The Zippity Zinger #4: The Mostly True Confessions of the World's Best Underachiever (Hank Zipzer)

Book 4 of 17 in the Hank Zipzer Series
Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 5R4.424549

Hank LOVES baseball. L-O-V-E-S it! Unfortunately, though, he's not very good at the game. So everyone is surprised--including Hank himself--when Hank throws a zinger pitch at a practice for P.S. 87's annual School Olympiad baseball game. Hank knows how he pitched the "Zippity Zinger"--it must have happened because he accidentally wore his sister Emily's lucky monkey socks! Because of that stellar pitch, Hank has been chosen to pitch for P.S. 87 for the Big Game. The pressure is on--Hank's got to wear those socks again, or risk blowing the biggest ball game of his life. The only problem is, Emily wants to wear the lucky monkey socks herself since she's competing in the Brain Buster for the Olympiad. Will Hank be able to pull off another Zippity Zinger--or will he strike out?

Hardcover, 160 pages
Published on December 29, 2003 by Grosset & Dunlap
ISBN-10: 0448432870
ISBN-13: 9780448432878
8 Book Reviews
  • mclark2020
    mclark2020over 2 years55 stars
    This is another hilarious book with Hank and the trouble he finds himself in. The authors seem to change things up a bit in the ending of this story. It was nice to see Hank, who has such a hard times with school, come out on top and be a hero of his team.
    • tori3ghoul
      tori3ghoulalmost 5 years44 stars
      Hank Zipzer is having unusually good luck. First, he pitches a softball perfectly. Then he gets a B-Minus on his history test and now he needs all the luck he can get in the final game. And why is this happening? His sister's monkey socks, of course!
      • gabey736
        gabey736over 5 years55 stars
        The title of my book is The Zippity Zinger. It’s a story about a boy goes through many crazy adventures! Hank Zipzer was chosen as his softball team pitcher for the annual olympiad. He thinks he’s the worst softball pitcher in the world. My favorite part about the book is when Hank accidently wore his sister’s socks that was red and had monkeys on it, and later on in the day he was practicing pitching and he threw perfectly, and he thinks the red monkey socks are good luck. I would recommend this book to everyone because it’s funny and it will make you laugh your pants off.
        • gabey736
          gabey736over 5 years55 stars
          If you are not reading Henry Winkler's books your missing out on the fun!!! : )
          • dogogirl55
            dogogirl55over 8 years55 stars
            I love this book im reading right now im on page 45
            • dogogirl55
              dogogirl55over 8 years55 stars
              I read this book because I like the people in it and hank is very funny
              • majorerika6
                majorerika6almost 10 years55 stars
                this author is amazing! there are like 40 books but u dont have to read them in order!
                • zeus61
                  zeus61over 10 years55 stars
                  Its about a kid who dose not think he can pitch or is good at any sport , but then his papa,papa pete comes over to practice with him.But he has no socks and grabs his sisters pink monkey socks, that are lucky.He joins the softball team the yellow team,and he relises its not that they are lucky its how u play it and belive in yourself.I love it it is a awesome book for 5-6 graders i recomend it to those graders.