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3.85 out of 53.85 out of 53.85 out of 53.85 out of 53.85 out of 5 3.85 (41 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dean Pitchford Narrator: Dean Pitchford Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN: 9780739362389
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Charley Maplewood has never been one for parties–that would require friends, which he doesn’t have. But now that he’s turning ten–the big one-oh–he decides to throw a birthday party for himself, complete with a “House of Horrors” theme and a big birthday cake. 

Of course things don’t work out as Charley plans. In trying to make friends, he ends up inviting the class bully Cougar to come, and that’s before he ruins the cake and burns down the garage. By the time of the big day, Charley’s home really is a house of horrors. Will Charley be able to pull it together before the big one-oh becomes the big OH-NO!? 

 From start to finish, The Big One-Oh is a laugh-out-loud riot, and any listener will relate to the pressures Charley faces both at school and at home in planning his special day. So put on your party hat and celebrate The Big One-Oh today!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ebecca-ray | 2/16/2014

    " It was spooky and surprising at the same. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 2/10/2014

    " This was even better than I thought it would be! I laughed out loud...wasn't expecting that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan P | 2/2/2014

    " Charley is about to turn ten - and wants to celebrate with a big birthday bash. There's just one problem: he doesn't have any friends to invite. Despite this minor detail, Charley decides on a theme (House of Horrors), makes his own cake (which falls), and inadvertantly invites the school bully and his nasty cohort. And oh yeah - his mom has to work so there won't be any adult supervision. But Charley has it all under control - or so he thinks... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donalyn | 1/28/2014

    " Traumatized after an embarrassing party experience when he was six, Charley decides he must pull off the perfect birthday party for the big one-oh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scc | 1/26/2014

    " This is a really humoraous book about a kid who is troughing a birthday party and his mom wants him to do cowboys but he thinks that is lame. That is about all I can tell you other wise i will get carried away and tell you the whole book. That would be bad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 1/23/2014

    " Hilarious middle grade for boys "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Jane | 1/21/2014

    " I listened to this one; it's read by the author. HILARIOUS! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 1/20/2014

    " The kids will love the special effects talk. I think many will relate to the main character as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 1/17/2014

    " Cute. Very easy to read. And funnywould be a good read aloud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany who finally decided to change her name | 1/17/2014

    " My brother just got it from the book fair, so I might as well read it... It's kind of stupid... But I guess I've only started. It's okay. A little boring and predictable. You should only get it from the library. Not worth your money. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcie | 1/6/2014

    " This is a MUST READ for any parents with 10 yr old boys! Absolutely hilarious! Our favorite book we've shared so far! :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Raymond | 1/1/2014

    " A goofy, fun read about a quirky misfit and his upcoming tenth birthday. A light, fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beau | 12/18/2013

    " it was funny. Mostly because people acted stupid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 12/18/2013

    " Nothing too suprising in the story, you can see most everything coming, but fun to watch it unfold. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Greene | 12/10/2013

    " Gavin and I listen to this book together shortly before his big One-Oh! Great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camraan | 11/25/2013

    " This book is about a boy that is trying to set up his birthday party. Two mean kids at his school want to be invited and they want it to be scary. His neighbor makes fake body parts and decides to put them on the cake and in the punch. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandy | 4/28/2013

    " This was/is one of Sam's favorite books and Nathan's too. So, I had to see what the fuss was all about and I can see why they enjoyed it so much. It's definitely their sense of humor, ha! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carole | 2/28/2013

    " This is a grrreat book! I wish I had had a birthday this awesome when I was a kid! This is the first book that I've read by this author and I can't wait to check out his other titles! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donna | 11/24/2012

    " A little too strange for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adia | 9/2/2012

    " The best book! Made me laugh out loud all the way through the book! Read it several times! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sylvia | 8/11/2012

    " Funny book about a boy who tries to figure out how to make friends. His 10th birthday is coming up and he wants to have a party. He ends up getting help from his strange but fascinating neighbor who specializes in making special effects for movies, which includes fake body parts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 6/22/2012

    " I read this one with my 10-year-old grandson. We both enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sir Kittykinz | 1/5/2012

    " Such a great book!!! One of my teachers read it aloud to me a couple years ago and I loved it!!! Totally recommend for a nice classroom-reading "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 11/3/2011

    " This book made me laugh. I enjoyed reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine Nemesnyik | 8/11/2011

    " A fun, quick read about a boy who decides to throw himself the best ever horror themed 10th birthday party in order to make some friends at his school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ratforcekids | 7/3/2011

    " For fans of realistic fiction, this fast-paced read will have you laughing and thinking about what it takes to be and make a friend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 4/25/2011

    " I read this one with my 10-year-old grandson. We both enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 12/1/2010

    " A fun, quick read about a boy who decides to throw himself the best ever horror themed 10th birthday party in order to make some friends at his school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 10/18/2010

    " A goofy, fun read about a quirky misfit and his upcoming tenth birthday. A light, fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/5/2010

    " Nothing too suprising in the story, you can see most everything coming, but fun to watch it unfold. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandy | 3/16/2010

    " This was/is one of Sam's favorite books and Nathan's too. So, I had to see what the fuss was all about and I can see why they enjoyed it so much. It's definitely their sense of humor, ha! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 2/21/2010

    " Cute. Very easy to read. And funnywould be a good read aloud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scc | 1/17/2010

    " This is a really humoraous book about a kid who is troughing a birthday party and his mom wants him to do cowboys but he thinks that is lame. That is about all I can tell you other wise i will get carried away and tell you the whole book. That would be bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 11/30/2009

    " This book made me laugh. I enjoyed reading it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 11/27/2009

    " A bit convoluted, but also kind of cute. The main character is likeable, but has no friends. The chaos that is created when he tries to make friends by throwing himself a birthday party is the main conflict in the story.

    I think younger kids, about 3rd grade would enjoy it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany who was in France. Toulouse, France. | 11/23/2009

    " My brother just got it from the book fair, so I might as well read it... It's kind of stupid... But I guess I've only started. It's okay. A little boring and predictable. You should only get it from the library. Not worth your money. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carole | 8/20/2009

    " This is a grrreat book! I wish I had had a birthday this awesome when I was a kid! This is the first book that I've read by this author and I can't wait to check out his other titles!
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lea | 8/3/2009

    " Very funny and perfect for fourth and fifth graders. Kids will relate to the main character and his search to find out where he fits into the world. Lots of interesting characters and crazy situations! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donalyn | 7/21/2009

    " Traumatized after an embarrassing party experience when he was six, Charley decides he must pull off the perfect birthday party for the big one-oh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 7/20/2009

    " well, this book is pretty funny... it keeps the reader interested, and it has a lot of different- oh, how do i say it... captivating parts that everyone is sure to like! 2 thumbs up, dude! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 7/1/2009

    " The kids will love the special effects talk. I think many will relate to the main character as well. "

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