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Here's Hank: Bookmarks are People Too!

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Here's Hank: Bookmarks are People Too!

I’m always a bit leery of books that are written by celebrities. Henry Winkler came into the limelight in the 70’s, when he played “the Fonz” in the hit TV series “Happy Days.” I was very pleasantly surprised when I read this book --- apparently, Winkler has added “writing children’s books” to his long list of talents!

Here’s Hank is Winkler’s second series of books starring Hank Zipzer. The first series starred Hank as a middle-school student and comprised 17 books. Here’s Hank goes back to when Hank was in the second grade.

Winkler addresses the issue of learning to read differently by saying, “No matter how you learn, it has nothing to do with your brilliance. You have greatness inside of you.”

In the first book in the series --- HERE’S HANK: Bookmarks are People Too --- Hank’s teacher wants the class to put on a play about books and reading. Each student is supposed to read the script, decide which part they would like to play and audition for the part. When Hank is handed the script, he has trouble reading it. His best friend Frankie helps him read it so they can decide which parts they want. Hank wants to be Aqua Fly, a comic book superhero that lives in an underwater cave fly. But in order to play that part, he has to read and memorize a lot of lines. Can he do it?

Here’s what Hank says you need to know about him: “I don’t try to make the kids in my class laugh, but somehow I do. Spelling is y worst subject. (Come to thin of it, so are math and reading!) I try hard – I really do. So why does my brain always freeze into a Popsicle?”

Winkler suffered from dyslexia as a child. He was extremely bright, but he had great difficulty learning to read. He used his considerable talent to write books for kids who have the same issues. The font used in the Here’s Hank books, Dyslexie, was designed by the Dutch graphic designer Christian Boer specifically to help readers with dyslexia learn how to read.

Not everyone learns how to read (or to do anything else, for that matter) the same way. Winkler addresses the issue of learning to read differently by saying, “No matter how you learn, it has nothing to do with your brilliance. You have greatness inside of you.” 

 

This is a great book for kids who are struggling to read. It’s also a good story for kids who don’t have trouble reading.

Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin on February 10, 2014

Here's Hank: Bookmarks are People Too!
by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver

  • Publication Date: February 6, 2014
  • Genres: Children's, Fiction
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
  • ISBN-10: 0448482398
  • ISBN-13: 9780448482392