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Kids' Book Reviews

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The Mouse and the Motorcycle

The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

reviewed by Jasmeen, age 13

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Keith and his family are on vacation at the Mountain View Inn and Keith's room is special because mice live in it. One special mouse, Ralph, wanders off in Keith's belongings and finds a toy motorcycle. Soon Keith and Ralph become friends. Keith allows Ralph to ride his motorcycle, when one day Ralph loses the motorcycle and Keith gets very mad. A few days before Keith and his family leave, Keith gets sick and needs an aspirin quickly. Ralph goes to get an aspirin...will he find it...where is the motorcycle and will Ralph and Keith still be friends??? I like this book because it contains a lot of action and adventure. Beverly Cleary has chosen many great words that make you get a vivid image of the story in the book...it's like your own personal movie. There is also a twist to this book: a mouse and human can have a completely normal conversation and understand each other.


The Hundred Dresses

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

reviewed by Kate, age 9

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This book is about a girl named Wanda Petronski who was getting teased because she said she had 100 dresses. The girls in her class knew that wasn't true because she always wore a plain blue one to school. But little did they know in Wanda's imagination and in her drawings she really did have 100 dresses. I like this book because it teaches you to not tease or judge people because how you judge them might now be true and it will hurt their feelings. My favourite part of this book is when Wanda's 100 drawings of dresses were hanging up in her classroom.


Dear Dumb Diary, Let's Pretend This Never Happened

Dear Dumb Diary, Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jim Benton

reviewed by Tiffany, age 9

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This book is about a girl named Jamie Kelly, who writes a diary of her life. She is just a plain girl with a pet beagle, her best friend (Isabella), and her worst enemy Angeline. I like this book because it is funny and interesting. This book is awesome!! (I don't think boys would like it.) And one great part is Jamie Kelly doesn't know that you, or anyone is reading her diary.


The Secret Language of Girls

The Secret Language of Girls by Frances O'Roark Dowell

reviewed by Ysabelle, age 9

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This book is about two best friends named Kate and Marilyn and how their relationship is put to risk by a new girl named Flannery who moves in and tries to get Marilyn to spend more time with her and leave Kate. But, in the end the two BFFs learned to work things out. I like this book because this book taught me that best friends are a very important part of your life. I also was taught that real best friends will always be there for you and they won't bail on you when you need them most.


Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney

reviewed by Ale, age 11

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This book is about Greg Heffley's summer. All he wants is to stay in playing his beloved video games with the curtains closed. But his mother's idea of "the best summer ever" is slightly different from his. I like this book because it has a lot of funny things that happen in the storyline. When you start reading you get caught up in Greg Heffley's wacky life. You feel what he is going through. However, I dislike Greg's negativity and laziness, as well as his rude, selfish and wimpy personality.


The Life of Pi

The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

reviewed by Freddy, age 13

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This book is about the survival of Piscine Molital Patel out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. He's not by himself, but also in the lifeboat is a 450 pound adult Bengal tiger. He has to dominate the tiger by showing him who is boss...or else he'll be tiger chow. I like this book because it is very descriptive and the story is written from a "first person" point of view, which is looking at the story from Pi's eyes. Not only that, but it is gripping and you won't be able to not think about Pi. I just cannot believe Pi could survive 227 days out at sea, feeding himself and the tiger, Richard Parker, with just raw fish and turtles. Logically thinking, it's impossible. Yet most of the time, everything that happens is a miracle.


The Two Princesses of Bamarre

The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine

reviewed by Jadine, age 10

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This book is about Princes Addie, the younger and more timid of the two sisters, and Princess Meryl, who is braver and more adventurous than Addie. I like this book because when Princess Meryl falls ill from the Gray Death, Princess Addie must try to find the cure in time to rescue her sister. The cure is said to be found when cowards found courage, and rain fell all over Bamarre. But the prophecy doesn't say where the cure is. So with the help of friends, Addie journeys through the woods, meets a dragon, and finds the cure. But is it too late for Princess Meryl? Read this book to find out!


Tuck Everlasting

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit

reviewed by Kaylin, age 9

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This book is about Winnie, a girl who just can't bear to hear one more word of nagging from her mother. She finally decides to run away. In the woods, she finds a family of four, called the Tucks. They have eternal life because they drank from a secret spring. Winnie soon learns that eternal life isn't as good as it seems. Complications arise when they are followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring for a fortune. I like this book because it has a lot of imaginary stuff in it, such as a magic spring and eternal life. This book also is very exciting and amusing. It leaves a lot of questions for you to think about and answer so I think this book is very, very creative.


Swordbird

Swordbird by Nancy Yi Fan

reviewed by Ivena, age 9

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This is about Turnatt, an evil hawk lord who rules Fortress Glooming. He keeps many slavebirds but most are weak. So he has decided to get some woodbirds for slaves. The cardinals and the blue jays of Stone-Run Forest have turned against each other. They'll have to team up together to defend themselves as well as call Swordbird, the son of the Great Spirit, before it's too late. I like this book because when I read the descriptive sentences it feels like I'm flying in the puffy white clouds with the other birds. It also reminds me of the time when I was riding the plane to Canada from China.


Who is Melvin Bubble?

Who is Melvin Bubble? by Nick Bruel

reviewed by Ann, age 6

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This book is about people asking who Melvin Bubble is, then describing him in different ways. I like this book because it is funny. Also, because I like teh dog. I like when the teddy says "great big hug".


Viking Ships at Sunrise

Magic Tree House: Viking Ships at Sunrise by Mary Pope Osborne

reviewed by Matthew, age 10

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This book is about 2 kids that go to Ireland in a magic tree house to get an ancient book. I like this book because it gives you facts, but I don't like this book because it's too easy.


The Lightning Thief

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

reviewed by Bonnie, age 10

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This book is about a boy that discovers that he is a half-blood, half human and half Greek god, and how he goes on a quest to save the world. I like this book because it is very interesting. I think Greek mythology is very interesting once you understand it. And I love it because the gods that you imagine are big, tall, serious, but they can appear like normal men or women. And I also find it interesting that it is possible that Greek mythology is real, but we do not notice.


The Last Straw

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney

reviewed by Jacky, age 10

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This book is about the diary of a kid named Greg Heffley. And Greg's adventures are very funny. I like this book because the book is very funny like the time when Manny, Greg's little brother, put some chocolate on the car seat and Greg had to put on his mom's sweater to avoid people from thinking that he pooped his pants. And the way the sweater makes Greg look like he is wearing a dress.


A Fish Out of Water

A Fish Out of Water by Helen Palmer

reviewed by Annie, age 6 1/2

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This book is about a little boy who bought a fish. Mr. Carp said just feed it a spot. The boy fed the fish a spot, but the fish wanted more and more so the little boy gave the whole box of fish food so the fish grew bigger and bigger. It's difficult to change the fish's size but at last Mr. Carp did it. I like this book because it's funny and another reason is because the fish grew bigger and bigger and the boy first called the police. The police helped the boy a bit, then the police called the fire station. The fire truck took the fish and put it in the swimming pool. The fish grew big again, so the boy called Mr. Carp to let the fish change to the original size.


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