Hank Zipzer: The Cow Poop Treasure Hunt — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day:

“I have written a great many stories and I still don’t know how to go about it except to write it and take my chances.” 

~ John Steinbeck ~

Gifts for My Writer Friends:

Greg Pattridge has some great links to important articles on his blog once a week. Check it out HERE.  You might want to be sure you are subscribed to his blog. The article HERE is so important for us writers to read. Do NOT miss the one HERE about what middle grade readers want.

The Writer magazine has a good article HERE on Eight Writing Commandments to (sometimes) Break.

We all know character introspection can be the kiss of death in a story, but it’s sometimes necessary and useful. Janice Hardy has ways to make it work in the post HERE.

Last week I said I wouldn’t be here this week. Just goes to show that when you get as old as I am, you forget how to read a calendar. I am leaving in the morning for my trip and will be gone NEXT weekend at the family reunion. Sheesh. It sucks to get old.

Last week I offered a copy of the very magical Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead to one of you. I am departing from my usual drawing this week and awarding this book to C. Lee McKenzie. Lee is a writer who needs a little magic in her life right now. Her book Some Very Messy Medieval Magic was recently released and it looks like a winner. But shortly after that great event, Lee’s husband suddenly and unexpectedly passed away. She has young children and needs support from all of us, especially other writers. I just bought her book and will be reviewing it here soon. I hope you will also buy her book and spread the word about it. Honestly, it looks really good. It’s going on my trip to Colorado with me. Maybe I’ll read it to my grandkids in the car when someone else is taking a turn driving.

Hank ZipzerI recently received some books from Candlewick Press they offered me for review. One of them is a Hank Zipzer book by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver. It is Hank Zipzer: The Cow Poop Treasure Hunt. I have always loved Henry Winkler as an actor and, I heard some years ago he had started writing middle-grade books, but I never got around to reading any of them until now. I wish I hadn’t waited so long. This is some really funny stuff.

Hank Zipzer is a perfect middle-grade character, someone boys that age will absolutely relate to. He is an underachiever of the first order and yet has a pretty high opinion of himself much of the time. All he really wants is a little freedom, but his parents keep him on a pretty tight leash. Hank really wants  to go to the mall with his friends without parental supervision. Is that too much to ask? Apparently. But Hank decides to prove he’s mature enough for the challenge by cooking dinner for the family. It does not go well. But Hank isn’t finished yet. He realizes he has to do something drastic to prove himself. Signing up for survival camp run by Miss Adolf, the toughest teacher at school is the drastic thing he chooses, and it is drastic. Hank’s nemesis, McKelty (or as Hank likes to say McSmelty), happens to be going too. And

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Henry Winkler

somehow Hank talks his two best friends Frankie and Ashley into signing up as well. I will just leave you with the thoughts of camp food, leaky tents, cow pies, and Hank and McKelty as tent mates. As I said, this is some really funny stuff. An added bonus is the book is set in a font that is designed to boost readability for kids who are dyslexic. It’s a quick, easy read for middle-graders that will hold the attention of the most reluctant reader.

I have a gently-read ARC for one of you. All you need do is be a follower or subscriber (it’s free!), have a U.S. address, and leave a comment below. If you would like extra chances, please share the link to this post on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media outlet and let me know you have done that. If you are reading this in your email, please click HERE to get to my blog, then click on the title of the post, and leave a comment. And don’t forget to check for other Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday posts at the Greg Pattridge’s blog HERE.


11 thoughts on “Hank Zipzer: The Cow Poop Treasure Hunt — Review & Giveaway”

  1. Thanks for the Middle Grade in the News shout out and for another set of thought provoking articles from Janice Hardy and The Writer.
    I first came across Hank Zipzer when Lin Oliver talked about it at a conference a few years back. I never came across one of the books and then this past weekend I was flipping the channels around and found a television series by the same name. Seemed to be set in Great Britain but starred the character on the cover of this book (along with Henry Winkler). Very funny and I’m always looking for books to get boys interested in reading.


  2. This sounds like a wonderful and funny book. And I might really enjoy it, even though I am way beyond middle school. But better that someone wins it who has a middle school child in their life.


  3. Thanks for Greg Partridge’s links. I enjoyed them immensely. I read and reviewed Lee’s “Some Very Messy Medieval Magic” a few weeks back. She’s a good writer and a terrific person. It’s sad the shock she’s had to go through. Enjoyed the above review of the Hank Zipper book, although I will pass on winning a copy, as I have way too many books right now demanding to be read first. Have a good road trip and family reunion.


  4. I am glad this book won’t be published until November. I also have an arc and will wait to review it. I met both Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver in 2011 at an SCBWI conference and have always intended to review their entertaining books. Winkler was dyslexic and his story is so inspiring for young people. Great review. I can’t wait to read my copy. And, you aren’t old — enjoy your reunion.


  5. I love Henry Winkler and have to read this hilarious book. Thanks for trying to brighten C. Lee’s life a bit after such devastating news. I shared this giveaway on tumblr, pinterest, facebook, google+ and twitter.


  6. I’ve always been curious about this series because Henry Winkler is one of the authors. Thanks for shouting out about Lee’s book. And I’m taking care of my mom and feel just like you about forgetting things.


  7. I love Henry Winkler’s kid’s books. I have a few of them and I got one of them autographed by him when he visited Ripley a few years ago. He is so nice and hung out after his talk and autographed his books and posed for selfies. I got a couple pics of us together. You are right they are very funny. Would love to win this one. Thanks for the review.


  8. I heard him speak at an SCBWI conference and he was wonderful! I don’t know how you do it, Rosi…always a wonderful quote, so many gifts for your writer friends, and books, books, books!


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