Wednesday, 29 June 2016

What did Katy do?

Hello my name is Jasmin and I’m 8 years old.I have been asked to write a review of “Katy” by Jacqueline Wilson.

The main characters are Katy, Izzie (Katy’s stepmum), Katy’s dad. One weekend they have a lady called Helen come to visit. Helen is in a wheelchair. They become good friends.

Could you tell us a little bit about the story?
A little bit about the story is that Katy broke her back and she was sad.

Where did the story take place?
The story took place in the town where Kate lives.

What did you think of the book?
The book was sad near the end.
I did not like it when Katy had an accident.
I would make the book better by having a happy ending.

What did you think of the cover?
I thought the cover was pretty because it is embossed and shiny.

Which character would you like to be and why?
I would like to be Katy because she is clever.

How long did it take you to read the book?
It took two nights to read this book.

Note from Mum: I think this book is written for older children (11+) as it needs a certain level of maturity to cope with the difficult themes in the story. Jacqueline Wilson writes at the end of the book, she wrote this book in response to the classic “What Katy Did”.

We were sent this book to review by "A Big Shot". These are our own views. 

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Thursday, 16 June 2016

Detecting with Dotty

Hi, I'm Emily and I'm seven years old. This is my first ever book review, where my mum interviewed me about the Dotty Detective book by Clara Vulliamy.

What did you think of the book?

It was interesting. The part where Dotty has to guess the hidden code is very funny. It made me lough out loud!

What do you think of the cover?

It was clever as she is called Dotty the detective and there are gold shiny dots. The cover matches her top in the picture.

What was your favourite bit and why?

The part where Dotty tries to guess the hidden code and gets it wrong and when McClusky joins in the singing on the stage.

Who is your favourite character and why?
I like McClusky (the dog), Dotty and Beans. McClusky is my very favourite as he saves the day and is very cute.

How would you persuade your friends to read this book?
I would say, “It’s good because there are some funny bits and some bits you’ll really enjoy”.
I think it is a book for boys and girls because McClusky is a boy and Dotty is a girl.

When I first saw the book I though it was quite long, but my mum said we could sit together and I could her read a few chapters each evening. This worked really well and we both really enjoyed the book.

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Thursday, 9 June 2016

Would you Rent a Bridesmaid?

Hi! I’m Jasmin and I’m eight years old.
I have been asked to write a review of “Rent a Bridesmaid” by Jacqueline Wilson.
The main characters are Tilly, Matty (Tilly’s friend) and Tilly’s dad.
In the story Tilly wants to be a bridesmaid, so she puts an advert in Sid’s shop window. She gets three replies asking for her to be a bridesmaid. She is amazed at how many replies she gets.
The part which surprised me was when Tilly’s mum visited because I thought she would never come. This made me feel happy.
The most exciting part of the story was when Tilly got a reply asking for her to be a bridesmaid.
I would change the part when Tilly’s mum didn’t stay to her staying because then Tilly would be able to be a bridesmaid at her mum and dad’s wedding.
If I could write another ending, Tilly would go to lots more weddings and become famous.
My mum's comments:
Jasmin read this 360 page book in just two evenings, a good sign she enjoyed it! I was really impressed by the extra activities at the end to design your own bridesmaid dress, finish a quiz about the book, make wedding favours and have fun with a wordsearch. As a mum there were lots of interesting relationships in the book to talk about together, which is great for pre-teens.

Want to read the book yourself? Check out the link below.