Zap! I'm a Mind Reader (Zack Files Series #4)

Zap! I'm a Mind Reader (Zack Files Series #4)

by Dan Greenburg, Jack E. Davis
     
 

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When a science experiment goes wrong, Zack develops a bizarre new skill. He hears people speak without moving their lips. And he knows all the answers in a geography test without even thinking. But being a mind-reader can be a bit scary sometimes - especially when there are hungry piranhas around. See more details below

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When a science experiment goes wrong, Zack develops a bizarre new skill. He hears people speak without moving their lips. And he knows all the answers in a geography test without even thinking. But being a mind-reader can be a bit scary sometimes - especially when there are hungry piranhas around.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Rebecca Joseph
Greenberg appears to strike a cord, or perhaps a funny bone, with kids in his "The Zack Files" series. Zap! I'm a Mind Reader recounts what happens when Zack receives an electric shock in science class and wakes up to find that he can read people's minds. Zack finds his new power helpful on tests, but scary when he reads the mind of someone planning a murder. Zack must use his new special power to prevent the crime. It is a funny story accompanied by quirky black and white illustrations and a good choice for kids reading below their grade level.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5Zack is a normal 10-year-old boy with a knack for getting into weird situations. In Wanda, he attempts to rid his apartment of a rude eight-year-old poltergeist who communicates by spelling out words with peanut M&Ms. In Litter Box, he plans to adopt a kitten but instead acquires a cantankerous talking cat that claims to be the reincarnation of his great-grandfather. He sees his reflection in the Medicine Cabinet mirror and falls through into a skewed world that its inhabitants consider much "cooler" than ours. An electrical accident occurs at school and Zap!Zack can hear thoughts, including a bloodthirsty voice expressing an eagerness to kill. The stories have a whacked-out, off-the-wall humor that is reminiscent of the work of Daniel Pinkwater. At the same time, they neatly poke fun at the conventions of popular horror series. Kids will find some of the episodes tremendously funny. Great-Grandpa the cat threatens to "take a leak" on the sofa if Zack doesn't provide him with his preferred food (herring with sour cream!); Wanda and a fellow ghost yank down a bully's pants. The books are short without looking babyish and would appeal to reluctant readers as well as those with a taste for oddball humor.Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780780776814
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
08/28/1996
Series:
Zack Files Series
Pages:
58
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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