Book reviews by kids

Book review: I Would Dangle the Moon


I would dangle the moon by Amber MoffatI Would Dangle the Moon, written and illustrated by Amber Moffat, MidnightSun Publishing,
ISBN 9781925227529

Anishka received a review copy of this book.

I Would Dangle the Moon is written by Amber Moffat. A mother and daughter explore the moon and relate it to normal events in life. The daughter imagines she could keep the moon forever. Little things matter in this book. Every page is mysterious, for example, what would she do if she was a jeweler? The mother and daughter talk about what they would do with the moon if they were different people.

This book was a perfect blend of imagination and creativity. The pictures in this book are wonderfully illustrated for younger readers.

I think this book would be suitable for younger kids of ages 3 to 5, who have just started to build their imagination. It is a good bedtime story book that younger readers would prefer with their parents or grand parents.

This is Anishka’s first book review for Alphabet Soup, but you can read posts with her writing here. If YOU would like to send us a story, drawing, poem, or book review, check out our submission guidelines. 

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Book review: The 39-Storey Treehouse

The 39-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths, ill. Terry Denton, ISBN 9781742612379 , Pan Macmillan Australia

Reviewed by Joseph, 9, WA

The 39 Storey Treehouse

I’ve read The 13-Storey Treehouse  and The 26-Storey Treehouse, so when The 39-Storey Treehouse came out I looked for it at my library and saw with horror that every copy had four reserves on it already. I added my name to the waiting list and waited MORE THAN A MONTH for it to be my turn. When I got the library email to say it was waiting for me I thought ‘YES!’

This is the third book in the series and there are 13 more levels than in the previous book. I wanted to know what storeys they had added and I thought some were very clever like the not-very-merry-go-round. My favourite storey would be the Top Secret Not-Yet-Finished one and I thought the name of the machine on that level was great but I’m not going to tell you what it is because it’s better to get a surprise.

It was worth the waiting — this book is just as funny and interesting as the first two, though I still think that The 26-Storey Treehouse is my favourite because I really liked the new storeys they added in that book. The illustrations in this book made me laugh out loud and I really like the colour maps inside the covers of all the Treehouse books that give you a cool look at the new storeys each time.

I can’t wait till The 52-Storey Treehouse comes out in September 2014 to see what the new storeys will be.

Now I’ve finished it, I’d better rush this book to the library so the next kid on the waiting list can enjoy it too. I would recommend the Treehouse books to kids aged 6 to 12 and cheeky grownups too. I rate it 9/10.

Joseph is one of our Junior Book Reviewers. Here are two of his other book reviews: The Nelly Gang, and Maximum Maxx. If YOU would like to send us a book review, check out our submission guidelines. Happy reading!

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Book review: The 26-Storey Treehouse

The 26-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths, ill. Terry Denton, ISBN 9781742611273, Pan Macmillan Australia

Reviewed by Celine, 11, WA

26-storey treehouse

Have you read The 13-Storey Treehouse? Well, Andy and Terry are back with another 13 new storeys! When Andy tries to tell us a story, he is rudely interrupted by Terry, who’s apparently made the sharks sick by feeding them his underwear. Then Jill comes and helps. Inside one of the shark’s bellies, Andy finds a wooden head that belongs to Captain Woodenhead.  This leads into the story of pirates with Jill, Andy and Terry. Then a real pirate ship pulls up at their shore, and out comes a captain with a disgusting head. Apparently he found it in a fish’s tummy.

Could this possibly be Captain Woodenhead, and if so, how will Andy and Terry shoo away the captain and his crew?

I liked this book, however — it was quite gruesome and this book would suit pirate lovers better. I would give this book a rating of 7/10.

Celine is one of our Junior Book Reviewers. Here are two other books reviewed by Celine on Soup Blog: Blood Brothers, and Rotters and Squatters.  If YOU would like to send us a book review, check out our submission guidelines. Happy reading!

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Book Review: Maximum Maxx!

Maxx Rumble Cricket: Maximum Maxx! by Michael Wagner, ill. Terry Denton, ISBN 9781922077806, Black Dog Books

Reviewed by Joseph, 9, WA*

Maximum Maxx! (cover)

This is about Maxx’s cricket days—it’s all 8 of the cricket books in one book. Maxx has to captain the team to victory against some teams that cheat.

My favourite book in the collection is Tricked. It’s a lot different from the other stories. (Maxx and Rexx find a way to stop The Outhouse Rodents team from cheating at all.)

The illustrations definitely go well with the stories. They make me laugh and I already like Terry Denton’s illustrations from The 13-Storey Treehouse so I knew I would like them here, too.

I think 5 to 9 year olds would like this book because they sometimes have quite big words but in short chapters.

"Undercover Readers Club logo"* Joseph is a member of our Undercover Readers Club. (Download information about the club on the magazine’s website.) A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

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Book Review – Blood Brothers

Dragonkeeper: Blood Brothers by Carole Wilkinson, ISBN 978742031897, Walker Books Australia

Reviewed by Celine, 10, WA

Blood brothers (cover)

Recently I devoured the most exquisite yet enchanting book, Blood Brothers. It is the fourth book in the series ‘Dragonkeeper’. It tells the story of a monk named Tao. He is the only monk in his family for one reason. He is accumulating good karma for his brother Wei. His brother Wei is unable to move his limbs or talk, but Wei has the powers of a dragonkeeper. When Tao and Wei hold hands, some of the powers are transferred to Tao, as Wei cannot use them.  Tao can then talk to a dragon that was following him throughout his journey so far.

Kai the dragon is in search of a dragonkeeper. As Tao journeys on from his house, he comes face to face with some terrible bloodthirsty nomads. Will Tao escape? Can Wei survive?

I believe the title is very suitable for this story and you will understand it when you finish the book. Blood Brothers is very hard to put down. I experienced the feelings with the character as if I were in his shoes—sad, relieved, excited and worried.

This book is recommended for ages 9 and above. My favourite part was when Tao called Wei ‘Wei-Wei’. I would rate this book all the stars visible in the night sky.

Now I’m going back to read books 1, 2 and 3!

"Undercover Readers Club logo"* Celine is a member of our Undercover Readers Club. (Download information about the club on the magazine’s website.) A review copy of Blood Brothers was provided by Walker Books Australia.

Book Review: The Adventures of Charlie and Moon

The Adventures of Charlie & Moon – Book 1: Facing the Quincequonces by Martin Meader, ISBN 9780981491011, Crow Flies Press

Reviewed by Vincent, 7, NSW*

The Adventures of Charlie & Moon (cover)

The night before his birthday, Charlie receives a magic present from a man named Bizz-Buzz and a dancing ticket collector named Doreen Tremblingknees. He promises not to open it until his birthday.

He breaks his promise and the present turns into a book that makes him and Moon, the eagle, part of a funny adventure story involving Quincequonces, Thunder Eggs, the evil Skunk Weavel and Snarlies.

I really liked this book (it’s the first of a trilogy) and recommend it to kids 7–15.

"Undercover Readers Club logo"* Vincent is a member of our Undercover Readers Club. (Download information about the club on the magazine’s website.) A review copy of The Adventures of Charlie & Moon was provided by the publisher.


Book Review: Totally Twins Musical Mayhem

Totally Twins: Musical Mayhem, by Aleesah Darlison,                                   ill. Serena Geddes, ISBN 9781921042348, New Frontier Publishing

Reviewed by Melissa, 10, WA

Musical Mayhem (cover)

This book is actually Persephone Pinchgut’s diary! She is a nearly eleven year old girl with a twin sister, Portia. They’re exactly the same, but the only differences are Persephone likes her hair in a ponytail and she also has a tear drop birthmark near her eye. On the other hand, Portia likes her hair down and she doesn’t have the birthmark. Their mum is divorced, very busy and a health freak.

The school musical is coming up but the only problem is Persephone can’t sing and Mrs Tamarind wants everyone in the musical. Portia is certain she will get the main part. Portia, Jolie and Caitlin (the gang) start acting mean about the fact that Persephone can’t sing! Will Portia get the main part? Will Caitlin and Jolie stop teasing? Will Persephone get through with this?

I really enjoyed this book, it was really funny. I rate it 9/10!

"Undercover Readers Club logo"* Melissa is a member of our Undercover Readers Club. A review copy of Musical Mayhem was provided by the publisher.

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Book Review: Button Boy

Button Boy, by Rebecca Young, ill. Sue deGennaro ISBN 9781741697971, Scholastic Australia

Reviewed by Year 2G, Yidarra Catholic Primary School, WA

Yidarra Catholic Primary School students with a copy of Button Boy. Photo © K Price
Yidarra Catholic Primary School students with a copy of Button Boy. (Photo © K Price)

The book Button Boy was written and illustrated by Rebecca Young and Sue deGennaro. Button Boy is a fabulous book because it is about being helpful.

Button Boy is about a little boy called Banjo who loves to collect buttons. His grandma sews the buttons onto his jumper. Every day when he’s on his way to school he finds someone who has a missing button and he gives them one. Finally, he has only one button left. Banjo is a kind and giving boy.

We like the book because the pictures are very funny. The best thing about Button Boy is that the main character is a kind little boy. People who like collecting things would like this book. It would be good for boys or girls aged 5 to 8.

You should go and get this book now! It is great.

* Year 2"Undercover Readers Club logo" at Yidarra Catholic Primary School is a member of our Undercover Readers Club. A review copy of Button Boy was provided by the publisher.

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Book reviews by Beaconsfield Primary Students

Today we hear from two year 5 students at Beaconsfield Primary School in WA. We sent the class a copy of Emily Rodda’s The Forests of Silence for review. Here’s what two of the students had to say.

The Forests of Silence, by Emily Rodda. ISBN 9781865046730, Scholastic Australia.

"The Forests of Silence cover"1. Reviewed by Jye, age 11, Beaconsfield Primary School.

The Forests of Silence, a short novel by Emily Rodda, is a fantastic fictional tale of fantasy and is great for eight to nine-year-old readers.

This story begins when prince Endon’s father, the mighty king, dies of a terrible sickness leaving a startled Endon the last surviving member of his great sovereign family and as ruler of the mighty city of Deltora. As “tradition” goes, Endon must wear the magical belt of Del upon kingship. But when his childhood friend, Jarrod, does some research on the mysterious belt, he finds that it must be worn at all times. Jarrod desperately tries to warn Endon but the evil governor, Prandine, stops him in his tracks. Upon banishment, Jarrod is forced to take refuge in the strugglingly poor city of Del.

Many years later, Jarrod marries but still awaits the king’s great and famous golden arrow; a call for help. One day, finally, a glimmer in the morning sky excites Jarrod and he joyously sprints to the castle walls to find a cleverly disguised map. He quickly follows it to his old friend. But something has gone terribly wrong and all hope for Del is almost lost for the seven stones on the belt of Del have been scattered across the land to far away and dangerous places.

This book is of the quest for the first gem. The quest is left to Jarrod’s son, Leif, and with an unlikely companion, he sets off to his first destination of danger; The Forests of Silence.

I found this book a bit short for I like to read the two hundred pages or more novels. I also thought it was kind of kiddie and predictable for a ten year old but it was alright.

I might have liked to read it on my own. It was rather short for my tastes and I think almost everyone in my class thought it was very predictable. But it was alright and it had a good storyline. I give it a five out of ten.

"The Forests of Silence cover"2. Reviewed by Erin, age 10, Beaconsfield Primary School.


The Forests of Silence is about a boy named Lief who is told he has to go on a quest to find a precious gem to defeat the Shadow Lord.

This is an adventure-filled novel about two young boys named Jarrod and Endon who grow up together as young boys in a palace till they are men.  Endon’s dad, who is king, died and straight away Endon was crowned king.

Jarrod is told to leave the palace for something he didn’t even do. About ten years later Jarrod and Endon married a lady each and later Jarrod and his wife tell their son Leif he will have to go on a dangerous quest to seek seven precious gems to defeat the Shadow Lord.

The Forests of Silence is a fantastic story if you like adventure and fantasy. It is a short and easy to read. From about the age seven to ten children will love this book. I enjoyed it but it is easy to predict in some parts of the story.

People will enjoy the Forests of Silence. It looks like a book for boys but I enjoyed it. I would not read the whole series because I’m not into fantasy books. I hope everyone who reads this book will like it as much as I do, maybe more.

*Beaconsfield Primary is a member of our Undercover Readers Club. A review copy of The Forests of Silence was provided by the publisher, Scholastic Australia.

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Book reviews by Duncraig Primary: Day 5 pt 1

Duncraig Primary School (in WA) has sent us some year 5 students’ book reviews.* We’ve been posting two reviews a day for the last 5 days—and today we share the final two reviews.

Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part 1: The Night of the Nasty Nostril Nuggets, by Dav Pilkey. ISBN 9780439376105, Scholastic US.

"Captain Underpants (cover)"Reviewed by Joe, age 10, Duncraig Primary.

This book is a fun adventurous fiction book for children over 8 years old. It has gooey laughs, amazing structure and funny action. There are two very adventurous boys, George and Harold, who turn their headmaster, Mr Krupp, into a SUPER HERO who fights the dumbest super villains ever. There are a whole series of these humorous books with a flip-o-rama in every book. In this book there are two parts.

This book has 175 pages of laughs, action and adventure. I personally think it is a very adventurous children’s tale.


*Duncraig Primary is a member of our Undercover Readers Club. Books reviewed here are the students’ own.

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