Unlocking the Universe

Author:  Stephen and Lucy Hawking

Review by: Sophia

Year Group: Year 6

Review:

This book is a general science book which I found really interesting. It talks about atoms, light years robots and even how planets are made. It is really interesting especially the small articles by other scientists which I think broadens the range of knowledge you can read in the book.

Probably, the most interesting part for me was when I learnt about atoms, light years and particle accelerators. Light years although they sound like time are actually a measure of distance used in astronomy. The distance is how far light can travel in a year and that is very far. Because some stars are so far away if we looked up to the night sky today then we could be seeing light that is many years old and we would be looking into the past. So if a star 10 light years away exploded it would be 10 years after the event that we would learn that it had exploded.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes science and is prepared to read a reasonably long book.

Mark out of 5…

5 – Excellent

Asterix and the Big Fight

Author:  Rene Goscinny

Review by: Harriet

Year Group: Year 6

Review:

Asterix and the Big Fight is a comic book set in ancient Roman times in a Gaulish village that has not yet been defeated by the Romans. The secret to the Gaul’s success is a magic potion brewed by the Druid Getafix, that makes the villagers invincible. Gallo-Roman chief, Cassius Ceramix, challenges the villager’s chief, Vitalstatistix, to a fight. The winner of the fight will become the chief of the loser’s village. When the Druid Getafix is hit in the head with a menhir by Asterix’s best friend, Obelix – the Menhir delivery man, he goes absolutely crazy and loses his memory. Asterix realises that Getafix will not be able to make any magic potion for the big fight.

What will they do? Will they be able to get some magic potion before the fight?

Asterix and the Big Fight is the 7th book in the Asterix series. I enjoyed this book because it contains comedy and adventure. I would recommend this book for people aged 7 and up.

Mark out of 5…

5 – Excellent

The 1000 year old boy

Author:  Ross Welford

Review by: Catriona

Year Group: Year 6

Review:

I think that the 1000 year old boy is a brilliant book and suitable for all ages. The boy, Alfie, has lived in a shack for hundreds of years ever since the Viking era. Alfie and his mother are both neverdeads and are adjusting to modern day life. Alfie explains the mistake he made of letting one of his ‘old’ friends find out their secret. Is it time to let their secret into the wider world again?

Mark out of 5…

4 – Very Good

Animal Farm

Author:  George Orwell

Review by: Bea

Year Group: Year 6

Review:
A world where Animals are in charge and Men (and women of course) are gone. Will it go well or will it end horribly?

I think that this was a great book and it very much implies the Russian revolution. You see the pigs, are the cleverest animals and they think that they should get all the luxuries. The animals believe them because the pigs can sway the minds of the public (or the farm).

At the start of the book it talks a bit about a very old wise pig. This pig was, in my belief, good. He explained what he had learned in all his life. How, if you are no longer useful to people they slaughter you in coldblooded murder. This pig started the ‘revolution’ and empowered the animals. He explained that his time was coming to an end. He died peacefully in his sleep a few days later. 

At the end of the book you look from pig to man, man to pig, but you can’t tell the difference.

I would recommend this for all people over 8 or 9.

Mark out of 5…
5 – Excellent

The Ice Monster

Author:  David Walliams

Review by: Isabella

Year Group: Year 6

Review:

This book ‘The Ice Monster’ is written by David Walliams who has also written the books: Fing, Awful Aunty, Bad Dad, Midnight Gang, Gangster Granny and more.

This story is set in London near the Natural History Museum and in the North Pole.

This book is all about a young girl from an orphanage who has become an urchin living on the streets. While she is on the streets, the little girl called Elsie, takes a look around. She wanders down the street heading towards the Natural History Museum and decides to have a look inside.

One day, she snatches a newspaper off someone and reads the headline on the front cover ‘Woolly Mammoth comes to the Natural History Museum to be preserved.’ Find out more in the book.

I have read some of David Walliams’ books before but none of them are like this book, The Ice Monster, because this one has a quest and the others I have read don’t.

I recommend this book to every one who is 6 and above because there is one part in the story when Elsie gets hit by lightning and nearly dies that little ones might be scared of.

I think the story is telling you that just because you don’t look like another person doesn’t mean you can’t be friends with them. This book demonstrates loyalty between two of the characters because they have a friendly relationship because they always look out for each other.

I enjoyed this book because it is really funny particularly when Dotty, the cleaner for the Natural History Museum, is very silly and doesn’t really know what she is doing.  

David Walliams sometimes uses more grown up words and words which aren’t real. He marks these words with a star. He then explains the meaning of the word at the bottom of the page. The made up words remind me of Roald Dahl’s style of writing.

David Walliams really sets the scene for me as I could picture myself in London and the North Pole.

Mark out of 5…

5 – Excellent

Thor is locked in my garage!

Author:  Robert J. Harris

Review by: Jude

Year Group: Year 6

Review:

This is a fiction book based on  Norse mythology about 3 kids who go on an adventure to stop Loki from reaching Asgard, the land of gods.

It’s got many twists and turns as the 3 kids have to stop Loki stealing the artefacts from around their town, which is covered in snow in the middle of summer! Thor also shows up to help them on their quest to defeat Loki.

I liked this book and recommend to readers 7 – 12

Mark out of 5…

4 – Very Good

Whittling in the Wild

Author:  Felix Immler

Review by: Zak

Year Group: Year 6

Review:

Whittling in the Wild is a great book of exciting and useful whittling inventions. Felix Immler has made a range of projects with his children and is a full-time Swiss Army Knife teacher. Not only does he write books, he also has work shops for adults and kids as well as having YouTube channel with loads of videos of bushcraft and survival, with only a Swiss Army Knife!

In the book, it teaches safety tips and Felix Immler shows you how to make the most of your Swiss Army Knife by using all the tools in ways you wouldn’t expect! Also, it shows that you don’t need many tools and most toys that can be bought can also be made. His instructions are very clear and easy understand and have photos of him doing most of the steps.

I would highly recommend it to anyone who is in to the outdoors and whittling because it is informative and will give you hours of fun.

Mark out of 5…

5 – Excellent

The Greatest Treasure Of All

Author:  Narinder Dhami

Review by: Hannah

Year Group: Year 6

Review:

This book is awesome. At first I picked it up and thought I wouldn’t like it but when I got into it, it was really good. There were to twins named Anita and Vikram and their grandma told them to find some treasure. It was very interesting and you kept wanting to know more and more when reading. Every night, I would ask for a bit extra just to finish the chapter so I could find out what happened at the period of time.

I liked the way the author made the twins have an adventure everyday when looking for the treasure instead of just one adventure. My favourite part was when they saw all the carved elephants and when gran was really happy to find her historical belongings. This book has many ups and downs and emotions (emotions that also sometimes make you want to cry or jump up and down in happiness or relief.)

I really recommend this book and am going to look for more of her books.

I think this book would be good for 9-11 year olds to read.

Mark out of 5…

5 – Excellent

The day I fell into a fairytale

Author:  Ben Miller

Review by: Amelie

Year Group: Year 6

Review:

I think ‘The day I fell into a fairytale’ is a brilliant book to keep the reader engaged and has got some great language used; this has given me ideas when it comes to writing. The story is set in a small village where a small nine year old girl called Lana lives with her twelve year old brother, called Harrison. One horrible, stormy night a supermarket comes up from the ground out of nowhere. Everything in this shop has amazing low prices and Lana’s mother is drawn to it. While she is shopping, Lana gets bored and wonders into the book isle. She sees a small man struggling to put a mysterious glowing book onto a high shelf. This weird little man tells her not to buy the book, as it is ‘too scary’ for her. As the man walks away, she picks up the book and run over to her mother. Little did she know that man was absolutely  right…

Overall, I think this book is great and would definitely recommend it too anyone over six years of age.

Mark out of 5…

5 – Excellent

Never say die

Author:  Anthony Horowitz

Review by: Sam

Year Group: Year 6

Review:

Never say die is a really action packed story that is about a teenager called Alex Rider who trys to find his best friend but gets caught up in a mess with MI6, but you’ll have to read the book to find out what happens.

I would advise to read the book series before reading this book as it will make more sense to you .

Mark out of 5…

5 – Excellent

I am Malala

Author:  Malala Yousafazi

Review by: William

Year Group: Year 6

Review:

This is a great non-fiction read about a young girl (Malala) who lives in Swat, a state of Pakistan.

Her father is a teacher and campaigns for girls rights to equal education to boys. Things are going well for her family when a terrorist group called the Taliban come. They start violently punishing anyone who disagree with them and their beliefs. I would rate this book for Year 4 and upwards, as it contains some upsetting moments.

Mark out of 5…

4 – Very Good

I totally funniest

Author:  James Grabenstein

Review by: William

Year Group: Year 6

Review:

This book is not my normal kind of read, but I chose it because a lot of people had read it. It is about a young comedian called Jamie who has got into a major competition. He is faced with the problems of losing his friends over the competition, or losing the competition over his friends. I would recommend this book to Year 3 and upwards because there are a few tricky words.

Mark out of 5…

4 – Very Good

Anne Frank’s Diary

Author:  Anne Frank

Review by: Isabella

Year Group: Year 6

Review:

In Class 4, we have been reading some of Anne Frank’s diary.

This is a diary which has been written by Anne Frank, who had to go into hiding during the World War II period, 1939 to 1942. She was forced into hiding in Amsterdam, Holland, which was taken over by Germany, because Adolf Hitler was a Nazi and he didn’t like Jews (Anne and her family were Jews).

She decided to write a diary when she received one for her thirteenth birthday. She got addicted to it, she called the diary Kitty and chose to keep writing about her life during the war in it.

Anne Frank shows various ways to write a diary. Some entries are by the hour, some are about one particular event and others cover a whole day.

As you will find in the book, Anne is very courageous and stands up for herself even when nobody is on her side. I think this was very good of her because we should all be able to express are own opinions. However, Anne sometimes caused arguments as a  result of her own opinions.

I like this book but I think Anne could have expressed her feelings a bit more because I didn’t really know what she was thinking. I liked the description she put in for example: ankle twisting stair case. My favourite part of Anne Frank’s Diary was when Anne, Anne’s family and the other people hiding with them celebrated Hannukah. Find out why in the book!

I have read two or three books like this before but the diaries haven’t been written by real people about real life situations. I have enjoyed reading both types of diary.

I recommend this book to other people aged 8 and above because Anne’s diary gives you an idea of what her life was like during World War II without being a history book. I think this book might be scary for children under 8 years old. There are similarities between Anne’s life during the war and our lives now during Coronavirus, for example: rationing and staying at home. My teacher, Ms. Surridge, said that World War II might be slightly better than Coronavirus!!

Mark out of 5…

4 – Very Good

Ratburger

Author:  David Walliams

Review by: Hannah

Year Group: Year 6

Review:

This book was full of ups and downs, I kid you not, I almost cried. Zoe, the little girl, had a father who was lovely but her stepmother was terrifying. Burt was very scary though, he didn’t have any eyes and he pulverised rats (yuck!).  I felt really bad for Zoe at the start of the book, but near the end, thankfully it got better.

My favourite bit, was at the end when they all shared ice cream together. I also liked the bit  were they took Armitage to a concert and everyone loved him. (You will find out who he is the book.) I don’t want to say much more, but I really recommend this book. If you’re emotional, be prepared to cry!

I think this book is suitable for 9-12 year olds.

Mark out of 5…

5 – Excellent

Bad Dad

Author:  David Walliams

Review by: Hannah

Year Group: 6

Review:

This book was great! It was about a boy named Frank who’s dad had to be bad to earn money. They got away from many bad tasks quickly and were able to get past the police. As Frank always worked what his dad was doing, he would always be sneaky, get to the gang and watch everything they did. It was full of lots of emotions and at one point I wanted to physically cry. My favourite part was near the end when I found out good news (which I’m not gonna tell you about because it will spoil it.)

Frank: he was a boy that was very kind and caring and loved his dad. He was also very brave.

Gilbert: he was Frank’s dad and a really good racing car driver and everyone loved him until he got into an accident.

Rita: she was Frank’s mum but left one night when Frank and Gilbert wasn’t there .

Fingers and Thumbs: they were two naughty men who worked for Mr Big, who was a thief.

Mr Big: he is who I just mentioned, he lived in a big house and had bundles of money because he was a thief.

I’m not gonna say anymore because I’ll ruin it for you, but I recommend this book  to 8-11 year olds.

Mark out of 5…

5 – Excellent