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Book review: HARRY POTTER SERIES

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling illustrated by Mary GrandPréREVIEWED BY MOMO, SECOND GRADE, MISSOURI, USA

Harry Potter series by JK Rowling, ill. Mary GrandPré, Scholastic, ISBN 9780439136358

I think you should read the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling and illustrated by Mary GrandPré. Keep reading don’t stop. It might seem really boring at first. Hey! Wait! Just at the beginning.

In the first book he finds the Sorcerer’s Stone. Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley help him find it. Harry Potter is eleven in the first book. I LOVE this book series because they all have a lot of action in them. Also he finds the school of witchcraft and wizardry. Also because he has a cute little owl! Awwww so cute.

I give this book a nine out of ten. I found this book in a bookstore. I am on the fifth book in the series. My sister read all of the books. I recommend this book for ages 8–12.


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Book review: GHOST TOWN AT SUNDOWN

Ghost Town at SundownREVIEWED BY MAX, SECOND GRADE, MISSOURI, USA

Magic Treehouse: Ghost Town at Sundown by Mary Pope Osborne, Scholastic, ISBN 9781338224979

Do you like ghost stories? Then you should read Ghost Town at Sundown (in the Magic Treehouse series) by Mary Pope Osborne.

In this book, Annie and Jack travel back in time and meet a ghost in Texas, named Lonesome Luke. He was a pianist who lived in 1890 and one day he just vanished and was never found alive again. His bones were found a year later. I like the book for a couple reasons:

  1. It’s scary. A scary part is when a ghost plays the piano at the empty-old-hotel.
  2. It’s violent because Jack and Annie and Slim fight robbers that stole horses. Why? The robbers use guns!

Also at the end, you get to sing ‘Red River Valley’! The piano is the easiest instrument to play this song on.

You might also like Magic Treehouse: Christmas in Camelot, and the A to Z Mysteries series.

I give this book 10 out of 10 stars.


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Book review: ELLIE ULTRA

Ellie UltraREVIEWED BY ANDI, SECOND GRADE, MISSOURI, USA

Ellie Ultra by Gina Bellisario, ill. Jessika Von Innerebner, Stone Arch Books, ISBN 9781496531445

Do you like books with superheroes? Well, if you do, you should read Ellie Ultra. It is about a family of superheroes; a mum, a dad, and a daughter. An example of how they are superheroes is they have super vision and save their town, Winkapolis. I think it is great because it is a series of chapter books. (If that isn’t exactly your style, that’s okay.)

The illustrations are great, mostly funny and the names are cute, like Ellie, who is the main character. I really think you should read this book.


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Book review: HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE

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

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone* by JK Rowling, Scholastic, ISBN 9780545582889

Do you like books about wizards? I’m reading a book about wizards called Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling. I think you should read it if you like castles, spells and magic.

Harry Potter is a boy who lives with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and cousin, Dudley. They are mean to Harry. They made him sleep in a closet. On his birthday they never gave him presents. One day he starts getting letters from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, a wizard school. The letters say to come to the school. Harry was confused, because he didn’t know he was a wizard. Hagrid, another wizard, tells Harry that he is a wizard.

Harry goes on a train to Hogwarts. He meets  Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. They become friends. When Harry gets to Hogwarts, he puts on the Sorting Hat. The hat tells them what house they will live in.  Harry Potter is put in Gryffindor House.

At Hogwarts  he learns about being a wizard. At his first class he was really good at flying on brooms. His teacher tells him he should play quidditch, a game where wizards fly on brooms. Harry finds out he is famous because Voldemort gave Harry a lightning scar on his forehead. Voldemort is an evil wizard. Lily, Harry’s mum, tried to keep Harry safe but Voldemort got her when Harry was a baby.

This book is awesome because it teaches you about wizards. My favorite part is is the feast because there is a lot of tasty food. The feast is in a big room where there are tables for each house. I wish I could be there. You should read it because it is exciting and it feels like real life.

My favorite character is Hermione Granger. Her and I are alike because we are both really smart and we both like books. Also her parents are not wizards (my parents are not wizards either). I also like this book because the author made the book really good by using her imagination and lots of creativity.

The Harry Potter series is a really good series. I think kids that are 8 and older would like this book because littler kids may be scared.

I give this book ten stars. 

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


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Book review: DOG MAN

DOG MAN by Dav Pilkey.REVIEWED BY ISRA’EL, SECOND GRADE, MISSOURI, USA

Dog Man by Dav Pilkey, Koala Book Company, ISBN 9781742766027

I think you should read the Dog Man books by Dav Pilkey. They will take you on many adventures. It’s about a dog that is a cop that doesn’t speak at all. Sorry to disappoint you, but he does have a helpful Dog Man. His boss gets mad at him too. Especially when Dog Man jumps on his boss and licks his face. I think you should read the Dog Man series for lots of reasons. He is a hero that saves people from bad guys. He has awesome family and friends.

It is a good book and fun to read. I hope you have fun reading it.


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Book review: THE BAD GUYS

THE BAD GUYS: EPISODE 1 by Aaron Blabey.REVIEWED BY BECKETT, SECOND GRADE, MISSOURI, USA

The Bad Guys, written & illustrated by Aaron Blabey, Scholastic Australia, ISBN 9781760150426

If you like talking animals, you will like this series. It is called The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey, and the characters are Piranha, Mr Shark, Legs, Mr Snake, and Wolfie. They saved 10,000 chickens from a hamster. In book 6 you will find out that the hamster is an alien with 6 butts and 3 mouths, and he turned every cat into a zombie kitten. Then he made a cute-zilla ray and turned every dog, bunny, pony, and dolphin into a zog, zunny, zony, or zolphin.

I rate this book 5 stars out of 5 stars.  This book is good for ages 3–10.


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Book review: ROSE RIVERS

Rose Rivers by Jacqueline Wilson and illustrated by Nick SharrattREVIEWED BY MATILDA, 12, WA

Rose Rivers by Jacqueline Wilson, ill. Nick Sharratt, Doubleday Children’s, ISBN 9780857535184

This book is set in the world of Hetty Feather, a previous series by the author. Rose Rivers is 13 years old. She and her twin, Rupert, have always been inseparable but Rose becomes increasingly frustrated once Rupert is sent to school. Rose’s passion for learning is no use as she is kept home with her younger siblings, to learn to become more ladylike. One day she discovers Rupert has a sweetheart from a snobbish family, and Rose is in despair.

I loved this book. The characters were familiar from previous books, but it was a totally different perspective (of the more privileged family). The characters were likeable, but the book was constantly changing your views on them. You are shocked when Rose is shocked, and surprised when she is surprised.

I would recommend this book for ages 10+, and for fans of previous Hetty Feather stories. This is also the book for you if you like historical fiction. I highly recommend it!


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