Lin Oliver and Henry Winkler: Hank Zipzer authors
Hank Zipzer is a character invented by Henry Winkler – though I wonder how much of the character is based upon himself as he had struggled with learning though nobody understood that he had dyslexia but wasn’t diagnosed until he was in his 30’s.
The first Hank Zipzer book that I read was “The Curtain Went Up, My Pants Fell Down” Hilarious. I laughed out loud with almost every page.
I really liked how in this particular story, it is not the obvius talent put who play the leads. The director picks those that seem to struggle – someone he can help mold into the part.
Hank’s fifth grade teacher is named Ms. Adolf – I’m guessing a play on words, as she appears to be stern and unfeeling, but perhaps not quite Hitler. Just his first name.
In my mind, Henry Winkler does the narration for the character Hank Zipzer. I think the voice of Principal Love twould sound like Ben Stein.
I tried reading it to Jenna, but she’s just not interested and she has a marvelous sense of humor. She just doesn’t identify with the character at all.
Learning has always come natural and easy for Jenna. She doesn’t feel pressure from others that she’s being made fun of – nor does she make fun of others. She’s got a great gift of accepting others as who they are and never stereotypes another based on looks or behaviors. Although she has ruled out bullies, she still treats them with respect.
I didn’t have a learning disability. I enjoyed learning things – at my own level. I liked learning what I wanted to learn but for the most part did not enjoy what was being taught. I had a tendency to tune things out and daydreamed entirely too much. I was never a class clown. More of the shy wallflower. But I can relate to some of Hank Zipzer’s character.
I like the series for a few reasons. One would be the font size. Because I don’t struggle with my failing eyesight. Two, I believe all seventeen stories come in paperback (at least they have thus far) which is less weight in my backpack (good reason, huh?) and three, because it’s easy reading, marvelously written and really does put a smile of my face.
Now that my school years are so into the past, I learn older I get, the more that I really do enjoy learning. Many of the things I refused to learn in my youth have become more interesting as I age. I also enjoy being entertained with Witty humor. Thank you Henry Winkler for Hank Zipzer!