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The author recounts Zinkoff's story--a case study of sorts--in short sentences from a deliberately reportorial point of view, documenting the first years of the boy's life and his evolution into a loser. What makes the book charming and buoyant is that the reader, like Zinkoff's parents and his favorite teacher, appreciates the boy's oblivious joie de vivre and his divine quirks. What is less compelling about the novel is the "let this be a lesson to us" heavy-handedness that accompanies the reportorial approach. Still, Spinelli comes through again with a lively, often moving story with humor and heart to spare. (Ages 8 to 12) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A good bedtime story, eye opener, jaw dropper, and a funny loser, like me, and I'm only in the 6th gradePublished 1 month ago by Hannah
It could have been a little better and a little more detailed. Going bsck through the book...i couldn't find what Zinkoff looks like. Overall though great bookPublished 3 months ago by allyson thornton
Kids and Mid teens
So well done and so full of heart
Loved it all nothing could be better
Booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo it sucked sucked it bad it's boring and I do not like that book at alllllllll... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Christopher Shafer