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!
– 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
– 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."
“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
"Bob Balaban knows this world so well…you might think this actually happened to him…read it and you’ll see!"– Whoopi Goldberg