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Hank Zipzer's Christmas Catastrophe

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Chaos and mean adults distract from message about LDs.

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Zany and raucous, this addition to the Hank Zipzer franchise illustrates how adults' negative attitudes can be internalized by kids with learning disabilities. In Hank Zipzer's Christmas Catastrophe, there's lots of silliness that surrounds a kid who suffers from a disability -- but who might not be getting the support that he needs. In fact, when Hank "ruins" everything, his self-talk gets very dark, turning the comedy into something sadder.

Parents might sit down to watch in anticipation of a good turn-out by the funny Henry Winkler, whose life the Zipzer franchise has been based on. But the script fails him, and there aren't a lot of consequent opportunities for cast members to shine. Tweens will want to see what happens with Hank and his friend the pop star, but this show can't escape of the chaos it has created.

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