Posted in Book reviews by kids, Recommended reading

Junior Reviewers Recommend – Jin Xiang’s picks

Jin Xiang is 7 and lives in Victoria. Earlier in 2013 we published her review of Show DayWhen she is not reviewing books she likes swimming, science and reading and she’d like to be a scientist when she grows up.

Jin Xiang did quite a bit of reading in 2013! Here are some of her favourites read this year:

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Maya book cover

Of Swans, Sugarplums, and Satin Slippers: Ballet Stories for Children by Violette Verdy, illustrated by Marcia Brown

Maya and the Turtle: A Korean Fairy Tale by Soma Han and John C. Stickler, illustrated by Soma Han

Still more stories to solve (cover)

suho (cover)

Still More Stories to Solve: Fourteen Folktales from Around the World told by George Shannon, illustrated by Peter Sis

Suho and the White Horse: A Mongolian Legend retold by Yuzo Otsuka, illustrated by Suekichi Akaba

a mouse called wolf (cover)opera (cover)


A Mouse Called Wolf by Dick King-Smith

The Barefoot Book of Stories from the Opera retold by Shahrukh Husain, illustrated by James Mayhew

play me a story

Charlie Brown

Play Me a Story: Nine Tales about Musical Instruments by Naomi Adler, illustrated by Greta Cencetti

It’s Back to School, Charlie Brown! by Charles M. Schulz

kitten in the cold

animal tales

Kitten in the cold by Lucy Daniels, illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas

The Barefoot Book of Animal Tales from Around the World retold by Naomi Adler, illustrated by Amanda Hall

Have you read any of Jin Xiang’s picks?

Posted in poetry, Young Writers in Action

Young writers in action: NIGHTMARES

by Jin Xiang, 10, VIC


Nightmares (artwork by Jin Xiang)

This will not be fun,
As your deepest fears,
Each and every one,
Brings out more tears.

They have come, they are here,
To haunt your life,
To grow your fear,
Cutting you like a knife.

Tearing you apart,
Your life has been shattered,
Breaking your heart,
Until nothing else mattered.

Suddenly you hear it, you do,
That ringing beep,
That saves you,
That wakes you from your sleep.

We’ve published Jin Xiang at Alphabet Soup previously — you can see her work here.  If YOU would like to send us a book review, check out our submission guidelines. Happy reading!


Posted in book reviews, Book reviews by kids

Book Review: Show Day

Show Day by Penny Matthews, ill. Andrew McLean, ISBN 9781862916890, Scholastic Australia

Reviewed by Jin Xiang Wilson, 7, VIC*

show day (cover)

This story is about Lil and her family going to a show. Dad was in the wood-chopping contest and entered his orange marmalade in the Craft and Cookery contest. Mum entered her pumpkin, jam, cheese scones and an iced birthday cake in the show. Henry, Lil’s brother, entered his guinea pig in the Best Pet contest. Lil has a special entry for the Most Unusual Pet but it’s a secret.

I enjoyed reading this book.

"Undercover Readers Club logo"* Jin Xiang Wilson is a member of our Undercover Readers Club. (Download information about the club on the magazine’s website.) A review copy of this picture book was provided by the publisher.