A boy of middling talents -- lives in a house with a half-mown lawn and rides a bike with half a seat. While other kids skate figure eights, Hank can only make a figure four -- wearing a single skate! Even his sister thinks he's half-baked. But one day, at the Wholenut County Hoe-Down Days and Olde-Tyme Barbecue, Hank's partial way of doing things makes him a total winner.
Authors Joe Fallon and Ken Scarborough and best-selling illustrator Jack E. Davis combine their unique talents to create a story about a young boy learning to trust his singular self.
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Joe Fallon lives in Los Angeles. His work in children's television, including Arthur and Little Bill, has won multiple Emmy and Peabody Awards. This is his first half book. His cup is half empty.From School Library Journal:
Kindergarten-Grade 4–Hank, a red-haired, freckle-faced boy, does everything halfway. He wears one skate and makes a "figure four" instead of a figure eight, his hair is combed on just one side, and he washes his face but always misses his feet. He gets along just fine until the games begin at the county barbecue, where he joins his sister's team and jeopardizes its success in several competitions. Eggs fall off the half spoon he brings to the spoon-and-egg race, his half canoe sinks, and he performs only half the steps in the square dance, causing quite a mess. By the time they reach the 100-meter dash, Demi has had it with her brother. Instead of giving up, Hank tricks himself into going the full distance by pretending he's in a 200-meter run ("...when he reached the halfway mark,/Hank passed it like a missile!/The judge was so surprised,/He blew his nose and picked his whistle") and wins first place. In the end, Hank remains true to himself and, of course, shares half the trophy with his sister. Comical cartoons complement this rhyming tale. The illustrations are filled with exaggerated faces and explode with humorous detail. The text and artwork add up to a story that is not half bad.–Melinda Piehler, Sawgrass Elementary School, Sunrise, FL
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