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Zip It!

2.37  ·  Rating details ·  43 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Parents are too busy. They're wrapped up in their own dramas, and they don't listen when their kids have important things to tell them. Zip It! is one such cautionary tale. Joe's father won't listen to Joe tell him about a minor trouser oversight. The results are embarrassing. And hilarious.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Carolrhoda Books
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Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
...and in addition to what everyone else says about this book conveying a rather sad relationship between the dad and the kid, some of the illustrations are so clunky as to be downright disturbing.

Is the lady in the hardware store gazing lovingly at the green housefly with the red testicle-shaped eyes? Or is her glance instead falling on doughy Dad's gaping zipper? The look on Dad's face as he digs in both pockets for change suggests that he is finding more than a quarter and two pennies in ther
Paul  Hankins
Holding back a couple of stars. While this is supposed to be a funny book, to be sure, the dynamic between a son trying to get his father's attention and having to resort to creative methods by the end of the book to get that attention is a bit concerning. But again, this is meant to be a funny, playful book. I just had to get that one consideration out of my system. I sense others who work with younger readers will run into this as well.

Before running out for errands with his father, a young bo
When Joe and his father head out to do errands, the father leaves his fly unzipped and his heart-patterned boxers showing through the space. Try as he might, the boy can't get his father's attention so that he can zip up his pants. The text contains all sorts of word play between the unaware father and Joe, who wants to spare him from embarrassment as they move through an encounter with Joe's teacher, a hardware store, and the grocery store. The problem is solved when Joe comes up with a creativ ...more
Apr 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Joe tries desperately to tell his father to zip his fly as they are running around town doing errands. However, his loquacious parent keeps interrupting and ignoring this vital bit of news. The best part is that everything the father chatters on and on about has a pun on the crisis at hand. For example he tells Joe, "Button up!" and he goes to the hardware store looking for "hardware and fasteners". Joe finally has to resort to a dramatic method of getting his dad's attention. But guess what? It ...more
Brooke Mullins
Oct 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: reading-4050
Zip It! is about a father and son who are spending the day running errands through the town. All day the son attempts to inform his dad that his zipper is down, but every time his dad either cuts him off or isn't listening. This is a humorous book on all the different ways to tell someone his or her fly is down. The boy finally informs him buy announcing it over the intercom and causing his father to blush from embarrassment.

This books is a great read aloud book. It is funny and has many pictur
Apr 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-book
Ugh. Did not care for it. I am certainly not against silliness or potty humor but this book missed the mark big time. I hate it when people criticize a picture book for not being 'realistic' but a good book will allow you to suspend your disbelief to get caught up in the magic, joke and/or silliness of it. This book did not do that for me at all.
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
I liked the idea of the book, but found the execution painful, and the thought of the relationship between these two just made me so sad. A dad who does not let his son get a word in edgewise, and a son who has to go to someone else to even say xyz pdq. The fly bit was a strange perspective too.
Jan 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Filled will puns, both visual and verbal, this book is laugh-out-loud funny. Clueless Dad "zips" along completely unaware of his unintentional exposure as son Joe tries in vain to discretely and finally blatantly inform him. Fun.
Ms Threlkeld
Jun 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
I was annoyed by the father's constant jabbering, confused by the inclusion of the fly on each page, and didn't buy for a second the fact that the son couldn't figure out a way to tell his dad his zipper was down.
Shanshad Whelan
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Really bizarre and squirm-worthy. I just can't buy into the fact the father won't let the son get a word in edgewise and the father's fly being open the entire book just . . . yecchhh.
An entire book about a boy trying to get his father to zip his pants. One star for the tiny fly that buzzes around trying to help.
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Poorly organized for read aloud - defiantly gives insight to how a man gets his honey-do list completed
Linda Atkinson
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Joe's dad should have listened or wore less noticeable underwear. I laughed till I cried! Reading Level: Grades 1 to 2
Dana Vaden
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
10 year old boys probably think it's hilarious, and the bright, comic-book style is eye catching. But this book just wasn't my cup of tea.
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