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Paperback Details
  • 03/2023
  • 979-8-8860-4320-4 ‎ B0C36WL54M
  • 44 pages
  • $19.00
Ebook Details
  • 03/2023
  • 979-8-8860-4589-5 ‎ B0C3NF36R5
  • 44 pages
  • $14.00
K.R. King
Author
Charlie the Champion - Mom's Choice Silver Award Recipient
K.R. King, author

Children/Young Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

Charlie the Champion is an inspirational tale of Charlie the chubby cheetah, who wants nothing more than to be strong like his dad and compete to win big races. With a big, round belly, Charlie doesn’t feel like he could ever do something so great. Being a chubby cheetah is harder than you think. After being bullied by his classmates, Charlie finally decides that he will not be scared to do what he loves anymore. In the face of fear, Charlie finally unlocks his hidden extraordinary potential through the power of hard, consistent work and positive self-talk.
Reviews
An adorable but troubled cheetah learns the value of self-approval in King’s warmhearted debut. Charlie, a young cheetah living on the African savannah, has a problem: his father is a renowned champion at the local races, and Charlie wants nothing more than to be just like him—but his legs aren’t strong enough, and he has no self-confidence. To top it off, Charlie’s classmates spend their spare time making fun of him, nicknaming him “Charlie the Chubby Cheetah”—a moniker that he quickly internalizes, adding to his insecurity.

Brimming with heart and boasting deeply-hued, energetic animations, this sprint through the African landscape will charm younger readers. Charlie is every bit the relatable, down-on-his-luck hero, an eager young cheetah thirsty for his first win but quickly let down when it doesn’t come easily. The cruel words of his peers eventually transform into his own inner voice, and, just as his physical shortcomings affect his racing prowess, seriously impede his self-assurance. When he’s finally had enough of the pain, Charlie resolves not “to spend [his] whole life hiding from bullies” and slips on some new self-confidence, renaming himself “Charlie the Champion.” While he learns to ignore his inner critic, King highlights the need for hard work to achieve goals, as Charlie leaves behind his beloved video games and makes a commitment to regular training—a racing routine that’s sure to get him in shape for the Savannah Sprint, the “biggest race of the year.”

Charlie eventually earns his happy ending, squeaking into first place at the race and beating his biggest rival by a split second. But that prize is hard-won, particularly when Charlie’s inner heckler rises to the surface again, after he starts the race in last place. But once he remembers the power of positive thinking, Charlie is unbeatable—and his victory over the vicious thoughts in his head will wow readers.

Takeaway: A troubled cheetah transforms into a champion with hard work and a new attitude.

Comparable Titles: Rachel Bright’s The Lion Inside, Bonnie Clark’s Catching Thoughts.

Production grades
Cover: B+
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: A
Editing: A-
Marketing copy: B+

1 - Reader's Favorite Gold Award Winner

Congratulations K.R. King!
"Charlie the Champion - (Mom's Choice Silver Award Recipient)"
is a 2023 Readers' Favorite Gold Medal Winner in the Children - Social Issues genre!

1 Mom's Choice Silver Award Recipient

Charlie the Champion is a recipient of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for parents and educators and is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. Using a rigorous evaluation process, entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media trust the MCA Honoring Excellence seal when selecting quality products and services for families and children.

Amazon

"I just downloaded the kindle version of this book I absolutely love this story! It is a perfect depiction about hard work, dedication and overcoming self-doubt. Perfect for kids and adults."--Maybek

Amazon Book Review

This book is the perfect children’s book! My nephew read it and I felt like it was an inspiration to kids to work hard and finish. Definitely would recommend

--Christian Roz Harper

Amazon Book Review

Readers of all ages will find "Charlie the Champion" to be a touching and motivational story. The narrative centers on Charlie, a chubby cheetah who aspires to grow powerful like his father and take part in important races. Charlie doubts his skills though, due to his self-doubt and the bullying he endures from his classmates.
The difficulties Charlie encounters while overcoming his fears are poignantly captured in the novel. It imparts crucial knowledge on the value of endurance, resilience, and self-acceptance. Readers can relate to Charlie's path, which serves as a reminder that it's acceptable to be unique and that real power comes from inside. Pretty much recommended to any kind of reader who enjoys a well developed book.

 

--Juan

Amazon Book Review

"Charlie, the champion" is definitely a lovely and inspiring story penned by K.R. King. This colourful tale revolves around Charlie, a brave chubby cheetah who strives to become a better version of himself. Even though he's being bullied by his mates, he's determined to prove to them that he can do whatever he wants with his strong will.
When it comes to tender and teaching stories, this one is a good example. It teaches the importance of self-discipline, self- love and positive thinking to achieve anything. No matter what other people say or think. The way it's told is engaging and it has lovely drawings that accompany the plot and help to understand the moral lesson. It's an ideal book to work with young children; for sure, I'll do it. I recommend it without a doubt.

 

--Carlitas

Amazon Book Review

"Charlie the Champion" by K.R. King is a captivating children's book that embarks young readers on an extraordinary adventure filled with aspirations of bravery, strength, and courage.

The book's message of positivity and perseverance is bound to leave a lasting impression on those who delve into its pages, encouraging them to embrace their unique qualities and strive for greatness.

I enjoyed this exceptionally written book and highly recommend this book to children of all ages and parents.

 

--Hassan

Amazon Book Review

Charlie the Champion by K.R. King is an inspiring book for children that takes us on the journey of a young cheetah named Charlie who is determined to become as strong and brave as his father. Through his adventures, Charlie discovers that courage and strength come in many forms and that even though he is different, he still has something special to offer the world.

The story is told with captivating illustrations and a vibrant writing style that draws readers in and keeps them engaged throughout. The themes of self-confidence, courage, and resilience are communicated in a way that is both subtle and powerful. Charlie's struggles to fit in and his eventual triumph are the main focus of the book, and it is clear that King has thoughtfully crafted the story to resonate with young readers on a personal level.

Charlie the Champion is an enjoyable and uplifting read that encourages children to find their inner strength and follow their dreams. With its themes of positivity and perseverance, this book is sure to make an impact on the lives of those who read it.

--KMB13

Amazon Book Review

This children’s book has cute illustrations and a lovely lesson. Charlie the Cheetah is being teased because he is a bit overweight. After finding his inner confidence, and exercising more, Charlie decides to compete in a race to show he can be a winner like his daddy. I love the story because he did not stoop to the bully’s tactics, and had to overcome his own negative thoughts, which is sometimes half the battle. My autistic son was able to read it all by himself and loved it. I was thrilled to be able to show him this one with its animal characters and good moral lesson that helped boost his own self confidence.

 

--Renee

Amazon Book Review

Author K.R. King brings her experience in coaching children in physical fitness to this delightful little story about Charlie the chubby cheetah who envies his father’s racing abilities and decides he also wants to win in running races. Despite bullying from others, Charles finds confidence in himself, trains to lose his chubby stature, listens to his inner voice, and once fit in body and spirit he wins the great race. The excellent illustrations help propel this fine story that encourages youngsters to realize their potential by gaining self confidence and fitness to reach their goals. Very highly recommended.

 

--Grady Harp

Amazon Book Review

'Charlie the Champion' is an enjoyable children's book filled with colourful illustrations and a wanting storyline. I always like stories that embody a hidden message for the children. I recommend this book to parents seeking suitable material to read to children.

Amazon Book Review

Charlie the Champion by K.R. King is a lovely book. It is the inspiring story of this cheetah that makes us reflect on the traumas that can be suffered in different spheres as a child and how to overcome it and feel better.


Charlie finally unlocks his extraordinary hidden potential through the power of constant hard work and internal dialogue.


It is a book with a striking cover for kids, and with a suitable vocabulary. It gives a positive message regarding self esteem. I recommend reading this book to every child without any doubts.

 

--Santiago Flores

Amazon Book Review

Charlie the Champion by author K.R. King is an entertaining and motivating, but also a colorful and beautifully pictured book for children.
From the story of Charlie, a chubby cheetah, the book addresses different children's themes such as family relationships, admiration, bullying, fears and self-esteem.
The inspiring plot will not only teach about the importance of physical capabilities and sportsmanship, but also will help children to face frustrations and disappointments and find solutions and confidence in themselves. It will surely remind young ones that within each person, there are virtues that will serve them well if they use them and remain strong.
It is a highly recommended tale. Kids will be delighted with it.

 

--Nela

Amazon Book Review

THIS BOOK IS SO AMAZING. SOMETHING THAT HAS CORE VALUES OF LIFE DEVELOPED INTO A STORY FOR THE MASSES TO COMPREHEND. THIS BOOK IS DEFINITELY SOMETHING THAT MY CHILDREN WILL READ AND REFER TO!

 

--B.

Amazon Book Review

Charlie the champion is a tale that has been told with the young ones in mind; to capture children's attention the book entails captivating illustrations and an exciting story writing and telling style. I got the chance to read the story to my 4 year old niece and she wall engaged all throughout.

It is drafted to teach children on self-confidence, courage, and resilience in subtle and powerful manner. Charlie's struggles to fit in and his eventual triumph are the main focus of the book, and it is clear that King has thoughtfully crafted the story to resonate with young readers on a personal level.

I would vouch for this storybook because Charlie the Champion is an enjoyable and uplifting read that encourages children to find their inner strength and follow their dreams. A PERFECT WAY TO INSTILL POSITIVITY IN THE YOUNG ONES

 

 

Amazon Book Review

Charlie the Champion by K.R. King is a very inspiring book. It tells the determination of a chubby cheetah, Charlie whose dream is to become as strong and brave as his father. Being chubby, he was bullied by his classmates, who made fun of him and said that he cannot win any races and would never be like his dad.

These bullying and negative attitudes put self-doubt in Charles's mind but never stopped him from following his dreams and proving them wrong.

I love this story that was written for children, but anyone can take away something from it. The moral of the story is to believe in yourself no matter how difficult the journey is. Just keep going. This was a great read.

--Venise

Amazon eBook

"This is such a fun book! I love that Charlie recognizes the power of thinking positive thoughts about himself and his abilities. The example of sticking to your plan and accomplishing challenging goals is fantastic for young kids! Delighted to share this with my grandkids."--Hanna

Barnes and Noble

"Charlie shows that any thing is possible if you put your mind to it. A message that really inspired my while family. My kids were cheering and super engaged with this book. It's a necessity for every children's library."

Childrens Book Review

Charlie the Cheetah would love to be a champion runner like his strong, fast dad. Sadly, Charlie doesn’t think he can ever achieve his dream because he is small and weak, and round. The other kids at school call him “Charlie the Chubby Cheetah,” their bullying makes him so sad that he doesn’t even try to practice racing. Then, one day, Charlie decides he’s had enough: he won’t let anyone—not even himself—bully him anymore! By talking kindly to himself, believing in his dreams, and working hard, Charlie becomes a brand-new Cheetah—Charlie the Champion!

Bullying and body shaming are real problems for many children today, and they can have a lasting impact on the children they affect. Charlie the Champion not only teaches readers that bullying is not ok but also models practical CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) techniques, such as self-talk and body posture, that readers can use to boost their self-confidence and silence their inner (and outer) critics. The endearing animal characters make the story fun and relatable, and bright digital illustrations add color and movement.

Charlie the Champion is a fun and instructive way to teach young readers how to stand up for themselves and follow their dreams.

--The Childrens Book Review

Good Reads

"Charlie is such a relatable character, my kids were cheering like crazy for him to run.  I love the message of how determination and hardowrk can pay off.  A great addition to your children's library." --Jordyn

Good Reads

Charlie the Champion is a book of encouragement, helping children unlock the power of positive self-talk, effort and determination. Charlie is a lovable relatable character and you just can’t help to cheer him on!! --Scharman

Goodreads Book Review

Charlie the chubby cheetah has the leading role in this heartwarming and engaging children’s book that captures the essence of bullying, family and role models, like his father.
King’s lyrical and rhythmic narrative creates an enchanting atmosphere that allows young readers to get lost in the beauty of the storyline. The language is simple and accessible for young children, with a gentle cadence that captures their attention.

The exposition is so thorough, seamless, and immersive that the off-world characters feel immediately believable, as though they truly exist on the other side of our galactic neighborhood.

The book’s illustrations are vibrant, expressive, and brimming with detail. The warm colors and soft textures perfectly depict the coziness of a chubby little cheetah’s environment.

--Susan B.

Goodreads Book Review

A lovely and teaching tale
"Charlie, the champion" is definitely a lovely and inspiring story penned by K.R. King. This colourful tale revolves around Charlie, a brave chubby cheetah who strives to become a better version of himself. Even though he's being bullied by his mates, he's determined to prove to them that he can do whatever he wants with his strong will.
When it comes to tender and teaching stories, this one is a good example. It teaches the importance of self-discipline, self- love and positive thinking to achieve anything. No matter what other people say or think. The way it's told is engaging and it has lovely drawings that accompany the plot and help to understand the moral lesson. It's an ideal book to work with young children; for sure, I´ll do it. I recommend it without a doubt.

 

--Carlitas Fox

Goodreads Book Review

Charlie the Champion by K.R. King is a cute children's story with a beautiful moral. It is about a chubby cheetah who wants to be strong like his dad and compete to win big races. It is based on perseverance and hard work, taunts and fears, courage and positive thoughts.
I appreciate more and more children's stories because they are great opportunities to share time with my little sister. Particularly, this book seems ideal for those who are just beginning to read. It has a lot of nice and attractive images and short sentences. Also, I like how this story shares its nice and very important message.
I sincerely recommend it to read and enjoy with the family!

 

--Aneley Sanchez

Goodreads Book review


This children’s book has cute illustrations and a lovely lesson. Charlie the Cheetah is being teased because he is a bit overweight. After finding his inner confidence, and exercising more, Charlie decides to compete in a race to show he can be a winner like his daddy. I love the story because he did not stoop to the bully’s tactics, and had to overcome his own negative thoughts, which is sometimes half the battle. My autistic son was able to read it all by himself and loved it. I was thrilled to be able to show him this one with its animal characters and good moral lesson that helped boost his own self confidence.

 

--Renee Syll Springer

Goodreads Book Review

As a kindergarten teacher, I love discovering new characters for my students. I like that them to be original and not stereotyped. "Charlie the Champion" by K.R. King is a clear example of everything I look for in a good book. Charlie is a cute little bear willing to do what he likes. After being bullied by his classmates, he thought enough was enough and decided to do what he liked.

I really recommend it, especially for all the families of all those children who suffer from buying, since I think it is a very good book with great lessons for the little ones. Certainly 5 stars!

 

--Liz

Goodreads Book Review

Charlie the Champion is a charming and sweet story for children at an early age, but which transmits a very valuable message for all ages.
It is the story of a little cheetah who dreams of being strong and brave like his father. This is a tender and very real story with which any little one can feel identified.
Charlie the cheetah achieves his goal, with a lot of effort and support from his animal friends, repeating positive and encouraging messages to himself. I thought it was a very important message to convey to the new generations.
In addition to the beautiful story, the reading is accompanied by wonderfully colorful illustrations. A highly recommended book for children.
 

--Dani Savante

Kirkus Indie Review

A simple story that focuses on positive encouragement and hard work.

Mom's Choice Award Recipient

Charlie the Champion is a recipient of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for parents and educators and is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. Using a rigorous evaluation process, entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media trust the MCA Honoring Excellence seal when selecting quality products and services for families and children.

Walmart.com

"Charlie the Champion is such a motivationg, inspiring book! Its the perfect additions to every childrens library."

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 03/2023
  • 979-8-8860-4320-4 ‎ B0C36WL54M
  • 44 pages
  • $19.00
Ebook Details
  • 03/2023
  • 979-8-8860-4589-5 ‎ B0C3NF36R5
  • 44 pages
  • $14.00
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