Sky High
Sky High

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Series: Zigzag Kids Vol. 7   

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Annotation: Charlie's latest inventions, the Zinger-Winger and the Popper-Upper, are flops and he is restricted from inventing for a week, but the Afternoon Center Inventing Fair is coming up, and he needs to make something special, in chapter-book format.
Catalog Number: #65812
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Special Formats: Chapter Book Chapter Book
Publisher: Dell Yearling
Copyright Date: 2012
Edition Date: 2012
Illustrator: Bright, Alasdair,
Pages: 68 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-307-97701-3 Perma-Bound: 0-605-57841-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-307-97701-4 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-57841-8
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2011049999
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Subject Heading:
Inventors. Fiction.
Language: English
Horn Book
In Super Surprise, Destiny and Yolanda hatch a plan to save a beloved teacher from leaving the Zigzag Afternoon Center for good. In Sky High, Charlie is banned from inventing for a week when his inventions go haywire. The culturally diverse, likable cast has have realistic issues and interests in these installments; spirited spot illustrations garnish the manageable chapters.
School Library Journal
Gr 14 This biographical picture book, based on the life of a Chinese-American pilot, has a first-person narrative. Gee describes her love of airplanes as a small child and of sharing with her siblings her dreams of someday flying over places such as the Eiffel Tower and the pyramids. Several years later, when World War II started, she learned about the Women Airforce Service Pilots and knew that she wanted to join them. After attending flight school, she was one of the few chosen to train as a WASP. The work was "hard and tiring and wonderful, all at once" and Gee soon earned her wings. She flew several missions, some of which were fun (training exercises were "like playing tag in the air") and some of which were frightening. Rendered in acrylics and colored pencil, the colorful double-page illustrations are filled with detail and vibrantly depict the settings and events. An author's note provides more information along with photographs of Gee and her family members. This story should serve as inspiration for children that they can achieve whatever they put their minds to. Donna Atmur, Los Angeles Public Library
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School Library Journal
Word Count: 5,476
Reading Level: 2.5
Interest Level: 1-4
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.5 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 154385 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:1.7 / points:4.0 / quiz:Q59500
Lexile: 480L

Charlie has lots of ideas. Need something to go sky high? Ah-ha! The zinger-winger! Need to launch a cheese popper into soup? The amazing popper-upper! But the zinger-winger zings more than wings and the popper-upper plops. Charlie isn't allowed to invent for a week. Meanwhile, the afterschool invention fair is coming up. He needs time to make something special. Good thing he has his friends and Mr. Redfern, another inventor, to help him out.

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