Thursday 9 April 2009

Niagara Falls, or Does it? Hank Zipzer Book1 by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver

Niagara Falls, or Does it?
Hank Zipzer Book1
Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver

Penguin Canada
ISBN 9780448431628

I read the first six books in this series back in 2004 and was completely blown away by them. Having a dual form of dyslexia, reading these books was like a flashback to childhood and my own early school struggles. Henry Winkler in an interview talks about
his own struggles with dyslexia. The books tout Hank as the world's best underachiever. These books capture the essence of struggling with a learning disability. Almost all my report cards up to high school say "does not live up to potential" or "marks do not reflect ability". It was always hard, being considered dumb, or having to leave class for special education. That is what happens in this book.

Hank must write a report on his summer vacation, yet he lacks the skills to do this in the required way, so he comes up with the creative solution of building a model of Niagara Falls and showing his class his vacation. Yet like so many other good intentions this too goes awry, and Hank once again ends up in trouble at school and at home.

These books are great for anyone who struggles with a learning disability to know that they are not alone. It is also good for parents of such a person so they can understand better. Or for educators who in this day and age are dealing with more and more students with diagnosed learning disabilities. Or just an awesome book to read with some younger people in your life.

Books by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver
Hank Zipzer Books:
1. Niagara Falls, or Does It?
2. I Got a "D" in Salami
3. Day of the Iguana
Zippety Zinger
5. The Night I Flunked My Field Trip
6. Holy Enchilada!
7. Help! Somebody Get me out of Fourth Grade!
8. Summer School? What Genius thought That Up?
My Secret Life as a Ping-Pong Wizard
10. My Dog's a Scaredy-Cat: A Halloween Tail
11. The Curtain Went Up, My Pants Went Down
12. Barfing in the Backseat: How I Survived My Family Road Trip
13. Who Ordered This Baby? Definitely Not Me!
14. Life of Me
15. A Tail of Two Tails
16. Dump Trucks and Dogsleds: I'm On My Way, Mom!
17. A Brand-New Me!

Ghost Buddy Books:
1. Zero to Hero
2. Mind If I Read Your Mind?
3. How to Scare the Pants off Your Pets

1 comment:

shelley said...

I LOVE THESE BOOKS!! i just published a book i wrote about my dyslexic's her telling her own story...

• living “lexi” a walk in the life of a dyslexic is the book i wrote of my 12 year old daughter’s life who has dyslexia…the book is now published and available either on my website, or (whsl/dist)

• I have spent the past 7 years researching dyslexia and finding contacts all over the world that I feel would be interested in using my book as a resource… (that is how I found you)……my intent is to offer a book that dyslexics can relate to and want to read, along with offering pages of resources (websites, books, associations, etc.)

• I hope you will go to and check out my book …come take a walk in the life of a dyslexic, it’ll have you laughing from the start and you just may shed a tear for yourself or someone you know

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