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Rapunzel by Ladybird Books

Review by Akshita Amit, age 6

Rapunzel is a one word titled story about a girl with beautiful long golden hair. As a baby she is  kidnapped by a witch. She is kept alone in a tall tower with just one window. The witch uses her long hair as a ladder to climb up and down. One day a prince almost rescues her but the witch catches them and punishes them. Whether the prince and Rapunzel are able to meet again and live happily is what the story is about. I loved reading the book. It is one of my favourite books, I love Rapunzel's long shiny hair. I was so scared for her and very angry when the witch cuts her hair. Till the end, I was hoping that she finds the prince and escapes. But I wish she was more brave and fought the witch.

 

I Had Trouble Getting to Solla Sollew by Dr. Seuss

Review by Akshita Amit, age 6

A funny book about troubles. Dr. Seuss's book I Had Trouble In Getting To Solla Sollew was fun to read. The first time I read it, it  felt like a really long poem. I was a bit tired. But the next time I enjoyed it so much. The funny names, words and the even funnier pictures. I learnt so many cute rhyming words. Reading this book full of rhymes aloud was really fun.

 

Heidi for Johanna Spyri

Review by Ann Joseph, age 7

The story is about a little girl named Heidi who lived with her Aunt Deti till she had some work and had to go to Frankfurt. Heidi then went to her grandfather and lived with him for a few days till Aunt Deti came to take her to Frankfurt. There she met a little girl named Clara who helped her to take some things for her grandfather.

 

The Adventures of Shrilok Homeless ( India Version) by Pika Nani ( Deepika Murthy )

Review by Ann Joseph, age 7

At the beginning of the story, Shrilok was a chaiwala and became a super detective when he understood what a boy was thinking about. The boy's name was Rohan Doctor. With Rohan his partner in crime, he solves ten thrilling cases that have baffled Mumbai. From missing diamonds, to a scandal in Bollywood, no case is too bizarre for the unbeatable Shrilok.

 

Hitopadesha by Mary Pope Osborne and Will Osborne

Review by Anya Jain, age 10

Hitopadesha is a set of 13 stories. They are stories with moral values, and are based upon animals. Every story tells a moral value essential in daily life. I liked the way these stories are written and will rate it 5 out of 5 stars.

 

The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Review by Akshita Amit, age 6

The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt. This book is very special because this is the first book I selected on my own to buy, because of a new friend, in a bookstore. As my story goes, Mom and I were at a Crossword bookstore in Mumbai checking out some books to buy for me. She showed me The Gruffalo and I started reading it there. Sometime later another girl who was about 8 years came and sat next to me. She kept peeking into my book and we started giggling. She had already read The Gruffalo and both of us liked it. We started talking about other movies, songs, books we both liked and then she told me about The Day The Crayons Quit. Mom showed me a copy in the bookstore and I liked it immediately. Imagine a new book and a new book friend on the same day. I enjoyed this book so much. Those poor crayons. I loved the colourful drawings and also each of the letters the crayons wrote to Duncan. I never thought crayons I use could have such thoughts. Now on, I am sure that  just like I will, even Duncan will use each crayon very carefully and equally.

 

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

Review by Akshita Amit, age 6

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish is the first book in the Amelia series. Amelia is a very sweet and kind girl but also a little silly. She goes to the Rogers' house to help them with many tasks when they are going out. They give her a list of things to do. She tries to do everything exactly right and ends up doing everything wrong. Instead of changing old towels with new ones she cuts them into shapes. She really makes a chicken wear clothes. But I would love to meet her because she seems like so much fun and also makes yummy pies. The book was very easy and fun to read. I learnt about something called idioms . I could understand some of the idioms used in the book like 'draw the curtains' or 'dress the chicken' but poor Amelia could not.

 

The Secret Seven in ...The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton

Review by Ishanvi Nair, age 8

This book is the first in a series of adventure books by Enid Blyton.The Secret Seven is a secret group of boys and girls on the lookout for mysteries.They find one when one of them goes to the snow field to find a missing badge.He hears a car and strange ,squealing noises.The gang investigates, having fun along the way,dressed up as snowmen.Finally , they uncover the mystery about a famous stolen racehorse. I liked this book for its humour and adventure.

 

150 Jokes for Kids by Bernard Morris

Review by Ishanvi Nair, age 8

This is a book of short jokes for kids.Some of them are witty,but others are about characters ,and you don't get the joke unless you know who they are.The jokes based on puns and English grammar are quite funny.

 

The Wishing Chair by Enid Blyton

Review by Ishanvi Nair, age 8

This story is a fantasy book by famous child author,Enid Blyton.It is all about two children who find a wishing chair in a junk shop, they just have to wish and the chair takes them wherever they want to go.On their adventures, they meet giants, pixies and other magical creatures in magical lands.The imagination runs wild and the readers end up wishing they could have such adventures themselves.

 

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Review by Ishanvi Nair, age 8

This is a story about four friends,Mole, Waterrat, Badger and Toad, and their adventures in the Wild Woods.Unworthy Toad develops fads, the latest being one for a motor- car and his friends advise him against it.But he doesn't listen, leading to a series of events where he is jailed for theft and manages to escape, only to find his house taken over by the mean stoats and weasels.The friends come together bravely,resulting in a happy ending.The warm characters and beautiful prose and sceneries, make this one of the best-loved children's classics ever.

 

Snowball the Pony by Enid Blyton

Review by Akshita Amit, age 6

Snowball the pony by Enid Blyton is a chapter book about a black Shetland pony named Snowball. It is a very sweet story. Snowball is sent away from his mother when he is very small. But he is a very smart and curious pony. He learns very fast and but is also a little naughty. He makes many new animal and human friends. Almost everyone on the farm likes him and they are often surprised to see his clever antics. He is a proud pony and teaches naughty Lennie a good lesson. But he also loves children and loves playing with them and taking them for rides. Adorable Snowball! I hope to meet you someday.

 

Frindle by Andrew Clements

Review by Ishanvi Nair, age 8

This one-word titled story talks about how Nick Allen, a 5th grader, has a great idea, after learning from his teacher about how words are created.He invents a new word,'Frindle' to be used in place of a daily-use item, a pen.The word becomes popular, its usage spreading till it makes its way to the dictionary.

 

Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye by Geronimo Stilton

Review by Akshita Amit, age 6

Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye by Geronimo Stilton. At first I found it a bit irritating to read because many of the words were shown in so many different ways or colours. But after the adventure on the ship began I liked it a lot and read it fast. Thea stilton is my favourite character in it. So brave, curious and fun. I  was surprised and also a bit sad to find out what the treasure really was but still I enjoyed it. Now I really want to read some more of Geronimo and Thea's adventures soon.

 

Blueberries for Sale by Robert Mccloskey

Review by Nandita Bhatia, age 6

It is a mystery book. Sal and his mother go to blueberry hill to pick blueberries. Little bear also comes with his mother to eat blueberries.little bear also gets lost. This book has wonderful illustrations.

 

Animal Stories by Ruskin Bond

Review by Ishanvi Nair, age 8

This is a collection of stories by the famous child author Ruskin Bond.All the stories are written with humour, and some draw on the writer's childhood experiences. They give some of the animals a human touch,with their own habit's and whims.I found the book a very interesting read.

 

Under The Moon & Over The Sea by John Agard & Grace Nichols

Review by Vivaan Mundra, age 8

This book is a collection of over 50 poems written by different poets. All the poems are different and have variety like scary ones, sweet, funny and even more. This is the first time I have read a poem book and I enjoyed it and found it very different. Not sure if everyone will like it or not but should read once to have experience of what poem book is like.

 

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Review by Rafaela Santos, age 10

When a lively young colt is born, accustomed to a life of freedom and love for four long years, he is taken away from his mother. But when the new owner he is sold to is actually not cruel he begins to make friends with a wise and playful pony, merrylegs,and a Horse with a scary past, ginger, but is sold again, this time to a woman who make his life very painful. Beauty eventually encounters ginger, but then learns something tragic has happened to her. After years of moving, beauty finally finds his home. A beautiful story that makes me understand the beauty of horses.

 

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Review by Vivaan Mundra, age 8

This book is based on the jungle adventures of Mowgli which I am sure everyone must have heard of. As many different version of this book has been published in addition to TV episodes and Movie also. I have watched movie also still I enjoy the book by any publication. So if you have not read any one yet I strongly recommend to read one. Rating 5/5

 

Horrid Henry's Mighty Joke Book by Francesca Simon

Review by Rafaela Santos, age 10

Follow horrid Henry as he deviously charges his friends cold hard CA$H just to put their hilariously wicked jokes in his book! Split your sides with laughter as this greedy character continues with his rude antics. francesca Simon is a beloved author for writing this widely known series.

 

Goodwork Secret Seven by Enid Blyton

Review by Rudhra Reghu, age 7

Peter & Janet are the only ones who know about a gang.The seven have to find Q and the rest of the gang with larry's help. I like this book because its awesome, cool and fun. The best part is a victory for Susie. My father told me to read it because its a book from his childhood.

 

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Review by Rudhra Reghu, age 7

The book is about a person and a little person whose name is Sam. Sam is telling the big person to try to eat green eggs and ham so many times in different places. In the end when the person finally tries it, he likes it and agrees to eat in so many different places. I give this book 4 stars.

 

The Snow Queen by Leslie Sims

Review by Rudhra Reghu, age 7

This book is about two friend Gerda & kay and the snow queen. The snow queen puts ice arrows into kays eyes and heart. Kay makes fun of everyone and snow queen takes him away. Gerda takes a robber girls reindeer and goes to save kay. I give this book 4 stars.

 

Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye by Geronimo Stilton

Review by Rudhra Reghu, age 7

This book is about a treasure hunt with thea, trap, benjamin and geronimo. Its funny and adventurous and i like the part about the true sailor. I give this book 5 stars. i think this a good book and my friends should read it.

 

BFG by Roald Dahl

Review by Rudhra Reghu, age 7

This is one of the best books and i loved the movie. Its so nice. Its about a sweet giant and girl named sophie. They have to tell the queen that the giants are eating people in the night. I love the frogscottle and i wish i could have some. but i dont want to eat the snozzcumber. I give this book 5 stars.

 

The Twits by Roald Dahl

Review by Rudhra Reghu, age 7

This book is about mugglewump and his family of monkeys and rollypolly bird and Mr & Mrs Twit. Mr & Mrs Twit end up with hug tight glue on their heads upside down on the floor when mugglewump and the birds trick them. i give this book 5 stars.

 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Review by Avantika Rajesh, age 7

This Harry Potter is the first book of the series of Harry Potter books. Reading this book was an amazing experience. The book transported me to the magical world of the wizards. It was great fun to read about the adventures of Harry Potter and his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. I really enjoyed reading about all that the three friends did in the Hogwarts school of magic and their wonderful professors and head master Albus Dumbledore. The book has illustrations by Jim Kay which made reading it all the more interesting. The courage and bravery shown by Harry Potter and his friends while dealing with You-Know-Who, Voldemort was unbelievable. I give this book a five star rating and strongly recommend it for everyone. Its a series everybody will simply love and want to read more.

 

Classic First Poems by Tig Thomas

Review by Avantika Rajesh, age 7

I had a great time reading this book of poems. This book has a big collection of poems. The poems have been arranged in 4 different headings based on what the poem talks about. My favourite section of poems was under the heading 'Enchanted Lands' and the section I least enjoyed was 'Fun and Nonsense'. My two most favourite poems from this book are 'A Birthday Song' by E Nesbit and 'Meg Merrilies' by John Keats. This was the first book of poems that I read but I really loved reading these poems. I give this book a four star rating and recommend this book for everyone who wants to enjoy some brilliant poems.