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Charley Chatty and the Disappearing Pennies


From the Cover of Charley Chatty and the Disappearing Pennies by Sarah Naish and Rosie Jefferies:

“Charley Chatty likes shiny things, especially shiny pennies. Sometimes Charley thinks her siblings get more than her so she likes to keep the pennies safe in her pocket.

Charley spots some pennies lying around the house, and puts them in her piggy bank. But she gets very nervous when her dad starts looking for the missing pennies. Luckily, Charley’s dad is good at working out what might, have happened and helps Charley to put it all right again.”



Transfiguring Adoption awarded this book 4 Hoots out of 5 based on how useful it will be for a foster/adoptive family. [Learn more about our Hoot grading system here]

What Our Family Thought:

This book appears to target foster and adoptive families and seems to be best suited for children ages 3 – 10 years of age. This tale explores the themes of stealing or hoarding as well as lying when caught in the act of stealing. Like the other books in the series, this tale seems to give a true to life situation which will allow families to open up to healthy dialogue.

The illustrations in this book are adequate for communicating the concepts and ideas – the book notes that the illustrations have been deliberately left simple to help children focus on the story. The pictures should keep your child engaged throughout the story.

The story centers around Charley Chatty, who is an adoptive little girl found within the other books of the series. This tale is the second book that centers on this character. The book hones in on Charley’s habit of taking things that do not belong to her. Specifically taking things around her adoptive home that belong to her siblings or parents.

As was mentioned above, the story introduces a situation that could be plucked from many foster or adoptive homes. This will allow families to utilize this story as a great discussion piece within their home. The book introduces Charley’s motivation for taking things, her feelings throughout the course of the act, and an example of how parents can successfully react to the situation.

As always the books from this series end with a section written to caregivers explaining the reasoning behind trauma-caused behaviors. This last section also explains how therapeutic parents should respond to these problematic situations. All the while explaining the science and psychology in a way in which you don’t have to be a professional therapist to understand.

Transfiguring Adoption overall finds this book very applicable and fun for a foster or adoptive family. Charley Chatty would be a great addition to a foster/adoptive family bookshelf.

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It’s Your Turn:

  1. How did “sharing” Sophie’s things make Charley feel?
  2. Why do you think Charley yelled at her dad?
  3. Why does have a good feeling in her chest at the end?
  4. Does Charley’s dad still love her after she took the pennies?
  5. How do you think Sophie felt when her pennies were missing?
  6. How do you think Sophie felt when Charley gave the pennies back?


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