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Bookmarks Are People Too! #1 (Here's Hank) [Kindle Edition]

Henry Winkler , Lin Oliver , Scott Garrett
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Hank stars the same Hank as in the bestselling Hank Zipzer series, only this time he's in 2nd grade! Hank is a kid who doesn't try to be funny, but he somehow always makes the kids in his class laugh. He's pretty bad at memorizing stuff, and spelling is his worst subject. (But so are math and reading!) In the first book in this new series, Hank's class is putting on a play, and Hank wants the lead part: Aqua Fly. But he freezes in his audition and can only buzz like a fly. His teacher creates a special part for Hank, a silent bookmark. This may seem like an insignificant role, but when his enemy, Nick McKelty, freezes during the performance, it's up to Hank to save the play!

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 1–3—Set two years before the first Hank Zipzer books (Penguin), this prequel tells the story of how Frankie, Ashley, and Hank came to be friends and introduces readers to Hank's family, neighbors, and classmates. As in the original series, Hank's impulsiveness, disorganization, and penchant for jokes get him into hot water. Only in the second grade, his learning difficulties have not yet been diagnosed, and he struggles with feeling like his brain is full of "soggy oatmeal." The book is set in a typeface Hank would appreciate: it was specifically designed to help readers with dyslexia differentiate letters. The plot and tone, as well as the short sentences, brief chapters, wide margins, and frequent spot art are typical of other early chapter book series. Give this to readers who enjoy the "Horrible Harry" and "George Brown, Class Clown" (both, Penguin) series.—Sarah Stone, San Francisco Public Library

From Booklist

This new Hank Zipzer series is a prequel, placing our old pal Hank in the second grade. Hank, who has a bit of trouble focusing and a lot of trouble reading and memorizing, learns that his class will perform a play for their parents. Despite help from friends Frankie and Ashley, Hank fails the audition, losing out to tough classmate Nick. Ms. Flowers, Hank’s teacher, recognizes that he tried, and she rewards him with a special nonspeaking part: a bookmark. Teased by Nick, Hank learns to buffer the negativity with humor. In the end, Hank embraces his role, and when the play is presented, guess who saves the day? This first installment in a promising series presents children’s unfiltered observations and captures the personalities and perspectives of second-graders. It is filled with laugh lines based on literal understanding and use of language. An added bonus is the Dyslexie font, which was created for persons with dyslexia but helps many other young readers in distinguishing letters and words, too. Grades 1-3. --Jeanne Fredriksen

Product Details

  • File Size: 26568 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (February 6, 2014)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GAH3S8I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,021 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny book made for a new generation of kids February 13, 2014
“Bookmarks Are People Too” is the first title in the ‘Here's Hank’ series, an imaginative work made by co-authors Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver decorated with black-and-white illustrations made by Scott Garrett.

The readers have already met the main character of this series – Hank - from the known Hank Zipzer series, though Hank is now a bit older and in the second grade. Hank is the kind of kid you surely had in your class, and your kids have it as well - although he does not even try to be funny, everything he does, and even what he does not, is causing hoots of laughter, and the school is certainly not the place where he likes to be the most.

The story of the book revolves around a play in which Hank wants to be the main actor, though during the audition because of stage fright all he planned before will fail. However, the teacher will give him a second chance creating especially for him a silent bookmark role; the circumstances will dictate that Hank will receive an opportunity of which he could only dream of, and the title role of which he dreamed would never be closer…

“Bookmarks Are People Too” is funny beginning of a new series for elementary school children that for the main character has a boy with whom can be easily identified, who is not perfect, though causing sympathy from all around. This is also the story of how opportunities are waiting all around us, even when it does not look so, so we cannot give up on our dreams.

Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver’s book is made for a new generation of kids because the ones who enjoyed the Hank Zipzer when originally it was written, in the meantime has grown up. So if your kids are not familiar with Hank’s earlier adventures after reading this one they certainly will be interested to find out what happened earlier in Hank's life.

And if they already know everything, a better announcement this book doesn’t need.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hank, a heck of a guy! February 18, 2014
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This a wonderful, creative story that touches on the struggles of a child with dyslexia. As a child with dyslexia is much more than his disability, this amusing tale bring this to light with a clever plot and a satisfying twist at the end. As a reading teacher who specializes with this population, I love finding new books to share with my students. I especially like the caring, supportive attitude shown to Hank by his classmates. They and his teacher help him feel an integral part of the classroom and an important cog in the whole educational experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Parents and children will laugh together February 17, 2014
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This series is perfect for second graders. It's character building, relatable, and provides loads of laughter. I read this with my son and had several belly laughs with him! The pages are filled with great illustrations that appeal particularly well to children. You will root for the underdog and see compassion in your own child as you read it. It will impart great strategies for handling difficult situations. Hank is creative, resouceful and best of all....human!
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5.0 out of 5 stars My son loves this book! April 18, 2014
This book is great for kids who would rather play video games or watch TV than read. My son who is in 1st grade wanted nothing to do with books until I bought him this and now he reads every night and can't put it down! Helped kicked his video game addiction! ( He is playing them a lot less and reading a lot more and liking it!) I highly recommend this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great books April 16, 2014
By Maryk
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See my review of Book One. Any child (or perhaps adult) who has problems reading should have these books. They are written so well and are so easy to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Story for both boys and girls! July 11, 2014
By monika
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A wonderful book! Funny and enjoyable for the whole family. Even our Grandpa loved it! The book is well written. Shows nice character development and an interesting story line. I especially appreciated it because it is a book in which the main character does not like to read books. I think many school age children will be able to relate and maybe even get turned on to reading!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book! May 2, 2014
By MyBooks
Format:Kindle Edition
I think that the book, Here’s Hank, is an amazing book! If you want a book that is funny, I recommend this book. In my reading group, I read Here’s Hank and my favorite character would have be Frankie because he is generous to others and he is someone in the book you will meet. Keep reading your books and please read this book. Have fun with Here’s Hank?
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book great content April 10, 2014
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Watched this getting promoted on Morning Joe on MSNBC by Henry himself. Looks good and is read w/o any problem
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this book
Cleverly written and fun book to read with my second grader. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
Published 17 days ago by Ruth M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by mrs. diane corbet
5.0 out of 5 stars Got to meet the author. Love him.
Love the book. Will buy all his books. Just wish I could get him to sign them for me.
Published 4 months ago by Texas Buckeye
5.0 out of 5 stars These are the best books ever for a child with dyslexia
These are the best books ever for a child with dyslexia!!! Thank you Mr. Winkler and hope more are published soon!!!
Published 5 months ago by Terry A. Christensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift
I bought these new when they first came out, and I thought they would be age-appropriate and a fun read for other kids around that age. I believe he said he looovvvveed it.
Published 9 months ago by Sassafrass
5.0 out of 5 stars My reluctant readers loved it!
Great for struggling readers! Easy to read this book helps to build confidence. Students on a first grade level can read this with a little assistance.
Published 10 months ago by amy sloan
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy this product~
Great books! Believe they have improved my grandson's reading. And, he enjoys them! Think I'll order the whole series! Thanks!
Published 10 months ago by Regina Marchant
5.0 out of 5 stars remarkable !!
Print type is very easily read as compared to most books. The story is good too and age appropriate. Very good.
Published 10 months ago by Chistiann
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