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Summary: Hank is terrified of the thought of not passing fourth grade. He is desperate to keep his parents from attending Parent-Teacher Conference Day. Hank enters a contest to win a trip to Philadelphia for the Stone Rock concert ... that happens to be the same day the conference. When he wins the contest, Hank’s next challenge is to convince his Dad to go on the trip. The good news is they go on the trip. The bad new is, his parents attend the parent-teacher conference the next day. After all of his crazy attempts to fool the adults; Hank learned that he won't be staying back but he will need to attend Summer school which he is more than happy to do. This is a series for preteens with a character who struggles with learning.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 10; read yourself: 9 and Up
Young Reader Reaction: I like this series, and this is another good Hank Zipper story. It just isn't my favorite. I would recommend that all second graders and up read this book,especially the fourth graders since they can relate to it. This book is very funny because it shows how adults are always one step ahead of kids.
Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Pros: Kids (and parents) will laugh out loud at Hanks' life and adventures. You'll keep turning the page just to see how Hank's ideas pan out.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. These are fun and quick reads. They just aren't books you'll come back to again and again.
Educational Themes: Hank Zipper books are meant to engage dormant readers with good stories. That said, there are plenty of lessons that you can talk about as you read: responsibility, honesty, asking for help.
Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from the local library.
Literary Categories: Fiction - adventure, life lessons, series
Date(s) Reviewed: November 2013
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.