Book reviews are an important way to help students express their feelings about a specific text. Apart from reading the book, reviews offer students the chance to engage with the text on a deeper level and immerse in a rich learning experience.
- Your opinion is important and what you think can often help to influence the way others think.
- If you’re stuck for a book to borrow, often a suggestion from someone else can help them to make a decision. This is the purpose of a book review.
The following points might make it easier to help you to write a review.
1. Write two sentences that tell your friend what the book is about.
Be careful not to give the whole book away though!. Try to avoid writing too much about what happens after the middle of the book. Mention if the book is part of a series and where this book sits in that series.
2. Write about what you liked about the book and why.
Focus on your thoughts and feelings about the story and the way it was told. You could try answering a couple of the
- What was your favourite part of the book, and why?
- Were there any things you found interesting?
- Don’t forget to mention the illustrations!
- Were you interested in finding out what happened in the end?
3. Write about what you disliked about the book and why.
Focus on your thoughts and feelings as to why you disliked some things:
- Did the story end too suddenly?
- Was the story too scary? Or not interesting enough?
4. Summarise your thoughts.
Suggesting the type of reader you’d recommend the book to. Is it suitable for younger readers? Older readers? Fans of nature or birds. What other books would you compare it to?
5. Give your book a rating.
The most commonly used rating system for books is 1 to 5!
6. Send it through to us!
Ant and Lorraine would love to read what you thought of Dancing Charli. Feel free to send your reviews to firstname.lastname@example.org