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Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver - Author

About the Author

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

  1. He was cast as Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli in Happy Days on his birthday, 30 October 1973.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. He has starred in over 30 TV commercials.
  5. Had he not succeeded as an actor, he would have become a child psychologist because he loves working with children.
  6. On June 29, 1996, Henry received the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Artes et Lettres, the French Government’s highest honor.
  7. He has directed the TV programme ‘Sabrina, The Teenage Witch’
  8. He appeared in his first pantomime, Peter Pan, at the New Wimbledon Theatre in 2006 starring as Captain Hook.
  9. He has guest-starred on The Simpsons.
  10. 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.

 

Featured books by Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver

Other books by Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver

Here's Hank: Robot on the Loose #11

Here's Hank: Robot on the Loose #11

Author: Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2018

Hank's school is hosting its first ever Build-a-Robot competition and Hank is ready to win. There's just one problem: he completely forgot about the contest! While other kids have been working on their robots for a month, Hank has just two days to create an amazing robot that will wow the judges and win him the trophy. To make matters worse, there might be another problem, too. Hank has no idea how to build a robot! With help from Jaden, a robot expert at his school, Hank and his friends construct their robot, Stanley, just in time. But on the day of the competition, Stanley malfunctions! It will take Hank, Frankie, Ashley, and their new friend Jaden to get it back on track. Forget winning the trophy - Hank has to stop a robot on the loose!

Young Hank Zipzer 1: Bookmarks Are People Too!

Young Hank Zipzer 1: Bookmarks Are People Too!

Author: Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2015

A new series about a younger Hank Zipzer - star of CBBC - from Henry the Fonz Winkler and Lin Oliver. The first book in a new series about a younger Hank Zipzer - star of CBBC - from Henry the Fonz Winkler and Lin Oliver. Perfect for newly independent or reluctant readers, the book has black and white illustrations, short chapters and a font developed specifically for dyslexic readers. Henry Hank Zipzer doesn't try to be funny, but he somehow always makes the kids in his class laugh. He's pretty bad at memorizing stuff, and spelling is his worst subject. (But so are maths and reading!) Hank's class is putting on a play, and Hank wants the part of Aqua Fly, but every time he tries to read the script, his brain swirls and he can't read his lines. Hank might not believe he has it in him to be the star of the show, but when his enemy, Nick McKelty, freezes during the performance, it's up to Hank to step in and save the play!

Young Hank Zipzer 2: A Short Tale about a Long Dog

Young Hank Zipzer 2: A Short Tale about a Long Dog

Author: Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2015

A new series about a younger Hank Zipzer - star of CBBC - from Henry the Fonz Winkler and Lin Oliver. The second book in a new series about a younger Hank Zipzer - star of CBBC - from Henry the Fonz Winkler and Lin Oliver. Perfect for newly independent and reluctant readers, the book has black and white illustrations, short chapters and a font developed specifically for dyslexic readers. Henry Hank Zipzer doesn't try to be funny, but he somehow always makes the kids in his class laugh. He's pretty bad at memorizing stuff, and spelling is his worst subject. (But so are maths and reading!) Hank has finally persuaded his dad to get the family a dog, and Hank couldn't be more excited! Mesmerized by a little sausage dog chasing his tail (making him look like a Cheerio) at the animal shelter, Hank declares him to be the new Zipzer dog. But can Hank prove that he's a responsible pet owner or will Cheerio have to go?

Hank Zipzer: A Tale of Two Tails

Hank Zipzer: A Tale of Two Tails

Author: Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2014

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. Twelve-year-old Henry Hank Zipzer 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, who don't seem to appreciate his latest scheme as much as he thought they would... But Hank always remains positive and convinced that the next big plan will deliver - after all, tomorrow is another day! In A Tale of Two Tails, Hank and his sister Emily have both entered their pets into the school-mascot competition. Let battle commence!

Hank Zipzer: The Life of Me (Enter at Your Own Risk)

Hank Zipzer: The Life of Me (Enter at Your Own Risk)

Author: Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2014

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. Twelve-year-old Henry Hank Zipzer 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, who don't seem to appreciate his latest scheme as much as he thought they would... But Hank always remains positive and convinced that the next big plan will deliver - after all, tomorrow is another day! In The Life of Me (Enter at Your Own Risk), Hank gets a crush on a girl. Life is looking good until Hank finds out that his crush is actually the cousin of his nemesis, McKelty!

Hank Zipzer 11: The Curtain Went Up, My Trousers Fell Down

Hank Zipzer 11: The Curtain Went Up, My Trousers Fell Down

Author: Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver Format: eBook Release Date: 03/04/2014

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 heroTwelve-year-old Henry "e;Hank"e; Zipzer 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, who don't seem to appreciate his latest scheme as much as he thought they would... But Hank always remains positive and convinced that the next big plan will deliver - after all, tomorrow is another day! In The Curtain Went Up, My Trousers Fell Down, Hank is the star in the school play, but a costume disaster on opening night threatens the whole show...

Hank Zipzer: Who Ordered this Baby? Definitely Not Me!

Hank Zipzer: Who Ordered this Baby? Definitely Not Me!

Author: Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver Format: eBook Release Date: 03/04/2014

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 heroTwelve-year-old Henry "e;Hank"e; Zipzer 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, who don't seem to appreciate his latest scheme as much as he thought they would... But Hank always remains positive and convinced that the next big plan will deliver - after all, tomorrow is another day! In Who Ordered the Baby? Definitely Not Me, Hank finds out that his mother is pregnant! How could she do this to him? One annoying sibling is enough. Hank definitely did not order this baby! Perfect for readers of 8+ and also reluctant readers.

Hank Zipzer 10: The World's Greatest Underachiever and the House of Halloween Horrors

Hank Zipzer 10: The World's Greatest Underachiever and the House of Halloween Horrors

Author: Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2013

The tenth book in the New York Times bestselling series about the hilarious adventures of a cheeky, loveable hero. It's Halloween and Hank Zipzer wants to create the scariest haunted house ever! Unfortunately, Hank's dog, Cheerio, is more scared than anyone. So scared, in fact, he runs away. Have Hank's Halloween high-jinks gone too far this time?

Hank Zipzer 10: The World's Greatest Underachiever and the House of Halloween Horrors

Hank Zipzer 10: The World's Greatest Underachiever and the House of Halloween Horrors

Author: Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver Format: eBook Release Date: 19/09/2013

The tenth book in the New York Times bestselling series about the hilarious adventures of a cheeky, loveable hero.It's Halloween and Hank Zipzer wants to create the scariest haunted house ever! Unfortunately, Hank's dog, Cheerio, is more scared than anyone. So scared, in fact, he runs away. Have Hank's Halloween high-jinks gone too far this time?

Hank Zipzer 9: The World's Greatest Underachiever Is the Ping-Pong Wizard

Hank Zipzer 9: The World's Greatest Underachiever Is the Ping-Pong Wizard

Author: Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2013

The ninth book in the New York Times bestselling series about the hilarious adventures of a cheeky, loveable hero. Also available as eBook. This year all the kids at Hank's school have to pick a favourite sport and specialize in it. Hank can't run, he can't catch and he can't throw. Luckily, he's a whizz at ping-pong. That's a sport, right?

Hank Zipzer 9: The World's Greatest Underachiever Is the Ping-Pong Wizard

Hank Zipzer 9: The World's Greatest Underachiever Is the Ping-Pong Wizard

Author: Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver Format: eBook Release Date: 20/06/2013

The ninth book in the New York Times bestselling series about the hilarious adventures of a cheeky, loveable hero.This year all the kids at Hank's school have to pick a favourite sport and specialize in it. Hank can't run, he can't catch and he can't throw. Luckily, he's a whizz at ping pong. That's a sport, right?

Hank Zipzer 8: The World's Greatest Underachiever and the Best Worst Summer Ever

Hank Zipzer 8: The World's Greatest Underachiever and the Best Worst Summer Ever

Author: Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver Format: eBook Release Date: 18/04/2013

The eighth book in the New York Times bestselling series about the hilarious adventures of a cheeky, loveable hero."e;Summer"e; and "e;school"e; are two words that Hank Zipzer doesn't want to hear in the same sentence. Being stuck inside a hot classroom all summer is not his idea of fun - but maybe he'll learn a cool lesson or two...

Hank Zipzer 7: The World's Greatest Underachiever and the Parent-Teacher Trouble

Hank Zipzer 7: The World's Greatest Underachiever and the Parent-Teacher Trouble

Author: Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver Format: eBook Release Date: 21/02/2013

The seventh book in the New York Times bestselling series about the hilarious adventures of a cheeky, loveable hero.Faked letters, forged signatures ... and lies. Hank will stop at nothing to prevent his mum and dad going to parents' evening. Sometimes, though, help comes from the oddest of places, and a rock concert teaches Hank that being good at school isn't the only way to make your parents proud.

Hank Zipzer 7: The World's Greatest Underachiever and the Parent-Teacher Trouble

Hank Zipzer 7: The World's Greatest Underachiever and the Parent-Teacher Trouble

Author: Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/02/2013

The seventh book in the New York Times bestselling series about the hilarious adventures of a cheeky, loveable hero. Faked letters, forged signatures ... and lies. Hank will stop at nothing to prevent his mum and dad going to parents' evening. Sometimes, though, help comes from the oddest of places, and a rock concert teaches Hank that being good at school isn't the only way to make your parents proud.

Hank Zipzer 6: The World's Greatest Underachiever and the Killer Chilli

Hank Zipzer 6: The World's Greatest Underachiever and the Killer Chilli

Author: Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

The sixth book in the New York Times bestselling series about the hilarious adventures of a cheeky, loveable hero. It's the school multi-cultural-day lunch and Hank Zipzer is cooking up chaos.

Hank Zipzer 5: The World's Greatest Underachiever and the Soggy School Trip

Hank Zipzer 5: The World's Greatest Underachiever and the Soggy School Trip

Author: Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2012

The fifth book in the New York Times bestselling series about the hilarious adventures of a cheeky, loveable hero. Hank Zipzer is on the school trip of a lifetime - he and his classmates are spending the night on a sailing boat - so when school bully Nick McKelty pulls a cruel trick, Hank is determined to get even.

Hank Zipzer 4: The World's Greatest Underachiever and the Lucky Monkey Socks

Hank Zipzer 4: The World's Greatest Underachiever and the Lucky Monkey Socks

Author: Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/05/2012

The fourth book in the New York Times bestselling series about the hilarious adventures of a cheeky, loveable hero. It's time for the annual school sports day: the most anticipated day of the school year. When Hank Zipzer is chosen for the school softball team, the pressure is on. Can Hank lead his team to victory - even though he thinks he's the worst athlete in the history of the world? Yes, he can! Thanks to his lucky monkey socks.

Hank Zipzer 4: The World's Greatest Underachiever and the Lucky Monkey Socks

Hank Zipzer 4: The World's Greatest Underachiever and the Lucky Monkey Socks

Author: Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver Format: eBook Release Date: 03/05/2012

The fourth book in the New York Times bestselling series about the hilarious adventures of a cheeky, loveable hero.It's time for the annual school sports day: the most anticipated day of the school year. When Hank Zipzer is chosen for the school softball team, the pressure is on. Can Hank lead his team to victory - even though he thinks he's the worst athlete in the history of the world? Yes, he can! Thanks to his lucky monkey socks.

Hank Zipzer 3: The World's Greatest Underachiever and the Mutant Moth

Hank Zipzer 3: The World's Greatest Underachiever and the Mutant Moth

Author: Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2012

The third book in the New York Times bestselling series about the hilarious adventures of a cheeky, loveable hero. Beware the Mutant Moth! Monster movie of the century The Mutant Moth that Ate Toledo is finally being shown on TV. Hank and best friend Frankie can't wait to watch it. Unfortunately, Hank is given the job of recording it - if only he could read the numbers on the programme schedule. Hank is in trouble again. Can he find a copy of that movie in time to save his friendship?

Hank Zipzer 3: The World's Greatest Underachiever and the Mutant Moth

Hank Zipzer 3: The World's Greatest Underachiever and the Mutant Moth

Author: Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2012

The third book in the New York Times bestselling series about the hilarious adventures of a cheeky, loveable hero.Beware the Mutant Moth! Monster movie of the century The Mutant Moth that Ate Toledo is finally being shown on TV. Hank and best friend Frankie can't wait to watch it. Unfortunately, Hank is given the job of recording it - if only he could read the numbers on the programme schedule. Hank is in trouble again. Can he find a copy of that movie in time to save his friendship?

Hank Zipzer 2: The World's Greatest Underachiever and the Crunchy Pickle Disaster

Hank Zipzer 2: The World's Greatest Underachiever and the Crunchy Pickle Disaster

Author: Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver Format: eBook Release Date: 05/01/2012

The second book in the New York Times bestselling series about the hilarious adventures of a cheeky, loveable hero.Hank Zipzer has been given the worst school report of his life. There are several things that he fears will happen to him because of this report: one, his sister and her pet lizard will laugh at him, two, he will be stuck at school for ever, and, three, the school bully will call him stupid. Hank needs to hide that school report now. And where better than the meat grinder at his mum's cafe, The Crunchy Pickle... What could possibly go wrong?!

Hank Zipzer 1: The World's Greatest Underachiever and the Crazy Classroom Cascade

Hank Zipzer 1: The World's Greatest Underachiever and the Crazy Classroom Cascade

Author: Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver Format: eBook Release Date: 05/01/2012

The first book in the New York Times bestselling series about the hilarious adventures of a cheeky, loveable hero.According to ten-year-old Hank Zipzer, there are many reasons why he shouldn't have to do homework, e.g. every pen he owns has run out of ink, his thoughts are controlled by alien beings, he's allergic to lined paper... Or could it just be that Hank has dyslexia and doesn't want to look stupid? In this first book in the highly popular series, Hank's ingenious plans to avoid doing his homework end in comic disaster as he accidentally floods his classroom.

Hank Zipzer 2: The World's Greatest Underachiever and the Crunchy Pickle Disaster

Hank Zipzer 2: The World's Greatest Underachiever and the Crunchy Pickle Disaster

Author: Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver, Nigel Baines Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2012

The second book in the New York Times bestselling series about the hilarious adventures of a cheeky, loveable hero. Hank Zipzer has been given the worst school report of his life. There are several things that he fears will happen to him because of this report: one, his sister and her pet lizard will laugh at him, two, he will be stuck at school for ever, and, three, the school bully will call him stupid. Hank needs to hide that school report now. And where better than the meat grinder at his mum's cafe, The Crunchy Pickle... What could possibly go wrong?!

Hank Zipzer 1: The World's Greatest Underachiever and the Crazy Classroom Cascade

Hank Zipzer 1: The World's Greatest Underachiever and the Crazy Classroom Cascade

Author: Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver, Nigel Baines Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2012

The first book in the New York Times bestselling series about the hilarious adventures of a cheeky, loveable hero. Love the CBBC TV series of Hank Zipzer? Read the books! First in the New York Times bestselling series from Henry the Fonz Winkler and Lin Oliver. There are many reasons why Hank Zipzer shouldn't have to do homework, e.g. every pen he owns has run out of ink, his thoughts are controlled by alien beings, he's allergic to lined paper... In this first book in the highly popular series, Hank's ingenious plans to avoid doing his homework end in comic disaster as he accidentally floods his classroom. Perfect for reluctant readers.

Hank Zipzer 12: Barfing in the Back Seat

Hank Zipzer 12: Barfing in the Back Seat

Author: Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2011

Hank Zipzer wants to be number one, not the one who always gets it wrong. A likeable, struggling hero that readers will adore. When Hank's dad enters a crossword-puzzle tournament out of town, he decides to take the whole family along as a treat. And they get to spend a day at a theme park! Hank can't wait, but he has to finish his homework first, which could be difficult as he seems to have lost it en route. Can Hank rescue the lost homework and still make it to the theme park on time?

Hank Zipzer 4: The Zippity Zinger

Hank Zipzer 4: The Zippity Zinger

Author: Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 02/03/2009

Hank Zipzer wants to be number one, not the one who always gets it wrong. A likeable, struggling hero who readers will adore. It's time for the annual Olympiad: the most anticipated day of the school year! When Hank Zipzer is chosen as his team's softball pitcher, the pressure is on. Can Hank lead his team to victory - even though he thinks he's the worst athlete in the history of the world? Read by the author, Henry Winkler; run time 2 hours 33 minutes on 2 CDs.

Hank Zipzer #4: The Zippity Zinger

Hank Zipzer #4: The Zippity Zinger

Author: Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver Format: eBook Release Date: 26/08/2008

Hank LOVES baseball. L-O-V-E-S it! Unfortunately, though, he's not very good at the game. So everyone is surprised--including Hank himself--when Hank throws a zinger pitch at a practice for P.S. 87's annual School Olympiad baseball game. Hank knows how he pitched the Zippity Zinger--it must have happened because he accidentally wore his sister Emily's lucky monkey socks! Because of that stellar pitch, Hank has been chosen to pitch for P.S. 87 for the Big Game. The pressure is on--Hank's got to wear those socks again, or risk blowing the biggest ball game of his life. The only problem is, Emily wants to wear the lucky monkey socks herself since she's competing in the Brain Buster for the Olympiad. Will Hank be able to pull off another Zippity Zinger--or will he strike out?

Hank Zipzer #2: I Got a &quote;D&quote; in Salami

Hank Zipzer #2: I Got a "e;D"e; in Salami

Author: Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver Format: eBook Release Date: 26/02/2008

It's report card daythe most dreaded day of Hank Zipzer's school year. And when Hank gets his grades, they're his worst nightmare come true: a D in spelling, a D in reading, a D in math. This is not going to make his parents happy. This will certainly get him grounded for life. Hank needs help. And he needs it fast!

Hank Zipzer #3: Day of the Iguana

Hank Zipzer #3: Day of the Iguana

Author: Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver Format: eBook Release Date: 26/02/2008

Its science-project time which is bad news for Hank.He loves doing science experiments, but writing a whole report is another story. Finally, Hank comes up with a science project: hell take apart the cable box to figure out how it works. But Hank wasnt counting on his sister Emilys iguana laying eighteen eggs inside the cable box! How will Hank finish his project now and will he ever be able to watch TV again?

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