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Wednesday

Today we will be focusing on writing our book reviews. Make sure you follow the toolkit below and the magpie phrases you made yesterday.  If you are struggling to choose a book you can write about your class book (Goldfish boy or Crater Lake).

 

Toolkit

 

Book Review 

 

Structure 

- Catchy Title 

- Introduction: Book title, author, your opinion 

- Synopsis - don't give anything away! 

- Characters 

- Strengths 

- Weaknesses 

- Conclusion - summarise and gives a recommendation 

 

Features 

- Powerful opinion adjectives 

- Alliteration 

 

 

1. Start with a couple of sentences describing what the book is about but without giving any spoilers or revealing plot twists! As a general rule, try to avoid writing in detail about anything that happens from about the middle of the book onwards.  

 

2. Discuss what you particularly liked about the book. Positives 

Focus on your thoughts and feelings about the book and the way it was told. You could try answering a couple of the following questions: 

  • Who was your favourite character, and why? 

  • What were the characters like? 

  • What was your favourite part of the book, and why? 

  • Did the book make you laugh or cry? 

  • Did the story grip you? 

 

3. Mention anything you disliked about the book

 

4. Round up your review 

Summarise some of your thoughts on the film  by suggesting the type of reader you'd recommend the book to. For example: younger, older children.  

5. You can give the book a rating, for example a mark out of five or ten, if you like! 

Mo, Lottie and the Junkers book review example!

 

 

Jennifer Killick’s Mo, Lottie and the Junkers is a hugely entertaining and comical sci-fi romp with a thrilling dash of danger thrown in. 
 
Mo Appleby faces uncertainty and upheaval when he and his mother move house to live with their new step-family. Sisters Lottie and Sadie appear in his life as an out of control ‘girlwind’ and challenge his alphabetically ordered view of the world. If that’s not bad enough, someone strange has moved into Mo’s house across the road and she’s not the only odd new visitor to town. As mystery heaps upon mystery, Lottie is determined to get to the bottom of things, even if it means dragging a reluctant Mo into danger. 
 
The wonderfully quirky tale of Mo and Lottie is told with Jennifer Killick’s trademark warm-hearted humour. She skilfully crafts laugh out loud moments with dark and terrifying elements into a story that races towards its thrilling climax. As the mysteries unfold, tantalising clues are revealed little by little and the action gradually intensifies, making Mo, Lottie and the Junkers thoroughly gripping. 
 
It is easy to fall in love with Mo and Lottie. Sensitive, eccentric Mo and exuberant, rambunctious Lottie are entirely endearing characters, often at odds with each other which leads to hilarious one-liners and sticky situations. As usual in a Jennifer Killick novel, there is a glorious cast of supporting characters, from an incompetent lollipop man to a fat, orange cat called Schrodinger. Everybody loves a villain or two and the Junkers are deliciously dark. The author has created genuinely scary baddies that readers will take delight in disliking. 
 
It’s fantastic to see a book that features a different family dynamic and characters that break the mould. There is a tender lightness of touch in the portrayal of children dealing with loss and a change to family circumstances. 
 
Above all else, Mo, Lottie and the Junkers is funny. Very funny. Jennifer Killick knows exactly how to make children laugh and laugh loudly. This really is a fantastic book that will be loved by young and old alike. Read it, enjoy it but stay away from the ice cream. Seriously. 

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