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Big Whopper (Zigzag Kids) Paperback – August 10, 2010

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Book 2 of 7 in the Zigzag Kids Series

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Gr 2-4–This series kicks off with a spunky introduction to the students at Zelda A. Zigzag School. Mitchell and his sister, Angel, are the new kids. He's not too sure about some of his schoolmates or the Afternoon Center that they attend, but he's sure about one thing: he wants to win a medal on prize day. Mitchell goes on nature walks, swims, paints, and gets homework help at the center, and worries that he may not be Number One at any activity. On prize day, however, he gets a big surprise. In Big Whopper, the Afternoon Center kids set out to list all of their discoveries. Everyone can think of at least something with the exception of Destiny, who, in desperation, makes up a “discovery” about a famous ancestor. Soon, she is in over her head, trying to find her way out of her big whopper of a lie. When Destiny comes clean, she finds out that she is good at making discoveries after all. Readers new to chapter books will love these quick-paced, fun stories. Spot illustrations and a generous font size add to their approachability. It won't take long for the kids of Zelda A. Zigzag School to become favorites.Amanda Moss Struckmeyer, Middleton Public Library, WI
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About the Author

Patricia Reilly Giff is the author of many beloved books for children, including the Kids of the Polk Street School books, the Friends and Amigos books, and the Polka Dot Private Eye books. Several of her novels for older readers have been chosen as ALA-ALSC Notable Books and ALA-YALSA Best Books for Young Adults. They include The Gift of the Pirate Queen; All the Way Home; Water Street; Nory Ryan's Song, a Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Golden Kite Honor Book for Fiction; and the Newbery Honor Books Lily's Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods. Lily's Crossing was also chosen as a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book. Her most recent books are Number One Kid, Eleven, Wild Girl, and The Storyteller. Patricia Reilly Giff lives in Connecticut.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 300L (What's this?)
  • Series: Zigzag Kids (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; 1 edition (August 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553494694
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553494693
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,284,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patricia Reilly Giff's BIG WHOPPER and NUMBER ONE KID provide two new additions to the 'Zigzag Kids' series. BIG WHOPPER tells of Discovery Week at the Zigzag Afternoon Center, during a week where Destiny can't think of anything new to contribute. Her Big whopper gets her into trouble with her peers in this fun tale. NUMBER ONE KID tells of Mitchell, who wants to be Number One at the Zigzag Afternoon Center, where there are lots of activities to choose from. But what if he's the only kid who doesn't get a prize on Prize Day? His discovery of what he can excel at makes for a fun tale.
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This was totally random and disjointed. I HATED this book and could not wait to get through it. So meandering - one event totally unrelated to the next. How this kind of book gets published I have no idea. Not easy to read and even harder to explain. I have never gotten so upset as to write an amazon review for a kids' book but this one put me over the top. Awful, awful, awful.
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