“Smile: How Young Charlie Chaplin Taught the World to Laugh (and Cry)” – Children’s Book Giveaway (now through May 4)

Charlie Chaplin Picture Book Giveaway
We have Ten Books to Giveaway This Month!

“Children meet Chaplin in this intimate biography of the iconic silent-film comedian… ” – Publisher’s Weekly

And now for something a little different… This month, we are thrilled to be giving away our first ever Classic Movie Children’s Book! We have TEN COPIES of “Smile: How Young Charlie Chaplin Taught the World to Laugh (and Cry)” to give away, courtesy of Candlewick Press! This is a charming picture book about the early life of Chaplin written by award-winning author Gary Golio and Caldecott Medal-winning artist Ed Young — a wonderful introduction to Charlie’s early years, and the origins of his beloved Little Tramp.

Smile: How Young Charlie Chaplin Taught the World to Laugh (and Cry)
Once there was a boy named Charlie…

In order to qualify to win one of these prizes via this contest giveaway, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, May 4 at 9PM EST. However, the sooner you enter, the better chance you have of winning, because we will pick two winners on five different days within the contest period, via random drawings, as listed below… So if you don’t win the first week that you enter, you will still be eligible to win during the following weeks until the contest is over.

  • April 6: Two Winners
  • April 13: Two Winners
  • April 20: Two Winners
  • April 27: Two Winners
  • May 4: Two Winners

We will announce each week’s winner on Twitter @ClassicMovieHub, the day after each winner is picked at 9PM EST — for example, we will announce our first week’s winner on Sunday April 7 at 9PM EST on Twitter. And, please note that you don’t have to have a Twitter account to enter; just see below for the details…


Smile Charlie Chaplin Childrens Book
Collage and Ink Art Illustrations
AND a flip book ‘Walking Charlie’ in the lower right-hand corner


And now on to the contest!

ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, May 4 at 9PM EST — BUT remember, the sooner you enter, the more chances you have to win…

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post

2) Then TWEET (not DM) the following message*:

Just entered to win the “Smile: How Young Charlie Chaplin Taught the World to Laugh (and Cry)” #BookGiveaway courtesy of @Candlewick & @ClassicMovieHub #CMHContest link: http://ow.ly/Xo5K30ogH6V

Why do you want to win this book?

*If you do not have a Twitter account, you can still enter the contest by simply answering the above question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog — BUT PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ADD THIS VERBIAGE TO YOUR ANSWER: I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

NOTE: if for any reason you encounter a problem commenting here on this blog, please feel free to tweet or DM us, or send an email to clas@gmail.com and we will be happy to create the entry for you.

ALSO: Please allow us 48 hours to approve your comments. Sorry about that, but we are being overwhelmed with spam, and must sort through 100s of comments…


About the Book:  Once there was a little slip of a boy who roamed the streets of London, hungry for life (and maybe a bit of bread). His dad long gone and his actress mother ailing, five-year-old Charlie found himself onstage one day taking his mum’s place, singing and drawing laughs amid a shower of coins. There were times in the poorhouse and times spent sitting in the window at home with Mum, making up funny stories about passersby. And when Charlie described a wobbly old man he saw in baggy clothes, with turned-out feet and a crooked cane, his mother found it sad, but Charlie knew that funny and sad go hand in hand. With a lyrical text and exquisite collage imagery, Gary Golio and Ed Young interpret Charlie Chaplin’s path from his childhood through his beginnings in silent film and the creation of his iconic Little Tramp. Keen-eyed readers will notice a silhouette of the Little Tramp throughout the book that becomes animated with a flip of the pages. An afterword fills in facts about the beloved performer who became one of the most famous entertainers of all time.


Please note that only United States (excluding the territory of Puerto Rico) AND Canada entrants are eligible.

And — BlogHub members ARE eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above).

Good Luck!

And if you can’t wait to win the book, you can purchase the on amazon by clicking here:


–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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23 Responses to “Smile: How Young Charlie Chaplin Taught the World to Laugh (and Cry)” – Children’s Book Giveaway (now through May 4)

  1. Samantha Glasser says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book because I have two young sons at home. My hope is that by showing them classic movies from a young age, they will become familiar and therefore enjoyable. Educating them about specific stars and their lives will develop this interest even further.

  2. Linda says:

    I love silent movies and Charlie Chaplin. I’d love to share this with my children. I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

  3. Jon C Sieruga says:

    I love film, I consider myself a film historian (not paid), and I love expressing my opinions while also listening to others’ viewpoints. I’m of the mind that I can learn more from people who disagree with me than with those who feel exactly as I do. I review movies on Facebook and then whittle them down for twitter. What fun! I have a nice base of followers who enjoy what I do, but not enough for 10 years on twitter! I’m hoping something will break for me, something to shine a spotlight on me, so I can reach more people. Perhaps I won this incredible book…?

  4. Jeffrey Guerrera says:

    Charlie Chaplin is the greatest achievement of film. No questions asked.

  5. Dana says:

    I want to win this book because I think my niece would love learning about Charlie Chaplin.

  6. Gail Pascaris says:

    I hope to win the book so I can read it and then share it with my nieces and nephews so they too can learn about Charlie Chaplin. Looks like a great book.

  7. Carl Scott says:

    I think it would be great for my nephews. Now when they see Chaplin movies on TV they’ll know more about him. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  8. I’d like to win the book to 1(read it myself.
    2) share it with my nephew with whom I would like to share my interest in movies and Charlie Chaplin.
    It’s important to pass along an interest in the classic movies and encourage a youngster to see through another youngsters eyes

  9. Philip Covin says:

    Chaplin’s films have such a wonderful simplicity to them, a simplicity to which I wish our society could return. I would love to use this book as a way of introducing my 7-year old son to this different type of storytelling and humor, an alternative to the overstimulation that he receives from watching the shows and electronic media which are marketed to kids these days. I want him to fall in love with Chaplin as much as I have.

  10. Robert Clifton says:

    Over the years I have shared my love of classic movies with my wife and kids and they in turn have developed more than a passing interest. This book will be a great addition to our library.

  11. Liliana Maria Radwanski says:

    I would Love to win this book because, Charlie Chaplin was a a comic genius.
    I saw the Chaplin film of his life story, and I was fascinated.
    I want to learn about Charlie

  12. Teresa Garcia says:

    I would love to win this book to learn more about the silent man that made so many smile and laugh. Thank you for the opportunity.

  13. Kristin Lundgren says:

    I would love to win this book for several reasons. I collect children’s books for reading to young people where I can. At schools, libraries, etc. My ex-husband decades ago taught me to love Charlie. He had been a fan for years, and had a book silent film comedians. I read it and learned about what makes great comedy. The slow, long pause between reactions with Laurel and Hardy, the sweet sensitivity of Charlie, always hoping for the girl, or the gold. And lastly, I have had a lithographed modern large print of Charlie, using four colors and white. It has hung in all the houses I’ve lived in. It always meant a lot, and so my kids would ask about it, and I’d show them.

  14. Billy Slobin says:

    I LOVE The Little Tramp!
    It would be terrific to win this book so I could teach my young nephew about “old ‘days” without use of anything electronic!
    I plan to pass on my love and passion for classic film to every young person that I can!!

  15. Joi says:

    I’d love to win this book for my precious grandbaby Maddox. I am blessed to be able to watch him each weekday when his mom (my daughter) and dad work. He watches TCM with me (he loves musicals!!!) and loves to look at my collectibles (he gets a huge hit out of Chaplin’s Little Tramp pictures and figurines!). I want him to love old movies as much as I do – and look forward to bonding over them for years to come!

  16. Lorrie Mandanici says:

    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message. Would love to read more about Chaplin because I loved watching his films and fell in love with how simple the comedy was back then.

  17. Richard Weatherford says:

    hope i win!

  18. RD says:

    I have always adored Charlie Chaplin! He was a comic genius. Love his movies.

  19. Sara Stewart says:

    Charlie Chaplin is an iconic genius that brought comedy to a world that was facing poverty, war, and so much more. He accomplished this while living a life that was less than happy – a mother who was mentally ill and committed to an asylum when he was still a boy.

  20. Jimmy Wilson says:

    I LOVE Chaplin’s work and his mix of comedy, tragedy, and sentiment. I would love to share this book with my lil’ grandson and educate him on Classic Cinema!
    Thank You

  21. Christine Nelson-Rivers says:

    I’m just starting to share classic movies with my youngest nieces and nephews and would love to read this to them to impart a love of reading along with showing them Chaplin wasn’t just the image on the screen.

  22. Lori Burchfield says:

    I would love to win this book for my two daughters. Charlie Chaplin in a great actor and humanitarian who deserves to have his legacy shares and remembered by generations. He proves that life can be lived to the fullest even in the toughest of times.


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