz. In addition to his own record label, Andy was the head of A&R for Columbia Jazz, the general manager of New York's fabled jazz club the Knitting Factory, and the marketing consultant for Blue Note records. Baby Loves Jazz is his first book series. Recommended for ages 2-6.
Charlie Cook's Favorite Book (Julia Donaldson) - A clever and funny ode to reading and books from the creators of The Gruffalo. Charlie Cook has a favorite book. It’s about a pirate, who also has a favorite book…about Goldilocks, who also has a favorite book… about a knight, who also has a favorite book…This hilarious pattern continues throughout the story, right to the surprising conclusion. Told in rollicking rhyme, this tale is sure to please the read-aloud crowd. Recommended for ages 3-5.
Charlie Goes to School (Ree Drummond) - Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Charlie the Ranch Dog, shares Charlie's newest tale: Charlie Goes to School. Charlie the Ranch Dog may be top dog, but he's ready to share his skills—and his responsibilities. Charlie wants to start his own school for the ranch animals. If Suzie, Kitty, and Walter can learn how to lend a paw, he can focus on other important things, like napping!With expressive illustrations by acclaimed artist Diane deGroat and Charlie's hilarious antics, Ree Drummond's latest picture book is the perfect back-to-school treat. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Charlie Is Broken! (Lauren Child) - Charlie and Lola are planning to put on a circus show, but their plans are cut short when Charlie breaks his arm. Not only is Lola worried because Charlie has hurt himself but also because he is feeling a bit sad. Can Lola find a way to cheer him up? More titles available in the Charlie & Lola series. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Summer Vacation (Tommy Greenwald) - Despite all attempts to avoid reading and extra work, Charlie Joe Jackson finds himself in a terrible dream he can’t wake up from: Camp Rituhbukkee (pronounced “read-a-bookie”)—a place filled with grammar workshops, Read-a-Ramas, and kids who actually like reading. But Charlie Joe is determined to convince the entire camp to hate reading and writing—one genius at a time. Tommy Greenwald's Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Summer Vacation is another fun installment in the life of a reluctant reader. Their aremore titles available in this series. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Charlie Needs a Cloak (Tomie dePaola) - A shepherd shears his sheep, cards and spins the wool, weaves and dyes the cloth, and sews a beautiful new red cloak. Recommended for ages 6-9.
Charlie Parker Played Be Bop (Christopher Raschka) - Ever hear of Charlie Parker? The great jazz saxophone player? If you have or if you haven't, it's okay. Look at this board book and you'll hear Charlie Parker; you'll hear music in your mind. "Be bop. Fisk, fisk. Lollipop. Boomba, boomba." Look. That's Charlie swinging and spinning all over the pages. And that's Charlie's cat, waiting, waiting for him to come home...Recommended for ages 4-8.
Charlie the Caterpillar (Dom Deluise) - As Charlie the Caterpillar meets one group of animals after another playing together and having fun, he asks if he can join in. But each time he's told not welcome -- because he's ugly. As winter approaches, Charlie spins himself a cocoon. When spring arrives, the cocoon opens and out comes Charlie -- now a beautiful butterfly. Everyone wants him to be part of their group. But Charlie puts these fair-weather friends properly in their place in this heartwarming story about the meaning of true friendship. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Charlie the Ranch Dog (Ree Drummond) - In April 2011, Drummond published a children's book titled Charlie the Ranch Dog featuring her family's beloved Basset Hound Charlie. According to Publishers Weekly, “Adult readers will recognize in Charlie’s voice the understated humor that has made Drummond’s blog so successful; kids should find it irresistible.” The book was illustrated by Diane deGroat, an illustrator of more than 120 children's books. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Funny Friends Charlie Monkey (Roger Priddy) - A hippo and a giraffe, a parrot and a lion, these are just some of Charlie Monkey’s funny friends waiting to meet babies and toddlers in this colorful board book. There are vivid, bold pictures to look at, a fun rhyming story to read aloud and listen to, plus embossed textures that little fingers will just love to touch and feel. Recommended for ages 2-4.
Famous People Named Charlie - Charles “Charlie” Chaplin (actor/filmmaker); Charles “Charlie” Parker (jazz great); Carlos “Charlie” Sheen (actor); Charles “Charlie” Daniels (country musician); Charles “Charlie” Watts (drummer for the Rolling Stones); Charles "Charlie" Haden (jazz musician); Charles "Charlie" Rich (country musician); Charles "Charlie" Rose (journalist/talk show host)
Famous People who Named their Child Charlie - Tiger Woods (golfer, has a son named Charlie); Gary Oldman (actor/filmmaker, has a son named Charlie); Rebecca Romijn (supermodel/actress, has a daughter named Charlie); Jerry O’Connell (actor, has a daughter named Charlie); Jon Cryer (actor, has a son named Charlie)
Charlie Parker (29 Aug 1920 – 12 Mar 1955) - Charlie Parker was an extremely innovative jazz musician, both as a saxophonist and as a composer, and was an early creative force in the bebop movement. He played with such greats as Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis (who famously said: “You can tell the history of jazz in four words: Louis Armstrong. Charlie Parker.”). Born in Kansas City, Kansas, Charlie Parker always considered New York City his true home. In spite of his music making genius and his early successes, “Bird” suffered the consequences of a lifelong heroin addiction, brought about by the introduction to morphine after a youthful automobile accident. Ultimately, this led to his untimely death at the age of thirty-four. His recordings provide an oasis of bliss for his fans; many of them were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Charlie Parker’s life is paid a poignant tribute in Clint Eastwood’s 1988 film, “Bird”.