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Book Review - 15th May 2020

Posted: May 17, 2020 by: A Richards (arichards) on: Mars, Mercury & Jupiter

Zachary's review of Percy Jackson and the lightning thief, by Rick Riordan.

Percy is a normal boy with a normal life, who is struggling at school. But this all changes, when he is chased by a mythical beast, and realises he is the son of a Greek God. Now,  he spends his days training in combat, fighting monsters, and completing quests for the Gods.

This was an exciting read and my favourite book. 

The description of events and the characters, added to the realism and meant I felt like I was there with them.

My favourite part of the book was the journey they had to complete as part of the quest. It was written in a way, that meant it was exciting, tense, and I couldn’t guess what was going to happen. It was full of surprises, which pulled you into the story, and kept me turning the pages.

The writer keeps this level of interest through the whole book, as his description is always amazing. 

The only negative was that some of the mythical/Greek names were hard to pronounce. So needed looking up to know how to say them properly, and what they meant.

I would recommend this book to anyone young or old. But would suggest age 6 plus, as there are some elements that are scary.

It would appeal to people who like myths, legends, action or adventure as it is an exciting read.

I personally enjoyed it as much as the Harry Potter books, and can not wait to read the next one in the series.
If I had to rate it out of ten, I would give it ten!

George's review of  The Ice Monster by David Walliams 

The story:

The story is set in 1890s London when we meet Elsie, a young girl who lives at a horrible orphanage called Wormly Hall ‘home for unwanted children’. She decides to escape and stumbles across a newspaper headline saying “Ice Monster found in the Arctic”, this stirs Elsie’s curiosity and she feels she must find the Ice Monster. After going to the Natural History Museum to find the Ice Monster she finds a friend called Dotty. They manage to bring the Ice Monster back to life and together embark on an amazing adventure to help reunite the Ice Monster with her family.


There are many highlights in this book starting with the incredible illustrations that bring this story to life. Also the characters were so real that when I read this book each night, I felt that I was part of the story. My favourite part of the story was when the characters were on the high seas on the way to the North Pole. It is my favourite part because it was filled with plenty of obstacles that resulted in many consequences. I read this story with my mum every night and it took us on an emotional ride of a lifetime, we shared laughter and tears as we became emotionally involved in the book. The character I felt most connected with was Dotty. She was my favourite because she made me laugh but also her kindness shone through. 

Other highlights of the book are that the chapters are short, which makes reading it in more manageable chunks. It is also educational as it has many facts of what London was like in 1899.

Weak parts:

The story was slow at the start but as soon as we met Dotty it started to become more interesting and more gripping reading. It was disappointing that Raj didn’t have a bigger role in the story as I always enjoy this character when he appears in David Walliams books - he is extremely funny. Although the ending was good it wasn’t what I expected it to be and I was sad when The Ice Monster had to say goodbye to Elsie at the end.


This book took me on an emotional journey as lots happened to Elsie, some of which made me cry but in the end I think Elsie is truly happy and she knows that The Ice Monster is back where she belongs. I would recommend this book to any David Walliams fan. This was one of the greatest books I have ever read and I would rate this book ten out of ten.

Ezra's review of The boy who stopped the waves.

This book is about a boy who had an unusual day from playing at home to shoving his arm in a whole. This book is a possible event that could happen in only one place because of what happens.

I liked how the story rapidly changed from a young boy bringing food to his grandad to him spending the night outside. I like how it's realistic and it's also fiction so if you like realistic fiction this is the book for you. A downside is that it's short but when I read it I got lost in it but not too lost. Many people like fiction and some people like non-fiction. Well this is the book for all but not everyone otherwise it would be weird.

I don’t want to say this but there are many more books that are better. This is a folk tale and it has many names like Peter and the Water wolf. I don't like folk tales because they are very predictable so if you don't like folk tales don’t read it.
I recommend it to seven, eight maybe nine year olds. It is a good book but  only for these ages. I won't discuss the end because I want you to have a go at reading it. Read it yourself you might like it and I said might not will. This book is amazingly short for what I have told you if you like a challenge you might not read this. Now time for a rating out of five I’d give it a three. Please don’t take this rating seriously it's just my opinion.  


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