Sir Charlie: Chaplin, the Funniest Man in the World by Sid Fleischman

sircharlie“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.”

You know, I was feeling uneasy about not reviewing any nonfiction on the blog, friends.  I set out to remedy it, and the first book in the lineup is a biography of Charlie Chaplin.  I’m new to the biography world, and newer still to the world of biographies written for young adults, but this was a great book to start with.  Full of pictures, anecdotes, the storylines and highlights of all of his films, this was a big, lovely book about one of my favorite stars.  Perhaps the best part about it is that it is a book that can be used as a reference for projects and reports, but it is also a pleasant and entertaining read; it definitely doesn’t feel like a dry history.  It’s nice to read the story of another person, especially one as beloved and influential as Mr. Chaplin. If you’re looking to start with some nonfiction, this is a lovely place to begin.

And this post comes with a surprise bonus: some Charlie Chaplin clips!  Happy reading! (And watching!)

His famous speech in The Great Dictator.

Charlie Chaplin receiving an honorary Oscar. (The audience applauds for a year and a half, and it makes him cry and he is so humble and lovely! You’ll love it.)

Charlie and the Eating Machine in Modern Times.

Author’s website:

Fleischman, Sid. Sir Charlie: Chaplin, the Funniest Man in the World.  Greenwillow: New York, 2010. 267 pp. Ages 11-14.

If you liked this book because you’re in love with Charlie Chaplin (like me), then…well, this is it.  This is the only biography of him for youth that I’ve run across!  But the biographer, Sid Fleishchman, wrote many other books on people who are just as interesting.  If you’re looking for Charlie, though-how about a movie marathon?