Monday, 25 February 2013

Kenny And The Dragon by Tony DiTerlizzi

Kenny and the dragon is a fascinating book about a young rabbit called Kenneth (Kenny for short). One day his father came running in, suddenly shouting that they have to move away. Ma settled him down and calmly asked what the problem was. Now Kenny is a bright little lad who always has his head stuck in a good book. That week he was reading a book called "The King's Royal Bestiary" that he found wonderfully amazing. He thought everything in the book was completely true. 

Anyway, his father started to describe a beastly devil that he apparently saw on their farm hill called Shepherds Hill. As he carried on, Kenny interrupted and said "It can't possibly be a real life dragon." His father replied "Yes, Kenny one of those devilish dragons."

Well, after that Kenny went to investigate. He found out that this particular dragon was friendly and harmless to any fellow that passed his way. Kenny found out that his name was Grahame and that they had a lot in common such as reading and poetry. One day the old fishermen that came to Shepherds Hill saw Grahame and straight away told the whole village of Roundbrook. The message was passed onto the King and he wanted it to be exterminated. He called in Kenny's best friend, George, who was a bookshop owner. He once worked for the King, and was asked to come out of retirement and demolish the Dragon. 

George agreed, however he had Kenny facing him and standing in the way. Kenny made him become friends with Grahame. Instead of killing the dragon they made a play and acted it out. It was all Kenny's idea! It had worked and the dragon became very famous throughout the village.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes reading. You will feel like you are in Kenny's shoes and feel like you are living this fairy-tale like I did. I really like this author and his other books too, so I hope he writes some more soon.

By Olivia Richardson

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Half-term book character quiz

A nice easy quiz for half-term! Five book characters, all you have to do is name them. A prize for the first person who gets them all right. Put your answers in the comments box below.
 

 
 
 
 
 
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Dream On by Bali Rai

All of Bali Rai's books are worth reading, but some of them are more suitable for secondary school children. However, Dream On is a great story for anyone who has ever dreamed of being a professional footballer. To be honest, I don't think that there are many children that I have taught who haven't!

Baljit, the main character, works for his father in the local fish and chip shop, which doubles up as an Indian take-away. He is an extremely talented footballer, but his father will only allow him to play twice a week, on a Wednesday and on a Saturday. When he is called up for a Thursday evening trial at Leicester City, he realises that he cannot pass up such an amazing opportunity to fulfil his dream. Baljit lies, and tells his family that he is going on a school trip to the Science Museum...

This is a very short book, about eighty pages or so. I found it extremely easy to read, and so enjoyable that I read it at one sitting. I think you might too! Baljit and his friends are great characters, and even though you don't have much time to get to know them, you will find yourself really caring about what happens to them all by the end of the book.

Highly recommended.

One other thing to mention, the author of this story is a huge Liverpool fan. Because the book has now been around for ten years or so, a couple of Liverpool players get a mention who you've probably never heard of. When you are reading the book, I would suggest replacing Emil Heskey with Luis Suarez, and Michael Owen with Daniel Sturridge. (I have a feeling that this comment might need updating again next season). If you want to learn more about Emil Heskey and Michael Owen, who were both fantastic when they were at their very best, have a look on YouTube!

Mr Biddle

 

Bansi O'Hara And The Bloodline Prophecy by John Dougherty

Bansi O'Hara is the daughter of an Irish father and and Indian mother. She travels with her family to Ireland to visit Granny O'Hara but, very early on in her holiday, she finds out that she is part of a terrifying ancient prophecy. Her parents are kidnapped and Bansi has to work together with a small band of faeries to ensure that the evil schemes of the Lord of the Dark Sidhe are not fulfilled. The odds are stacked against her on almost every page...

This book was a pleasure to read. It wastes very little time in getting stuck into the action and is often quite frightening. It is also extremely funny in places, especially during the arguments that occur (regularly) between Granny O'Hara and her best friend. If you enjoy fantasy books or ancient myths, you would definitely enjoy this. The sequel is already out (and available in our classroom!)

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Posting comments

Sorry everyone, I've had to make it a bit harder to post comments on our blog now. We are getting too many spam comments posted by computers and by people with nothing better to do. You now have to type in your comment and then enter a word that will appear on the screen. It doesn't take too long and hopefully it should solve the problem.

Have a great half-term. A quiz will appear on here over the next few days so be ready...

Mr B.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Goosebumps Horrorland by R.L. Stine

Reviewed by Kye

I think Goosebumps Horrorland is a great book which is packed with 3 brilliant stories. One is called Creep From The Deep which is a great story full of gore, action and terrifying chapters. This book is excellent and I would recommend you to read it as it is a great book.

I will tell you a bit about the story to get you more interested...It begins with a boy, his sister and his uncle going on a pirate ship which has not been discovered for 200 years! When they found it, their uncle disappeared. Find out how the story ends if you read the book.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

All About David Walliams by Haiden

David Walliams is our class author that we are learning about. If you read this blog, I hope that you will learn something about him too.


David Walliam's full name is David Edward Walliams. He was born on 20th August, 1971, in England. David is a comedian, writer and children's author. He was famous for making the shows Little Britain and Come Fly With Me, with Matt Lucas. He has also done lots of amazing things for charity, like swimming across the English Channel!

He has written and published five books so far, which are: The Boy In the Dress, Mr Stink, Billionaire Boy, Gangsta Granny and Ratburger. They are all very funny, but also extremely sad in places.

Make sure that you take a visit to his website which is at http://www.DavidWalliams.co.uk

House Of Horrors by Nick Arnold

HOUSE OF HORRORS BY NICK ARNOLD

This book is amazing, much better than a normal fiction book with lots of interesting facts about an everyday house. You will keep wanting to read it, even in the shower! It is so awesome I nearly read it twice. Also it does not take too long to read, only about three days. You ca learn about the horrors of a house such as what lives in your cooker, what is under the fridge and what you can find on your bed.

I recommend this book to all ages, but make sure you don't get scared or grossed out easily.

by Alec.

Billionaire Boy by David Walliams

Billionaire Boy by David Walliams


Joe Spud is a billionaire with all that he ever wanted, but there's one problem! At his rich school he gets called "Bumfresh Boy" so he moves to a normal school to make a friend but things don't go to plan... Joe Spud became a billionaire because his father invented Bumfresh loorolls. For his 12th birthday his dad gave him a million pounds but Joe wasn't happy because he gets that much money every year. All that Joe wants is a friend to play with.
 
The loo roll that Joe's dad invented was dry on one side and smooth on the other.

I really liked this book and thought it was very very funny. It was also sad because even though Joe had loads of money, he was still sad and lonely. Raj the newsagent is in this book too, he always has rubbish offers like "Buy 65, get 1 free!"


Monday, 4 February 2013

The Phenomenals by F.E. Higgins

This is a fantasy story set in the city of Degringolade. It is about four people (Vincent, Folly, Citrine and Jonah) who all meet up and end up in lots of problems and adventures.

I thought this book was very good. It was quite confusing to start with because there were lots of made-up words, but I enjoyed trying to work out what they might mean. I liked all the main characters, but my favourite was Jonah (the brute) because he used to say and do funny things. My favourite bit of the story was when Citrine (the rich girl) was rescued from being hanged, that was really exciting to read. I think I would have improved it by having the four characters meet up earlier in the book, because it was nearly at the end before they got together. I am looking forward to reading the next book about these people, now that they are friends. The city where the adventure happened would be a horrible place to live.
 
I would give the book four stars out of five because it was exciting in a lot of places.
 
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Saturday, 2 February 2013

One Dog And His Boy by Eva Ibbotson

This book would definitely appeal to anyone who loves dogs, and anyone who doesn't. It is about a boy called Hal who desperately, desperately wants a dog for his birthday. His parents won't let him have one because they think it would make too much mess in their very expensive house! They hire him a dog (Fleck) for the weekend from a place called Easy Pets, and Hal and Fleck have a brilliant time playing together. When Hal comes home on the following Monday and Fleck has been taken back to Easy Pets, he is absolutely heartbroken.

Hal finds out where Fleck was hired from with the help of a new friend called Pippa and breaks in to the building to rescue him. Hal and Pippa then run away to Scotland to find Hal's grandparents- the only problem is that they are joined by four more dogs from Easy Pets, and chased by a gang of villains. On the way to Scotland they have many exciting adventures, and Hal realises how important Fleck is to him...

This story is beautifully written and there are some very sad moments. When Hal finds out that Fleck has gone, you feel so sorry for him and realise how lonely his life must be. This was one of the last books that Eva Ibbotson wrote before she died and it is definitely one of her best.

Recommended for age 8+.

Mr Biddle.