All 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students published book reviews.
Here are some examples:
Crictor Written by Tomi Ungerer Illustrated by Tomi Ungerer
Reviewed by Jesus, age 9
This story is about a old lady who lives in France. Her name is Madame Bodot. She get a snake for her birthday from her son. She names it Crictor. Madame
Bodot and Crictor are like best friends. He even gets his own bed. I can’t tell you any more. You need to read this book to find out what happens next.
My favorite part is when the robber tries to break in because Crictor save Madame Bodot. What I like about the book is that is has good funny drawings. For example, the author puts Crictor sitting with other kids in their class . I liked the part when Crictor is helpful with the kids at school. He plays with the kids outside too.
This book is good for people who like snakes because this book is about a pet snake. I recommend this book to this school because it is very funny. I think you should read this book because it can teach you how to make new friends.
I Wanna Iguana Written by Karen Kaufman Orloff Illustrated by David Catrow
Reviewed by Gisselle, age 10
This story is about a boy named Alex who really wants an iguana. Alex writes to his mom to convince his mom to let him have a pet iguana. His mom writes him back. One of the reasons he writes to his mom is that iguanas are cuter than hamsters. This does not convince his mom. Read this book to find out if he gets the iguana.
My favorite part is when he said if he gets the iguana it can be his brother. I like how he writes to his mom giving his mom reasons why he wants a pet iguana. I think that Alex writes to his mom a lot because he is trying to convince her to let him have a pet iguana. His mom also writes him back because his mom is giving him reasons for him not to have a pet iguana. The part I did not like was when he said he was responsible.
This is a good book because Alex really wants an iguana.
Maybe you want something and you don’t get it. I think you should read this book because you might not get what you want. This book is good for people who like really funny stories The lesson in this story is that even if you want something that you really like, you still have to obey your parents. I recommend this book to people who like funny stories.
Max and Ruby’s First Greek Myth
Pandora’s Box Written by Rosemary Wells Illustrated by Rosemary Wells
Reviewed by Hailey, age 9
This story is about Pandora’s Box, a Greek myth. The main characters are Pandora and her mother. In the beginning of the myth, Pandora’s mother told Pandora, “Don’t open my magic jewelry box.” Pandora tried to keep her mind off the box by doing many things, but she opened it. Lots of bugs came out of the box. Read the book to find out what happened next.
My favorite part was when to her brother Max so he would know what the sign on Ruby’s door said. It said, “No! This means you!” Ruby did not want Max to peek in her jewelry box. What I like about the pictures is the author is creative and she makes the characters into bunnies.
This book is good for people who like myths. I think this book is good for people who have books that are myths. This is a good book because if you get told by someone don’t open their box or mess with their stuff, something bad could happen.
The Clever Monkey
A Folktale from West Africa Retold by Rob Cleveland Illustrated by Baird Hoffmire
Reviewed by Walter, age 9
Do you like cheese? This was a tale of a clever monkey who liked cheese more than anything. The clever monkey saw two cats with a chunk of cheese, but the cats didn’t know how to split the cheese. So when the monkey saw the cheese, the monkey ate some of the cheese and split the cheese. If you want to know what happened, you can read the book of the clever monkey and the two cats.
Also my favorite part is when the clever monkey kept eating the cheese. For example, I like cheese because cheese is good for your body. I liked the part that the monkey liked cheese more than anything.
I think you should read this book because this book was funny when the clever monkey got fat. This book is good for people who like cheese.
Clifford’s Family Written by Norman Bridwell Illustrated by Norman Bridwell
Reviewed by Socorro, age 9
This story is about a big red dog named Clifford and Emily Elizabeth the girl who lives with Clifford. They go back to their old home in the city to visit Clifford’s family. The first dog that Clifford visits is his mom. The second dog is his sister. The next dog he visits is his brother. His other sister is a farm dog. She herds sheep into their pen. Clifford wants to do some farm work. One of the cows is a bull, and the bull doesn’t like red. Clifford jumps out of the way of the bull. The dad doesn’t have a dog house but the children love the dad.
I liked that Clifford finds his family in the city, that he finds his mom, sister, brother, his other sister, and his dad. My favorite part is that Clifford’s brother is a helper at the fire station. Clifford helps the people to climb down. They need to climb down because the house is on fire.
I think you should read this book because his family have a lot of jobs to do. And Clifford helps people. This book is a great book to read because Clifford finds his family in the city, and his family have jobs to do.