Niagara Falls, Or Does It? #1

Niagara Falls, Or Does It? #1

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by Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver, Tim Heitz
     
 

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For Hank, fourth grade does not start out on the right foot. First of all, he gets called to the principal's office on the very first day of school. Then the first assignment his teacher gives him is to write five paragraphs on "What You Did This Summer." Hank is terrified-writing one good sentence is hard for him, so how in the world is he going to write five whole…  See more details below

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For Hank, fourth grade does not start out on the right foot. First of all, he gets called to the principal's office on the very first day of school. Then the first assignment his teacher gives him is to write five paragraphs on "What You Did This Summer." Hank is terrified-writing one good sentence is hard for him, so how in the world is he going to write five whole paragraphs? Hank comes up with a plan: instead of writing what he did on vacation, he'll show what he did. But when Hank's "living essay" becomes a living disaster, he finds himself in detention. Strangely enough, however, detention ends up becoming a turning point in his life.

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Actor Henry Winkler and producer Lin Oliver team up for a laugh-out-loud and thoughtful series about a fourth-grader dealing with school life, family, and his own "learning differences."

When Hank Zipzer's teacher assigns an essay on summer vacation, Hank begins sweating bullets -- although he doesn't "have a problem remembering interesting facts," he "just can't do a lot with them." Frustrated by his writing troubles, Hank decides to skip the essay and instead create a working replica of Niagara Falls. But when his masterpiece leads to classroom chaos, Hank lands in two weeks of detention and out of the Magik 3 show. Fortunately, though, Hank's detention monitor is a cool music teacher who spots the trouble and suggests he get tested for learning challenges, and after he talks with Mr. and Mrs. Zipzer, Hank has no trouble getting back into the show.

With a comical character and several hilarious scenes, this first Hank Zipzer installment will surely hook readers while enlightening them about people who learn differently. Winkler and Oliver smartly remember to focus on fun without getting too heavy-handed with the message, and audiences will come away anxious for more. This "world's best underachiever" should have no trouble hitting the heights of success.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101153765
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/12/2003
Series:
Hank Zipzer , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
307,031
Lexile:
610L (what's this?)
File size:
561 KB
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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Niagara Falls, Or Does It? #1 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book to read to a kid with learning differences or one with a friend who has them. The Hank Zipzer series approaches the subject of learning differences in a subtle, realistic way. While very funny, the books offer an insight into the lives of those kids with ADD, dyslexia and other school problems. The author, Henry Winkler, shows how these kids struggle every day with teachers, parents and other kids who just don't understand them. Winkler also shows how these different kids have so much to offer and how they can succees with a little understanding.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son (11) read this book in 1 day and laughed the whole time. I am a bookseller and I will be reccommending this book to everyone I can. What a fun way to pass the time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hank has great friends who help get him through tough situations. Any kid who is experiencing trouble in school because of learning disabilities will get a great deal from this book about coping. They should then pass the book on to their family and teachers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When Ms.Aldof assigns the whole class to write a 5 story paragrah about their summer Hank is worried. Hey thats all I could share! (MOLLIE) :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read half of the series and so far i have loved it its very entirtaning and funny hank has a fun persinalite just from looking at the cover it aready looks amazing -Anna
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Million stars! I can't wait to read the next one! A must read! AMAZING!!!!!!!!
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Should l read it or no? Please get back to me befor this wed.. also the full moon for a hint.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite “Hank Zipzer, report to principal Love’s office at once!” the loud speaker buzzed. But this was the first hour of the first day of school, and how did they know his name already? School just didn’t start out well for Hank, and when his teacher gave the assignment to write five paragraphs on “What You Did This Summer,” Hank knew he was in for it. But then he thought of a plan, one that would be even better than writing five paragraphs. But things didn’t exactly turn out the way Hank wanted them to. I have always been a Henry Winkler fan, so I was excited about reading a book written by Winkler and his co-author, Lin Oliver. This is such a fun book to read, and I can imagine how students everywhere feel when they read about Hank Zipzer. School was not easy for Hank, and we see his many struggles and difficulties as we follow in his footsteps in fourth grade. Hank had trouble learning, which made it very difficult to do his school assignments. But Hank’s brain seemed to always be creative and buzzing, so he was good at coming up with alternatives to his assignments. The authors did a wonderful job creating characters that are believable, and ones students can relate to. This is a fantastic book for students with learning disabilities, because that is what Hank deals with in his story. Anyone who has a child with a learning disability would benefit from "Niagara Falls, Or Does It?" Hank’s story could be the turning point in your child’s life. Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver’s series of books would be at the top of my book list if my child had any learning problems. You just can’t go wrong with Hank Zipzer’s story in "Niagara Falls, Or Does It?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Emily has to wear diapers beceause pooped and wet her pants
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I couldnt breath because of all the laughter
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May i join? Ripplestream
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Of cores you may join! Sorry i did not reply very soon. My nook broke
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Mom2Boys810 More than 1 year ago
I am the single mother of two boys and I have to say that it is hard to relate some times, both for them and me...but poor Hank has brought us together with laughter, tears, and hope! I struggle to find books that I can encourage my boys to read, right now it seems like everything is wizards and vampires and darkness and evil, but not with Hank Zipzer. It is just fun, that sometimes reflects the struggles of childhood! Thank you Mr. Winkler & Mr. Oliver, for sharing your struggles and triumphs with us. I don't even have to ask my boys to read...they ask me if they can!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hank is super funny and this is a great book! It was pretty awesome in the first place, but it is even better that i can put it on my nook. A lot of kids would probably like this book.