Matilda Reviews…Cheer Chick Charlie
Post in collaboration with Cheer Chick Charlie
Matilda has been begging me for the chance to review something for a while so she can add content to her youtube channel, Kittycat Pink. Which reminds me, to remind you, that I have a youtube channel as well, My Home Truths Blog.
Yes, we are a video loving family. So, go on, check our channels out!
Anyway, the perfect opportunity came along from one of my blogging friends, Leanne Shea Langdown (from Deep Fried Fruit). Apart from showing the world that you can be fabulous once you hit the big 4-0, Leanne is also a published author, which I think is all kinds of awesome.
Her Cheer Chick Charlie books are aimed at primary aged girls, with the main character, Charlie, being the best friend every little girl deserves. Through her many adventures, Charlie learns valuable life lessons as she realises her dream to be a cheerleader.
These books are written to not only entertain children, but also to help them with their confidence, resilience, health and fitness, which I think is necessary in this time of technology, bullying and social media. The first book was released in June 2012 and there are now eight titles in total, with the ninth due to be released in early 2017.
As Leanne shares on the Cheer Chick Charlie site:
The intended 24 book series is about 10-year-old Charlie Chance who attends Carter Primary School with her best friends Laura, Bella and Ben. It is Charlie’s dream to become a cheerleader but there are no cheer teams in her community. With a whole lot of spirit, a big bunch of determination, and a little bit of help from the people around her, Charlie inches closer and closer to fulfilling her dreams, while going on a few life adventures along the way.
As a parent, I love that these books showcase qualities that all kids need to develop in order to thrive. Resilience, confidence, kindness and compassion are not always easy to teach but these books provide concrete examples, written in an engaging and fun way.
Something that’s particularly important if your girl is an aspie girl too 🙂
The language is appropriate, the writing flows, the characters are real and the stories are engaging. I have to say I enjoyed sharing this with both my girls. It took me a couple of weeks to work through these with Delilah but Matilda devoured the books in two nights!
As Matilda herself notes in her video review below, “these books draw you in.”
Please forgive the loud pug panting during the video!
When purchased from the website, each book comes with a postcard with motivational message and a wristband, with the motto from the book included. Matilda and Delilah were both thrilled with these little touches and have plans to send the postcards to their great grandmother.
The Cheer Chick Charlie site has a host of information, activities and inspiration for kids and parents alike:
- Charlie TV – videos of cheerleading routines, exercises and cooking
- Blog – where, in between books, the kids can keep up with Charlie’s adventures
- Colouring – fun activities like colouring in and puzzles to keep the kids entertained
- Charlie’s Super Snacks – awesome ideas for healthy and filling meals for growing kids
- Cheer Chick Charlie App – where you can create a cheer leading routine for Charlie to perform
- Chat – where your kids can contact Charlie directly via email and be guaranteed a reply
- Shop – full of merchandise including pom poms, hair bows, dolls and cheer gear
If you want to check out the site for yourself, ensure you use the following code to secure 15% off your purchase: MyHomeTruths
With Christmas around the corner, the Cheer Chick Charlie site has lots of options for the primary school girl in your life. Make sure you check it out, so you can give them a gift they will love, and learn from, at the same time!
Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post, however I did receive two complimentary copies of the Cheer Chick Charlie books for the purposes of this review. This is an honest review and all opinions shared are 50% my own & 50% Matilda’s!