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Bookmarks Are People Too! #1 (Here's Hank) Paperback – February 6, 2014
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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Why I liked this book:
*Has a plot that is interesting and full of humor my kids can enjoy.
*The main character was bullied and not the best in school but used humor and confidence to diffuse both situations.
*Shows great examples of how to be a good friend; the main characters helped rather than teased or put down each other.
*Unlike the Magic Tree House Series, the Here's Hank books use correct sentence structure, grammar, and punctuation, setting a good example for emerging readers/writers.
*Uses the dyslexie font, and a larger font size. My 8 year old daughter is not diagnosed dyslexic, but does not take the time to properly sound out words and often mixes things up--I noticed that this happens less with this book, and even my first grader seems to read this easier than some other books, even though there are more challenging words in this one.
*There are a few pictures to break up each chapter.
*Girls and boys are friends.
Note: The chapters in this book are fairly long, and might seem daunting for your first or second grader if the child is not a strong reader. I read this first book in the series as a read aloud, and each child took turns reading a few pages from each chapter, and I read the rest. In this way we finished the book in just a couple of days, as the kids always wanted to read more. I have to say, I am way more impressed with this book than I initially thought I was going to be, and will be ordering more books in the series.