Number One Kid (Zigzag Kids Series, #1)

Summary:

Mitchell McCabe isn't sure he likes his new school. But he knows he doesn't like his tattle tale sister, Angel. He didn't want to be part of the Zigzag kids after school program, but Angel gave the form to Mom, so here he was. When Mrs. Katz explained Prize Day, Mitchell knew he was the odd man out, because he never won anything ... and he wasn't good at anything, either. How much fun is that going to be?


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Kids - particularly those in a new school, who are wary of 'camps', or with an older sibling - will easily see themselves in this story. The story has potential for upper-elementary kids who need/want practice with reading.

Content Awareness Factors:

There is a lot of action, several subplots, and a lot of characters. It could overwhelm some readers.


Parent Reaction

My thoughts on this one are mixed. I like the story and the message, I also love the diversity of the group and the way the author lets the kids define themselves. She doesn't make a big deal about culture or race. I found myself wondering, though, if keeping up with 12 characters was too much for a developing reader.

Type of Book:
This is the first book in an early chapter series centered around 12 kids and an after school center.
Educational Themes:

There are a number of subthemes in this book that would make for good discussions ... particularly a peer book club.

Reading Level:
2.5
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
7 and Up
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is a book that could easily grab your child or it may overwhelm them.

Title Number One Kid
About

Zigzag Kids Series, Book 1

Author Patricia Reilly Giff
Publisher Yearling © 2010
Illustrators Alasdair Bright
ISBN 9780553494686
Material Hard Cover
Cost $4.99
Genres Family, Friendship, Self Worth
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