Posted in Book reviews by kids, Glenridge Elementary School

Book review: Dragon Masters series

Image shows the cover of a children's book: Dragon Masters, Rise of the Earth Dragon. The cover illustration shows an orange dragon shaped like a snake with bat wings on a green grassy mountain smiling at a boy in a yellow tunic and brown trousers. Behind them are snow covered mountains with an icy blue look to them.

REVIEWED BY TEDDY, SECOND GRADE, MISSOURI, USA

Dragon Masters series by Tracey West and Graham Howells, Scholastic, Book 1 ISBN 9780545646239

Teddy read his school’s copies of books in this series.

Do you like fantasy, mystery, and dragons? Then Dragon Masters is the series for you! I like this series because it is funny and mysterious with dragons you could never even think of!

In Book One Drake (the main character) gets pulled away by castle guards to the castle where he becomes a dragon master and works with a dragon! One reason that I like this book is because it is cool when Worm (Drake’s dragon) makes rocks float with his mind! Another reason I like this series is because there are lots of powerful dragons! For example in book 17 Drake meets a stone dragon and it has the power to turn things to stone! A third reason I like this book is because there are lots of good wizards and bad wizards. For instance Diego and Griffith are nice, but wizards like Maldred and Astrid are not. These are some reasons why you should read this series.

If you want to learn more about this book, visit your local library. I recommend this book for ages 5-80. I give this book 10 out of 10 stars.


Second grade students at Glenridge Elementary School (Missouri, USA) are guest reviewers at Alphabet Soup. 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!

Posted in Book reviews by kids, Glenridge Elementary School

Book review: The Dragonet Prophecy

Image shows the cover of a children's book, Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T Sutherland. The cover illustration shows a brown coloured dragon flying over the sea.

REVIEWED BY KJ, SECOND GRADE, MISSOURI, USA

Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T Sutherland, Scholastic Inc, ISBN 9780545349239

KJ reviewed the school’s copy of this book.

Do you like books with dragons and adventure? Well, I’ve got the right book for you. It’s called Wings of Fire. It’s about fire and water and changing color dragons.

I think you should read this book because it has adventures. Clay and his mom are dragons who have training on how to fight an evil dragon named Queen Scarlet who kidnapped all of Clay’s friends. Tsunami can fight anything and will fight anything. She can see in the dark and breathe underwater.

One reason I like this book is because Clay and his friends are always kind to other dragons. The second reason I like the book is because it has lots of detail. For example, the dragons have lots of detail. The third reason that I like this book is because my favourite part is when they meet a bunch of dragons. It’s my favourite part because the dragons all become friends. These are some reasons why you should read this book.

I recommend this book for ages 6 to 12. I give this book 10 out of 10 stars.


Second grade students at Glenridge Elementary School (Missouri, USA) are guest reviewers at Alphabet Soup. 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!

Posted in Book reviews by kids, Glenridge Elementary School

Book review: The Dragon of Fortune

Image shows the cover of a children's book: The Dragon of Fortune in the Geronimo Stilton series. The cover illustration shows a cartoon-style mouse dressed in armour astride a blue dragon. the mouse is holding up a gold key which is nearly as big as the mouse.

REVIEWED BY AKSHAY, SECOND GRADE, MISSOURI, USA

Geronimo Stilton: The Dragon of Fortune, Scholastic Inc, ISBN 9781338159394

Akshay reviewed his own copy of this book.

Do you like dragons, wizards, and talking lizards? Then you should read Geronimo Stilton: Dragon of Fortune. It is very funny. It is so interesting you want to read more!

In the story Geronimo goes with his friends to find the winged ring but people try to stop him. All the witches and also the cat tried to stop him. She disguised herself to go to the witch council in the Kingdom of Fantasy. Geronimo is scared of the cat but the wizard comes with him. Also in the story they call him Sir Geronimo of Stilton. Isn’t that funny?

One reason I like this book is because it has lots of adventures. What happens in the story is there is an enchanted book they use to fly to the witch castle. Pretty adventurous, huh? The second reason I like this book is because, for example, it has lots of pages. If you finish a hundred pages you have a lot more! My last reason I love this book is because the characters from the other books stay in the new book. For example, Geronimo, Scribblehopper, Blue Rider and others are in this book and different books in the series too.

I hope you get this book and read it right away! I recommend this book for ages 8 and above. I give this book 10 stars.


Second grade students at Glenridge Elementary School (Missouri, USA) are guest reviewers at Alphabet Soup. 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!

Posted in book reviews, Book reviews by kids, Book reviews by Kobe

Book review: The Poison Jungle

THE POISON JUNGLE by Tui T SutherlandREVIEWED BY KOBE, 9, WA

Wings of Fire: The Poison Jungle by Tui T Sutherland, Scholastic Inc, ISBN 9781743835241

Kobe reviewed her own copy of this book.

This month I review a really funny book by Tui T. Sutherland, the New York Times best-selling author and famous writer of the Wings of Fire series. This book may look a bit too fat for young children to read! But NO, this book is completely fine for keen readers like me to read. Also, by the way, this book doesn’t contain loads of violence or anything, so it’s completely OK!

I smartly chose this outstanding book because the characters are all extremely hilarious like the little HiveWing dragonet, Bumblebee, who always shouts “SNUDOO!” Instead of “SUNDEW!” who is a LeafWing that lives in the only bit of trees on the lost continent Pantala, The Poison Jungle. The SilkWing, Blue is a flamesilk, which means he produces silk from his silk glands, but it produces silk to look like flame, like his sister Luna. Cricket, the HiveWing, is like me and always tries to ask lots and lots of questions.

I really hope you’ll take my word and read this magical adventure and be sucked in with the characters and fight the evil of Pantala off the surface of this mysterious lost continent, join the Chrysalis, a group of SilkWings who want to stop the evil HiveWing queen, Queen Wasp from taking over and remember that the power of Wings of Fire is always with you no matter what.

Now come on! Lets go into that book and go save the fantastic world!


Kobe is a regular book reviewer for Alphabet Soup. You can read all her reviews hereTo send us YOUR book review, check out our submission guidelines. Happy reading!

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Two book launches (WA)

Here are two book launches coming up in June and July!

1. JUNE 2011 BOOK LAUNCH for picture book, The Last Viking

written by Norman Jorgensen, illustrated by James Foley

"The Last Viking (cover)"
When: Friday 24 June 2011, 6:30pm
Where: Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre (Old Freo Prison hospital), cnr Hampton and Knutsford Rd, Fremantle WA
RSVP for numbers to Fremantle Press: (08) 9430 6331 or email admin@fremantlepress.com.au

A bit about The Last Viking (taken from the Fremantle Press site):

Young Josh is very brave.
He’s not afraid of anyone or anything—except maybe the dark. Pirates worry him a bit, of course, and so do boy-eating dinosaurs, and monsters under the bed. He’s also just a little afraid of dragons and vampires. But other than those few things, Josh is as brave as a lion.

Sort of.

When Josh comes face to face with real-life trouble, he begins to find out how brave he really is …

2. JULY 2011 BOOK LAUNCH for Kumiko and the Shadow Catchers

written and illustrated by Briony Stewart

"Kumiko and the Shadow Catchers (cover)"

When: Sunday 10 July 2011, 1.30pm–4.30pm
Where: Town of Vincent Library, 99 Loftus St, Perth WA.
Short reading, book sales, signing, sale of original illustrations and prints from the book.

Light refreshments and a chance for kids to win book prizes and colour in a giant dragon!

For more info, email Briony Stewart.

A bit about Kumiko and the Shadow Catchers (taken from the UQP site):

Kumiko is used to having a dragon guarding her night and day, but what she doesn’t quite know is why she needs one …

Since discovering the secret of the Shadow Catchers, a group of powerful sorcerers determined to steal magic at any cost, Kumiko knows it’s only a matter of time before her family’s link to dragons puts them all in grave danger. Is there a way to stop the Shadow Catchers once and for all and will Kumiko take the risk?

Kumiko and the Shadow Catchers follows Kumiko’s last and most exciting adventure as she travels through a world of shadows and dark magic in order to find freedom for herself and the kingdom of dragons.

Do you know about any upcoming book launches? (Let us know!)

Posted in book reviews, Book reviews by Rebecca

The Battle for Rondo by Emily Rodda

The evil Blue Queen’s power seems to be growing and Leo and Mimi Langlander return to the world of Rondo for the last time to join with their Rondo friends to try to stop her. They come up with a plan to defeat the queen, but it’s risky. And they have to face dragons, ogres and numerous other evil inhabitants as they prepare. Can they save Rondo, or will the Blue Queen triumph and have Rondo under her spell forever?

This is the third book in the Rondo series and full of thrilling adventures. Mimi and Leo have changed a lot since The Key to Rondo (when they first entered Rondo) and seem more accepting of their roles in the survival of Rondo. You really want their plans to work, but even heroes are frightened, tired, and make bad decisions sometimes …

You don’t have to read the first two books to enjoy this one, but the first two are also fantastic – so I recommend starting back at the beginning with The Key to Rondo, and then read The Wizard of Rondo before moving onto this book. And you’ve got school holidays ahead of you, so you’ll have heaps of time to read!

The Battle for Rondo, by Emily Rodda, Omnibus Books for Scholastic Australia, ISBN 9781862918306
A review copy of The Battle for Rondo was sent to us by Omnibus Books (for Scholastic Australia)