Hank Zipzer: The Curtain Went Up, My Trousers Fell Down by Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver
  

Hank Zipzer: The Curtain Went Up, My Trousers Fell Down

Written by Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver
Part of the Hank Zipzer Series

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Love the new CBBC series? Read the original books! TV tie-in edition of the New York Times bestselling series about the hilarious adventures of a cheeky, loveable hero. In this story, Hank is the star in the school play, but a costume disaster on opening night threatens the whole show. Twelve-year-old Hank is a likeable, struggling hero that readers will adore. He is a smart and resourceful boy with a unique perspective on the world. Hank has dyslexia, and when problems arise, he deals with them in a way no one else would - putting him on a direct collision course with his teachers and parents.

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Hank Zipzer: The Curtain Went Up, My Trousers Fell Down by Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver

The 13X30-minute children's show first aired on CBBC from Jan 2014. CBBC is the top rating children's channel in the UK for 6-12 year olds. It is home to popular programmes such as Deadly 60, Horrible Histories, Shaun the Sheep, Merlin and Tracy Beaker. Henry Winkler, the author of the original books on which the TV series is based, stars as Mr Rock the music teacher. Series also features comedy talent Felicity Montagu as Ms Adolf (Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, I'm Alan Partridge, Bridget Jones' Diary, Nighty Night) and Neil Fitzmaurice as Hank's dad (Peepshow, Mount Pleasant). Introducing Nicholas James as Hank. Backlist: Hank Zipzer, the World's Greatest Underachiever series.

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Boys who struggle in school will especially appreciate the story, but this enjoyable, fast-paced novel will draw other children as well. Booklist

About the Author

Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver
Henry Winkler As a child

Henry Winkler was born in New York City, the son of Ilse and Harry Winkler who emigrated from Germany to the United States in 1939 before the beginning of the Second World War. He made his acting debut as Billy Budd in the eighth grade at the McBurney School for Boys in New York City. During his high school and college years, he studied in Lausanne, Switzerland and worked in a lumber mill in a small German town.

As an adult

Henry’s role as “The Fonz” in the popular US sitcom Happy Days made him one of the most recognized actors in the world, loved by all ages. He won two consecutive Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor in a Comedy Series and was honored with a “star” on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Since then he has appeared in lots of other films and is also an award-winning producer and director of family and children's programming. He is also deeply committed to children’s welfare and works with many children’s groups.

As an artist

In 2003, Henry began writing a series of children’s novels with his partner Lin Oliver entitled, Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Under-Achiever. The books are about the everyday adventures of Hank, a bright boy in the fourth grade who has learning difficulties. They are inspired by Henry’s struggle throughout his education due to his own dyslexia.

Things you didn't know about Henry Winkler He was cast as Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli in Happy Days on his birthday, 30 October 1973. The leather jacket he wore as “The Fonz” has hung in the Smithsonian, the world’s largest museum based in Washington DC, since 13 February 1980. Henry formed JZM Productions, a children’s TV production company, in 1983. The name JZM was made from the first names of his three children: Jed, Zoë and Max. He has starred in over 30 TV commercials. Had he not succeeded as an actor, he would have become a child psychologist because he loves working with children. On June 29, 1996, Henry received the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Artes et Lettres, the French Government’s highest honor. He has directed the TV programme ‘Sabrina, The Teenage Witch’ He appeared in his first pantomime, Peter Pan, at the New Wimbledon Theatre in 2006 starring as Captain Hook. He has guest-starred on The Simpsons. Henry's first movie role was The Lords of Flatbush. The same movie also starred the then-unknown Sylvester Stallone.

Lin Oliver

Lin Oliver has spent much of her career writing and producing film, television and video projects for children and families. She is co-founder and executive director of the international Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrator. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.

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Paperback
176 pages
Interest Age: From 7

Author

Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver
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Author's Website

www.hankzipzer.com/

Publisher

Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

6th March 2014

ISBN

9781406346381

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