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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.


Second grade students at Glenridge Elementary School (Missouri, USA) are guest reviewers at Alphabet Soup this month. Click here if you’d like to read more book reviews by Glenridge Elementary School. To send us YOUR book review, check out our submission guidelines. Happy reading!

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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.


Second grade students at Glenridge Elementary School (Missouri, USA) are guest reviewers at Alphabet Soup this month. Click here if you’d like to read more book reviews by Glenridge Elementary School. To send us YOUR book review, check out our submission guidelines. Happy reading!