Winkler, Henry Bookmarks Are People Too (Here's Henry, book 1) Illustrated by Scott Garrett. 122 pgs. Grossest & Dunlap, 2014. $5.99 (paperback). Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: G.
Picking up Hank's story two years prior to the Hank Zipzer stories, Hank's second-grade class is going to perform a play for Children's Reading Week. When he doesn't get the part he wants, Hank is assigned a special non-speaking role of a bookmark. He has a hard time reading and memorizing, which cost him his part, but his humor keeps his classmates, and even his teacher, smiling. And in the end, guess who saves the day?
The book contains plenty of white space, fun drawings, and a special typeface specifically designed for young readers with dyslexia, making it a good book to hand new chapter-book readers. The humor and school setting will work well for the targeted age group, while the messages of making friends, and doing your best, are presented realistically without being preachy.
EL - ADVISABLE. Reviewed by P.K.Foster, teacher- librarian