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I Got a D in Salami #2
     

I Got a D in Salami #2

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by Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver, Tim Heitz (Illustrator)
 

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Inspired by the true life experiences of Henry Winkler, whose undiagnosed dyslexia made him a classic childhood underachiever, the Hank Zipzer series is about the high-spirited and funny adventures of a boy with learning differences.

It's science project time in Ms. Adolf's class. This is good news and bad news for Hank-he loves science, but he hates the

Overview

Inspired by the true life experiences of Henry Winkler, whose undiagnosed dyslexia made him a classic childhood underachiever, the Hank Zipzer series is about the high-spirited and funny adventures of a boy with learning differences.

It's science project time in Ms. Adolf's class. This is good news and bad news for Hank-he loves science, but he hates the report part. So Hank turns to TV to take his mind off things. But when the program directory scrolls by too quickly for Hank to know what's on, he decides to take apart the cable box to try to slow down the crawl. Great! Now Hank has found the perfect science project! But what he wasn't counting on was his sister's pet iguana laying eighteen eggs in the disassembled cable box. How is Hank going to get out of this one?

Illustrated by Carol Heyer.

Editorial Reviews

bn.com
Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver continue their knee-slapping Hank Zipzer series with this meaty installment about the fourth-grader, his report card, and a batch of soy salami.

When Ms. Adolf hands Hank the telltale manila envelope -- with a nasty letter to Mr. and Mrs. Zipzer and a report card with three D's -- the kid wonders how he'll ever keep his parents away from it. So when Hank and his pals arrive at his mom's deli, the report card "accidentally" gets dumped into the soy salami that's being cooked up for Mr. Gristediano, New York's top grocery store owner. To keep Mr. G from getting sick, Hank schemes to intercept the salami that's en route to his apartment, but when Cheerio (the Zipzers' dachshund) meets the Gristedianos' Great Dane, love at first sight leads to utter mayhem. Thankfully, though, Mr. G is sympathetic about Hank's confession, and his mom's salami turns out to be a major hit.

Packed with lively turns of events that will keep audiences in stitches, Hank Zipzer #2 is even better than the first! Readers will understand the motivation behind Hank's hijinks -- who wants their parents to see a bad report card? -- and by the end, they'll want to learn more about Hank's ongoing bout with his learning differences. A Zipzer tale that's food for fun.

Publishers Weekly
A new series-Hank Zipzer: The Mostly True Confessions of the World's Best Underachiever-starts off with a bang, thanks to these two misadventures of a fourth-grader with "learning challenges." Hank addresses readers directly with a deadpan voice. He lives in New York City with his crossword puzzle-addicted father, a mother who produces such dubious treats as vegetarian bologna at her deli ("Unfortunately for me, my lunch is her laboratory," says Hank), and his sister ("Emily the Perfect") and her pet iguana. When his teacher, Ms. Adolf, assigns a five-paragraph essay on what they did over the summer, Hank feels stymied until he decides to "build" his essay instead-a working model of Niagara Falls-and the plan backfires spectacularly. In the second book, Hank's report card (straight D's) winds up in the grinder for the soy salami that his mother hopes will attract the attention of the city's biggest supermarket chain. It's up to Hank to remedy the disaster. Both tales deftly blend comedy and pathos, and the exploration of Hank's academic struggles is never heavy-handed. The characters are well-drawn, from the endearingly hapless but determined Hank himself to a solid supporting cast that includes Hank's pals, his sympathetic grandfather and his arch-enemy, Nick McKelty (a bully with a head "the size of Rhode Island"). With snappy timing, pitch-perfect dialogue and a wise-cracking delivery, these two tales should attract an enthusiastic readership-not limited to, but certainly including, reluctant readers. Ages 8-12. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Hank Zipzer is a fourth grade boy with many problems. He is a poor student and also seems to act on impulse far too often. After he receives a very bad report card his actions lead to it being ground up into a batch of salami his mother is preparing in her delicatessen. When the salami is sent off for a taste test to a potential buyer for the product, Hank hatches up a scheme that is harebrained at best in order to recover the salami without giving away his bad grades. Naturally, disaster is the result. Hank is helped along by a couple of faithful friends and one adult, his grandfather, all of whom seem to understand him better than his parents. None of these other characters are particularly well developed, however. This book has some mildly amusing moments, but turns out to primarily be a vehicle for discussing children with "learning challenges," Hank's real problem. His parents seem to have been blissfully unaware of the real difficulties Hank has been facing in school, in spite of some advice from well meaning teachers. After testing, Hank is assured that the school will find out the best way he can learn, and everything will turn out well. Children with learning disabilities may enjoy reading about Hank, but this book is far from compelling and seems to over-simplify the challenges that Hank faces. 2003, Grosset and Dunlap, Ages 9 to 12.
— Leslie Rounds
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Hank Zipzer, a learning-challenged fourth grader, gets himself into lots of trouble when he tries to hide the fact that he received a number of "D's" on his report card. The fantastical, suspend-your-disbelief, rollicking and very funny solution that he and his friends invent, not to mention the desire to decipher the meaning of this book's title, will keep young readers turning the pages. Hank's relationship with his grandfather, his two best friends, his little sister, his parents, and, last but not least, his dog show that despite his problems at school, he has a big, loving heart and a way with people. Readers will smile in recognition of the character's dilemmas and laugh out loud at the slapstick, slippery slope of Hank's predicament.-Elizabeth Fernandez, Brunswick Middle School, Greenwich, CT Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780448431635
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/12/2003
Series:
Hank Zipzer Series , #2
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
93,021
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Henry Winkler is an acomplished actor, producer and director.  In 2003, Henry added author to his list of acheivements as he co-authored a series of children's books.  Inspired by the true life experiences of Henry Winkler, whose undiagnosed dyslexia made him a classic childhood underachiever, the Hank Zipzer series is about the high-spirited and funny adventures of a boy with learning differences.

Henry is married to Stacey Weitzman and they have three children.

Lin Oliver is a writer and producer of movies, books, and television series for children and families. She has created over one hundred episodes of television, four movies, and seven books. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alan. They have three sons named Theo, Ollie, and Cole, one fluffy dog named Annie, and no iguanas.

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I Got a D in Salami #2 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hank got punish by wearing dispobile diapers to school and MS A changed them in the from out the class
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book and i dont have any learning challenges or i dont think i do this book is funny and awsome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book for challenged readers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm in 7th grade and I thought the main Character (Hank Zipzer) was older. I didnt think as much of the book whem I found out he was in 3rd grade. Afterreading the book I instantly loved it! Its good for older kids but better for 2-4 graders.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Start covering your tracks
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The author could of done a better book Why would someone throw your report card in a salami machine and hes one of your most annoying friends I would of just put in the garbage and then pick it up when I left like come on people know how to write books a little better than this I bet my stepdad could write a more exiting book even my mom and she is a bit lazy at some points And if my mom were todo a better job at making a book I would read it even though i might fall a sleep while reading it,lol
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Is it good l gave only 1 star cause i have no clue how good
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What an awesome book. My learning disabled son who hates reading, loved the book. He is looking forward to getting the next book. No other books have been able to keep his attention. He really identifies with the character.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hank Zipzer, a fourth grader, has difficulties in school, and his mean teacher Ms. Adolf doesnt help. Then the day came, it was report card day, and hank got 3 D's! How was he supposed to tell his parents. Will Hank and his friends go to far with this? Before you knew it everything started happening and it was up to Hank to save the day!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son was having troubles with his reading and finding books that he can get an interest in, now that we found these books, they just aren't making them fast enough. He loves them. And cant wait for more to come out. He says that they are really funny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Writer & Actor Henry Winkler is a postive kid in a negative world; reflects the desire to escape from a prevaling situation in his waking life. Good Fortune,'Fonz' with your new book!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have used Winkler's series based on his own school & life experiences with my dyslexic students for years now. It is amazing to see students relate to Hank (Henry) & find motivation to read as they gain valuable knowledge about learning differences! This continues to be a favorite among the language tutors in my school!!!