Reviewed by Kids Fantasy #1

Rating Guide
5 stars – You have to read this!           4 stars – You should read this!
3 stars – You might like this.        2 stars – You probably won’t like this.
1 star – This will make you want to bang your head on a wall!

Reviewer:  Mallory (5th grader)
Title:  Ereth’s Birthday
Author: Avi
Rating:  5 stars
Ereth’s Birthday is a book about a grumpy old porcupine named Ereth and it is his birthday. Ereth’s best friend, Poppy (a deer mouse) was getting some salt for Ereth’s birthday, but Ereth didn’t know anyone was getting him salt and decided to get his own. Ereth took a long journey across the woods to a trapper’s cabin where he knew there was salt. While he was getting salt, he heard someone saying “Help, I’m dying”. So Ereth went to see what it was, and it was a mother fox dying from a trap that caught her. She asked Ereth to take care of her kits, and Ereth said he would. When he found the den there were three kits named Nimble, Flip, and Tumble. Ereth told the kits that their mother was dead, and they were disappointed and started to howl. After a while, Ereth and the kits went to the foxes’ den to sleep. The next morning, after Ereth and the kits woke up, they were looking for the rest of the trap and Ereth gave the kits choirs and did the same routine for a few days. Finally, the kits’ father came home and the father told Ereth to leave, but the father didn’t take good care of the kits. This entire time, Ereth was being watched by an animal called a fisher named Marty and wants to eat him. There is an exciting ending that involves Ereth, the kits, and Marty.
   I loved the book Ereth’s Birthday. It grabs the reader into the book and it feels like you’re in the book. The best part is when the kits do choirs because they mess up everything on the first day. When you turn to the last page, you want to read it all over. The author, Avi, has the best writing I know. The only thing that’s sad is when the mother fox dies.
   I recommend this book for people who like adventure. This is a book for both genders. The grade level of the book is fourth and fifth grade. To me this book is a must read. Other people in my class have said they liked this book too. You should read this book.

Reviewer: Stella (5th grader)
Title: A Beginning, A Muddle, And An End
Author: Edward Irving Wortis
Rating: 5 stars
A Beginning, A Muddle, And An End is about a snail named Avon who would like to learn how to write a story. Avon’s friend named Edward which is an ant, helps him by telling him the first steps of writing a book. First Edward tells Avon to think what he wants to write about. Next Edward said writing can be done from left to right or right to left, up to down, or down to up or even diagonal. Then Edward tells him that he needed to be specific about what he is writing about. Avon had a piece of paper and put it on the wall and had the pencil in his mouth ready to write. One day they fell out of their habitat and ended in the sea, then they had an adventure with a fish that wanted to eat them and a whale that scooped them up with a bunch of krill. After some hours they got blown out of the blowhole of the whale, landing close to their home. After that a bird gets confused, thinking they are food for her babies mama bird picks them up and drops them in the nest, later birds realize that they are not worms, so they escaped from the nest and made their way home. Once when they got home, Avon the snail wrote the word “SOMETHING” in curly letters, and he was very proud of it.
   I really liked the book. It has funny parts, I felt pulled into the story wanting to keep reading to know what was next. My favorite part was when the fish asked them if he could eat them. Also when the bird got confused and Avon and Edward made their way out of the nest. I can see that AVI is a creative writer, he mixes adventure, fantasy and morals in his books.
   I would recommend this book to young children, third graders and fourth graders would enjoy this book. Children under those ages would probably not be interested since there are not many pictures.

Reviewer:  Coco (5th grader)
Title: Peter and the Starcatchers
Author:  Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
Rating: 5 stars
In Peter and the Starcatchers there is a lot of adventure. The book starts off with orphans from St. Norbert’s Home for Wayward Boys boarding the Never Land. The boys that board that ship are Prettniss, Thomas, Ted, James, and Peter. The Never Land is a really run down boat. The book describes it many times as an old tub. When the boys are boarding the boat, so is a precious treasure. The treasure is the thing being protected in the book. This book is sort of like a twisted tale of Peter Pan. Everyone in the book is after Peter and/or the treasure. There is an officer and a huge man (after the treasure), a strange girl and Peter (after the treasure to keep it safe), a pirate named Black Stache and his crew (after the treasure and Peter), and a tribe from a deserted island (after the treasure and Peter).
   After the boys and the treasure have boarded, they sail off. That is when Peter and the strange girl (Molly) meet. They both have a strange encounter at night. Peter is sneaking out and he wants to know what is in the trunk. Molly is a Starcatcher trying to protect the treasure. They are in a storm one night and they get attacked by pirates and they shipwreck. When they shipwreck Molly saves Peter by bringing them to an island. On the island they get captured and have many great adventures trying to save the Starstuff.
   I recommend this book to fast readers. I do that because it is a type of book that needs a lot of time to be read. I also recommend this book to people that love stories of being on a deserted island.

Reviewer: Bree (5th grader)
Title: James and the Giant Peach
Author: Roald Dahl
Rating: 4 stars
James and the Giant Peach is about learning how to work together, building friendships and tackling new adventures. James, Ladybug, Centipede, Grasshopper, Earthworm, Glow Worm, Silk Worm and Spider travel through England in a Peach. Through their adventures, they encounter lots of troubles. They must learn how to work together in order to survive. As problems arise, each must build trust with each other.
I really liked this book. It made me think about working together with my friends and family. When I run into something challenging, I now ask my friends for assistance or guidance. My mind can picture riding in a peach and having bugs for friends.
I would recommend this book to both boys and girls because there are many characters in which you can try to relate to. My favorite character was James because he had a great mind and was thinking through his ideas. I liked how he solved problems. If you like to solve problems, this book might be for you.

Reviewer: Lizzy (5th grader)
Title: Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone
Author: J.K. Rowling
Rating: 5 stars
Harry Potter, the boy who lived through the killing spell. Can he survive summer with the Dursleys? He suffers through the bullying from Dudley and his friends all summer then gets accepted to Hogwarts, the finest school of witchcraft and wizardry. He tries to blend in but his past gives him no choice, he is too recognizable. Later on in the year he is forced to go fetch the Sorcerer’s Stone to save the school from the evil One Who Shall Not Be Named.
   I like that this book pulls you in and you need to keep reading until 10:00 at night when you need to sleep. At the end of every chapter you have to read at least the next chapters title. You are thinking, what will Harry do next?
   I recommend this book to third graders and up. It might be a little hard to comprehend some of the vocabulary for kids younger than third grade. Any kid who reads this book may be checking the mail for their letter from Hogwarts.

Reviewer: Drake (5th grader)
Title: The Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordan
Rating: 5 stars
This book is about this boy named Percy Jackson and he is a half-blood and he finds out that Poseidon is his dad. Poseidon is the god of the sea. He also found out that Zeus’s lightning bolt has been stolen and he only has a matter of days to find it. I really like it because every page you read makes you really want to keep reading this book, it just makes you more excited reading this book. This book holds a lot of action and right when something settles down, the action starts back up. You just keep reading so you can find out how things end.
   I really like it when they had to fight to get Zeus lightning bolt back to him. My favorite part was when Percy finds out that Poseidon is his dad and when the toilets explode and the water squirts at Clarrise and her friends.
   I recommend this book to my Grandad Peter because he really likes stuff like this book and fairy tales and mythical creatures. I think he’ll want to read this again. You should really read this!

Reviewer:  Lizzy (5th grader)
Title:  The Story of Doctor Dolittle
Author:  Hugh Lofting
Rating:  5 stars
The Story of Doctor Dolittle has you feeling like you’re in a different world than you truly are. Doctor Dolittle has the ability to understand animals better than humans. His parrot, Polynesle, helps him find this out after his cat food deliverer came to him about a stomach ache. The cat food man said that their are plenty of vets but not many good vets and that he will tell his customers to come to his house if their pet is sick. Then he needs to go to Africa and saves the monkeys from a sickness. Then on his way back the he finds the barbarian pirate. When he gets back he has fun happy life.
   I liked it because you can slip away to his world and not think about the day. You can read it and finish feeling better about yourself. It temporarily makes it feel like it’s a new day. That’s one reason to read this book.
   I recommend this to 3rd graders. It is a little easy for me but seems to be a good fit for 3rd graders. It may have some hard vocabulary for 3rd graders.

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