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Book review: Dragon Masters series

Image shows the cover of a children's book: Dragon Masters, Rise of the Earth Dragon. The cover illustration shows an orange dragon shaped like a snake with bat wings on a green grassy mountain smiling at a boy in a yellow tunic and brown trousers. Behind them are snow covered mountains with an icy blue look to them.

REVIEWED BY TEDDY, SECOND GRADE, MISSOURI, USA

Dragon Masters series by Tracey West and Graham Howells, Scholastic, Book 1 ISBN 9780545646239

Teddy read his school’s copies of books in this series.

Do you like fantasy, mystery, and dragons? Then Dragon Masters is the series for you! I like this series because it is funny and mysterious with dragons you could never even think of!

In Book One Drake (the main character) gets pulled away by castle guards to the castle where he becomes a dragon master and works with a dragon! One reason that I like this book is because it is cool when Worm (Drake’s dragon) makes rocks float with his mind! Another reason I like this series is because there are lots of powerful dragons! For example in book 17 Drake meets a stone dragon and it has the power to turn things to stone! A third reason I like this book is because there are lots of good wizards and bad wizards. For instance Diego and Griffith are nice, but wizards like Maldred and Astrid are not. These are some reasons why you should read this series.

If you want to learn more about this book, visit your local library. I recommend this book for ages 5-80. I give this book 10 out of 10 stars.


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Book review: The Last Light Horse

The image shows the cover of a non fiction book: The Last light Horse by Dianne Wolfer and illustrated by Brian Simmonds. The cover is predominantly purple and includes a sepia photographic style illustration at the centre of the cover with a soldier from WWI leaning against a brown horse with a white spot on its forehead.

REVIEWED BY GABRIEL, 11, NSW

The Last Light Horse by Dianne Wolfer, illustrated by Brian Simmonds, Fremantle Press, ISBN 9781760991302

The publisher provided a review copy of this book.

This exceptional book by Dianne Wolfer is about the only horse survivor from the First World War – Sandy. Sandy was only one out of 136,000 horses sent from Australia to aid the British and Australian officers. The horses were in a new climate and weren’t used to the war. How would Sandy cope with all the fighting?  

The book takes you on a journey going back to WWI to show you what happened in those days. It also has different newspaper clips from that time and pictures to help you visualize the text. The newspaper clips also tell the opinions that were circulating around in Australia concerning the war such as the Declaration of War which was reported on  Friday 7 August 1914 and the deaths of important generals.

I rated this book five stars out of five because it shows Australia’s perspective of the war and has beautiful illustrations. It should be for people interested in history to read.

Read an excerpt from book.

Listen to the author Dianne Wolfer reading from the book.


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Book review: Lord of the Fleas

Image shows the cover of a children's graphic novel: Dog Man, Lord of the Fleas by Dav Pilkey. The cover illustration shows a cartoon-style illustration of a dog in a blue shirt and trousers standing in front of a giant cat-head cave, holding the hand of a small kitten.

REVIEWED BY NATE, SECOND GRADE, MISSOURI, USA

Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas by Dav Pilkey, Graphix, ISBN 9781338741070

Have you ever read a book that’s hilarious? Then I think you should read Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas because it is so hilarious. It started when Lil Petey and 80-HD were working and making a clubhouse and Dogman came downstairs. Lil Petey is a kitten and 80-HD is a robot. Dogman is a dog who is half man. Lil Petey told Dogman that they were going to be in a club. Lil Petey said, “We will call ourselves the Super Buddies.”

One reason I like this book is because Lil Petey is so funny. In the story Lil Petey says, “Hi, bad guys.” Two of the bad guys say, “Hi” and the boss of the bad guys does not. Another reason I like this book is because Dogman and Lil Petey work together. For example when Dogman is huge, Lil Petey wakes him up. A third reason I like this book is because Petey is sneaky. In the story the guard asks Petey if he was building a giant robot. Petey said, “no” when he actually was. These are some of the reasons why you should read this book.

I hope you get this book and read it right away! Do you want to find out more about this book? Visit your local library.

I recommend this book for kids ages 5 and up. I give this book 10 out of 10 stars.


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Book review: Back to School, Splat!

Image shows the cover of a children's book: Splat the Cat, Back to School, Splat! by Rob Scotton. The cover illustration shows a black cat with a pink tummy. He's wearing scuba goggles, a snorkel, a colander for a hat, and carrying a soccer ball, & a wooden sword. There is a small grey mouse sitting atop the ball. Behind him is a small white cat in a pink top and wearing a pink bow on her head.

REVIEWED BY CALLIE, SECOND GRADE, MISSOURI, USA

Splat the Cat: Back to School, Splat! by Rob Scotton, HarperCollins Publishers, ISBN 9780061978517

Callie reviewed her school’s copy of this book.

Do you like books with cats that act like humans? Then I think you should read Splat the Cat: Back to School, Splat! In this book, Splat the Cat goes to school looking happy and comes back from school looking sad because he already has homework.

I think you should read this book because Splat the Cat is so funny. In this story he has homework on the first day of school and his tail dragged behind him as he walked home. The second reason you should read this book is because his little sister is so sweet and cute, for example she gives him a new soccer ball and gives him cupcakes. The third reason you should read this book is because he goes to CAT SCHOOL! These are some of the reasons you should read this book.

I hope you read this book right away. Do you want to find out more about this book? Visit your local library. I recommend this book for kids ages 7, 8 and 9. I give this book 8 out of 10 stars.


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Book review: The Dragonet Prophecy

Image shows the cover of a children's book, Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T Sutherland. The cover illustration shows a brown coloured dragon flying over the sea.

REVIEWED BY KJ, SECOND GRADE, MISSOURI, USA

Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T Sutherland, Scholastic Inc, ISBN 9780545349239

KJ reviewed the school’s copy of this book.

Do you like books with dragons and adventure? Well, I’ve got the right book for you. It’s called Wings of Fire. It’s about fire and water and changing color dragons.

I think you should read this book because it has adventures. Clay and his mom are dragons who have training on how to fight an evil dragon named Queen Scarlet who kidnapped all of Clay’s friends. Tsunami can fight anything and will fight anything. She can see in the dark and breathe underwater.

One reason I like this book is because Clay and his friends are always kind to other dragons. The second reason I like the book is because it has lots of detail. For example, the dragons have lots of detail. The third reason that I like this book is because my favourite part is when they meet a bunch of dragons. It’s my favourite part because the dragons all become friends. These are some reasons why you should read this book.

I recommend this book for ages 6 to 12. I give this book 10 out of 10 stars.


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Book review: Action Presidents series

Image shows the cover of a children's book: Action Presidents by Fred Van Lente and Stan Dunlavey. The cover shows a comic-book-style illustration of George Washington with short white hair, a square jaw and a blue jacket with gold buttons and shoulder epaulettes. George Washington is holding a fist up close to the viewer and gazing off into the distance. Behind him is a sun glow.

REVIEWED BY NATHAN, SECOND GRADE, MISSOURI, USA

Action Presidents series by Fred Van Lente Ryan Dunlavey, HarperCollins Publishers, Book 1 ISBN 9780062891181

Nathan read his school’s copies of this series.

Do you like books with true history and fake jokes? Well, you are going to like the Action Presidents series. My name is Nathan and I live in the USA. I think you should read Action Presidents because they have PT boats, and on PT 109 – Kennedy and his crew sank in Japanese-held territory.

It’s got cool presidents, true history and fake jokes such as in the fourth book when Kennedy says, “Never mind about Laos, what did Caroline do today?”

One reason you should read about Action Presidents is because the presidents are very good decision makers. Another reason that I like this book is because the pictures are very cool.They are the coolest comic pictures I have ever seen. The last reason I like this book is because it tells which presidents are some kind of Christian.

These are some of the reasons why you should read this book. I recommend this book for ages 7 and up. I give this book 10 out of 10 stars.


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Book review: The Bad Guys

Image shows the cover of a children's graphic novel: The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey. The cover's background is bright orange. At the bottom of the book's cover are cartoon illustrations in black and white and grey showing a snake, a wolf wearing a suit and tie, a shark wearing a suit and tie and a piranha.

REVIEWED BY CHIAGOZIEM, SECOND GRADE, MISSOURI, USA

The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey, Scholastic Inc, ISBN 9780545912402

Chiagoziem reviewed the school’s copy of this book.

Do you like books with talking animals? Then you should read The Bad Guys! because it is silly and funny. The characters’ names are Mr Wolf, Mr Shark, Mr Piranha, and Mr Snake. Mr Shark and Mr Piranha don’t need water to survive. Also Mr Piranha is Hispanic. There is a Guinea pig named Marmalade. Marmalade has a mum and dad.

One reason I like this book is because of the silly parts. For example, one time Mr Shark dressed up as an old lady. The bad guys aren’t bad, they’re good guys, in fact. The second reason I like this book is because sometimes what they say is funny. For example, Mr Piranha always says “Chico’s”. A third reason I like this book is because the characters are hilarious. In the story, they act like they’re mad all the time.

I think you should read this book because it has funny characters. I recommend this book for kids aged eight. I’ll give this book 10 out of 10 stars.


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Book review: Bo the Brave

Image shows the cover of a children's book: Bo the Brave by Rebecca Elliott. The cover illustration shows a unicorn with a rainbow horn holding up a shield in its hoof. A dragonfly hovers behind it.

REVIEWED BY SLOANE, SECOND GRADE, MISSOURI, USA

Unicorn Diaries: Bo the Brave by Rebecca Elliott, Scholastic, ISBN 9781338323436

Sloane reviewed her own copy of this book.

Do you like books about unicorns? Then I think you should read Unicorn Diaries: Bo the Brave because it’s magical.

In this story, Bo’s class of unicorn friends goes camping. They heard noises and got scared. The unicorns found out that the noises were coming from the pixies. The pixies were having a party. The pixies were afraid of the beasts and Bo the Brave must save the day.

One reason I like this book is because it’s entertaining to all students. In this story there are lots and lots of unicorns. Another reason I like this book is because there’s lots of magic. Everyone has magical powers. The most powerful magic is flying. The third reason I like this book is because the pictures are wonderful. For example, the book has colorful pictures like orange and pink and yellow.

I hope you go get this book and read it right away. Do you want to find out more about this book? Visit your local library.

I recommend this book for kids ages nine and eight and seven. I’ll give this book a 10 out of 10!


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Book review: The Dragon of Fortune

Image shows the cover of a children's book: The Dragon of Fortune in the Geronimo Stilton series. The cover illustration shows a cartoon-style mouse dressed in armour astride a blue dragon. the mouse is holding up a gold key which is nearly as big as the mouse.

REVIEWED BY AKSHAY, SECOND GRADE, MISSOURI, USA

Geronimo Stilton: The Dragon of Fortune, Scholastic Inc, ISBN 9781338159394

Akshay reviewed his own copy of this book.

Do you like dragons, wizards, and talking lizards? Then you should read Geronimo Stilton: Dragon of Fortune. It is very funny. It is so interesting you want to read more!

In the story Geronimo goes with his friends to find the winged ring but people try to stop him. All the witches and also the cat tried to stop him. She disguised herself to go to the witch council in the Kingdom of Fantasy. Geronimo is scared of the cat but the wizard comes with him. Also in the story they call him Sir Geronimo of Stilton. Isn’t that funny?

One reason I like this book is because it has lots of adventures. What happens in the story is there is an enchanted book they use to fly to the witch castle. Pretty adventurous, huh? The second reason I like this book is because, for example, it has lots of pages. If you finish a hundred pages you have a lot more! My last reason I love this book is because the characters from the other books stay in the new book. For example, Geronimo, Scribblehopper, Blue Rider and others are in this book and different books in the series too.

I hope you get this book and read it right away! I recommend this book for ages 8 and above. I give this book 10 stars.


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Book review: I Like Myself

Image shows the cover of a children's picture book: I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont and David Catrow. The cover is predominantly pink. A girl in a striped red-and-white dress and curly black short hair and brown skin is dancing with her hands above her head and smile on her face.

REVIEWED BY ALINA, SECOND GRADE, MISSOURI, USA

I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by David Catrow, Cengage Learning, ISBN 9780547401638

Alina reviewed her own copy of this book.

Do you like rhyming books? Then I think you should read I Like Myself because it teaches you to like yourself. In this story it talks, talks, talks about yourself. In this story it talks about your hands, ears and your eyes and your legs and arms and head and more.

One reason I like this book is because it makes you love yourself more than you already do. The second reason I like this book is because the girl is nice. The third reason I like this book is because the pictures are pretty and the girl is cute and she has a dog. In the story it says “I like myself because I am me.”

I recommend this book for ages 8, 9, and 10. Find this book at your local library. Out of 10 stars, I give it an 8.


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