Grampa Charlie’s Side-splittin’ Fireside Stories : for bedtime or any other time at all!

by Charlie Reitze

These wonderful, comic remembrances will keep young children – and adults – up way past their bedtimes––whether the stories are being read to them, or they are reading them for themselves––all the while remembering their own Grampas and laughing hysterically!

Growing up in Maine was fun for Charlie Reitze — but not necessarily for any of his friends and family when they were the target of his pranks! He certainly found the humor in his mis-adventures. Among his family –– his exploits are legend.

What charms about this book, is that many, if not most, of the readers will be familiar with something in the stories, be it the location, the people themselves, or the situations that the characters get themselves into.

Most of us remember our own days of childhood mischief. And most do not regret leaving mischief behind as we grow up.

But NOT Charlie Reitze. He revels in being a grown-up kid!

Reading Level: 4th Grade and Up


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  • 5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
  • Black & White on Cream paper
  • 165 pages
  • ISBN-13: 978-1985413597
  • ISBN-10: 1985413590
  • BISAC: Humor / Form / Anecdotes & Quotations
  • List Price: $14.95


  • File Size: 14141 KB
  • Publisher: Leicester Bay Books; 1 edition (March 25, 2018)
  • Publication Date: March 25, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07BQ5JFC7
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: enabled
  • Kindle List Price: $5.99



Thursday, August 23, 2018 • Lincoln News Katahdin Region News • Page 23
Reitze publishes book
By Benjamin Barr, Jr.

MILLINOCKET — Charlie Reitze has published a book of stories titled “Grampa Charlie’s Side-splitting Fireside Stories.” It’s a book that will have you laughing out loud or raising your eyebrows in a quizzical gesture asking yourself “did he really do that?”
“Grampa Charlie’s Side-splitting Fireside Stories” could be tales from Reitze’s years of experience in the woods and life in general, or tall tales from factual events that are exaggerations; which kind of is what tall tales are about.
Or, in other words, you might wonder if you’re reading another version of “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.”
Regardless, Reitze’s book is very entertaining and perhaps there is a caution for the casual reader: do not try this; it just might get you in trouble.
And perhaps one ought to be careful when considering going out on an excursion whether it involves fishing or cooking. But no matter: if Charlie forgot to bring something from home he can improvise. Reitze is a master at survival skills.
Reitze has a survival knife that was made for him from a friend. He uses it for just about everything.
If Reitze needs to build a raft to go fishing on not to worry; he’s done it countless times.
Reitze’s tale from Snow Mountain Pond is one such adventure. Reitze forgot to tell his fishing companion the one detail necessary: you need a raft to catch fish. Snow Mountain Pond is fly-fishing only and the fish congregate around a deep pool that is too far from the shore for casting. Hence, a raft is necessary.
The two were fishing and the raft started coming apart. Unbeknownst to his companion, Reitze let the raft separate in order not to get wet. Not so fortunate for his friend who ended up in the drink.
And that brings another fine point which Reitze lives by: the Golden Rule.
“I believe in the Golden Rule: doin’ it unto them before they do it unto me,” Reitze writes on page 51. On one trip Reitze is camping with his son, Shane, and they go to cook supper. Only there are no cooking utensils.
Not too worry; after all, this is Mr. Survival Tool Knife.
Reitze instructs Shane to cut a chunk of birch bark that is already peeling away. He cautions not to take the whole of it so as not to kill the tree. With a couple of pieces of birch bark Reitze and son enjoy the best hamburgers that they’ve eaten.
Reitze is also something of a practical joker. It will also give you concern that he has any friends left; but then, Reitze is a likable guy.
Be wary if you go smelting with Reitze. He has a fondness for chili and likes to clear a crowd out with should we say, “after-affects.” But Reitze won’t take the blame as he’ll declare that after letting one go, “Harold, that’s disgusting.”
I’d tell you about Reitze shooting Woody, but you should read it for yourself. Along with the many other humorous tales that may be true or not. You decide.



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