There’s a thief in town, and all signs point to twelve-year-old Charlie Drinkwater. Once you spontaneously morph into a giant mutant dinosaur in the middle of the school day, people will suspect you of just about anything. Charlie’s teachers decide that all he needs is a little discipline, so they make him join the swim team. The only problem is, Charlie is terrified of the water. (He’s terrified of a lot of things.) Charlie and his friends vow to apprehend the real criminal and clear Charlie’s name. But when they discover who the actual thief is, Charlie’s problems get a whole lot bigger . . . not to mention slimier, scalier, and smellier!
“A masterful mix of humor, mystery, and school-related problems. . . . Charlie is a likable and believable character who will appeal to reluctant readers.”– School Library Journal
– Henry Winkler
“Bob Balaban does it all (really he does). He directs, acts and writes funny (really he does). In my opinion, this book is a monsterpiece."
"Bob Balaban knows this world so well…you might think this actually happened to him…read it and you’ll see!"– Whoopi Goldberg
– Julianne Moore
“A very funny and insightful exploration of what it means to be the REAL you.”
"The amiable drollery of The Creature From the Seventh Grade carries it a long way."– The New York Times