Sir Charlie: Chaplin, the Funniest Man in the World

Hardcover | June 15, 2010

bySid Fleischman

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See him? That little tramp twitching a postage stamp of a mustache, politely lifting his bowler hat, and leaning on a bamboo cane with the confidence of a gentleman? A slapstick comedian, he blazed forth as the brightest movie star in the Hollywood heavens.

Everyone knew Charlie—Charlie Chaplin.

When he was five years old he was pulled onstage for the first time, and he didn't step off again for almost three-quarters of a century. Escaping the London slums of his tragic childhood, he took Hollywood like a conquistador with a Cockney accent. With his gift for pantomime in films that had not yet acquired vocal cords, he was soon rubbing elbows with royalty and dining on gold plates in his own Beverly Hills mansion. He was the most famous man on earth—and he was regarded as the funniest.

Still is. . . . He comes to life in these pages. It's an astonishing rags-to-riches saga of an irrepressible kid whose childhood was dealt from the bottom of the deck. Abundantly illustrated.

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See him? That little tramp twitching a postage stamp of a mustache, politely lifting his bowler hat, and leaning on a bamboo cane with the confidence of a gentleman? A slapstick comedian, he blazed forth as the brightest movie star in the Hollywood heavens.Everyone knew Charlie—Charlie Chaplin. When he was five years old he was pulled ...

Sid Fleischman wrote more than sixty books for children, adults, and magicians. Among his many awards was the Newbery Medal for his novelThe Whipping Boy. The author described his wasted youth as a magician and newspaperman in his autobiographyThe Abracadabra Kid. His other titles includeThe Entertainer and the Dybbuk, a novel, and thr...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 10 × 7 × 1.06 inPublished:June 15, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061896403

ISBN - 13:9780061896408

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 9

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“Will appeal to fans of movie history and surely inspire readers to seek out Chaplin’s films.”