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4th Graders' Reviews

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From Hart Upper Elementary School

Hart, Michigan

Teachers: Melissa Woodbury and Sara Nordlund

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Rude Giants

Written by Audrey Wood - Illustrated by Audrey Wood

Reviewed by Keisha 

            Rude Giants is about a Butter Maid named Beatrix and her cow named Gerda.   One day while Beatrix was eating cookies she suddenly hears a loud banging.  She looked out her window and saw that 2 great big rude giants moved into the empty castle on the hill.   Beatrix kept living her life, even if there was giants living in town.  One day Beatrix was going to the market with Gerda and the two giants grabbed them and said food.  The giants wanted to eat them, but Beatrix kept giving them excuses why they shouldn't eat them.

            I like the end but I can't tell you what it is about.  I give Rude Giants 5 Stars because it is a book about how to be nice and not rude.  I recommend this to 4th graders who like funny picture books.  This book reminds me of how my two big sisters are like two rude giants.   They are always rude and they are tall like giants so I could call them rude giants.  If you want to find out the end read the book Rude Giants.  


Ralph S. Mouse

Written by Beverly Cleary

Reviewed by Molly M. (age 10)

            S is for smart! And Ralph is going to school.  Ralph asked Ryan to take him to school.  So he could save his friends job at the hotel.  Ralph peeks out of Ryan's pocket and a girl sees him.  She tells her teacher and how they're doing a project on mice.   I can't tell you any more.  You'll just have to read it yourself!  I liked this book because it's about sacrificing stuff for your friends, and helping other people make new friends.  I'd recommend this book to all 4th graders!


Madeline in London

Written by Ludwig Bemelmans

Reviewed by Ariana V.

            This book is about Madeline's friend Pepito who is moving.  Pepito's dad was the Ambassador.  One day they had to move to London.  When Pepito got there he was lonely.  He didn't eat so he got thinner and even thinner.  That's all I can tell you.

            I think Madeline in London was a good book because it tells what good friends Pepito and Madeline were.  I recommend this book to 4th graders who like reading picture books. 


Cleopatra IIV

Written by Kristaina Gregory

Reviewed by Shanika

              I love Cleopatra.  If you like Egyptian princesses then you should read this book.  Cleopatra has an evil sister that was acting queen whenever her father was not there.  Cleopatra is my favorite person in the book, but I like her pet leopard Arrow.  I recommend this book to a boy or girl.  Cleopatra is my favorite because she has interesting things happen in her life.  I would give this book 5 stars.


Christmas Secret

Written by Joan Lexau

Reviewed by Courtney K. (age 9)

              I read Christmas Secret.  It is about two boys.  Their dad died so they moved.  They are poor now.   Their mom only has a thin blanket.  The boys always feel bad.  For Christmas the boys want to buy their mom a blanket.  They have to keep it a secret.  The mom does not know about it.  So they look for a job.  One of the boys finally finds a place to work!  He has to try to sell Christmas trees.  Every day he works after school.  I give this book four thumbs up!  If you want to know if he gets her a blanket read this book!


Jenuis the Amazing Guinea Pig

 Written by King Smith

 Reviewed by Jessica

              The main character was Judy.  She was a very nice girl.  She had two Guinea pigs.  Molly is the mom.   She was fat one day.  Joe is the dad.  When Judy woke up, she saw a boy guinea pig running around.  She wanted to train him and she did.  Judy named him Jenius because he was.

One day he got out and went to the garden.  The cat from across the street saw Jenius and came over.  Judy sees from the window.  You will have to find out at the end, if Jenius is alive or dead.

            This book was great.  I liked the book because of the guinea pigs.  They were funny!  My favorite character is Jenius.  He does some funny stuff.  That’s why he is my favorite character.  I give it ten stars.  I recommend this book to people who like guinea pigs and those who like funny stories.



Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Written by Judy Blume

Reviewed by Michele

              This book is about a little kid named Fudge.  He is always getting into trouble and he has an older brother that always gets mad at him for something.  I think everybody should read this book because it's funny, exciting, and interesting because each chapter is about something Fudge does.  So if you like funny and exciting books read Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.  I like this book because I like reading funny books and Fudge's family is a little like my family in some ways.  Be sure to read Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.



The Mouse and the Motorcycle

Written by Beverly Clearly

Reviewed by Mitchell

              If you like action and adventure you'll like this book.  It is about a mouse named Ralph.  Ralph lives in a hotel.  One time a boy named Keith came and brought his toy cars and motorcycle.  Ralph really liked the motorcycle.  One day Ralph decides he wants to try and ride the motorcycle.  Ralph goes and gets on the motorcycle and just starts walking it and the phone rings and he forgets to turn and he falls into a metal garbage basket!   Read more to find out what happens to Ralph.   There is a lot of adventure in this book.   I give this book 3 thumbs up and highly recommend it! 



Trumpet of the Swan

Written by E.B. White

Reviewed by Leah

              I read the book The Trumpet of the Swan.  The book is about a swan named Louis that can't say "honk".  Louis gets a trumpet and he works to pay for it.  Louis likes a swan named Serena.  He goes to school with a boy named Sam Beaver.  Louis goes to a zoo and stays for a while and Serena comes and gets hurt.   The part I like the most is when Serena comes to the zoo.  I think this is a fantastic book because there is a lot of action and excitement.  I recommend this book to kids and adults all around the world.



Karen's Witch

Written by Ann M. Marter

Reviewed by Samantha Z.

              This book is about a girl named Karen Brewer.  Karen's mom and dad are split up.  Her daddy lives in a big house and her mommy lives in a small house.  Karen thinks Mrs. Potter, is a witch.  Mrs. Potter's real name is Morbidda Destiny.  Karen has a big sister named Kristry.  Kristy works with the BSC  (Baby sitters club). 

            I think this is a super book because it includes a lot of exciting parts in it.  I would give this book 10 stars.  I would also give this book to someone who likes exciting parts in stories.



Karen's Roller-skates

Written by Ann M. Martin

Reviewed by Allison T.

              Karen has a new pair of roller skates.  Karen's mom and dad divorced so they call her and Karen's brother Andrew, Karen and Andrew Two Two.  They have two of everything. (Get it? Two Two?)  Karen and Andrew go to their dad's for the weekend.  Karen brings her roller skates with her Saturday morning.  A big disaster happens!  I like this book because Karen reminds me a lot about myself. Karen and I get into a lot of mischief.  I would recommend this book to students in small families and big families.  Also, if you like reading stories about girls who can get through anything no matter what the consequences, you would like this book.  I give this book a 5 star rating.



The Chocolate Touch

Written by Patrick Catling

Reviewed by Jessica S.

              The Chocolate Touch is about a boy named John who loves chocolate.  One day John was walking to his friend Susan's house.  When he was about to turn on her road he went into a candy store.  He walked in and gave the storeowner a coin that he found.  He bought a box of chocolate and got only one small piece of chocolate with a whole bunch of empty wrappers.

            This book is very nice because I thought that John was kind of like me.   I think kids of all ages should read this book.


Karen's Haircut

Written by Ann M. Martin

Reviewed by Holly

              This book is about a young girl in 2nd grade.  Her name is Karen Brewer.  Her mom and dad are divorced so she has to go back and forth.  Also, she has two best friends named Nancy and Hannie.  Nancy and Karen like being lovely ladies.  But one day Karen thought she should get a haircut because she didn't look like a lovely lady.  She goes to Gloriana's House of Hair.  Karen told her what haircut she wanted.  This book is really really good for lots and lots of kids.  I give it 4 thumbs up!  You have to find out at the end.  I recommend this book for people that like Baby Sitter, Little Sister Books.


Romeo and Juliet Together and Alive at Last

Written by Avi

Reviewed by Dana A.

              Pete Saltz is an eighth grade boy who likes to write poetry.  He likes Arabell Stackpoole.  Stackpoole likes Saltz too, but they're too shy to do anything together.   They're even too shy to look at each other.   So, Saltz's best friend Ed Sitrow picks them to be the leading roles in the play Romeo and Juliet.  If you want to find out what happens next you'll have to read the book.  I would recommend this book to those who like famous stories only in a funny version.  I give this book a 5 star rating.  I think this book is good because the play gets really mixed up, but is good anyway.  My favorite character is Anabell Stackpoole because I'm like her in many ways, because I love to read. I talk quietly, and I get nervous when I perform in front of people.  So, I think you should check this book out TODAY!



The Magic Tree House #20 Dingoes at Dinnertime

Written by Mary Pope Osborne

Reviewed by Brad

              This book is about two kids named Jack and Annie.  One day they went in the woods and found a tree house.  It was magic.  What they had to do was look at a book and find a page and wish they were there.  Soon the tree house would spin and spin and they would be there.  

            In this book they went to Australia.  Read more to find out about their adventures.  I like this book because it is an adventure book, I recommend that a boy or girl would like to read this book.



The Boys Start the War

Written by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Reviewed by Jaime A. (Age 10)

 The Boys Start the War is about three boys.  Their names are the Hatford Brothers.  When neighbors of the Hatfords moved away, the brothers thought new boys were moving in next door.  But when the new neighbors came, they were GIRLS!!!  So the Hatfords pulled pranks on them so the girls would go back where they came from and their old friends would move back.  Now you have to read the rest to see what happens!  It's a WONDERFUL book because it talks about people judging each other before they know each other.  So people that judge other people…I ask you to read this book.  I hope you read it!



The Case of the Secret Message

Written by Parker C. Hinter

Reviewed by Rachel

            The first mystery is the case of the mysterious message.  Six kids like mysteries and every week or so they get together and play a game of clue Jr.  Championship and they all look forward to it.  One day, Wendy got a letter from her mom to go home right after school.  So she could not play.  But Polly said,"Your mom did not write this letter!"  I can't tell you the ending of this mystery, but there are a bunch of mysteries in this book.

            I like that you have to flip the book upside down to read some of it.   I also like how they find out who did it, and how they knew.  I would give this book five stars.


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