Students with learning differences will enjoy this series of chapter books about Hank Zipzer, the world’s greatest underachiever. Through Hank’s everyday adventures, the series deals with learning differences in a kind and humorous way. The stories are inspired by the true life experiences of author Henry Winkler, first known for his starring role as the Fonz in Happy Days. There are 17 titles in the series and Bookshare has them all!
The titles themselves give clues to the fun inside the books. Here are a few:
Niagara Falls, or Does It? (#1) “He’s smart, creative and funny but writing a five paragraph essay about what he did last summer sounds impossible because he’s not so good at writing, spelling or other school subjects. Since he can’t write about Niagara Falls, he decides to build it.”
Help! Somebody Get Me Out of Fourth Grade (#7) Hank is worried that he might need to repeat the fourth grade. Can he and his buddies come up with a plan so his parents will miss his parent teacher conference?
The Curtain Went Down, My Pants Went Up (#11) “Hank Zipzer is failing math, so he has to work with Heather Payne, resident class brain, to help get his grades up. At the same time, Hank’s school is putting on a production of The King and I.”
Barfing in the Backseat: How I Survived My Family Road Trip (#12) “Hank’s dad has decided to enter a crossword-puzzle tournament, and he wants to make a family road trip of it!”