Did you know that Henry Winkler, The Fonz, is an author? Yup! Actor, director, producer and children’s book author…he is one talented guy.
In addition to the series, Hank Zipzer, Henry Winkler along with co-author Lin Oliver have written another children’s book series called Ghost Buddy. You know how I love to read and reading with my children is also very important to me. Not only do I want them to learn to love books as much as I do, but reading together is also a bonding time for us. In the early (and sometimes late!) evening, Jackson and I or Annie and I (or on rare occasions – all three of us together!) will curl up together and read out loud so we can enjoy the story together.
This is one of those series that is perfect for just that.
I love that the character, a sixth grade boy named Billy, is so close to my son’s age. He struggles with shyness and is on the short side. When his blended family moves into a new house in the first book, Zero to Hero, he meets a new friend in his room. The Hoove. Who happens to be a ghost.
Don’t worry. Not scary!! The Hoove is on a mission to help Billy (and in return he helps himself, too). I like that topics like bullying are dealt with in a positive way. My son liked the humor. We both liked that Billy and The Hoove are baseball fans.
Here’s the skinny about the second book in the series, Mind If I Read Your Mind:
Billy and Hoover are back in the hilarious new series from bestselling authors Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver! It’s time for Moorepark Middle School’s annual Speak Out Challenge, and Billy Broccoli thinks he’s got it made. With his best friend Hoover Porterhouse—the ghost with the most—by his side, Billy’s got the competition in the bag. Who wouldn’t vote for a demonstration on mind reading? But when Billy lands a spot on the sixth-grade team, he starts spending more time with his new teammates than he does with Hoover. And the Hoove plays second fiddle to no one! If Billy’s not careful, his secret weapon might just vanish into thin air, leaving Billy to pick up the pieces of a demonstration-day disaster!
Check out this trailer to get a closer look!
The writers have hit the nail on the head, dealing with topics that kids this age are going through. But they’ve done it in a very entertaining way. As a parent, I know that my kids are hearing a message about how to deal with struggles in a positive way. But because the message is hidden between a great storyline and jokes…they think they just are enjoying a great story and time with mom. (And yes, even though the main character in this series is a boy, my six-year-old daughter enjoyed the stories, too!)
We love to read at all times of the day, but in the evening…as things start to settle down, I find it to be the perfect time to spend quiet moments to together. Many times when Jackson and I will start reading together, he’ll share something that is troubling him or that is weighing heavy on his mind. Books often help break the ice that have lead to great discussions between us.
But the best part about finding a book like Mind If I Read Your Mind that we can enjoy together is when we laugh out loud at the same time.
What do you like best about reading together with your kids? What books do you enjoy?
I was given a copy of Zero to Hero and Mind If I Read Your Mind to review. I didn’t receive any other compensation and all thoughts and opinions are my own.