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Number One Kid (Zigzag Kids)

by Patricia Reilly Giff

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In this first book in the Zigzag Kids series, Mitchell -- a new student at the Zigzag School -- wears his “I’m #1”t-shirt but worries that he is not number one at anything and will not get a prize when prize day rolls around. Little does he know, however, the surprises that await him come prize day. Young readers transitioning to chapter books will be able to relate to this book’s familiar themes of school, friendships, trying to fit in, and sibling relationships. They will also be drawn in by this book’s short, simple sentences, brief chapters, and frequent illustrations – all of which combine to make the book fast moving and entertaining. One slight criticism of the book is that, at times, the action moves too fast and the characters change too quickly, giving the book a kind of disjointed feeling. Young readers may appreciate this though because there is little time to become bored with anything in particular. This book is particularly recommended to help young readers who are new to something or may feel out of place in one situation understand the importance of having confidence in oneself. ( )
  CarolineBraden | Oct 14, 2013 |
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This debut title in Giff's Zigzag Kids series introduces a large cast of characters who gather at the Afternoon Center of Zelda A. Zigzag School. Written with quick sentences, short paragraphs and brief injections of dialogue, the story moves rapidly and is enhanced by Bright's periodic illustrations. (His portraits of the main players at the beginning of the book also provide a helpful reference.) Anxious new kid Mitchell's first days at the elementary school are the focus of this first volume. Even though he wears the I'm Number One T-shirt that Nana gave him, he struggles to make friends and show big sister Angel he can take care of himself. As the week progresses, Mitchell gets caught up in antics at the center and worries if he will ever fit in or be good at anything. But Prize Day brings a medal for writing, the admiration of his sister and the discovery of new friend Habib. New chapter-book readers will easily relate to the various troubles and anticipations of this diverse crew. Sequel Big Whopper publishes simultaneously (ISBN: 978-0-385-74688-5; PLB: 978-0-385-90926-6; paper: 978-0-553-49469-3). (Fiction. 6-9) ( )
  EBurggraf | Oct 15, 2011 |
Patricia Reilly Giff has written many children's books, including the Kids of the Polk Street School. Four of her books for young adults have been chosen as ALA-YALSA Best books. Rhw Zig zag School is peopled with diverse students -- several races and ethnicities. Mitchell's first best friend is Habib. ( )
  rileykoch | Aug 4, 2011 |
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When Mitchell's father gets a new job and his family moves, he and his sister go to a new school where they must make new friends and adjust to new routines.

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