Friday, 12 December 2014

4JB class books

Here is a list of all the class books we have read since September, in the order that we read them.

Fortunately The Milk by Neil Gaiman


Koala Calamity by Jonathan Meres


You Wait Until I’m Older Than You by Michael Rosen


Diary Of A Killer Cat by Anne Fine


Cloudbusting by Malorie Blackman


The Busker by Paul Jennings


Stinkbomb & Ketchup-Face and the Badness of Badgers by John Dougherty


Next we are reading Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre


Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Harald Hardnut by Tony Bradman

Harald Hardnut by Tony Bradman

I reviewed this book because we are learning about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings in our topic. Harald Hardnut was a Viking king who came over to invade England about a thousand years ago. He was really tough and enjoyed fighting. He had two friends called Ulf and Haldor who both tried to calm him down. Did you know that Harald was killed in a battle against King Harold, who was then killed by William the Conqueror? There were a lot of battles in those days.

This is a really fun book to read. I learned a lot of history and a lot about how much fighting kings used to like doing. It's quite short so it's great if you are in a bit of a hurry to go out. I think the author must have enjoyed finding out about Harald and then turning it into a great story. This book gets 9.3 out of 10.


Review by Tyler.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Year 4 reviews

John Townsend is one of our favourite authors at WEJS (especially the Barney books), and we always like it when he has a new book out. Dylan, from Year Four, has reviewed two of his latest ones. Jack has reviewed The Busker by Paul Jennings.

Terror of the Swamp by John Townsend

Beware! Enormous reptiles included. There are lots of words that ran through my head when I was trying to describe this book. They were: petrifying, thrilling, mysterious and chilling. I really loved this book about a boy and his dad in the jungle. They had to face a lot of dangers and work as a team to survive. It has short chapters and doesn't take long to read. You will really enjoy this book if you like reading scary books, snakes or mysteries. I enjoyed this so much that I asked Mr Biddle if John Townsend can be our focus author next term.

(Mr Biddle's review: I liked this too! Straight into the action halfway down page one, and it doesn't let up until the end. Highly recommended for less enthusiastic readers in Year 4/5.)

Flashback by John Townsend

I read this the night after I read Terror of the Swamp. I enjoyed it but there wasn't as much action as in the other book. It's about a boy called Bernard. When he was younger, he did something really bad. Probably you couldn't do anything worse. But he did it for a good reason. He spends his whole life feeling guilty about what he has done until the right at the end. I can't really say anymore without spoiling it. But I will say if you like books about the war, and you like books that you can read quickly, then try this. You might be pleased that you did.

The Busker by Paul Jennings
This is one of the stories in Weirdest Stories by Paul Jennings. I'm enjoying it but I think the dog is going to die. Paul Jennings has written hundreds of stories, all with a twist, and they are enjoyed all over the world. I recommend this book to people who like books that makes them have lots of emotions, including happy and sad.