Thursday, 29 November 2012
Reviewed by Laura, Year 6.
Farm Boy is the sequel to the book War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. It is all about this boy (Albert's son) who visits his grandfather. While he is there his grandfather reveals his shameful secret, which is that he cannot read or write. So, the grandson agrees to dedicate a few months to teaching his grandfather, but he has to learn fast because the boy was planning to go to Australia for a few months. After the few months had gone by he was able to do it thanks to the long hours he put in.
When the boy is on the way to Australia he finds a letter in his bag written by his grandfather. The letter was talking about how he won the tractor. It all started when the grandfather and his son, Albert, were riding on their beloved horses. Stopping them in their tracks was Harry Medlicott, one of the citizens in the town, telling them how useless their horses were and how they should trade them for tractors. Albert, who was very defensive towards his horses, made a bet that if the tractor won in a ploughing race Mr Medlicott would get their best hay, but if he won he would come home with the tractor. Mr Medlicott agreed to this contest as well as find it quite amusing because surely two, old horses could not beat a brand, new tractor.
When the day came Albert prepared Joey and Zoey, the two horses, and were off. At first Mr. Medlicott was racing through, but after they had their lunch break Mr Medlicott's tractor would not start. This gave Albert a great advantage. Once he was rows and rows of fields ahead the tractor started again. Despite the delay quite shortly Mr Medlicott was in the lead. Eventually Albert could carry on no longer and his father had to finish the race. Just when were all going to lose hope, the tractor got stuck in mud. Quickly the grandfather (or now father) rushed through as many rows as possible when the judge ordered the race to be stopped. They counted up the rows and Albert and his father won! Just by one row! They went home and had the tractor ever since.
Wednesday, 21 November 2012
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid, Tom Gates, Dork Diaries, and now The World Of Norm. This book by Jonathan Meres has recently been nominated for the Red House Children's Award, alongside Gangsta Granny and Operation Eiffel Tower. The school Book Club have just borrowed six copies of it from West Earlham Library to read over the next few weeks, so I thought I would have a look.
On the first page of the book, Norm is caught trying to use his dad's wardrobe as a toilet, and things go downhill rapidly from there. The family have recently moved house, due to Norm's dad losing his job, and Norm is not coping well with the change. Unfortunately nobody seems to notice, as they are all too worried about Norm's younger brothers.
While performing stunts on his bike, Norm's best friend, Mikey, accidentally breaks a valuable tea set that used to belong to Norm's grandmother. Very generously, Mikey's father gives Norm £100 in order to replace it. However, Norm has a far better plan, and he decides to 'pimp his bike' instead...
This book is funny from the very first line. However, later in the story, Norm becomes quite a sad and lonely figure, being blackmailed by a girl from his street. You almost feel sorry for him, but because he makes such bad decisions, a lot of his problems are self-inflicted. The books is quite long, but is an absolute pleasure to read. Apparently a sequel (The World Of Norm-May Produce Gas) is due very soon!
I was a bit reluctant to read this to start with, as David Walliams is a TV personality, and I think that sometimes famous people have their books published a bit too easily (there once was a pop star called Madonna...). However, because one of his newer books (Gangsta Granny) has been nominated for a prize, I thought I would give it a try. And I'm really glad I did because it's fantastic!!
The story is about a perfectly normal boy who one day, in order to impress a girl, goes to school wearing a dress. Everything is going well, until he falls in the playground...and all is revealed.
I enjoyed this book so much, I actually read it in one evening. It's funny, sad in places and very easy to read. The book is written in a style quite similar to Roald Dahl, with lots of 'Now reader, let's see what happens next...' type comments, but if you are going to base your style on anyone, I suppose Roald Dahl would be the ideal person.
I am now half-way through another David Walliams book, Mr Stink and I am enjoying this one just as much. He has four or five books out now, so I suggest you try and track them down.
Tuesday, 20 November 2012
Reviewed by Shannyn, year 6.
The Suitcase Kid is about a little girl called Andy. Her parents fall out and she has to stay with one of her parents every week.This book is the winner of the Childrens Book award. The chapters are A is for is for Andy, B is for bathroom, C is for Cottage, etc. I though that the book was really good because the chapters are very cool. My favourite part is where Andy kept going to Mulberry Cottage and eating all the mulberrys. My least favourite part is when she loses her purse and gets money of a stranger, because she could have been tricked and it could of been fake. In my opinion the book is very good, and I think you should read it.
Tuesday, 13 November 2012
Saturday, 10 November 2012
Reviewed by Caitlyn, Year 6.
These books are very funny; also if you like Wimpy Kid books, these books are your perfect match. Its range includes: The Brilliant World Of Tom Gates, Excellent Excuses (and other good stuff), Everything’s Amazing (sort of) and Genius Ideas (mostly). All these books will have you in stitches, furthermore they make you very eager to read on.
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Wednesday, 7 November 2012
Review by Ben Hallett
The story is about our main character, Harry, suffering from the dreaded summer holidays with the Dursleys when he arrives at Hogwarts. The heir of Slytherin, Tom Riddle tries to kill him. Read the book to find out if he survives! And to find out who Tom Riddle really is...
I really enjoyed this book because it was exciting to read and I felt nervous all the way through. My favourite character is Harry because he learns how to be a wizard. My favourite part was when Harry ventures into the Chamber Of Secrets.
For ages 9-13.