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Book review: DOG MAN

Dog Man by Dav PilkeyREVIEWED BY ORLANDO, SECOND GRADE, MISSOURI, USA

Dog Man by Dav Pilkey, Scholastic Inc, ISBN 9780545581608

Do you love Dog Man by Dav Pilkey? If you do, just so you know, I do too. Have you read every book in the series? Not me, but I think it’s a good book for these reasons:

  1. The book is good.
  2. It’s a good book to read.
  3. People love to read it.

Also did you know when the chief said, “HEY!” Do you think it’s funny? I do because he was kind of yelling at the people.

Have you seen Dog Man Unleashed? It is the next book in the series. I would recommend this book for kids and teenagers ages 7-19.


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Book review: ATTACK OF THE ZITTENS

Attack of the Zittens by Aaron BlabeyREVIEWED BY RYAN, SECOND GRADE, MISSOURI, USA

The Bad Guys: Attack of the Zittens by Aaron Blabey, Scholastic, ISBN 9781760158774

Read Attack of the Zittens by Aaron Blabey. It’s a very cool book and at one part they were surrounded by the zittens! My favorite part is when the old lady farts and the zitten scratches Mr Wolf’s face. That is really funny! The best part about the whole thing is that it is a whole series. In the second book Mr Wolf, Mr Piranha, Mr Shark and Mr Snake try to save 10,000 chickens from a chicken farm. You will have to read the books to find out more. There are 8 books. It is an awesome series.

I recommend these books for 5 to 13 years old because it only has a little words. The creator of it is so funny! They are the best books ever! Buy the book or buy the series. There are a lot of BAD GUYS in every story and the BAD GUYS are trying to be … GOOD!!  It is a good series and you should read the books.


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Book review: THE 26-STORY TREEHOUSE

The 26-STORY TREEHOUSE by Andy Griffiths and Terry DentonREVIEWED BY NINA, SECOND GRADE, MISSOURI, USA

The 26-Story Treehouse* by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, Macmillan, ISBN 9781250073273

If you like silly, funny, and tragic books, then you’ll love I mean LOVE The 26-Story Treehouse. The 26-Story Treehouse is about two kids who like to write books together. Their names are Andy and Terry. Oh! And Terry is the one with blond hair.

The 26-Story Treehouse has 26 awesome and amazing stories like the “Believe It Or Else Museum” and the “Super Secret Lab.” They have this super duper cool marshmallow machine! It shoots marshmallows in your mouth when you’re hungry.

I think people over 7 should be able to read these books.

PS: read The 13-Story Treehouse first. It’s super duper cool too!

*In Australia, this book is published as The 26-Storey Treehouse.


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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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