Monday, September 8, 2014

MMGM - Hank Zipzer The Curtain Went UP, My Pants Fell DOWN

Welcome to Marvelous Middle Grade Monday!

Henry Winkler is coming to our town in October. He is going to the local schools and speak to the children and then he is going to be the speaker at a dinner that evening. My husband and I are going!

I've always liked Henry as The Fonz, so I decided to see how his writing skills were. His books are co written by Lin Oliver.

I am reading his books and so far - I love them!

I have just finished:

Hank Zipzer The Curtain Went UP, My Pants Fell DOWN
Grosset & Dunlap 2007
27,254 words 158 pages


Hank and math just don't get along. In fact, he is lucky to get a D. Heather Payne, Miss Perfect. Miss I'd-Love-To-Do-Homework-For-The-Rest-Of-My-Life. Miss How-Many-Extra-Credit-Problems-Can-I-Do? Miss I've-Never-Gotten-Anything-Lower-Than-An-A-With-Thirty-Three Pluses, has been assigned to tutor him. He couldn't believe it, he almost fell out of his chair.

But, if he wants to be the King in the school's play, Anna and the the King of Siam (and he really, really wants to), his father says he has to get a B+ on his next math test.

They study together and he actually starts to get the hang of long division. Will he get a B+ on his test? But, if he does, there is someone else blocking his path to playing the King - Nick McKelty. Nick is the school bully with iguana-cage breath and he also wants to be king.

This is a super funny book and I thinks kids will love it.

Next week I will blog about another one of his books. 

Now go over to Shannon Messenger's Blog and see what other Middle Grade books people are blogging about.

Happy Writing - and Reading!




14 comments:

  1. What a title! I'd heard about the Fonz writing children's books, but this is the first review I've seen. Sounds good enough to add to my TBR list. Thanks for recommending. I'm sure you will enjoy hearing Henry Winkler speak next month.

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    1. Hi Greg. Yes, I'm looking forward to seeing him and hear what he has to say. I was reading another one of his books this morning while I was walking, and there were quite a few laugh out loud moments.

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  2. This sounds really sweet. I think you're right, little kids would really like this. Thanks for the review!

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    1. You're welcome. Yes, I agree, young kids will love it.

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  3. I remember enjoying the first Hank Zipzer book but haven't read any others. Sounds like fun. And a bit like The Fourteen Fibs of Gregory K. by Greg Pincus (the math part, anyway). I'm jealous that you'll get to hear Henry Winkler.

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    1. Hi Joanne! I'm anxious to hear him talk. Would love to get to say hi and shake his hand :o)

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  4. I haven't read any of the Fonz's books. Sounds like I should give them a try. Thanks for the review.

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    1. I think you should, Rosi. I think they are best selling because kids like humorous books - plus they get a message across, too. It's okay to be different.

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  5. This sounds like a fun book. I was completely drawn in by the hilarious title! I haven't read any of the Fonz's books--thanks for the feature!

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    1. Hi Jenni. I think you should give them a try - you won't be sorry.

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  6. This sounds like a great book. What an opportunity to hear the author speak. This review is great and I want to check out some Fonz's books.

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    1. Hi Brenda, thanks for the comment. Yes, I'm anxious to hear him.

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  7. I haven't read them either, but I've heard that they're good. I'm sure you'll enjoy the program!

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    1. Thanks, Marcia. I'm sure I will too.

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