Friday, 28 December 2012

Christmas Books

Did anyone receive any books for Christmas? I was really pleased with the ones I was given (see the list below). Now I just need to find the time to read them. If you were lucky enough to get any, why not tell us what you got in the comments box (or if you bought a book for anyone as a present!).

Mr Biddle

My Christmas Books

The Printer's Devil by Paul Bajoria

The Thornthwaite Inheritance by Gareth Jones

A Greyhound Of  A Girl by Roddy Doyle

One Dog And His Boy by Eva Ibbotson

The Passage by Justin Cronin (This is a book for adults. It is set in the future, when the world has been overrun by zombie-vampires. My favourite kind of book!)

Batman: Arkham Asylum (This is a graphic novel and it is very, very scary!)

Billionaire Boy, Mr Stink and Gangsta Granny by David Walliams

I have read all three of these over the last few weeks and I have enjoyed every single one. My favourite was probably Billionaire Boy, because it was absolutely hilarious. Mr Stink and Gangsta Granny were also funny, but had some sad moments in too.

Billionaire Boy is about a boy who's father is (not surprisingly) a billionaire. He became rich by inventing an incredible new type of toilet roll (wet on one side and dry on the other). The boy has absolutely everything he wants in his life, except friends. He is bullied by his classmates at his posh school, so moves to the local school. A new girl soon joins the school and is very keen to become his friend. However, all is not as it seems...I loved the fact that this book makes you think carefully about what is really important in your life- is it having lots of money, or is it being happy with good friends?

Gangsta Granny tells us the story of a boy called Ben, whose life is extremely boring and predictable. Every Friday after school he has to go and visit his granny, who just wants to play Scrabble and make him eat cabbage pie. He hates going and never has anything to say to her. One day he finds out that his granny used to be a famous jewel thief, and together they plan a daring raid to steal the Crown Jewels from the Queen. Unfortunately (and predictably) it all goes horribly wrong. Ben soon realises that his granny is far more interesting than he ever thought and realises how mean he has been to her.

Did anyone watch Mr Stink on TV over Christmas? The book is just as good!

If you haven't yet tried a David Walliams book, I would suggest you get down to the library and get one out NOW. Once you have read one, you'll definitely want to read all the rest! If anyone has read any of these, I would be really interested in hearing what you think in the comments box below.

I'm now about to start reading One Dog And His Boy by Eva Ibbotson. I normally enjoy her books so I am really looking forward to this one. Sadly, it was the last book that she had published while she was still alive.

Mr Biddle

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Mud, Sweat And Tears by Bear Grylls

Reviewed by Ben H.

This book is an autobiography of the famous survival expert Bear Grylls. In this book you will learn how Bear Grylls became what he is today. This book is really interesting and it is jampacked full of important survival tips.

I would recommend that you read this book. My favourite part is when he climbs where nobody's climbed before. Then later in his life he joins the SAS, before the big twist in his life. This book is great if you ask me.

For ages 10-15.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

The World Of Norm (May Contain Nuts) by Jonathan Meres

The World Of Norm is the funniest book I have ever read! If you like Harry Hill then you would like this book because it is as funny as Harry Hill. This book this book is about a kid called Norm who's life dosen't go too well and to make it worse, his brothers keep annoying him. It is really funny so if you like funny books then I think you would LOVE this book!!!!