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Book review: My New Best Friend

My New Best Friend by Meredith Costain, illustrated by Danielle McDonald (book cover)REVIEWED BY MIA, 8,
RINGWOOD HEIGHTS PRIMARY SCHOOL, VIC

Olivia’s Secret Scribbles: My New Best Friend
by Meredith Costain, ill. Danielle McDonald,
Scholastic Australia, ISBN 9781760277062

My New Best Friend is part of the Olivia’s Secret Scribbles series. These books are fiction, written by Meredith Costain and illustrated by Danielle McDonald. I think this book and series would suit girls between 6–9 and there is another series for older girls called Ella Diaries, which is written like a diary by Olivia’s older sister.

My New Best Friend is my favourite book, written like a journal, full of special private secrets. Olivia is always up to something and even has her own experiment cupboard. This book is about school, getting a new bedroom, making a new BFF, inventions, soccer, mysteries to be solved, an annoying older sister, a cat that needs more training, a spider, setting traps and lots more.

I love this series because I especially like experiments and new inventions and I can’t wait for more. I always read the whole book in one go because I need to know what’s going to happen. I give this book 5 stars.


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Book review: Worst Camp Ever

Worst Camp ever by Meredith Costain and Danielle McDonald (book cover is yellow and shows Ella as a girl with long brown hair wearing a pink baseball cap)REVIEWED BY JESSIE, 10,
RINGWOOD HEIGHTS PRIMARY SCHOOL, VIC

Ella Diaries: Worst Camp Ever by Meredith Costain, ill. Danielle McDonald,
Scholastic Australia, ISBN 9781760157180

Worst Camp Ever is part of the Ella Diaries series. The book is a fiction book written by Meredith Costain in a diary style form, through the eyes of an Australian girl named Ella. This book and series would suit girls between 8–12. There is another series for girls a bit younger called Olivia’s Secret Scribbles, which is written through the eyes of Ella’s younger sister. The books are illustrated by Danielle McDonald, in simple but very funny and effective drawings, that often make me laugh out loud.
The books are fun, a bit naughty, focus a lot on school friendships and are filled with adventure, mostly set at school, gymnastics and at home. They also contain some new and fantastic words like ‘fantabulous’ and always have some funny poems or songs.
Worst Camp Ever is one of my favourites, as it is about going on school camp, the excitement of bunk beds, activities like the big swing and kayaking, also fears, personal challenges, enemies, playing pranks, noises at night and scary stories. There is also crazy boys, food fights, potatoes that have to be peeled, points to be earned and lost and so much more.
I have read and own all the books of this series that have been released and my sister is reading the younger version. Every time I come home with a new book I’m so excited to find out what happens next, I need to read it from start to finish in one night. I just can’t wait for more books to be released and I know you will enjoy them too.  5/5

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Book review: This is home

This is home, poems selected by Jackie French, illustrated by Tania McCartney (book cover)REVIEWED BY HANNAH, 12, QLD

This is home: Essential Australian Poems for Children, selected by Jackie French, ill. Tania McCartney, NewSouth Books, ISBN 9780642279385

Hannah received a review copy of this book from Alphabet Soup.

This is Home – a book of poetry selected for children by Jackie French and vibrantly illustrated by Tania McCartney – is our story of Australia told through verse over real time. There are different sections in the book and each section describes a different part of Australian history. This gives you the freedom to only read what section you like or of reading the whole book from the start to enjoy the progression of events that have formed the country that we call home.

The anthology just radiates pure elegance. The poems are tender and beautiful and most have gorgeous illustrations to match them. The illustrations were really powerful and calming, often playing with the words and a poem’s title.

It was so impossible to choose when my mother asked me for my favourite poem. I have to admit that the ‘Laughter’ section was the one I enjoyed the most. The selection of verse throughout the book doesn’t feel the least bit rushed. The artwork and the storylines are calming and seem to encourage the reader to take time to breathe in the words and pictures. I loved that Jackie French placed the poems in chronological order as I haven’t really seen that done before in an anthology.

I do really love this book and I recommend it to all school aged kids as it is aimed at children. This one is really worth checking out.


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Book review: Mercy Watson to the Rescue

Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamilloREVIEWED BY KALEIGHA, SECOND GRADE, MISSOURI, USA

Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo, Candlewick, ISBN 9780763645045

Do you love reading books with funny characters? Well then you’ll love to read about Mercy Watson. Mercy Watson is a pig who likes to eat hot buttered toast. She’s hilarious!

Do you like to read Mercy Watson to the Rescue?  I love it. Chapter 1 is very good. For example, on the first page Mercy is getting put into bed. Tell me, isn’t that a funny story?


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Book review: Harry Potter series

Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stoneREVIEWED BY ALINA, SECOND GRADE, MISSOURI, USA

Harry Potter series by JK Rowling, Scholastic, ISBN 9780439136358

Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling is the best series in the galaxy because Harry, Hermione, and Ron, who are the main characters, go on adventures and there’s always mysteries in the school. Like … when they the found the sorcerer’s stone. Another reason why I like it is because they do magic! Here are some examples of magic from book: 1.

  1. The healing bird appears
  2. The Griffindor sword appears out of nowhere in the chamber of secrets.

My favorite characters are Hermione Granger, Harry Potter, and Ron Weasley. My least favorite characters are Voldemort and Malfoy and my least favorite house is Slytherin. I would rather call it Loserin. J.K.Rowling made a lot of other books and movies too!


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Book review: Harry Potter series

Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stoneREVIEWED BY ISABELLA, SECOND GRADE, MISSOURI, USA

The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling, ill. Mary GrandPré, Scholastic, ISBN 9780545582889

Have you ever heard of the book series Harry Potter? It is by JK Rowling. Have you seen the front cover? It’s so phenomenal! Well at least to me. I think that the illustrator Mary GrandPré did a very good job! I love all the front covers. Because they have details! And they are unique! And the front cover makes me feel like I’m in the story.

Do you also like magic? Because Harry Potter is about magic! Harry Potter is a story about this bad wizard named Voldemort. He’s trying to do something bad to Harry Potter. Harry Potter is really good at magic! The reason I like Harry Potter is because he does magic! I think that magic is amazing! Another reason I like Harry Potter is because he goes to Hogwarts! Which is a MAGIC school! My favorite part is the Holiday Feasts. I wish that the Holiday Feasts were in real life!

One of my favorite characters is Ron Weasley. He’s so funny. One time, in the second book, Malfoy called Hermione a Mudblood, a name for a muggle born, and so Ron tried to do a spell on Malfoy. Muggle born means human born. That hurt Hermione’s feelings. The spell that Ron did was eat slugs. Since the Whomping Willow smashed his wand, the spell reversed back on him, and he threw up slugs. His jaw just opened  and he started throwing up slugs! I like Hermione and Harry too, but my least favorite characters are Draco Malfoy, Voldemort, and the Dursleys. Malfoy is my least favorite character  because he’s mean to Harry Potter. I don’t like Voldemort either because he’s trying to do something bad to Harry Potter. I also don’t like the Dursleys because when Harry was only 11, they made him sleep in the cupboard under the stairs. So, basically, that was his room. When I first read it I was wondering, “How could a family do such a thing?” On one of his birthdays, or ALL of his birthdays, OR for the whole summer AND his birthday he HAS to pretend he doesn’t EXIST! And plus it’s his BIRTHDAY! I can’t imagine that life.

These are all the reasons I love Harry Potter!

The first book in the series is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone*. The second book is called Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The third book is called Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The fourth book, that I’m reading, is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The fifth book is called Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The sixth book is called Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. The seventh book is called Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. And those are all the books in the Harry Potter series.

 

*In Australia this book is published as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.


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Book review: BAD KITTY SCHOOL DAZE

Bad Kitty School Daze by Nick BruelREVIEWED BY VIVIAN, SECOND GRADE, MISSOURI, USA

Bad Kitty: School Daze by Nick Bruel, Scholastic, ISBN 9781250039477

Do you like kittens? Well, I know a kitty that is bad! The book is called Bad Kitty: School Daze by Nick Bruel!

This book  is really funny because Petunia, who is a dog, thinks Bad Kitty is a cow! Bad Kitty gets in a fight with Puppy. But it’s weird because in pet school they do arts and crafts and stuff like that.

You will have to read this book to find out more! I give this book 10 out of 10 stars. I recommend this book for ages 2 to any age!


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