Children's Book Reviews

Children in the 5th grade and under are invited to submit a Children's Book Review. Tell us about a book you loved or hated!

Children's Book Reviews

Title: Dumpling Days
Author: Grace Lin
Rating: It was really good!
What is the book about? It's about a girl named Grace and she goes to her homeland where her family is from. Well, first she does not want to go, but then she learns that it is really fun to be there.
Why do you love or hate this book? I like it because it is based on a true story about the author.
Grade: 5
Name: Alana

Title: The Year of the Rat
Author: Grace Lin
Rating: It was really good!
What is the book about? Well first Grace (or Pacy) is sad that her best friend is moving. But there is another Asian girl moving into her best friend Melody's house. The new girl becomes friends with Grace and at the end Melody comes to visit.
Why do you love or hate this book? It's good because it starts like a depressing story and then it becomes happy.
Grade: 5
Name: Alana

Title: Clemency Pogue: Fairy Killer
Author:
J T Petty
Rating: It was really good!
What is the book about?
It was about a girl who loved stories and one day she went into the forest and she saw a fairy and she had only heard of fairies in stories. So she didn't believe in them. So then the fairy died. The way to bring fairies back to life is to believe in them so she did. At the end she just fought an evil fairy.
Why do you love or hate this book?
It was good but once you read it, it is just like all of the other fairy tales.
Grade: 5
Name: Alana

Title: The Year of the Dog
Author: Grace Lin
Rating: It was really good!
What is the book about? It's about a Chinese girl who meets another Chinese girl and they become best friends and do projects together.
Why do you love or hate this book? I like this book because the two girls have a really good friendship.
Grade: 5
Name: Alana

Title: A Big Guy Took My Ball
Author:
Mo Willems
Rating: It was really good!
What is the book about? Piggie finds a ball and a whale takes it. Elephant tries to get the ball back. Then Elephant and Piggie play with him.
Why do you love or hate this book?
Because they are funny. The whale is on land.
Grade: 3rd
Name:
Colman


Title: Strega Nona's Harvest
Author: Tomie dePaola
Rating: It was really good!
What is the book about? Strega Nona grows vegetables. Big Anthony grows a secret garden too.
Why do you love or hate this book? I like hearing how funny Big Anthony is. I love learning about gardens too.
Grade: Pre-K
Name:
Mattie


Title: Cinderella: The Great Mouse Mistake
Author:
Ellie O'Ryan
Rating: It's the best book I've ever read!
What is the book about? Gus got trapped in chapter one. Tremaine thought Cinderella stole the roses. Cinderella had to make cupcakes.
Why do you love or hate this book? I like when Cinderella went to the fair. I like when the chef comes in.
Grade: 5
Name: Miriam

Title: Nature's Fury: Tornadoes
Author:
Cari Meister
Rating: It was really good!
What is the book about? It's about things that can happen when a tornado strikes, for instance "the conductors waiting for trains in Lubbock, Texas on May 11, 1970 witnessed a strange sight. A tornado pushed a locomotive train (that had it's brakes on) 150 feet along the track."
Why do you love or hate this book? I love it because this book has a lot of neat facts about tornados!
Grade: 4th
Name:
Brenna

Title: The Trouble with Chickens
Author:
Doreen Cronin
Rating: It was really good!
What is the book about? Two chickens go missing and a dog helps find them.
Why do you love or hate this book? I like it because it is funny.
Grade: 3rd
Name:
Jonathan


Title: Thea Stilton and the Star Castaways
Author:
Geronimo Stilton
Rating: It was really good!
What is the book about? It is about these 5 mice and they go into space and then they realize that robots were controlling the ship so they are in danger but they fix it.
Why do you love or hate this book? I like it because it's about 5 friends working together and having fun.
Grade: 5th
Name: Alana

Title: Thea Stilton and the Ice Treasure
Author:
Geronimo Stilton
Rating: It was really good!
What is the book about? It is about 5 mouse friends and they go to Alaska to this green mice. But one of their friends gets lost and they have to go rescue them. But they see a ship and they found out that they were selling really bad water and they fixed it.
Why do you love or hate this book? I like it because it's about 5 friends working together to make things right
Grade: 5th
Name: Alana

Title: Strega Nona
Author:
Tomie dePaola
Rating: It was really good!
What is the book about? Strega Nona needed a helper. Big Anthony helped her. Strega Nona has a magic pasta pot.
Why do you love or hate this book? I like Strega Nona, Big Anthony, and the magic pasta pot.
Grade: Pre-K
Name: Mattie

Title: Lily's Pesky Plant
Author:
Kirsten Larsen
Rating: It's the best book I ever read!
What is the book about? In chapter one Lily found a seed. In chapter two Lily smelled the plant. In chapter five they found a bird.
Why do you love or hate this book? I like the book because it had fairies in the book. I like the book because it had roses in it.
Grade: 5
Name: Miriam

Title: Secret Agent Splat
Author:
Rob Scotton
Rating: It was ok.
What is the book about? Someone took Splat's ducks. There is a top secret gizmo. There are fish skeletons.
Why do you love or hate this book? Because it is a mystery. It has ducks in it.
Grade: 3rd
Name: Colman

Title: Tiana: The Grand Opening
Author:
Helen Perelman
Rating: It's the best book I've ever read!
What is the book about? Tiana opened a restaurant. Louis lost his trumpet.
Why do you love or hate this book? I love Tiana's dress. I like it when Tiana dances.
Grade: 5
Name: Miriam

Title: Happy Pig Day
Author:
Mo Willems
Rating: It was really good.
What is the book about? Piggie is so happy it's Happy Pig Day! her friends come to celebrate!
Why do you love or hate this book? Because it says I love pigeons! They say oink.
Grade: 3rd
Name: Colman

Title: The 6th Grade Nickname Game
Author: Gordon Korman
Rating: It was really good!
What is the book about? It's about these two best friends and they make up nicknames for everyone. So one day a sub comes in and his name is Mr. Hughe and he is huge so his nickname is Mr. Huge. But they are really stuck on this girl who they have a crush on but at the end they get heartbroken and they find a nickname for her.
Why do you love or hate this book? I like it because it is about these best friends being best friends.
Grade: 5th
Name:
Alana


Title: Thea Stilton and the Secret City
Author: Geronimo Stilton
Rating:
It was really good!
What is the book about? Well, it is about 5 friends helping to save another friend and gold but that goes to the end and they save the world once again.
Why do you love or hate this book? I like it because it is about friends working together.
Grade:
5th
Name: Alana


Title: Thea Stilton: Big Trouble in the Big Apple
Author: Geronimo Stilton
Rating: It was really good!
What is the book about? it is about 5 friends and one is a runner that is running in a race and its in New York. It's been a dream for her to be in this race, but there are problems but the sisters always fix the problems.
Why do you love or hate this book? I like it because it is about 5 friends who save the world.
Grade: 5th
Name: Alana

Title: The Hardy Boys: Tower Treasure
Author: Franklin W. Dixon
Rating: It's the best book I've ever read!
What is the book about? A treasure gets stolen and 2 boys hunt it down and find it.
Why do you love or hate this book? I love this book for all reasons. I do not hate anything.
Grade: 3rd
Name: Benjamin

Title: End Zone Thunder
Author: Chiencin Sandoval
Rating: It was really good!
What is the book about? A football player that is an enemy with a teammate. They both want to be captain but someone else got picked. They went into the championships. They became friends.
Why do you love or hate this book? I like that it had a lesson. I dislike that it was short.
Grade: 3rd
Name:
Benjamin


Title: Wildly Foxtrot
Author: Bill Amend
Rating: It was really good!
What is the book about?
It is a collection of comic strips about a family named the Foxes. They are Jason, Paige, Peter, Andy (mom) and Roger (dad).
Why do you love or hate this book? Love it because it is funny!
Grade:
4th
Name:
Brendan

Title: Walls within Walls
Author:
Maureen Sherry
Rating: It was really good!
What is the book about?
Three kids find a strange picture in one of their rooms and then find that there is a total treasure room hidden. So they go on a quest to find the stuff they need to get in and find the treasure.
Why do you love or hate this book? I love it because it is a good story with very likeable characters.
Grade:
4th
Name: Brendan

Title: The Sixty-Eight Rooms
Author:
Marianne Malone
Rating: It was really good!
What is the book about?
It's about a girl named Ruthie and a boy named Jack that find a magic key and they get small and go into the Thorne Rooms.
Why do you love or hate this book? It is an exciting story and a nice setting.
Grade:
4th
Name: Brendan

Title: Frankly Frannie
Author:
AJ Stern
Rating: It was really good!
What is the book about?
It's about a kid who wants to do grown up things, but when she thinks it's right it turns out wrong.
Why do you love or hate this book? I like it because it is about this kid who wants to be grown up.
Grade:
5th
Name: Alana

Title: Goosebumps: One Day at Horrorland
Author:
R. L. Stine
Rating: It's the best book I ever read!
What is the book about? The family went on vacation and they got lost. They went to a horror theme park. In one part they tried to make the family jump to their deaths like the rock that the MC of Horrorland had just thrown into the pool and it was sucked down. The family found a bus and escaped but one of the horrors had come home with them but it was just to give them passes for next year.
Why do you love or hate this book? I loved it. It was scary.
Grade:
2nd
Name: Easton

Title: The 100th Day of School
Author:
Brenda Haugen
Rating: It was really good!
What is the book about? This book talked about the 100th day of school activities. They brought pennies, beads, jellybeans and stuff. They did 100 seconds of exercises. They all had fun counting to 100 and seeing 100 things. This book even tells other things in the back that you can do on the 100th day of school.
Why do you love or hate this book? I like the 100th day of school.
Grade:
2nd
Name: Easton

Title: Welcome to the World of Wolves
Author: Diane Swanson
Rating: It was really good!
What is the book about? It tells about where wolves live. Scientists think that they came from an animal that was small and half dog called medocyon. Spring is when they have pups. They teach them to hunt, where to drink and signs of prey or something around them. The pups stay in mom's paw prints in the snow. Exercise is when the pups have playtime, chasing and running and playing together.
Why do you love or hate this book? I like animals.
Grade: 2nd
Name: Easton


Title: Missouri: Hello USA
Author:
Lerner Publications
Rating: It was ok.
What is the book about? It had a lot of maps, charts and stuff like that. It told the state birds, state flower and other things about Missouri.
Why do you love or hate this book? I really didn't like it because of all the maps and stuff.
Grade: 2nd
Name: Easton

Title: Missouri
Author:
Martin Hintz
Rating: It was really good.
What is the book about? Baseball and where it was played there, about different areas to see and it was very interesting since I went there a few years ago. It was nice to be able to read it and remember the places.
Why do you love or hate this book? I liked that it helped me remember our vacation to Missouri.
Grade: 2nd
Name: Easton

Title: Bomb Squad Officer
Author: Keith Elliot Greenberg
Rating: It was really good!
What is the book about? This book told about different things that could be bombs and what to look for. It showed dogs that would find bombs and places that bombs have been found. The bomb squad officers put their lives in lots of danger daily. It showed special clothes that they wear to find bombs.
Why do you love or hate this book? I liked it because it showed me what to not pick up. It could be a bomb.
Grade: 2nd
Name: Easton

Title: Moon: Exploring the Solar System
Author:
Giles Sparrow
Rating: It was really good.
What is the book about? It tells about views of the moon, what the surface of it is. It showed somebody in a spacesuit, you have to wear it to walk on the moon. It shows lunar seas of the moon, and tells about lava, hills, holes, and planets. It tells about eclipses of the moon and what to look for and all. Tells about discoveries and legends of moon things.
Why do you love or hate this book? It was interesting.
Grade: 2nd
Name: Easton

Title: Let's look at Colors
Author:
Tuxworth
Rating: It was really good.
What is the book about? It showed colors and told things that were that color.
Why do you love or hate this book? I love colors.
Grade: Pre-K
Name: Jesse


Title: Don't let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
Author:
Mo Willems
Rating: It was really good.
What is the book about? It was about a pigeon begging to drive the bus while the driver is gone, but he doesn't get to.
Why do you love or hate this book? I thought it was funny.
Grade: Pre-K
Name: Jesse

Title: Buy My Hats
Author:
Dave Horowitz
Rating: It was ok.
What is the book about? They were trying to sell hats and nobody would buy one. Everybody else sold their stuff til the last day and when it started raining they sold all of their hats.
Why do you love or hate this book? I love hats.
Grade: Pre-K
Name: Jesse

Title: The Loch Ness Monster
Author:
Bell Wetler Media
Rating: It was really good.
What is the book about? I like to read about monsters and watch shows about them. I thought this helped me to understand what a Loch Ness Monster looks like and where to find them at.
Why do you love or hate this book? I like monsters and stuff.
Grade: 3rd
Name: Aiden

Title: The Moon of the Gray Wolves
Author:
Jean Craighead George
Rating: It was really good.
What is the book about? This tells about different color coats on wolves and how different their packs are. There are black, silver and grey ones and all aged ones. They run in groups as one. They smelled a buck's urine and went after it. This was all at Mount Sheldon. The black wolf protected his pup from the caribou and got hurt.
Why do you love or hate this book? I like to hunt with my dad.
Grade: 3rd
Name: Aiden

Title: Bully Trouble
Author:
Joanna Cole
Rating: It was really good.
What is the book about? Eddie being a bully.
Why do you love or hate this book? Eddie gets taught a lesson.
Grade: 1st
Name: Kolt

Title: Encyclopedia Brown
Author:
Donald J. Sobol
Rating: It was really good.
What is the book about? Solving mysteries. The pitcher was using a bug ball.
Why do you love or hate this book? It has 10 mysteries.  Yay! Because it has baseball.
Grade: 3rd
Name: Colman

Title: Stick Dog
Author:
Tom Watson
Rating: It was the best book I've ever read!
What is the book about? It's about a dog who has crazy ideas so they can get hamburgers.
Why do you love or hate this book? I love it because it has dogs.
Grade: 3rd
Name: Ella

Title: Mary's Treasure Box
Author:
Carolyn Walz Kramlich
Rating: It's the best book I've ever read!
What is the book about? About Jesus's mother and her grandchild and Mary shows her a treasure box.
Why do you love or hate this book? I love it because it is about Jesus.
Grade: 3rd
Name: Ella

Title:
Cowboy Ned's New Friend
Author: David Ezra Stein
Rating: it was really good!
What is the book about? A cowboy's best friends is a horse. Ned falls in love with a lady and Andy feels that Ned does not like him. The lady gives a napkin to Ned when he falls. She wanted it returned by tomorrow. Andy takes it and lets it blow away.
Why do you love or hate this book? I love it because it gets returned and Andy gets cookies and tea from the lady.
Grade: 3rd
Name: Ella

Title:
Henry and Mudge
Author: Cynthia Rylant
Rating: it was really good!
What is the book about? Henry and Mudge go to Grandmother's house. Mudge thought it was a giant water dish for him.
Why do you love or hate this book?
Because I love dogs. I want to see a big moth.
Grade: 3rd
Name: Colman

Title: The Penderwicks
Author: Jeanne Birdsall
Rating: it was really good!
What is the book about?
Four sisters go on vacation and become friends with a boy, Jeffrey. His mother doesn't like them, and also wants Jeffrey to go to military school and not play music, but he wants to study music.
Why do you love or hate this book? I liked this book because I liked the MOPS (meeting of the Penderwick sisters) and because I liked Jeffery.
Grade: 4th
Name: Brendan

Title: The Candymakers
Author: Wendy Mass
Rating: it was really good!
What is the book about? It is about four children who enter a candy making contest. They end up becoming friends and working together to help one of them win the contest and save the candy factory.
Why do you love or hate this book?
I really like the characters and how different parts of the book told different character's stories. Also, it is creative. My favorite candy would be the bacon pop (especially with peanut butter).
Grade: 4th
Name: Brendan

Title: Remarkable
Author: Lizzie Foley
Rating: it was really good!
What is the book about? It is about a person and a town and a parrot and a bunch of people and a sea monster. Only one person in town is normal and everybody else is remarkable, but then the one normal person finds out she is remarkable too.
Why do you love or hate this book? I like it because it has a purple sea monster. I don't like the fact that it was hard for me to find on my bookshelf.
Grade: 4th
Name: Brendan

Title: Troll Attack!
Author: Allison Lassieur
Rating: it was really good!
What is the book about? A bunch of trolls attack King Edward's castle, but King Edward's army fights and wins. During the celebration, an evil wizard tells King Edward that his army would return and that time the king would loose. So the king needs someone to go on a dangerous mission to find out when the trolls will attack.
Why do you love or hate this book? Because it is exciting, it has trolls and tanks and catapults, and it is about legos.
Grade: 4th
Name: Brendan


Title: Where the Red Fern Grows
Author: Wilson Rawls
Rating: it was really good!
What is the book about? Billy has two dogs. Billy has three sisters.
Why do you love or hate this book? I love Billy's two dogs. I love Billy's sisters.
Grade: 5th
Name: Miriam

Title: Abe Lincoln's Hat
Author: Martha Brenner
Rating: it was ok.
What is the book about? It is about Abe Lincoln's life and him being a lawyer to help people. Also it is about how he put papers in his hat.
Why do you love or hate this book? I like it because I like Abe Lincoln.
Grade: 1st
Name: Ashleigh