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 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 Saddle by Christobel Mattingley, illustrated Patricia Mullins
One Riddle, One Answer by Lauren Thompson, illustrated Linda S Wingerter
The 13-Storey Treehouse series by Andy Griffiths, illustrated Terry Denton
Two Trickster Tales retold by Sophie Masson, illustrated by David Allan
Lulu Bell and the Birthday Unicorn by Belinda Murrell
Audrey of the Outback series by Christine Harris, illustrated Ann James
Kumiko series by Briony Stewart
Storm Boy by Colin Thiele
Have you read any of Matilda’s favourite 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 by Belinda Murrell
The River Charm by Belinda Murrell
Out of My Mind by Sharon M Draper
The Ruby Talisman by Belinda Murrell
The 13-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths, illustrated by Terry Denton
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney
Dork Diaries Party Time by Rachel Renee Russell
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins [Editor’s Note: this is a Young Adult title]
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?
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 by Belinda Murrell
Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
Alex, the Dog and the Unopenable Door by Ross Montgomery
Tom Gates (the series) by L Pichon
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
Cookie by Jacqueline Wilson, illustrated Nick Sharratt
Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead
Have you read any of the books Philippa recommends?
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 Treehouse, The Nelly Gang and Maximum Maxx.
Of the books he read in 2013, here are his favourites (they’re not in any order) —
Over 1000 Fantastic Facts by Miles Kelly
The Baked Bean Bandit by Simon Mitchell
The 39-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths, illustrated Terry Denton
The Nelly Gang by Stephen Axelsen
Too Small to Fail by Morris Gleitzman
Treasure Fever by Andy Griffiths, illustrated Terry Denton
The Word Spy and The Return of the Word Spy by Ursula Dubosarsky, illustrated Tohby Riddle
The Tom Gates series by L Pichon
The Cryptic Casebook of Coco Carlomagno and Alberta: The Perplexing Pineapple by Ursula Dubosarsky, illustrated Terry Denton