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Who would have thought the "Fonz" would have such talent writing children's books?? This series is a wonderful way to encourage children to read! The story is fun with the "world's greatest underachiever".Read moreLess
"Humorous, touching, educational…"
We have enjoyed this book and are now going backwards to obtain pervious books to understand Hank’s progression.
I particular liked the way the writer is addressing Dyslexia and how this should not hold you back! The connection between Hank and Heather in the end is fun. We loved how each personality rubbed off on one and other. It also illustrates not to judge people before getting to know them and you might just find you actually get on very well and create a force not to be reckoned with. This book also enforces my attitude that if you really want something and strive for it you will get it!
It was a little predictable for an adult but my 10 year old nephew loved it.
Thank you for a lovely read.Read moreLess
"Funny, inspirational, funny ... and funny. A top read!!! 4.5/5…"
Book Review: 'HANK ZIPZER : THE CURTAIN WENT UP, MY TROUSERS FELL DOWN', by Henry Winkler & Lin Oliver.
This is Book 11 in the series of Hank Zipzer books by creator and co-author, Henry Winkler, he of the 'Fonz' fame.
Coinciding with the CBBC television series, and written in the first person, it is a fun & humorous read about the "World's Greatest Underachiever", who often plays the clown rather than draw attention to his learning difficulty. Similar to "The Diary Of A Wimpy Kid", this book contains the kind of slapstick sophomoric humour that kids around the 7-14 years age range are sure to enjoy. However, the difference here is how well the book is written. Yes, the text is very funny, but it also develops a real empathy for the main character and the challenges he faces.
So, what's the book about? In a nutshell, Hank Zipzer, a perennial D-grade student, inadvertently makes a deal with his father to achieve at least a B+ grade in his next Maths exam. Fail that, and he's out of the upcoming school drama production, where he hopes to play the lead character. You can't help but root for Hank as he struggles through his peer-teaching sessions with the "Miss Perfect" A-grade student assigned to him. And then there is Hank's No.1 rival, Nick McKelty, also competing for the main part in the play, and who employs dirty tricks in a bid to sabotage Hank's chances.
And even if Hank Zipzer makes it, the prophetic book title tells us that that it will not be plain sailing on the night. Anything but!
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really funny kids book 8+ audience good tie in with the tv series on cbbc currently.Read moreLess
"Made my 10 year old daughter laugh…"
My daughter is really enjoying the TV series, she laughs out loud watching it, and was overjoyed when I told her that I'd won a copy of the book ( she LOVES this episode ) she is a very able reader and read the book in a day as it is quite undemanding. As the book was written prior to the TV series it has slight differences in the plot so she felt reading the book was an added dimension (she could use her imagination) and not just the same as the TV episode.Read moreLess
It was an alright book, not really the right humour for my daughter but I'm sure a boy would find this book brilliant, all in all it was better than I expected but not really our cup of tea, she prefers cutesy books.Read moreLess
"Inspiring and fun…"
Great story of a boy with learning difficulties who compensates by using humour. Hank is a loveable character with low self esteem but finds a way to succeed. The reader learns more understanding for slow learners, but also that everyone has a weakness of some sort to overcome.Read moreLess