I've Never Met an Idiot on the River

Reflections on Family, Photography, and Fly-Fishing

Non-Fiction - Humor/Comedy
144 Pages
Reviewed on 04/16/2013
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Author Biography

Henry Winkler is not only an actor, known for his hit series Happy Days, he is a writer, producer, director and first-time author. In his new book series for children, written with Oliver Lin, Winkler explores the world of a fourth-grader who struggles with learning differences. Hank Zipzer: The Mostly True Confessions of the World's Best Underachiever chronicles the adventures of Hank Zipzer who is inspired by Winkler's experiences growing up with undiagnosed dyslexia.

Winkler is also committed to children's welfare and works with numerous children's groups. He is involved with The MacLaren Children's Center (a facility for abused children), The National Committee for Arts for the Handicapped, The Special Olympics, and The Los Angeles Music Center's Very Special Arts Festival, as well as numerous teenage alcohol and drug abuse programs. He is a founding member of the Children's Action Network, a non-profit organization that sponsors informational briefings for writers, producers and directors on children's issues and serves as a clearing-house for the entertainment industry on children's issues.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for Readers' Favorite

Heny Winkler is an actor, director, author, photographer and fly-fisherman. His latest book is a conversational memoir that relates his love for fly-fishing with his life and career. Henry discovered fly-fishing late in life, but it has brought him immense peace and satisfaction. Each year he counts down the days to his seven day retreat on the river, casting a tight line, catching trout, meticulously recording their length and weight in his journal, taking their photo, and then releasing them with a grateful smile.

Henry also discusses his struggles in school with dyslexia, from which he created the popular "Hank Zipzer" series of children's books about a dyslexic 4th grader. Henry's passion for fly-fishing is only exceeded by his love for his family and photography. Peppered throughout his book are his photos of family, fish, Montana and a number of other subjects.

"I've Never Met an Idiot on the River" is a very entertaining read that provides a look at the real Henry Winkler and the passions in his life: family, photography and fly-fishing. I loved this book and truly enjoyed Henry's conversational writing style. I highly recommend "I've Never Met an Idiot on the River" to fans of photography, fishing, memoirs, and of course, Henry Winkler.