Children's Book Reviews from our Local Libraries

        
Children's Book Reviews from our Local Libraries

3f1d9b01fd926ceb05f755faf59c451c.jpgThank you to staff at Stourbridge Library (Better Libraries) for providing these book reviews for children: 

Allegiant by Veronica Roth 

What is it about?

Allegiant is the third and final book in the trilogy of the Divergent series. Allegiant is about an organisation, led by Johanna Reyes (leader of Amity) and Cara, who offer an opportunity to a group of young adults: Tris, Tobias, Peter, Tori, Christina, Uriah and Caleb to go beyond the fence,  and discover a new world free of complicated lies, tangled loyalties and memories that are too painful to bear.

What did you like about the book?

Some things I liked about the book are, how Natalie Prior came from beyond the fence and moved into Chicago as she was rescued from the fringe by the Bureau of Genetic Welfare and was very close to David. Also, how Amar (Fours initiate instructor) and George (Tori’s brother) had to fake their death because of their divergence. Last but not least, Tris sacrificed herself rather than her brother (Caleb), despite him betraying her. She took the death serum as she had a higher chance of survival; due to her being one hundred percent Divergent. Until David shot her multiple times in her stomach.

What didn’t you like about the book?

One thing that I did not like about Allegiant was how the chapters alternated between Tris and Tobias because both of them were talking from nearly the same point of view and I would forget whose perspective I was reading from.

Would you recommend this book to others?

I would definitely recommend this book to children over the age of 11, as it is fascinating and captivating, with lots of twists and turns.


Marshmallow Skye by Cathy Cassidy
What is it about?
This book is about a girl called Marshmallow Skye, who has four sisters and one stepsister. Skye has a twin sister called Summer who were best friends when they were younger. But, as they got older, they went off at different paths and liked different things. Skye always felt that she was living under the shadow of her twin sister, and was tired of being second best. So when Skye comes across a trunk full of belongings of a dead relative, Clara Trevings, she felt it was an opportunity for her to be different. She tries to unlock the mystery surrounding Clara and at the same time, starts to dream of her memories. Will Sype be able to tell the difference between dreams and reality?

What did you like about the book?
I thought the book was heart warming, interesting and well written. I really enjoyed the plot and how everything that happens is connected. The characters were very nicely thought out and each of them had their own story.

Would you recommend this book to others?

I would definitely recommend this book to children over the age of 9.


FING by David Walliams

What is it about?

The book, FING is about f40d327e2f292867aa42474628a1f00d.jpga girl called Myrtle Meek. She was a nightmare child, who always wanted more and more. One day, she asked her parents for a Fing. The problem was, her parents didn’t know what a Fing was!! They searched every book in the library and finally, they found it in a book called the Monsterpedia. Her father then embarked on a journey to find this deadly monster and brings the Fing back to her. The story the continues with what happens when Myrtle has the Fing.

What did you like about the book?

I liked the illustrations and enjoyed the part when the Fing bit Myrtle. The book was funny, easy to read and understand and full of surprises - definitely a page turner!

Would you recommend this book to others?

I would recommend this book to children of all ages!! ​​I would give this book a 10/10 – brilliant!


Thanks to the staff at Worcestershire Libraries for providing these book reviews:

Guess How Much I Love You in the Spring? by Sam McBratney

‘Guess how much I love you in the spring’ is a great addition to the popular classic ‘Guess how much I love you’ by Sam McBratney. It brings together the little nutbrown hare and his mum while they discuss the different characteristics of spring in their own fun way. 

Accompanied by lovely Anita Jeram illustrations, it brings fun to any story time. This book could also be used to raise a discussion on how things grow. 56597427df7bfcc8ba49a16abaacb46f.jpgWhile being aimed at a developmental age of around 2-3years, it's fun for all ages. You could read this story again and again and still enjoy it as much as the first time you opened the cover. A lovely family story that can be read at any time of the year! 

Spring by Ailie Busby
If you have younger children and want a simpler story why not try ‘Spring’ by Ailie Busby? It has fun illustrations with simple word play. It’s a great tool for children who are just starting to read or talk. Its simple sentence structure provides plenty of opportunities to point things out in the pictures, being available in board book format as well as paperback, makes it usable for all. Encourage your children to help you turn the pages and discover a new fact about this time of the year with every turn! 


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