Charlie and the Red Hot Chilli Pepper is a hilarious chapter book from Australian children’s author, Sheryl Gwyther.
It’s the story of a very determined girl, Charlie who loves growing and eating chillies and this year she has a very good chance of winning the Flaming Hot Chilli Competition.
Nobody else in Charlie’s family even likes chillies so this book is a great illustration to young readers that it’s okay to branch out and follow your own dreams.
Charlie is determined to take first prize in the competition but there’s a lot going against her. First she inadvertently almost poisons Dad’s boss with the Chilli. Then she somebody steals her chillies.
All that was left was a tiny chilli bud about the size of my fingernail.
When playing Mozart to her plant doesn’t work, Charlie is just about out of ideas to make her chilli grow.
Her sister, Suzie has a suggestion, but will it be enough to get Charlie’s chilli over the line? Because she now has only one chilli left, Charlie can’t even give it the all important taste test.
Everything seems to be going against her but Charlie refuses to give up.
I loved the humour in this book and Charlie is a great character and role model. Charlie and the Red Hot Chilli Pepper has important themes for young readers including following your dreams and never giving up.
It’s also a great story about family and that it’s okay to be different.
Richard Hoit is a New Zealand based illustrator and his wonderful illustrations capture the humour and themes of the book.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Australian children’s author, Sheryl Gwyther spends a lot of time researching for her books and clearly, Charlie and the Red Hot Chilli Pepper is no exception.
For her dinosaur adventure, Secrets of Eromanga, Sheryl even went on a real fossil dig. Sheryl says she enjoys both the research and the writing process.
I’d been crazy about reading books and writing bits and pieces since I was little, but other things got in the way – school, jobs, travel, university, art school. Then one day I knew what I should be doing with my life … writing books for young people.
Sheryl is the author of a number of books and short stories for children. You can find out more about her at http://sherylgwyther.wordpress.com