Henry 'The Fonz' Winkler's books inspire CBBC series

Henry Winkler Winkler will play a teacher in the CBBC series

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Former Happy Days star Henry Winkler's children's book series, Hank Zipzer: The Worlds' Greatest Underachiever, is being made into a new CBBC show.

The adventures of 12-year-old Hank are based on Winkler's own experiences growing up with dyslexia.

The actor, famous for playing The Fonz in 1970s sitcom Happy Days, will star in the show when it airs next year.

He was appointed an honorary OBE in 2011 for his charity work with children who have dyslexia.

Winkler was diagnosed with dyslexia as an adult and has since toured UK schools talking about the learning disorder.

The Hank Zipzer books, written with Lin Oliver, follow Henry 'Hank' Zipzer, a smart and resourceful boy with a unique perspective on the world.

"The stories are inspired by the true life experiences of Henry Winkler and how he felt growing up with dyslexia," said executive producer Sue Nott.

"At CBBC, we try to reflect the lives of children back at them and Hank Zipzer shows that achievement comes in all shapes and sizes - and it's set to be very funny too!"

The books are being turned into a 13-part series and will feature Winkler as a teacher called Mr Rock.

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