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A Girl Named Zippy Paperback – September 3, 2002
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Top Customer Reviews
I resisted it for over a year, fearing it was going to be a sappy, feel-good story. Wrong. It's utterly original, utterly uplifting, utterly hilarious, utterly wonderful. Do NOT fail to read this book.
Haven Kimmel, or Zippy as she's come to be known due to the fact she used to zip around the house as a toddler, has opened her life to us. The laughter begins on page 2 when Zippy's sister comments on the type of people who would be willing to read a book about life in teeny Mooreland, Indiana. Well, count me in! Reading this book was such pure, emphatic joy. Zippy reminds me a bit of a female Dennis the Menace -- little bit of a pest, but sweet, mostly innocent, and a lot curious. The stories inside are told with a poignant tone, a wistfullness for the days when life was simple, despite how big it all seemed when you were only 3-feet-tall.
A happy childhood -- a breath of fresh air if you ask me. Stories like this make me grateful I grew up in a small town, and that if I thought hard enough I could come up with some stories of my own. A Girl Named Zippy has something for everybody, and a book that I will forever hold in high regard. Wonderful!
January 8, 2005
One of my favorite books read in 2004 was this one, A GIRL NAMED ZIPPY by Haven Kimmel. I'm not one to read memoirs, but the front cover caught my eye. The photo of this nearly bald headed little girl in a ruffled blue dress and huge eyes and big ears was something that I couldn't walk away from. And with enough recommendations from other readers, I finally picked up the book at the end of 2004.
Zippy was the nickname of Haven Kimmel, because of the way she used to zip around the room. The book is told from her point of view, but through her eyes as a young precocious girl. We see things as they happened years ago, starting from how she thinks (in her humorous way) her mother and the rest of her family saw her. One of the funniest sections of this memoir was Zippy recalling her mother's journal and writing about Zippy, and the fact that she hadn't spoken a word until the age of three. When Zippy finally spoke her first words and they were "I'll make a deal with you", spoken to her father, her mother's journal entry was "Now that we know she can talk, all I can say is `dear God. Please give that child some hair. Amen'". There were lines like this and many more that had me laughing out loud as I read.
A GIRL NAMED ZIPPY is told in little vignettes, and goes back and forth in time. The reader is reliving Kimmel's childhood through flashes of memory, one leading into another, and not necessarily in chronological order. Although this style doesn't always work, I felt it was perfect for this book. The short chapters made this book a fast read.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book. I really related to Zippy. This book made me laugh out loud on many occasions. Very sweet and fun.Published 2 days ago by Pocketbat
What a perfectly charming book. I sped through it and was quite sad when I turned the last page. The writing is extremely good.Published 7 days ago by Diana Clark
Who knew someone else besides me mixed up the works yellow and pink? And to find out both Zippy and her sister did was simple a revelation that left me speechless. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Janice D. Pope
A funny and heart-warming story which makes you laugh, cry, and enjoy this story of a small town girl and her quirky family, friends, and neighbors. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
Such a different read. So funny, I could picture everything she was saying. Very enjoyable.
She was a very precocious little girl.
I thought this was just delightful ! A charming and loving look at the quirky characters that populate a small town. Highly recommended 😊Published 12 days ago by Ruth Bain
Funny and evocative and fresh. I had never read this charming memoir and I really enjoyed it. Zippy is someone it would be fun to know.Published 15 days ago by Ceci
I loved this book! I tend to read fantasy. This was a welcome change. I found myself disappointed that I turned the last page. Such a charming book.Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer