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Calvin Coconut: The Zippy Fix Library Binding – September 8, 2009

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Book 2 of 6 in the Calvin Coconut Series

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Grade 3–4—This book is bewildering. It's written to a very narrow audience, one that apparently needs to already know about Hawaiian pidgin. Newly independent readers will be confused as to why some characters speak as such: "Whose birfday you was talking about back at the store? You going to buy um cake and pointy hats, or what?" Also problematic is the use of some odd terms: one character calls another a "strange bazooks." Furthermore, there are times when Calvin's words don't ring true for a boy his age. According to him, Stella's eyes "twinkled like sequins"; and he instructs his pals to "run silent, run fast." What fourth grader speaks like this? There are issues of randomness within the plot, too; for example, Calvin's attempt at mischievous revenge on 16-year-old Stella, who lives with his family, backfires and forces him to make amends, but it is so bogged down in inexplicable plot distractions and exasperating language quirks that any accompanying entertainment value is utterly lost.—Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR END --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Graham Salisbury is the author of Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet, as well as several novels for older readers. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Jacqueline Rogers has illustrated more than 90 books for young readers. She lives in Chatham, New York.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 440L (What's this?)
  • Series: Calvin Coconut
  • Library Binding: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385906404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385906401
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,328,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My son and I really enjoyed this book. Although he is 9 and could read it himself easily, I read it to him at bedtime. The characters are well-developed and the story line was appropriate for a 9 year old. I am glad that I found the Calvin Coconut books! We read the ones we found at the library and bought 2 others from Amazon.
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I am an elementary teacher and just read Calvin Coconut: The Zippy Fix. I LOVED it!! It's perfect for children between the ages of 8 and 12 who will easily make connections to this book and its characters. Calvin's experiences teach children about having good character; responsibility, perseverance, caring, respect, integrity, and self-discipline. Being that its setting is Hawaii, children from all over can get a taste of the culture through authentic situations. Graham Salisbury has captured the heart and mind of Calvin and draws the reader into Calvin's world. This book would also be engaging for younger children as a fun read-aloud. Lots of great conversations will flow while reading the book. Calvin Coconut books will get children hooked on reading and have them asking for more!

Graham Salisbury's books are all outstanding and draw children into the world of books and a love of reading!
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Graham Salisbury's CALVIN COCONUT: THE ZIPPY FIX receives Jacqueline Rogers' fine drawings and tells of a fourth grader who lives near the beach in Hawaii. His babysitter teases him all the time and he decides to stop it - with disastrous effects. A fun story of zany encounters accompanies a story of growing up in Hawaii.
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My grandson loved it and that is what matters to me. He is following the Calvin Cucunut series of books and this was one of a few her has already read.
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