Chatterpacks are fun activities to get your children's reading club reading and talking about books. They are produced by The Reading Agency as part of our Chatterbooks children's reading club programme.
ChatterpackAnna Hibiscus, Hank Zipzer & No 1 are ...Great Friends to meet fromWalker Books
About the PackMeet Anna Hibiscus, Hank Zipzer, and No.1, three truly likeable characters from WalkerBooks who are sure to become great friends of your Chatterbooks group. These delightfulfamily stories have such an accessible style making them a perfect read for boys and girls.And as the books are set in Africa and the USA, Chatterbooks members can discover andexplore different countries and cultures.The pack is full of fun activities to get your group talking about the books. Start yoursession with short warm up ideas and then try out the ‘worksheet’ style activities.Top Tips Have a quick look through the pack & choose material to suit the members of your group Get together a collection of books about Africa and the USA Get together a collection of books about other countries in the World Photocopy sheets to use as handouts Be flexible and have fun; Be positive and encouraging Organise activities as individuals, in pairs or as a whole group Remember some Chatterbooks groups will whizz through all the activities while some groups will only need one or two activities to keep them busy throughout the session Talk to parents about the session and about the booksAbout the Books & AuthorsHank Zipzer - The World’s Greatest Underachiever Seriesby Henry Winkler & Lin OliverA New York Times best-selling series about the everyday adventures of Hank, a smart,funny, resourceful, happy boy in the fourth grade who has learning difficulties. The booksare inspired by Henry Winkler’s struggle throughout his education due to his own dyslexia.About Henry WinklerHenry Winkler was born in New York City. Henry’s role as “The Fonz” in the popular USsitcom ‘Happy Days’ made him one of the most recognized actors in the world, loved by allages. He won two consecutive Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor in a Comedy Series andwas honoured with a “star” on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Henry is also an ambassadorof children’s newspaper First News My Way campaign which aims to promote greaterunderstanding of children with learning difficulties. He was awarded an honorary OBE in2011.About Lin OliverLin Oliver has spent much of her career writing and producing film, television and videoprojects for children and families. She is co-founder and executive director of theinternational Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrator. She lives in Los Angeleswith her husband and three children.
Titles in the SeriesHank Zipzer 1: The World’s Greatest Underachiever and the Crazy Classroom CascadeHank Zipzer 2: The World’s Greatest Underachiever and the Crunchy Pickle DisasterHank Zipzer 3: The World’s Greatest Underachiever and the Lucky Monkey SocksHank Zipzer 4: The World’s Greatest Underachiever and the Mutant MothHank Zipzer 5: The World’s Greatest Underachiever and the Soggy School TripHank Zipzer 6: The World’s Greatest Underachiever and the Killer ChilliHank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Underachiever Takes on the Universe (Includes TheWorld’s Greatest Underachiever and the Crazy Classroom Cascade and The World’s GreatestUnderachiever and the Crunchy Pickle Disaster)Anna Hibiscus Series by Atinuke; illustrated by Lauren TobiaMeet Anna Hibiscus. Anna Hibiscus lives in amazing Africa with her family. A delightfulcollection of stories about family life set in modern West Africa.Titles in the SeriesAnna HibiscusHooray for Anna Hibiscus!Good Luck Anna HibiscusHave Fun, Anna Hibiscus!Anna Hibiscus’ Song (Picture book)Welcome Home Anna Hibiscus!The No.1 Car Spotter Series by AntinukeMeet Oluwalase Babatunde Benson - No.1. He’s the No.1 car spotter in his village. TheNo.1 car spotter in the world! This series is about the irresistible No.1, whose hobby is carspotting but who is good at solving all sorts of problems in his village.Titles in the SeriesThe No. 1 Car SpotterThe No. 1 Car Spotter and the FirebirdThe No. 1 Car Spotter and the Car Thieves
AtinukeAtinuke was born in Nigeria and spent her childhood in both Africa and the UK. She worksas a storyteller in schools, and in theatres, telling traditional African tales and reading fromher books Anna Hibiscus and also The No.1 Car Spotter. Atinuke lives with her husbandand two young sons in Wales.Watch Atinuke on YouTube read from the No. 1 Car Spotterhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwvi9MqjaLQShort Warm Up ActivitiesIn three minutes write down... all the makes of cars you know all the things you would pack to take on a long journey all your favourite foods and drinks all the places in the world you would like to visit all the things that make good friends all the things that families do to annoy or embarass youAlphabet Games Go through the alphabet A, B, C ... and think of countries beginning with each letter. Eg. A is for Australia, B is for Belgium .... Go through the alphabet A, B, C ... and think of towns and cities beginning with each letter Go through the alphabet A, B, C... and think of hobbies ( the most unusual the better) beginning with each letterRead through the stories then ... Say five things you know about Anna Hibiscus Say five things you know about No. 1 Say five things you know about Hank Zipzer Say five things you know about Africa Say five things you know about USA
Anna Hibiscus StoriesWhat 3 things do you like best about the Anna Hibiscus Stories? What is your favourite Anna Hibiscus story in the series? Why?What two things are similar in your life and Anna’s life ? What two things are different in your life from Anna’s life?
No.1 Car Spotter StoriesWhat 3 things do you like best about the No. 1 stories? Which is your favourite No.1 story? Why?What two things are similar in your life and No.1’s life? What two things are different in your life from No.1’s life?
The World’s Greatest Underachiever SeriesWhat 3 things do you like about Hank Zipzer: The World’s GreatestUnderachiever series? What is your favourite Hank Zipzer story? Why?What two things are similar in your life and Hank Zipper’s life? What two things are different in your life from Hank Zipper’s life?
The World’s Greatest UnderachieverHank Zipper loves writing lists. Have a go at re-writing one of hislists with your own reasons. Be as silly as you can!Ten Reasons why ……………..…………….. should not write a fiveparagraph essay on ‘What I did this summer’22.214.171.124.126.96.36.1990.
Have Fun Anna Hibiscus!When Anna Hibiscus visited her granny in Canada she wenton a plane. What would you take on a plane journey?What would you pack in your bag for the journey?What book would you take to read on the plane?Why did you choose this book?What food would you eat on the plane?Which book characters would you like to travel with? Why?
The No.1 Car SpotterFill in the column with information about yourself and thencompare your life with No.1Name Oluwalase Babatunde BensonNickname No 1Lives in Bush Village in AfricaHobbies Car SpottingFamily Grandmother, Grandfather, Father, Mama & sister SissyFriends Coca-Cola, Emergency & TuesdayFood Fried chicken, akara and goat meatJobs to do Collecting water,to help at carrying firewood,home picking mangos, carrying yams
Big WorldStories can provide interesting facts about countries and places youhave never been to. Stories can give a feel of what it is like to livesomewhere different. What did you find out about the places whereHank Zipzer, Anna Hibiscus and No.1 live?Find 3 interesting facts about the place where No. 1 livesFind 3 interesting facts about the place where Anna Hibiscuslives.Find 3 interesting facts about the place where Hank Zipzerlives.
Family and FriendsFamily and friends are very important to Anna Hibiscus, Hank Zipzerand No.1. Tell us about your family and friends.Who lives with you? What do they do?When does your family make you happy?When does your family embarrass you?!Make a list of your friends What makes a good friend?