Fake Snakes and Weird Wizards

Here’s Hank, #4

Written by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver, Illustrated by Scott Garrett

I thoroughly enjoy the Here’s Hank chapter books, as do my children. Each book has a positive message and a positive role model. Fake Snakes and Weird Wizards is the fourth book in the series, featuring second-grader Hank. (Here’s Hank series is the prequel to the Hank Zipzer series for older readers; which is also excellent.)

The story is cute, funny, realistic, and even suspenseful. Hank’s younger sister Emily wants a special magician to come and perform at her birthday party. Her family can’t afford to hire ‘The Westside Wizard’, but that does not stop Hank from trying to be the hero and make Emily’s birthday party a dream come true. Only everything he tries seems to turn into a disaster. The pictures are adorable as are the characters.

FYI: “The books in the Here’s Hank series are designed using the font Dyslexie, developed specifically for dyslexic readers. It’s designed to make letters more distinct from one another and to keep them tied down, so to speak, so that the reader is less likely to flip them in their minds. The letters in the font are also spaced wide apart to make reading them easier. www.dyslexiefont.com

Review by Jennifer Ford, South Kearns Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 1-4

Here’s Hank, #4
Fake Snakes and Weird Wizards
Written by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver, Illustrated by Scott Garrett
Grosset & Dunlap
123 pages
Release Date: 2015

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