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“Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.” More
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
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.
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.