Saturday, November 28, 2015

100 Best Poems For Children

The poems in this book were chosen by children and the book was edited by Roger McGough

Published by: Penguin Group
Published year: 2001
Genre: Poetry
Rating: 4/5

Category:
"Read a poetry book."

My opinion & review:

Here are 3 reasons why I love this book:
  
1. The poems are chosen by children. 
2. It has lots of famous poems in it.
3. Lots of the poems are by famous poets.

Here are my top 3 favourite poems from this book:

1. On the Ning Nang Nong by Spike Milligan
2. Please Mrs Butler by Allan Ahlberg
3. The Race to Get to Sleep by Brian Patten

The Night Before Christmas

By Clement C. Moore
Published by: Walker Books
Published year: 2014
Genre: Christmas
Rating: 5/5

Category:
"Read a Classic!  Select one of the greats from the Classic Literature List"

My opinion and review:

I really love this book and no matter how many times I read it I still enjoy it. In particular I like this version because it has pop-ups and windows on each page.




                               

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Kira Kira

By Cynthia Kadohata
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Published year: 2005
Genre: Mature Fiction
Rating: 4/5

Category:
"Read a winner!  Select a book from the Caldecott or Newbery Award lists."

My opinion & review:

I really enjoyed this book although it was different to what I usually read. Kira Kira is about a girl and she is Japanese but lives in America. Her first word was Kira Kira which means beautiful in Japanese. Her sister Lynnie taught it to her. Their parents own a grocery store but because it isn't earning the family enough money they have to move to Georgia which is where the girls Uncle live's. In Georgia all the girls make fun of Lynnie because she is Japanese. The girls get a new baby brother and soon he has grow up to be toddler. One day Lynnie gets really sick and all she does is lie in bed. In the holidays whilst Lynnie stays home the other two go to work with the parents. Will Lynnie ever recover from her sickness? Read Kira Kira to find out!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Word Witch

By Margaret Mahy
Published by: Harper Collins
Published year: 2009
Genre: Poetry
Rating: 4/5

Category:
"Be a hero - read to a younger child". I read Dashing Dog, Clowns and Hide and Seek in a Dark House to Kenzi who sometimes comes into our class after school.

My opinion and review:

I thought that the poems I read to Kenzi were quite cool and I think Kenzi had a particular favourite - Hide and Seek in a Dark House - because she asked me to read it twice. I think that maybe the reason she liked this poem is because it is quite cool and really descriptive about where the person is hiding and it seems a bit scary but not really. I think that these poems would be suitable for people 5+ because they aren't very hard to understand and I think Kenzi understood them quite well. 



Charlie & The Chocolate factory

By Roald Dahl
Published by: Penguin Group
Published year: 2004
Genre: Fiction
Rating: 4/5

Category:
"Read a book that has been made into a movie". Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has been made been into a movie and a musical.

My opinion & review:

I really love this book and I have read it several times already. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is about Charlie, who's family is very poor, finding 1 of 5 golden tickets in his bar of chocolate. This golden ticket means he gets to go and visit Mr Willy Wonka's chocolate factory with an adult. Charlie's oldest Grandpa, Grandpa Joe, convinces Charlie's parents that he is fit enough to go with Charlie. At the chocolate factory almost everything is made of chocolate. Mr Wonka's main purpose for inviting 5 children to his chocolate factory was to see which child was the last one left that hadn't felt the urge to explore and get lost or taken away. This child would then, when they were old enough, run the chocolate factory because Mr Wonka thought that he was getting to old now to run it. Read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to find out which child survives!!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Alice Miranda In The Alps

By Jacqueline Harvey
Published by: Random House 
Published year: 2015
Genre: Mystery
Rating: 5/5

Category: "Free Choice!  Anything goes as long as you write an exceptional blog post about it!"

My opinion & review:

This was a great book to read. I love these books because Jacqueline Harvey's writing is really detailed so it takes at least 5 minutes to read one chapter. Sometimes one chapter is just about dinner time or a walk to the garden!! Also what I really like is that when Alice - Miranda & her friends are trying to solve a mystery or help someone Jacqueline Harvey doesn't tell the readers the end result or who committed the crime, she provides the reader with clues so that they can work it out themselves. In this book Alice - Miranda & her friends, Millie, Jacinta, Sloane, Sep & Lucas along with Hugh & Cecelia Alice - Miranda's parents, Pippa & Hamish Millie's parents & Shilly & Dolly who are Alice - Miranda's family housekeeper & cook go to Switzerland. They stayed at Fangers Hotel in St Moritz & were planning to stay at a friends hotel in Zermatt but were disappointed to find out that their friends hotel was fully booked. This in fact was not the case! Their friends hotel was badly in need of customers. Something very suspicious seems to be up especially as the Fangers Hotel owners wife seems to be very interested in buying their friends hotel. I wonder what is happening? Read Alice - Miranda In The Alps to find out!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Three Cups Of Tea

By David Oliver Relin
Published by: Penguin Group
Published year: 2009
Genre: Non-Fiction
Rating: 4/5

Category: "Change points of view - read a book written from a boy's point of view". This book was written by David Oliver Relin so it is what he knew about Greg Mortenson. 

My opinion & review:

This was a fascinating book but I only rated it 4/5 because it wasn't very detailed & it sometimes jumped backwards & forwards from piece of information to another. It is quite amazing how anyone could do such things that Greg did especially falling nearly 800 vertical feet & only coming out with a joint put out of his shoulder & a broken bone in his arm. Greg dealt with all kinds of situations not always in the right way but in a way which made him seem very brave.

From the front of the book:
"One Man's journey to Change the World..... 
One Child at a Time"

From chapter 13 in the book:
"The first time you share tea with a Balti, you are a stranger. The second time you take tea you are an honoured guest. The third time you share a cup of tea  you become family, and for our family, we are prepared to do anything, even die." said Haji Ali.