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Book review: The Tyrant’s Tomb


The Tyrant’s Tomb (The Trials of Apollo Book 4) by Rick Riordan, Puffin, ISBN 9780141364049

The publisher provided a review copy of this book.

The Trials of Apollo: The Tyrant’s Tomb is a fascinating book. It is a fiction novel about mythological creatures, gods and other beliefs. Rick Riordan writes every one of his books with care. The initial storylines of these books are all set in the same world, but his stories and plots get more sophisticated as they continue on from the other stories within the series.

I really enjoyed this book, as it plays along with the main storyline of the series and refers to mythological elements from Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. 

Overall, Rick Riordan’s books are all highly recommended! 

This is Isaac’s first book review for Alphabet Soup. If YOU would like to send us a book review, check out our submission guidelines. Happy reading!
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Book review: Moonfish

Moonfish by Graeme BaseREVIEWED BY LUCAS, 9, WA

Moonfish by Graeme Base, Puffin, ISBN 9780143791409

The publisher provided a review copy of this book.

Moonfish is about a fish who wants to know more about his life and why he is different.

I like Moonfish because the drawings are very realistic. I especially like pages 5 and 6 when the main character appears. The story is sad to begin with but the ending is very good.

This is Lucas’s first book review for Alphabet Soup. If YOU would like to send us a book review, check out our submission guidelines. Happy reading!

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Book review: Matilda

Matilda by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin BlakeREVIEWED BY GIANNA, 10, VIC

Matilda, by Roald Dahl, ill. by Quentin Blake, Puffin Books, ISBN 9780141365466

Gianna reviewed her own copy of this book.

This book fascinates me. It is about a young girl whose parents think she is a twit. Mr and Mrs Wormwood are rare parents who don’t think about their child. Their child, Matilda, was an extraordinary child. She could easily recite the alphabet when she was only two. Matilda could spell words at the age of three and was able to read novels at the age of four.

Matilda got to know that she could move things with her eyes when she started going to school. Miss Honey, her teacher adores her. But Miss Trunchbull is furious when somebody speaks good about Matilda. Miss Honey and Matilda together face some difficulties.

To know about the happenings please read this famous book by Roald Dahl. This book is one of my favourites because it is an inspirational story that tells children that they should trust their abilities, fight back and face the challenges in their lives.

Read another book review by Gianna. If YOU would like to send us a book review, check out our submission guidelines. Happy reading!

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Book review: No one Likes a Fart


No one Likes a Fart by Zoë Foster Blake and Adam Nickel

No one Likes a Fart by Zoë Foster Blake, ill. by Adam Nickel, Penguin Australia, ISBN 9780143786603

The publisher provided a review copy of this book and a fart plushie.

Fart and Burp artwork by Charlie

Charlie says, “The best part is when Fart and Burp make friends”.

This is Charlie’s first book review for Alphabet Soup. If YOU would like to send us a book review, check out our submission guidelines. Happy reading!

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Book review: 3D Explorer: Oceans

3D EXPLORER: OCEANS by Jen Green and illustrated by Laszlo VeresREVIEWED BY KOBE, 9, WA

Oceans by Jen Green, illustrated by Laszlo Veres

Silver Dolphin, ISBN 9781684123346

Kobe reviewed her own copy of this book. 

Oceans is a very good book to read because it is filled with facts about the ocean, like we know more about the surface of the moon than the deep ocean.
It’s also full of fun pop-ups! Jen Green uses 3D see-through sections to make an illusion that it’s the surface of the water. She also includes layers upon layers of bits of the ocean habitat.
BUT be careful, please don’t rip or break her hard work! She probably spent a lot of time on it! TOP TIP: To not break it, you must open the book carefully and not quickly stretching the book.
My favourite part of the book is that she provides facts about the animals and plants she put in the scenes. After a fun pop-up, she includes facts about the environment they live in.
That’s why I encourage youth to read my recommended book of February. I’m sure you’d like this AMAZING book. If you like it you should introduce it to your friends!

Kobe is a regular book reviewer for Alphabet Soup. You can read all her reviews hereTo send us YOUR book review, check out our submission guidelines. Happy reading!
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Top reads: February 2020

Welcome to the FIRST Top Reads post for 2020! Every month – from February to November – members of our Top Reads team* recommend their favourite reads for the month. All members of our Top Reads team are kids under 13 and they love to read! Check out February’s recommended reads:

You’ll find a recommended list from our Top Reads Team on the last day of every month (February to November). If you’d like even more recommendations, browse all through all our Top Reads ever!

*All our Top Readers are kids aged 13 and under. No grownups allowed!

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Introducing the 2020 Top Reads Team

Stack of books with one book on the top open and the pages in a fan. Image courtesy

We’re thrilled to introduce you to the 2020 Top Reads team.

What is the Top Reads team? Members of this team are keen readers who stop by each month to recommend a favourite read for the month, and they’re all kids like you!


Henry, 6, WA
Henry is six years old. He lives in the Great Southern with his two sisters. He loves to read humorous books and ones which are about Pokémon. He loves to play soccer and have Bey Blade battles with his friends, and when he is allowed, he also likes Dragon City which is a computer game. His favourite subject is Maths, food is strawberry ice cream and his favourite BeyBlade is Valtryek.

Kobe, 9, WA
Kobe is a talented girl who loves art and writing. Her favourite books are Snoopy books.

Willow, 8, NT 
Willow is a non stop action packed Territory kid who loves to play hard. When she is not running around, swimming, dancing, singing and drawing, she loves to read. Her favourite books are ones full action! She also loves books that make her laugh.

Lewis, 11, WA 
Lewis loves reading, particularly entertaining/funny books and adventure stories. When he isn’t reading he loves music, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lego, scooting, fishing, kayaking, and playing with his younger brother.

Matilda, 11.5, NT 
Matilda loves fiction, fantasy & mystery books. Her favourite book series are Harry Potter, The Ink Series, and The School for Good & Evil. She enjoys all school subjects as well as netball, swimming & dance. She also loves art & being creative.

Céití, 10, WA 
Céití loves spending time with her chocolate labrador Flynn. She enjoys all sorts of reading and writing, playing her violin, cooking and playing water polo. Her favourite book for 2019 was Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo.

Anishka, 9, QLD 
Anishka loves writing poems and reading books. She started composing her own poems when she was 4 years old. She is  involved in raising funds for Heart Research and Foundation through ‘Jump Rope for Heart’. She is also involved in a meditation group in the community.

Fergus, 10, WA
Fergus loves to play Lego with his brother, ride his bike, game, code, play with his dog and read. His favourite genres are action, adventure and magic. He has three favourite series: Ranger’s Apprentice, Brotherband and Harry Potter.

Albie May, 8, NSW 
Albie May loves comics including Asterix and Amulet. She also loves old leather-bound books with mouldy pages (that she barely ever reads). She loves reading funny jokes out loud from Untangling Spaghetti by Steven Herrick.

Rory, 8, WA 
Rory loves to spend his day playing Lego, reading, coding and riding his scooter. His favourite authors are JK Rowling, Sally Rippin, Andy Griffiths and Jack Heath. His best place to read is in his bunk bed. When he grows up, he wants to be an archaeologist.

The Top Reads Team will share reading recommendations from February through until November.