Flying Feet (Zigzag Kids Series #3)

Flying Feet (Zigzag Kids Series #3)

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by Patricia Reilly Giff, Alasdair Bright
     
 

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When Charlie hears that special buzz in his head, he knows it means one thing: an idea for a new invention. But Charlie's ideas tend to backfire—such as the flying feet that don't really fly. If only Charlie could make his inventions work, people might think he's as special as his older brother, Larry. Then the Zigzag afternoon center organizes a Come as

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When Charlie hears that special buzz in his head, he knows it means one thing: an idea for a new invention. But Charlie's ideas tend to backfire—such as the flying feet that don't really fly. If only Charlie could make his inventions work, people might think he's as special as his older brother, Larry. Then the Zigzag afternoon center organizes a Come as a Character Day, and Charlie gets his chance to shine.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—The latest adventure at Zelda A. Zigzag School stars Charlie, a budding inventor. At the after-School program that provides the setting for the various adventures of the series, a teacher asks Charlie and a few others to participate in a "Come as a Character Day." They have trouble getting their classmates excited about it, even though parents and the retired principal herself have been invited to attend. Meanwhile, two flat tires stifle the janitor's task of bringing unwanted junk to the dump, resulting in a pile left out on the playground. When the teacher organizing the event gets sick, Charlie uses the pile of junk, a bit of invention, and a lot of creativity to put on a spectacular show. The short chapters and engaging story lines will motivate developing readers to learn more about the cast of characters. Spot illustrations throughout help bring the action and kids to life.—Amy Commers, South St. Paul Public Library, MN
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Charlie is the inventor of the Zigzag kids group. A buzz goes off in his head when there is an invention to create. After school, he can hardly wait to demonstrate his new invention called, Flying Feet which are red-painted sneakers with suction cups. He dashes toward the handball wall wearing his invention; however, Flying Feet do quite work the way Charlie imagined. Unfortunately, the young inventor ends up with his toes in bandages. If that was not bad enough, Mrs. Farelli, the art teacher is planning a Come as a Character Day; the students are to dress as characters from a book. She is going to invite the parents, the principal, and Zelda Zigzag who was the first principal of the school. She asks Charlie to invite his older brother who is known at the school as an avid reader. Charlie tries to think of an invention so that he can escape living in his brother's shadow. Find out how this humorous adventure ends in the third book of the "Zigzag Kids" series. Some readers may find the pictorial list of the Zigzag kids (found at the beginning of the book) to be helpful because there are several characters in the story. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
Kirkus Reviews

The third in the Zigzag Kids series, which features a culturally diverse, tight-knit cast and focuses on one character per installment, turns to would-be inventor Charlie. Charlie can't wait to show off his new invention to his buddies in the after-school program. Unfortunately, the red sneakers with glued-on suction cups are about as successful at climbing walls as his Breathe-underwater Box was at supplying air.So far, his inventions aren't helping him to live up to his older brother's stellar reputation with the teachers at Zigzag School. Compounding his woes, Mrs. Farelli picks him to organize the Come as a Character Dayanddress as Peter Rabbit. It's a tough week for Charlie as he struggles with self-doubt and others' expectations. As the day of the event approaches Charlie begins to feel the wonderful buzz signaling an idea for an invention.Could there be an opportunity in a huge load of detritus Jake the Sweeper's truck dumped in the playground by accident? Now he's got a plan that, if successful, could help everyone and prove that junk is in the eye of the beholder. The cheerful drawings offer levity to the spare, straightforward prose laid out in one- or two-sentence paragraphs. The tension builds mildly, exploring the concept of individuality and the expanding pressures of growing up, demonstrating Giff's keen understanding of chapter-book readers.(Fiction. 6-9)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375859113
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
04/05/2011
Series:
Zigzag Kids Series, #3
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
493,854
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
250L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

PATRICIA REILLY GIFF is the author of many beloved books for children, including the Kids of the Polk Street School books. Her novels for older readers include the Newbery Honor Books Lily's Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods, and Willow Run, a companion to Lily's Crossing. Her most recent books are the novels Wild Girl and Storyteller, and the first two Zigzag titles, Number One Kid and Big Whopper.

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