Tuesday, March 26, 2013

March reviews from Albert Park

The London Eye mystery by Siobhan Dowd - reviewed by Francis

It’s a book about Ted and his sister Kate.  Ted is very smart but can’t read body language (I think he has autism).  Ted, Kate and his cousin Salim go to visit the London Eye and have to queue with lots of people.  While they are waiting a stranger gives them a ticket, Salim then uses it to go up, but then disappears – he never comes down.  Ted figures out what could have happened to his cousin – he has 9 theories.

Rated:  5/5 – "It’s my second favourite book."

The circus collection by Enid Blyton - reviewed by Letitia

The Circus Collection is three books in one.  The first story Jimmy and his dog Lucky join the circus, and befriend a girl named Lotta.

The second story Lotta runs away to search for Lucky who has been stolen.

Mr Galliano (circus owner) goes away on holiday with his wife and the person who takes over turns out to be a thief.  Jimmy, Lotta and Lucky have to save the circus.

Rated:  5/5 – "Enid Blyton is a great writer, this book is interesting."

Spaghetti pig-out from the book Uncanny! by Paul Jennings - reviewed by Alex W.

A boy and the main bully at his school called Guts Garvey both enter a competition to see who can eat the most spaghetti in 15 minutes without spewing, otherwise you are disqualified. It’s a very short story.

Rated:  4/5 - "It was good but there are better books."

Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan - reviewed by Alex G.

Percy (who is named after a Greek god), because he is half-god & half-human, and Tahlia who is Zeus’ daughter (in the last book she was turned into a tree) are on a quest to bring two half-bloods back to their camp.  The evil Mantacaur tries to stop them.

Rated:  5/5 – "I’ll give this rating for every Percy Jackson Book because I like them.  I read the first one for class and that got me into reading the series."

The big book of Bean (based on the ABC TV series) - reviewed by Grace

It’s very funny.  Mr Bean is bored so decides to go for a drive.  He comes across a ship in a bottle.  Spends some time figuring out how it got in there.  Then almost drops it.

Rated:  5/5 - "Very funny."

Origami for everyone by Didier Boursin - reviewed by Grace

This book is very easy to use.  I spent lots of time making things.

Rated:  5/5

Tunnels of blood by Darren Shan - reviewed by Annabel

This book is about vampires.  Mr Crepsley who is guarding Darren Shan is a half vampire.  They hang around a circus then Mr Crepsley leaves to go to town on ‘vampire business’.  Darren tries to unravel the mystery of strange murders of 6 people who have been drained of blood from their bodies.  The main suspect is Mr Crepsley.  It’s a real page turner.

Rated:  4/5 – "There is rather a lot of goriness – when you are eating chips you don’t want to read

March reviews from St Kilda

Artemis Fowl and the time paradox (bk. 6 of the Artemis Fowl series) – by Eoin Colfer - reviewed by Jack

Main character is Artemis Fowl and his mother has 'spelltropy' which is a mixture of all the diseases of the world. The only cure for this disease is the brain fluid of the Silky Sifaka which is a lemur but the problem is this particular lemur is extinct so Artemis Fowl travels back in time to the time when he sold the lemur to a group of extinctionists.
Good cover – the cover illustrator is Bob Lea and Eoin Colfer always leaves the reader on the very edge of a chapter.

Rated:  5 reallys

Delphie and the birthday show (Magic Ballerina series) by Darcey Bussell - reviewed by Mikhalia (who is reading the whole series)

Sleeping Beauty’s mum decided to live with King Rat – King Rat is bad. On Sleeping Beauty’s mum’s birthday they are still living together. Love dust on eyelashes causes you to fall in love. On Sleeping Beauty’s mum’s birthday they were going to hold a show but because of the love dust they have a wedding instead of a show. Delphie wakes up in the middle of the night and has a tingling feeling on her feet. It is her magic ballet shoes.

Rated:  4.5 reallys

Hotel for dogs by Lois Duncan - reviewed by Lola

It’s about this girl called Andy Walker and her big brother Bruce. Their neighbour Jerry Gordon who is the same age as them is mean to his dog Red Rover who is a red setter. They move from Mexico to aunt Alice’s house. Aunt Alice is allergic to all animals so dogs can’t go in the house. They find an old abandoned house nearby and they use this as a dog refuge and they look after lots of dogs there and so it became called the Hotel for Dogs. 

I really like the author’s use of lots of adjectives, it helps explain everything better.

Rated:  4.5 reallys

(I saw the movie as well, it’s a lot different to the book! – this story is in 2 parts, the second volume is called News for dogs.)

Driftwood by Cathy Cassidy - reviewed by Lily W.

A very sad book. It’s about a girl called Hannah and her older brother Kit and a friend Joey who is a girl. Joey is in an adoption family. Her family is fostering a new boy called Paul. Because Kit and Paul are the same age, Joey asks Kit to look after Paul. Kit is in love with Joey so he says yes.
Very very sad at the end. You think it’s going to be a happy book but it doesn’t turn out that way.

Rated:  4.9 reallys

The dolphin song by Lauren St John - reviewed by Ruth

Martine and Ben go on a school boat trip. There is a gigantic storm, the ship gets wrecked but they are saved by dolphins. They are stranded on a desert island, they have to get their own food etc. People come and take them away to the island where they are doing sonar testing. This testing kills the whales and dolphins. Martine and 7 friends save the whales and dolphins who had beached themselves on the shore by putting water all over them. Their families are searching for them and the dolphins show the helicopters where to find them.

Rated:  4.9 reallys

Harry Potter and the goblet of fire by J. K. Rowling - reviewed by Jackson

This is about Harry and his 4th year at Hogwarts. There is going to be a tri-wiz tournament. There is a dark mark sent up to the sky. It is Voldemort’s sign. Professor Moody is the new 'defence against the dark arts' teacher. The goblet of fire will choose 3 tri-wiz champions. Harry’s name comes out as the fourth champion for random reasons. The first task is going to be hard – to make a charm so the goblet forgets there was a fourth champion. He ends up competing and wins the tournament. In the process though he is transported back and sees Voldemort return to his body. In the end everything is safe except that Voldemort has returned to his body.

Rated:  5 reallys

How to live forever by Colin Thompson - reviewed by Isabella (This is the first volume, the second is called The second for ever).

There’s this boy called Peter who lives in a museum as his grandfather is the caretaker. Peter’s dad goes missing. Exploring the museum one night he follows a cat who leads him to a lady called Bathene who gives him a book who says ‘don’t look at it, destroy it’. The book is called ‘How to live forever’. She has read it and so has her son – ‘they are scary!' On the thirteenth level of the gallery at the museum they keep all the scary things. This book is full of exciting things happening, it’s really interesting. It’s a good storyline. The main plot is Peter's and his friend Festival's mission to destroy the book.

Rated:  5 reallys

First term at Mallory Towers - reviewed by Netta

Just when you feel like reading something light. It is about a girl called Darrell Rivers and she is going to boarding school for the first time. She is sad to leave her friends but above all she is really excited about Mallory Towers. The book is full of midnight feasts and playing tricks on teachers. The French teacher is the best one to play tricks on. There is a girl in it who all she cares about is her looks. She has promised her mum she would brush her hair 100 times every day. She is meant to wear it up at school but she wears it out.

Rated:  5 reallys

Charlie and the chocolate factory by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake - reviewed by Tess & Rosa

Mr Willy Wonka is the most fantastic chocolate maker in the world. He makes 5 golden tickets which he puts in 5 different things. Charlie finds one. Mr Wonka gives Charlie his factory when he is old enough. Really cool pictures.

Rated:  3.9 reallys (Rosa) & 3.9 reallys (Tess)