The House at Pooh Corner by AA Milne
I like this book because it is funny and you can’t put it down! My favourite part is when Winnie and Piglet build a house for Eeyore, using sticks that were actually Eeyore’s house in the first place. AA Milne wrote his stories and poems for his son Christopher Robin. Winnie-the-Pooh was a teddy bear of Christopher’s, and the other animals were also nursery toys. Ernest Shepard went to see them before he drew his unforgettable pictures.
Jennifer K, Drumlemble Primary School, Argyll
Over and Over: The Story of Seville by Anna Smith & Simon Housten
‘Over and Over’ is the ultimate review of Celtic’s invasion of Seville. It was Celtic’s first European Cup Final for 33 years, and it was a great one. The book is full of detail of the journey, and I wish I was there, even though unfortunately we lost 3-2. The winning goal made you feel like ten knives were being stabbed into your skin all at once. I have read many books but this is my all time favourite because Celtic lived a dream.
Kevin F, Catukin High School, Glasgow
Invisible! by Robert Swindells
Carrie and Conrad are twins who befriend a new girl at school, Rosie, who possesses an exciting, fun, frightening and sometimes even dangerous secret – how to make yourself invisible! They start creeping around listening in on people’s conversations, but suddenly their abilities are needed when Rosemary’s dad becomes a suspect in a crime. The twins and Rosemary decide to find out who really did it…
Laura M, Lylnakirk Primary School, Belfast
Toro Toro by Michael Morpugo
I like the book ‘Toro Toro’ because it is exciting and interesting. The story begins by introducing Antonio, who becomes very good friends with Paco the bull. He even cleans out her stable all by himself, which is a big responsibility for a young boy. The friendship between boy and bull grows, until they become separated and go on separate journeys which toyed with my emotions before an excellent ending.
Nico E, Grange Park Primary School, Co Down
The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (one of A Series of Unfortunate Events)
This is a book about three very unlucky children – Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire. From finding out their parents have been killed in a terrible fire, to having to go and live with the dastardly Count Olaf, this is indeed a series of unfortunate events. There’s so much going on you just can’t put it down. The horrible Count Olaf is my favourite character, because he does so many horrible things like hanging Sunny in a birdcage out of a window in a thirty-foot tower.
Francesca M, Baston School
Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Bionic Booger Boy, part 2, by Dav Pilkey
Join Captain Underpants in a crazy adventure, as he battles with the three parts of the Booger Boy. But uh oh! Look out for the stupid nerd Melvin Sneedy. This book has a flip o’ rama, an accompanying website, lots of fun, lots of laughs, and lots of UNDERPANTS.
James W, Rathen School, Aberdeenshire
Loads of Trouble by Andrew Matthews
Toby and his helper Bart are not happy – they look after Lady Feeblebrick’s elephants, so they have to look after the dung heap too. But people are complaining about the steaming eyesore. So where can they dump the elephant dung? Their search for a spot becomes an amazing adventure.
By Matthew R, Grange Park Primary, Bangor
Animorphs: The Encounter by Katherine Applegate
This book is one of a series of sinister escapades written by the exciting author Katherine Applegate. The animorphs are a group that inherited morphing powers from an advanced civilisation, and who are not forced into battle with the Yeerls who are leeches that attach to your brain and control your body. I enjoyed this book because the author created spellbinding tension and suspense. The writing is magnificent and supplies you with some enticing attributes such as the characters’ point of view and a strong sense of inclusion. I would recommend this book for practised readers, and the strong at heart.
Rory P, St Mary’s, Maguirebridge
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson
‘Ella Enchanted’ is a fiction fairy story about Ella, a rich girl in her teens. She has been ‘cursed’ accidentally with the gift of obedience, and now she does everything she is told to. She would jump off a cliff if you asked her. But will she be able to break the curse, and does Prince Charming love her too? This is an excellent book packed full of magic, goblins and spells.
Grace P, Sanday Community School, Orkney
Vicky Angel by Jacqueline Wilson
This book is about two girls, Vicky and Jade, who are best friends, until Vicky is tragically hit by a car. But she comes back as an angel, enabling them to have all kinds of fun. The book is funny, with well described characters, and I think older junior girls would love it.
Rebecca M, Baston School
Cockatoos by Quentin Blake
This is a fabulous book about some cockatoos who escape from Professor Dupont because they’re tired of him saying the same things again and again. You will enjoy reading it and finding the cockatoos hidden among the marvellous illustrations.
Joel P, St Mark’s C of E Primary School, Hampshire
Skeleton Key, by Anthony Horowitz
This book, the third in a series of four, is about a fourteen year old MI6 spy called Alex Rider, who is sent to Skeleton Key to investigate a suspicious Russian general named Alexi Sarov, who plans to blow up part of Russia with nuclear submarines. This is a brilliant book because of its cliffhangers, non-stop action, and ingenious gadgets such as chewing gum that can crack anything, a mobile phone that shoots darts, and a stun grenade disguised as a Michael Owen figure. Its only weaknesses are the occasional unrealism, and I didn’t like the kissing. But still, I couldn’t put it down.
Christopher S, St Mark’s C of E Primary School, Hampshire
Kipper – Story Collection by Mick Inkpen
This fantastic Kipper book contains four fabulous stories. Can he find the perfect bed? Why does he mysteriously have so many toys? Will his friends make it to his birthday party? And what does a dog do on a snowy day? The book has bright, colourful pictures, and will encourage young kids to read more.
Shane G, St Mark’s C of E Primary School, Hampshire
The Lottie Project, by Jacqueline Wilson
‘The Lottie Project’ is about a girl called Charlie (DON’T call her Charlotte and her adventures while doing a project on the Victorians. Sounds boring right? Wrong. Among the hi-jink that occur, Charlie’s mum loses her job, Charlie moves next to the class swot Mark, it emerges that Mark’s dad might like Charlie’s mum, and as Charlie gets into the story of Lottie the Victorian nursery maid, we find that they have much in common. This is a great read. There is some humour, romance, and scary moments. Although the main character is a girl, this will appeal to boys and girls alike. There’s something for everyone!
Amy M, The Irish Society’s Primary School, Coleraine
Mr Mubble’s Fabulous Flybrows, by Jamie Rix
This is a funny and enjoyable book about a man who has such big eyebrows that he cannot explore the world because he would not fit into any moving vehicle. But then one day he looked out of the window and got blown away, so he got to explore the world after all.
Aoife O, St Mary’s School, Saintfielt
We Won the Lottery, by Schoo Rayner
When a family wins the lottery, surely that must be the end of their problems? But this book tells you that money isn’t everything. I liked it for its humour, and would give it seven out of ten.
Chris T, Gilnakirk Primary, Northern Ireland.
The Divide, by Elizabeth Kay
The book ‘The Divide’ is based in fiction. Its main character focus is a teenage boy called Felix. Felix is not your usual hero. Though brave and intelligent, he suffers from a rare heart condition, meaning that he must live every day like his last.
His parents take him on a holiday of a lifetime to Costa Rica where they visit the Continental Divide. The Divide is the point where all the water on one side goes into the Atlantic Ocean, while the other side splashes into the Pacific. There, Felix faints – and something extraordinary happens.
He wakes up in an amazing back to front world where mythical creatures are real and humans are imaginary!
Luckily, he is taken under the wing of Ironclaw, an enormous, maths-loving Brazzle who together with Betony, a mischievous tangle-girl, sets out to help Felix find a magical cure and the way back home.
Bronwyn M, Age 11
The Clere School, Burghclere, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 9HP
The Blurred Man, by Anthony Horowitz
This is definitely one of my favourite books. It is a really unusual story about a man that got flattened to death by a steamroller!
His name was Lenny Smile and he ran a company. The company was called Dreamtime, which was a children’s charity. It was owned by Joe Carter who was a millionaire. He gave away lots of money and paid two detectives to find out what happened. This is when the story gets interesting.
The detectives were the Diamond Brothers. Tim Diamond was the worst detective ever and his brother Nick thinks he is very funny but he’s not. The detectives try to find out just what did happen.
I think all boys will love this book and I can’t wait to read the next story.
Adam A-S Age 9
St Mark’s C.E. Primary School, Queens Road, Farnborough, Hants, GU14 6DU
Sleep-overs, by Jacqueline Wilson
This book is about a group of girls who made up a gang. It was called the alphabet gang. The reason why it is called the alphabet gang is because all of the girls who are in the gang (Amy, Bella, Chloe, Daisy, Emily) are in the order of the alphabet.
I like this book because all the girls in the gang are gifted. Amy is gifted with laughter, Bella is gifted with happiness, Chloe is gifted with luckiness, Daisy is gifted with prettiness and Emily is a gifted footballer. And this book gives me good ideas for my own sleepovers.
Annabel A, Age 8
St Mark’s C.E. Primary School, Queens Road, Farnborough, Hants, GU14 6DU
The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
My favourite book is ‘The Hobbit’. If you like ‘The Hobbit’ you’ll definitely want to see or read ‘The Lord of the Rings’. ‘The Hobbit’ is about a hobbit named Bilbo who is very comfortable in his little hobbit hole. His friend Gandalf (a wizard) came and got him to come on an adventure with him. Now I’m not going to tell you anything else. You’ll have to read it to find out.
I think the book is good because it’s really exciting. I don’t really like to read adventure stories but this one is brilliant. It hasn’t got very many pictures in it but it has a few maps of where Bilbo goes.
I haven’t got any criticisms because this book is brilliant. I would recommend it to anyone!
Charlotte R. Age 11 Barston School
The Edge Chronicles
‘The Edge Chronicles’ are the best books I have ever read. There are seven books.
The Edge is another world full of strange creatures such as Bander-bears, waigs and spindlebugs. People also use skyships to get around. These are ships but with a special rock which makes them fly. They use medieval weapons, they are very much ahead of us in some ways.
These books are fantastic, and with the author’s imagination, and the illustrator’s amazing pictures, you can never put them down! These books are addictive! I first read them because so many people have recommended them, and from my recommendations so many people are reading them and are hooked on them!
These exhilarating books are so good that I would recommend them to anyone. I give 10 out of 10 for ‘The Edge Chronicles’.
Alexander A, Age 11
The Clere School, Burghclere, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 9HP
The BFG Roald Dahl
The BFG uses some extraordinary
words, but then hes no ordinary giant. Hes the kindest
giant you could hope to meet and he turns out to be Sophies
best friend. The trouble is, not all giants are quite as friendly.
So Sophie and the BFG set out to rid the world of Bloodbottler,
the Fleshlumpeater, the Bonecruncher and other nasty giants forever.
Sarah M, Gilnahirk
Point Blank Anthony
This book is about
a teenager named Alex Rider who works for MI6. The story is full
of suspense and thrills, as Alex completes one more of his daring
missions. Towards the end of the book is one of the most exciting
parts as Alex snowboards down a mountain on a customised ironing
board, I was on the edge of my seat. Of course, Alex discovers
the truth just in time.
Calum M, Kippen
The Demon Headmaster
The book is about a
girl called Dinah who realises something is horribly wrong in
her new school. The children are acting strangely. They are well-behaved
and they even work during playtime. I like this book because it
is mysterious and it is very interesting. The book is addictive,
once you start reading it is hard to put down. It is a very strange
book and sometimes it is hilarious. I enjoyed the main character
Dinah because she uncovers the mystery in the story. She stands
out because she is courageous and stands up to the teacher.
Richard T, St Marys
Medicine Roald Dahl
George lived on a farm
with his mother, father and grandma. His grandma was a grumpy
old lady with funny eating habits. One Saturday morning his mother
went shopping in the village and told him to give his grandma
her medicine at eleven oclock. Firstly his grandma said
"Get me a cup of tea." but it was not sweet enough so
George put some more sugar in. Grandma still complained and George
got cross. When it was eleven oclock George played a trick
on her. He got a large saucepan and mixed in toothpaste, floor
polish, flea powder, canary seed, brown paint and other things
with her medicine. Before he tried it on Grandma he gave some
to the chickens, goat, pigs and his horse Jack Frost and they
all grew bigger and bigger and bigger. Then he tried it on Grandma
and she grew to the size of a crane. When his dad came back he
laughed and they mixed another special medicine and tried it on
Grandma. This time she got as small as a pumpkin seed and then
disappeared completely. I enjoyed this book because it made me
Matthew H, Grange
Park Primary School
Harry and the Wrinklies
Young Harry Barton
lives in a big house in Hampstead with his nanny Gestapo Lil while
his parents are abroad. Until one day Harrys parents are
killed in an accident and Harry is sent to live with his great
aunts, aunt Florrice, aunt Bridget and all their friends at Lag
Hall. They all have a big secret. But now Gestapo Lil is back
because Harrys parents owe her money, so now Harry and his
new friends must beat Gestapo Lil and her fiancee Colonel Priestly.
Author Alan Temperley should be proud. I give it a rating of five
Charlotte B, Rathen
Incredible Book of Hypnotism Georgia Byng
Molly Moon was found
in a box labelled Moons Marshmallows as a baby. She now
lives in Hardwick House, an orphanage. Ten years of her life have
been spent there and she hates it! Her best friend is Rocky and
when they find a hypnotism book they cant imagine what adventures
they are going to get up to. Molly escapes the orphanage and flies
to New York wanting fame and fortune. But her hypnotism leads
her to the enemy...
Katie M, Gilnahirk
This book is the best
it is just so comical! Violet and Lily are twins, but they
are really unhappy about it. Lily is the loud party girl with
loads of friends. Whereas Violet is the quiet "I like writing
books in my room" sort of person. They are completely different
and they hate it when people cant tell them apart, because
they are not identical twins. Violet manages to get herself a
pen-pal which she is really pleased about. But will she be able
to keep her? Violet keeps having to take bits of Lilys exciting
life, but does all go well when she meets her pen-pal? Find out
when you read the book.
Alex B, Deansfield
I enjoyed this book
because Philip Pullman is one of my favourite authors. He is very
good at making unusual twists in the story, such as the bit where
the person who is trying to catch Hildi (Herr Snivelhurst) falls
in a river.
This story is extremely
funny, exciting and scary all jumbled into one. Youll like
it whatever kind of stories you like. It is about a demon huntsman
who comes to claim his human prey because Count Karlstein had
made a bargain with him. Only Hildi and her (criminal to some,
hero to others) brother can stop him. This story will take you
to the tops of mountains and trees, into caves and valleys and
to the bottom of rivers. This is a first class super cool book.
Alexander C, Arnold
WHEN HITLER STOLE
PINK RABBIT Judith Kerr
This novel deals with
the trauma and excitement of a family during the time of the war.
The girl, Anna lives in Germany with her mum, dad, brother and
a maid. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit is set in 1933. Anna
has a nice life, lots of toys and many friends. Then her dad discovers
that he is wanted by the Nazis and the family flee to Switzerland.
When they need to move again they move to France. At the end of
the book the family move to London to stay with relatives.
This book made me realise
what the war must have been like for people that were alive then
and how terrible it must have been. When Hitler Stole Pink
Rabbit is based on what the author, Judith Kerr, experienced
when she was a child. In the postscript she says how hard it must
have been for her parents to keep it from her, how she realised
later just how dangerous that time must have been.
This book really made
me realise a lot of things and made me think just how lucky we
are. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes
reading, or anyone else for that matter. I enjoyed the story so
much I read it twice and my mum has read it too.
Lindsay M, Caneyhill
is a really good book because it is really sad but uplifting at
the same time. Youre thinking "What? How can a story
be sad and happy at the same time?" Crazy isnt it?
(not angle) is about two best friends: one is called Jade and
the other is called Vicky. When they were having an argument (like
best friends do) Vicky rushes into the road and gets run over
by a car. Naturally Jade is shattered and since Vicky bossed Jade
around a bit, Jade is lost without her. Vicky however is alive
and kicking (even though shes dead) and the kicks are all
aimed at Jade. Vicky isnt an angel, shes a ghost.
Gradually she makes Jade more and more miserable until Jade is
a nervous wreck. Luckily Jade starts counselling and learns not
to let Vicky rule her, to lock her out. The book ends on a happy
note though, as little Vicky flaps her angel wings and soars into
I really enjoyed this
book because it really makes you think. Ive never really
lost anyone but I know people who have and it must be terrible
for them. I also like this book because it is really really funny.
Usually books are like "ha ha (old joke) big deal" but
Vicky Angel is new, exciting and fresh. It makes you feel
alive (pardon the expression).
If you dont really
want to read this book then dont despair. Jacqueline Wilson
has written loads of other great books too, honest. Jacqueline
Wilson is such a cool author. She is one of my favourites. It
was awful trying to choose one of her books, they were all so
good. Eventually I settled for this book. Ive tried to tell
you all I can about Vicky Angel. I hope you will read it.
Felicity W, Headington
A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE
EVENTS Lemony Snicket
A Series of Unfortunate
Events: A Bad Beginning is the most unusual and interesting
book I have ever read. It has a sad beginning, it is sad throughout
with an even more sad end.
The book is about three
Baudelaire children and their encounter with a greedy and cruel
Although it's quite
sad, I really enjoyed the book because just when you think the
children will have a happy ending, something worse happens and
it keeps you wondering when the unfortunate events are going to
end. I really admire the childrens courage. The author also
explains meanings of certain words e.g. literally and figuratively.
I feel really lucky to have my family and friends around me. I
am looking forward to the second book in the series and hope the
children are happy.
Ashuk Z, Quainton
I loved this book because
it was hilarious and magical. My mum read it to me with great
expression. This story really held my attention, it charmed me
at once with its book power. There is a magic competition and
it gets you excited and eager to read on. The characters are fantastic.
Madame Olympia (a nasty witch) is really wicked and creepy. Beladonna
is a kind gentle witch who just cannot manage black magic. Arriman
the Awful is a dark wizard who thinks hes looking for a
dark witch. You think the wicked genius Madame Olympia is going
to win but the story goes in an unexpected direction. It was very
funny. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Hannah P, Oakleigh
AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE JK Rowling
What can I say? JK
Rowling has succeeded in producing another absolutely thrilling
book. The Goblet of Fire is the fourth of the Harry Potter
series, where Harry becomes a fully fledged teenager. He and his
friends Ron and Hermione join up to watch the Quidditch World
Cup. As Ireland thrash Bulgaria, they witness the first part of
the puzzle. The year goes on and it just gets better. Harry is
entered for the Triwizard Tournament even though he is under age,
and sure enough he conquers Lord Voldemort yet again with his
amazing strength and bravery. With a hint of romance, a dollop
of suspense and a truckload of excitement, this book has to be
one of my top five. JK Rowling has a fantastic talent at developing
her books and Im sure she will not fail in producing another
three nail-biting novels.
Bethany G, St Johns
When David Eliot is
expelled from Beton College, his cruel and ambitious parents are
in despair. Then a prospectus arrives for Groosham Grange: an
old-fashioned school which still believes in discipline.
Determined to tame David, his parents dispatch him instantly,
in the middle of the Christmas holidays.
Groosham Grange is
a school for witchcraft. Staff include a vampire, a werewolf,
a one-eyed dwarf and a two-headed headmaster. The punishments
for non-conformity are dire, but David, a natural rebel, doesnt
want to be a witch. Can he outwit the staff, with their supernatural
powers? Can he escape before the initiation ceremony on his thirteenth
birthday which is only days away?
This book is edge-of-your-seat
exciting and hilariously funny in lots of different ways. Theres
satire, witty word play, and larger than life characters including
Davids only friend at school, plucky Jill. Youll be
gripped and grinning from the first page to the last.
THE IRON MAN
The impact of the first
page is instant and unforgettable. The Iron Man stepped
forward off the cliff into nothingness. He pieces himself
together, most of himself anyway. And then he feels hungry. The
problem is, he only eats iron. Understandably, the farmers dont
want him eating all their tractors and machinery and barbed wire
fences, so they dig a trap for him.
Hogarth, a farmers
son, sees him fall in the trap and takes pity on him. So begins
the touching alliance between the two, where trust replaces fear.
Wonderfully told by the greatest poet/storyteller of our times,
you would think that was good enough. Not for Hughes. From this
point on the story takes off, literally, into space, and is transformed
into a pulsating battle in which the Iron Man has to save the
Earth itself. Yet, essentially, despite all the frantic cosmic
fireworks this remains a story with a heart the heart of
the Iron Man, who proves (as his friend Hogarth knows) that he
has a kind and noble spirit.
William is one of the
most famous and best-loved characters in childrens fiction.
Socks round his ankles and cap awry, he roams the countryside
round his home village leaving a trail of chaos, while his long-suffering
mother sighs, his father makes distantly disparaging remarks,
his snooty older sister incessantly complains about him and his
nervy brother Robert frets that William is ruining his love life.
Each of the forty-odd
William books is a collection of short stories that take in a
remarkable range of characters and settings. The plots are clever
and the dialogue superb. Highlights are Williams declamatory
sarcasms from the scenes of mayhem (I was only tryin
to help. Spose you dont want me to try helpin
in future.), and the ghastly, lisping, spoilt Violet Elizabeth
Botts threats Ill thcweam and thcweam
and thcweam until Im thick! I can, you know.
FUNKY FABLES Vivian French, illustrated by Korky Paul
Everyone knows some
of these stories off by heart. Aesop wrote them two and a half
thousand years ago. They must be good stories if theyre
still around after all that time!
Vivian French has taken
old favourites like The Tortoise and the Hare and
The Boy who Cried Wolf, and made them funky! Yes
funky! Can you hear the bass? Can you hear the drums? Get in the
groove and me oh my, that Aesop was a funky guy. And the pictures?
Man, theyre off the wall. All of them drawn by Korky Paul!
CITY OF MASKS Mary Hoffman
This books sumptuous
cover eyes staring from a silver mask, and the Venice waterfront
in the background will attract you across a bookshop. Its
a timeslip story in which present-day Lucien, diagnosed with what
turns out to be brain cancer, finds that he can stravagate
to Bellezza, a place very like Venice where he meets the
spirited Arianna, a girl who doesnt see why being female
means she cant be a gondolier (or mandolier, as theyre
called in Bellezza).
The story switches
between past and present, with an intriguing twist when Luciens
parents take him on holiday to the real Venice complete
with McDonalds and the trappings of modern tourism. If you like
a story that combines adventure, intrigue, deceptions, gloriously
luxurious settings, divided loyalties and a hint of romance, this
is for you and its only the first of three stories
set in Mary Hoffmans fantasy Italy.
THE GOLDEN GOOSE
Sorrow and Misery,
a goose and a gander, belong to Farmer Skint of Woebegone Farm.
Just from the name, you can tell at once what kind of a state
the farm is in! But one day, Farmer Skints luck changes.
Sorrow lays a golden egg that hatches into a golden goose. She
is a beautiful creature who brings happiness and luck to anyone
who touches her. Her name is Joy. For all the ways Joy transforms
life on Woebegone Farm youll have to read the book.
This is a happy story
that brings a smile to your face just as if you had been
able to touch Joy in person! Its a lively, quick read and
there are some good hidden jokes for on-the-ball readers.