Tuesday, July 6, 2010

How Do Kids Write a Book Review?

A book review is just one person's reaction to a book they have read. Book reviewers try to give honest feedback about a book they've read, and they do it in different ways.


Here's one plan that might work for your kids if they're not sure how to get started.


1. Choose a book you think you can write about. It may not be your favourite book, but it needs to be one you can describe to others.


2. Read the book. If you read it a while back, read it again, just before you write your review.


3. Think about what you've read. Try to answer SOME of these questions in whole sentences:


What was the book about? Try to describe it in a couple of sentences without giving away the ending. To see examples of this, there's a fun site, Book-A-Minute, that condenses well-known books into a sentence or two.

What was your favourite part of the story? Why did you like it?


Who is/are the main characters? Tell us something about them. What happens to them in the story?


What sort of book was it? Was it a picture book, a chapter book, a fantasy book, a nonfiction book for sport fans?


If there are illustrations, how did they help tell the story?


Did you like the book? Why or why not? What was good about it? Did any parts make you laugh? Which ones? Did you feel as if you were looking through the main character's eyes?


What sort of people would like this book?



4. Look at the sentences you have written and see if they can make the bones of your book review. You might need to add some more.


5. Write an interesting starting sentence for your review. Some people like to start with a question. Other reviewers like to start with the book facts: author, illustrator, and publisher to make it easy for others to find the book.


6. Put the sentences you've written into the order that seems best to you. Add any words or sentences you think might make it clearer.


7. Read your book review aloud to yourself and check for spelling and punctuation.


8. Ask someone else to read your review and get their opinion of it. Make any changes you think you need.


Remember, this is just one plan you can follow. Read some book reviews to get ideas, then go ahead and make your own plan. When you're finished why not send your work to a magazine or website that publishes book reviews by kids? You might try Alphabet Soup or Yabba (go to reviews/write a review) (Australia), Building Rainbows (UK) Reader Views (US) or your own local library.

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If you're interested in helping children to write, check out my articles: Writing Fun for Kids - Create a Caption, Fast and Fun Writing with Kids, Children's Writing - Write a Procedure, Get Kids Writing with Lists and Online Resources for Reading and Writing

[This blog post is part of the July Carnival of Children's Literature, held at the wonderful Playing by the Book blog.]

32 comments:

  1. Aiming4Simple06 July, 2010

    Thanks for these helpful tips. I think my oldest daughter, who is a beginning reader, might enjoy trying this soon.

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  2. Book Chook06 July, 2010

    I think you could modify it for a beginning reader A4S. Contact me if you want some help with that.

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  3. Paula (Belgium)07 July, 2010

    Thank you for this short and neat post.

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  4. Book Chook07 July, 2010

    I hope it's useful, Paula!

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  5. O:-) >:o :) ;) 8-) :* :-D =-O =-X :-[ :-$ :-P :-E *DONT_KNOW*

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  6. candyfloss is a great book about a girl named floss and her mum and her boyfriend go on hoiliday to australia for 6 months but floss decides to stay with her dad they struggle but in the end its very happy :) :) ;) 8-) 8-) :* :* :-D :-D

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  7. The Book Chook02 February, 2011

    I'll look out for it, Carly. I love books with happy endings!

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  8. Is there a way to adjust this for all ages?

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  9. Thanks this helped a lot for a project at school.:)

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  10. Are these comments fake ?
    This really helped me out thanks !

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  11. This website is AWSOME!

    Thanks!

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  12. Could someone give me a good book to read?

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  13. This sure helped me on my book report!

    THANK YOU!

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  14. Very helpful - thank you very much Book Chook. Will try out these tips.

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  15. Anonymous07 May, 2012

    Thankyou for this. I am a primary stundet who has to write a book review for homework, so it helps heeps.

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  16. Anonymous19 May, 2012

    didnt help at all

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  17. @Anonymous19May
    What would help? Do you have a specific book review task? What have you tried so far?

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  18. Anonymous23 June, 2012

    i need the main lay out could you please give me a description, becauese my project is over due by 1 week and 3 days, it has helped so far thankyou. :)

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  19. Anonymous08 July, 2012

    good website this really this helped me thank you

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  20. Anonymous10 July, 2012

    Excellent tips! I will try with my daughter :-D

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  21. ooh i love this website is so helpful

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  22. This is a great website, thanks for the help! :)

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  23. Would you happen to have any writing tips? :)

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  24. @AnonymousIf you look under the Writing button in my blog's right sidebar, you'll find some articles with tips for young writers. If you have any specific questions, you can email me via the Contact button.

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  25. this is too much for yrs 1,2,3 and/or 4 otherwise thx :) =0 =) -__________________________- * straight face*

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  27. thxs even though im a kid and came for facts this is an awesome thing thxs again

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  28. My 2nd grader is working on book reviews in his class right now, so this is a timely post for us! Thanks for sharing at The Children's Bookshelf.

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  29. The questions here are very helpful Susan!

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  30. Great basic tips for kids for writing book reports and it might do adult reviewers well to put these into practice too! Shared the link to this article on my blog post today: http://reviewthispersonalreviews.blogspot.com/2014/03/short-but-sweet-on-book-reviews.html

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