Sir Charlie can be best described as a biography with a twist. Throughout the novel, much information is offered about Charlie Chaplin, but is portrayed in a more entertaining fashion.
The author, Sid Fleischman, uses exquisite language from chapters 1 to 38, from the childhood of Charlie until his death. Sid Fleischman ends every chapter with a segment of Charlie’s life, strongly gripping the reader into the next chapter. The author described each part of Charlie’s life, and is sure to scrutinize carefully. He carefully described how he is a perfectionist who had multiple wives, mostly met from his film set. According to the book, some scenes he would re-shoot up to 100 times, which the author is sure to include. He even described how he was forbidden from going back to the United States, yet was put on a star in Hollywood. Besides all the drama Charlie was involved in, he was quite the comedian, as the book states on the cover, “Chaplin, The Funniest Man in the World” and had quite the salary, also. The author includes these important details briefly, especially how he went from rags to riches.
Clearly, Sid Fleischman is a skilled writer who has the ability to shock his or her readers with his advanced language, and the complex life of Charlie Chaplin. I surely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the lives of 20’s icons. Tyler M.; Teen Reviewer