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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-5--The third entry in the series explores friendship, forgiveness, understanding, and honesty. Hank promises to videotape an obscure science fiction movie for Frankie if the other boy will perform in his magic show. Unfortunately, the program guide on the television moves too quickly for Hank, and he accidentally tapes the wrong show, leaving his friend angry and disappointed. Hank must come up with a science experiment topic, and his mistake prompts him to try and invent a slow-scrolling TV channel guide for less-skilled readers. He dismantles his family's cable box and finds it difficult to reassemble. When he isn't paying attention, his sister's iguana moves into it and refuses to leave. In the end, Hank's increasingly elaborate schemes, his implied learning disability, and the iguana's eggs are all exposed. The wordy, first-person narration sometimes gets in the way of an already meandering story. Everything that happens is plausible enough, and Hank is a likable protagonist with good intentions. However, the authors frequently rely on his narrative role to take facile storytelling shortcuts and convey heavy-handed messages. "That's what you call true friendship," he unnecessarily explains after a simple gesture of kindness. Still, this child-friendly title is by no means the worst recent contribution to the celebrity children's book canon.--Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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It's science-project time in Ms. Adolf's class, and Hank is in the doldrums. He loves science--the experiments, the labs, the equipment--but he hates the report part--the hypothesis, the methodology, the conclusions. Hank turns to TV to take his mind off things, which becomes another annoyance when the program directory scrolls by too quickly for Hank to know what's on when. So he decides to take apart the cable box to try slowing down the crawl. And it'll make a great science project, too! But Hank wasn't counting on his sister Emily's iguana laying eighteen eggs in the disassembled cable box!

How's Hank going to get out of this one? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 8
  • Lexile Measure: 670L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap; English Language edition (September 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448432129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448432120
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

Great job Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver !
Darcie B
"Day of the Iguana" and the other eight books will do for boys what "The Babysitters Club" did for girls.
Aalea
The only books my 4th grader enjoys reading!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Aalea VINE VOICE on July 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
The way I see it, any book that can keep a 10 year old boy away from his video games, gets 5 stars and then some. "Day of the Iguana" and the other eight books will do for boys what "The Babysitters Club" did for girls. I've been waiting a long time for something boys can relate to other than "Yu Gi Oh" comic books and "Captain Underpants." Henry Winkler has done that with Hank Zipzer and his friends, he's made reading fun for boys. You can count on Hank getting himself in a situation that would be best handled being straightforward and you can count on him going out of his way being anything but. The best part is watching you kid choose Hank over the TV. Parents all over will understand just what an accomplishment that is.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 12, 2004
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This is one of the best children's books I have read in a long time. I read it to my 4th grade class and they didn't want me to put it down. I don't know a kid that can't identify with Hank Zipzer in one way or another. It was very easy to read and quite enjoyable. My class gives it 44 thumbs up. Keep up the good work Henry Winkler.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D the surfer on October 15, 2004
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When my mom gave me this book for Christmas I didn't really want to read it. Once I found it on my book shelf and started reading it I couldn't put it down. After I finished the book it was so funny and great that I wanted to read it again. I give this book five stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Darcie B on March 12, 2010
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The Hank Zipzer series of books are the greatest. Great job Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver ! They have such great (clean) humor and what memories it brings back from those awkward elementary school years. These books are geared not just for kids, but for adult enjoyment too. My son and I have read the first 4 and loved them all. They make for a nice book report for school too, each around 150 pages and they just whiz by. Another thing we like is that even from the first paragraph, it has your attention. :)
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By Steven R. McEvoy on June 9, 2009
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As the back of the book says: "Hank Zipzer: He's smart. He's creative. He's funny. His pencils are sharpened. His binders are bound. He wants to do well in school - he really does. He tries not to be lazy, like his parents claim he is. So why is he always getting into trouble?" Maybe just because he is Hank Zipzer. Hank is blessed with good friends, a good family, and even exceptional intelligence. The problem is he has learning disabilities, and even though he tries hard, things do not always go as he plans. With the big science fair coming up, who can imagine the problems Hank will run into.

Hank comes up with a fantastic idea for his science project. He plans on trying to make the TV Guide on cable easier for kids with learning disabilities to read. He plans to take apart the family cable box and experiment with it. But while he has the box apart his sisters Iguana lays eggs in it. Zipzer must rethink his plan and deal with a nesting Iguana under his bed. Oh what an adventure.

Hank Zipzer Books:

1. Niagara Falls, or Does It?
2. I Got a "D" in Salami
3. Day of the Iguana
4. My Secret Life as a Ping-Pong Wizard
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?
9. Zippety Zinger
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
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A Kid's Review on February 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
The Day of the Iguana tells the story of a fourth grader named Hank Zipzer and his sister's iguana. Science projects are coming due for Hank, so he has to find a project and fast. He gets the idea to take apart his cable box and see what's inside. Wha† he didn't count on is his sister Emily's iguaua laying 23 eggs.

This book gives you a look at a boy called Hank Zipzer and how he gets through a few months of fourth grade with his best friend Frankie and his sister Emily and her iguana Catharine. The story starts in the beautiful modern city of New York. Hank has to put on a magic show for his twin cousins and promises Frankie to tape a monster movie when there doing the show but he accidentally presses the wrong button and tapes something else. Hank feels so guilty that he decides to take apart a cable box and see if he can prevent that from happening in the future. My favorite part in the book is when the baby iguanas are born. They are so cute. I recommend this book to children and family because it is about honor and trust. It is a great book and teaches kids that iguana birth can make a big change to your life. It also teaches you how to be a great friend.

W.S.
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A Kid's Review on December 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book talks about friends putting on a magic show for Hank's cousins. Frankie, one of Hank's friends, is the magician. He remembers that he wants to see a monster movie so Hank says he's going to record it.But he presses the wrong button. Frankie gets mad when they get home. Hank is so sorry he takes the cable box apart. They buy a new one the guy for the cable company has a copy of the movie that Hank didn't record. Then Hank invites Frankie over to see the movie.I like this book because it has a good ending and it like he's talking to you.
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