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?
This was an audio book we listened to a few weeks ago. When I borrowed it from the library I had no idea that it was part of a series that had so many books, it just looked like something my children would enjoy. There are 17 books in the series and they all look like they would be fun to read.
In this one Hank is trying to do an experiment with the family cable box, but his sister's iguana has other plans. Hank just can't seem to get anything right and has a falling out with his best friend for failing to tape the right channel for a program he promised they could watch. I think so many times in children's books if the characters work hard enough it works out, but this was more realistic, because even though he was working hard things still weren't working out. Eventually of course they do, but it was nice to see a struggle to put things right and needed to come up with a new idea and a new plan when the first one or two or three didn't work.
There was enough humor in this book to have my children laugh out loud and it was nice that Henry Winkler is the one reading the audio version.
15 Sep 2003
Grosset & Dunlap
5.15 x 7.67in
8 - 12 years