Reading is a fantastic way to spend your time, especially while you can't play outside. It allows you to go on adventures without even having to get dressed and leave the house! I've been reading lots since the last time I saw you all and have started writing some reviews of what I have been reading. I'd love for you all to contribute to this page and share what you have been reading too, so I will include a template to help you write your own reviews, you could also use my review to help you. The template is just to give you ideas, you don't have to include everything that is on there and your review doesn't need to be that long.
To share your reviews, you could either type them up and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or you could write them in your journal and ask an adult to email me a clear photo of your writing to put on the page. You can set your reviews out however you like and decorate your pages.
Mary Poppins, A book review by Sicily Glisson
Mary Poppins book review
Today I am going to review the fantastic Mary Poppins by P.L.Travers because I love the film and want everyone to enjoy the book as much as I did.
Mary Poppins is a great children’s classic and is for any age. The Banks children -who are trouble makers – go on many amazing adventures every night with magical creatures. They are astonished and surprised; but love going to different worlds with Mary Poppins.
The main character, Mary Poppins, is very stern but fair on the children. I really like how after an adventure Jane and Michael look at each other when Mary Poppins isn’t looking, and know that the adventure they had the night before was real. I think that she would be an amazing friend to hang out with because there would always be an adventure waiting for you. If you like mischievous characters who always get in trouble with people and go on never ending adventures you will love this book.
The best part of this book is when there was a lion in the park! The author uses loads of description to tell you how everyone was reacting. This starts when Mary Poppins and the children are finishing their walk; this all stops when Jane (the oldest of the children) sees the lion walking into the gates of the park.
In the shock of seeing a free lion everyone but Mary Poppins jumps up a tree. If I was the author I would have put more description and action around the lion.
I would give this book 5/5 stars! I have learnt that with Mary Poppins anything could happen. If I was the author I would have made the adventures longer and the children get into trouble, so they appreciate Mary Poppins more. If you have ever wanted to go on different adventures this book is for you.
Room 13, Robert Swindells
Somebody was in there.
Somebody - or some thing . . .
There is no room thirteen in the creepy Crow's Nest Hotel, where Fliss and her friends are staying on a school trip. Or is there?
For at the stroke of midnight, something peculiar happens to the door of the linen cupboard next to room l2. And something is happening to Ellie-May Sunderland, too - something very sinister . . .
A gripping page-turner from a master of spooky suspense, award-winning Robert Swindells. Don't read this under the covers at midnight!
Miss Dignan's review
I’m very glad we didn’t read this book while we were at Liddington! The story starts with a dream that Fliss, the main character, has the night before her school residential trip. While they’re away on their trip the days are completely normal, but strange things keep happening at night. Fliss is a curious and determined character and she manages to persuade her friends to investigate.
I enjoyed reading this book because it reminded me of our own residential trip, except you all have a much nicer teacher (I’d never pull your hair or embarrass you in front of everyone!) The author builds tension well by making us wait so long to find out what happens each night, some of the day time descriptions seem to last forever because you want night time to come so that Fliss and her friends can investigate further! This book isn’t as fast-paced as a lot of books aimed at children your age consequently you have to be a little bit patient at times, however if you read carefully there are lots of clues about what could be going on for you to look out for. It took me a while to get into the story, but from about halfway through I was gripped. The second part of the story is very exciting and a little scary!
I would give this story 3.5 stars: it took a while for the narrative to hook me in, but after it did I loved it.