In the fourth book in the Zigzag Kids series, it's showtime at the Zelda A. Zigzag Afternoon Center. Gina loves to sing and she's determined to be the star of the play. She's already told everybody she knows to come see her. But her friend Destiny wants to be the star, too!

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In the fourth book in the Zigzag Kids series, it's showtime at the Zelda A. Zigzag Afternoon Center. Gina loves to sing and she's determined to be the star of the play. She's already told everybody she knows to come see her. But her friend Destiny wants to be the star, too!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
In the fourth book of the "Zigzag Kids" series, the children at the Zigzag Afternoon Center are putting on a play, written by two of the boys at the center and directed by "used-to-be-famous actress" Madam Ballantine. Gina is so certain that she will be the star that she has already invited everyone she knows for her afternoon of glory. But classmate Destiny Washington has competing plans for her own headlining role. What if Gina, who has a tendency to "cry like a hyena" at the most inconvenient times, gets cast as the poor, lost crybaby alien in the play instead? Giff has a winning concept in creating a series set in an after-school center, featuring a multicultural cast of kids who can take each take turns starring in his or her own book. But it is somewhat difficult to sort out such a large array of characters (a full dozen kids are pictured on the helpful character guide) in such a short book. While some details ring wonderfully true (Gina's constant fear that "the hyena trapped inside her throat" is about to get out), others strain credulity: Would kids really be allowed to eat messy purple yogurt on a lurching school bus? Could two young kids really author a play that could be produced on such a grand scale? Nonetheless, Gina's unexpectedly generous turn-about at the end of story provides a heartwarming conclusion. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
Kirkus Reviews

Each slim volume of The Zigzag Kids series highlights one character among the diverse group of friends attending one afterschool program; in this fourth installment, Gina is convinced that she will be the shining star of the upcoming Afternoon Center play.

As preparations for the play commence, Gina begins to worry that her talent for crying as loud as a hyena might earn her the wrong part. She also begins to fret that she'll lose the lead to her glamorous friend Destiny. Ever undaunted, Gina decides perhaps she'll create a singing role for herself. Now if only she could convince everyone to let her help write the play, too. The day of the play finally arrives, and, except a few minor mishaps, Gina and her friends give a stellar performance. Everyone fits perfectly into their respective roles, and they each have something, or even a few things, to offer.Amusingly drawn illustrations and Gina's accident-prone antics, usually involving something goopy, add giggly humor to the tale. Giff gives voice to a vulnerable yet tenacious youngster who believes in herself. The sentences and chapters are short and active for transitioning independent readers, though with the rapid sequence of events the story sometimes feels fragmented.

These amusing tales feel increasingly cozy as the reader comes to know each character one by one; fans of the Zigzag Kids will anticipate the next. (Fiction. 6-8)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375896385
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/9/2011
  • Series: Zigzag Kids, #4
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 270L (what's this?)
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Patricia Reilly Giff is the author of many beloved books for children, including the Kids of the Polk Street School books and the Polka Dot Private Eye books. Her novels for older readers include Nory Ryan's Song, 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 Wild Girl and Storyteller. Her Zigzag Kids books include Big Whopper, Number One Kid, and Flying Feet.

Alasdair Bright has illustrated numerous books and advertising projects. He loves drawing and is never without his sketchbook. He lives in Bedford, England.

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