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Author: Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver

Illustrator: Jesse Joshua Watson

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Publisher: Penguin Books for Young Readers, 2005

Material: paperback

Summary: Fourth grader Hank Zipzer hates the fact that he has to attend summer school while two of his best friends get to have fun at summer camp. Turns out it isn't all bad. Hank ends up having fun when he meets a kindergartner who idolizes him. When his teacher recommends that he research Albert Einstein, Hank is completely unaware of whom Albert Einstein is. Hank becomes extremely interested in Albert Einstein. He realizes they are very much alike: he didn't get good grades, he was an underachiever, a slow reader, and a curious kid. In order for Hank to be in his friends' talent show but he needs to get an A on his project. Can he make the grade? This is an illustrated chapter book for transitional readers and remedial readers.

Type of Reading: read aloud book, independent reading, reluctant reader, transitional reader, remedial reader, illustrated chapter

Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 10; read yourself: 9 and Up

Interest Level: 7 to 10

Reading Level: 4.7

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: This book is very enjoyable and reminds me of how much fun summer was when I was growing up. It is also fascinating to learn about a famous person and discover how we can have things in common even though we will never get the chance to meet. I recommend this book to 2nd graders and above. Young readers can explore their uniqueness and it helps them understand that studying hard will get you good grades. This book is also a very easy read that anyone can enjoy whether it is a student or a parent telling the story to their kid.

Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Pros: Hank may hate school, but it makes for fun reading for everyone else. This is a series that all readers (boys, girls, parents) can enjoy.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a series that can be read with younger readers and then picked up later by kids when they are reading on their own.

If You Liked This Book, Try: NIAGARA FALLS, OR DOES IT? (Hank Zipzer Series #1)   BUBBA BEGONIA, YOU'LL BE SORRY!   MR. SUNNY IS FUNNY (My Weird School Daze, #2)

Educational Themes: These are stories that are for pleasure reading. That said, they are great conversation starters for parents and kids, and would make a great book club choice, too.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from their local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - humor, school, growing up, boys, middle grade series

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2013

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