Junior Reviewers Recommend – Matilda’s picks

Matilda is the last of our Junior Reviewers visiting the blog before the New Year. Matilda is 7 and she has been writing book reviews for Alphabet Soup since 2011. In 2013 she reviewed Anton Can Do Magic, and An Aussie Year. When she’s not reading, she likes skipping (with skipping ropes), drawing portraits and writing poems. Sometimes she wins poetry prizes. Her favourite books of all are the Kumiko books by Briony Stewart.

Today she shares her favourite books read in 2013 (in no particular order).

the naming of tishkin silk the enchanted wood

The Kingdom of Silk series by Glenda Millard, illustrated by Stephen Michael King (except the first book, illustrated by Caroline Magerl)

The Faraway Tree series by Enid Blyton

The Magic Saddleone riddle, one answer

The Magic Saddle by Christobel Mattingley, illustrated Patricia Mullins

One Riddle, One Answer by Lauren Thompson, illustrated Linda S Wingerter

The 13-storey Treehouse (cover) two trickster tales

The 13-Storey Treehouse series by Andy Griffiths, illustrated Terry Denton

Two Trickster Tales retold by Sophie Masson, illustrated by David Allan

lulu bell audrey of the outback

Lulu Bell and the Birthday Unicorn by Belinda Murrell

Audrey of the Outback series by Christine Harris, illustrated Ann James

Kumiko and the dragon (cover)storm boy

Kumiko series by Briony Stewart

Storm Boy by Colin Thiele

Have you read any of Matilda’s favourite picks?


Junior Reviewers Recommend – Celine’s picks

Celine is 11 and has been a regular reviewer for Alphabet Soup’s magazine and blog since she was 6. Her favourite pastimes include writing stories, poetry and book reviews, but she will always make time for playing the violin and jogging with her dog.

In 2013, Celine reviewed The 26-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and illustrated by Terry Denton (and we have some more of Celine’s reviews for you early in 2014).

Celine’s favourite reads in 2013 include:

the ivory rose the river charm

The Ivory Rose by Belinda Murrell

The River Charm by Belinda Murrell

out of my mind the ruby talisman

Out of My Mind by Sharon M Draper

The Ruby Talisman by Belinda Murrell

The 13-storey Treehouse (cover) diary of a wimpy kid hard luck

The 13-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths, illustrated by Terry Denton

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney

party time the hunger games

Dork Diaries Party Time by Rachel Renee Russell

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins [Editor’s Note: this is a Young Adult title]

Doctor Dolittle verity sparks

The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

Verity Sparks, Lost and Found by Susan Green

Have you read any of Celine’s favourite picks for 2013?


Junior Reviewers Recommend – Philippa’s picks

Philippa is 12 and lives in Western Australia. She has been reviewing books for Alphabet Soup since 2008. She loves to play viola, read books and write poems and stories. (She reads all kinds of books, but school stories are her favourites.) Books she has reviewed for Alphabet Soup this year include The Amazing Spencer Gray; Alex, the Dog and the Unopenable Door; and Liar & Spy.

Philippa has selected the best books she read during the year, and here they are — highly recommended by her and in no particular order!

the river charm Goodnight Mister Tom

The River Charm by Belinda Murrell

Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

Alex, the dog and the unopenable door (cover)tom gates

Alex, the Dog and the Unopenable Door by Ross Montgomery

Tom Gates (the series) by L Pichon

Nell's festival of crisp winter glories The Secret Garden

The Kingdom of Silk series by Glenda Millard, illustrated by Stephen Micheal King (except book 1: illustrated by Caroline Magerl) — Philippa particularly loves books 6 and 7

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Cookieliar and spy

Cookie by Jacqueline Wilson, illustrated Nick Sharratt

Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

Have you read any of the books Philippa recommends?

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Junior Reviewers Recommend – Joseph’s picks

Joseph is 9 and lives in WA. He loves reading and has been reviewing books for Alphabet Soup since 2011. When he’s not reading, he likes writing, and playing cricket and when he grows up he wants to be an author or a cricket player. This year he has reviewed the Don’t Look Now series, Figaro and Rumba and the Cool Cats, The 39-Storey TreehouseThe Nelly Gang and Maximum Maxx.

Of the books he read in 2013, here are his favourites (they’re not in any order) —

Over 1000 (cover)the baked bean bandit

Over 1000 Fantastic Facts by Miles Kelly

The Baked Bean Bandit by Simon Mitchell

The 39 Storey TreehouseThe Nelly Gang (cover)

The 39-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths, illustrated Terry Denton

The Nelly Gang by Stephen Axelsen

too small to failtreasure fever

Too Small to Fail by Morris Gleitzman

Treasure Fever by Andy Griffiths, illustrated Terry Denton

the word spy"The Return of the Word Spy cover"

The Word Spy and The Return of the Word Spy by Ursula Dubosarsky, illustrated Tohby Riddle

tom gatesthe perplexing pineapple

The Tom Gates series by L Pichon

The Cryptic Casebook of Coco Carlomagno and Alberta: The  Perplexing Pineapple by Ursula Dubosarsky, illustrated Terry Denton