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Charlie the Chimp Can’t Swim-bookcover

By: Pamela Little

Charlie the Chimp Can’t Swim

Pages: 32 Ratings: 5.0
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The sun is hot, and tension is brewing in the jungle. The animals are seething with envy whilst watching the adorable Charlie the Chimp up to his antics swinging through the trees.

Charlie seems to be good at everything he does. At the suggestion of the giraffe, the animals decide to challenge Charlie to a race across the wide, rolling river nearby, a feat which they all believe he won’t be able to do.

Will Charlie be left humiliated and demoralised? A huge problem lies before him; can he take on the challenge, face his fears and outsmart the jungle animals who all want him to fail?

Pamela Little was born and went to school in Wath on Dearne, England and attended one of the first comprehensive schools in the country in Swinton.

Pamela’s first love was art, which she studied in depth in the sixth form at school, but her talent and gift of drawing and painting took a backseat for several years while she brought up her family with her husband Michael. Pamela began to bring paint to paper and canvas again in her forties and now produces in watercolour, acrylic and oil.

Her creativity also took a path in writing and was also something that Pamela did a lot of, mostly poetry. Storytelling came later when she used her vivid imagination on her grandchildren when she was asked to tell stories repeatedly. The stories could never come from a book, they always had to be from her mind, and she told a great many. She has now authored several other short story books for children and another much larger science fiction book which has recently been completed. Her other hobbies are golf and walking.

She lives with her partner, John, and has two children; Chris is married to Amandine and Lisa engaged to Pavlo. She has three grandchildren, Michael, Jack, and Daniel.

Customer Reviews
11 reviews
11 reviews
  • Coral

    Really great book for anyone with young children. Highly recommend it

  • Margaret Swift


    This captivating and delightful book is beautifully narrated and cleverly written in rhyme by an obviously very talented author. Charlie’s exciting adventures, which are enhanced by colourful, breath-taking and superb illustrations, will delight and appeal to primary school children’s age. Not only will they be mesmerised by this enchanting story, the book is bound to aid their vocabulary and enhance their imagination. I’m looking forward to reading many more of these fascinating animal ‘rhyming’ stories.

  • Deedee

    Charlie the Chimp can't swim by Pamela Little

    I think the book Charlie the Chimp can't Swim written by Pamela Little is delightful and engaging for children to read and also provides valuable starting points for teachers leading lessons, discussions and even assemblies about aspects of PSHE and Moral Education. The range of rhyming stories she has written will enable a range of themes to be explored: diversity and difference, learning, safety and friendship among them.

    The animal characters will also appeal to children with colourful accompanying illustrations. I believe they will be particularly useful for teachers of younger primary-aged pupils and I wish her and your company every success with the first publication of Charlie the Chimp.

    Ex Primary Headteacher

  • Maxine Todd

    What a lovely book my granddaughters loved it I had to read it it 3 times before bed, well done Pamela Little please write more. I’d recommend this book for ages from 5 up to 11 both my girls loved it and the 10 year old has been reading it to the 6 year old, the pictures are delightful.

  • John Adam

    This is a wonderful children’s book. I bought copies for my 3 grandchildren on the recommendation of a fellow grandad. The 5-year-old kept asking me to read it over and over again and the 8 and 10-year-olds loved it so much that they took it to school to share with friends. It is cleverly written in rhyme with descriptive prose which brings the jungle animals to life and generates great anticipation in the outcome of the challenge, complemented by truly superb illustrations.
    I have bought many children’s books over many years for children and grandchildren but this author’s name is new to me. This book deserves to be a great success and I look forward to seeing more of this lady's work.

  • Liz Frost

    I bought this book for my 3 year old grandson, he absolutely adores the story and I highly recommend it!

  • Andrew Bishop

    A fabulous children's story aimed at 6-12 year-olds with an underlying moral and lovely, colourful illustrations. A real page turner that kept the grandchildren entertained and wanting to read it again and again.

  • Jayne Moore

    I bought this for my nieces and I really enjoyed reading this to them. They absolutely loved it and were captivated by the jungle animals. They loved the fact that it rhymed and they learnt a few new words along the way. It is their favourite book at the moment so I’m delighted with this purchase.

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