Book Review tips from Star

A book review is a form of writing use to write about books.  A book report is a made up form of writing, used only in school that teachers ask kids to write. Book reviews can contain just about any type of information related to the book

Tips for writing a book review:
•    Always mention the name of the author and the book title — there's nothing more frustrating than reading a review of a great book but not knowing who wrote it and what the title is!
•    Try to get the main theme of the book, a brief summary, across in the beginning of your review. Your reader should know right away what the book is about.
•    Write one paragraph about the book, maybe the reviewer’s favorite part. Assuming the book was enjoyable to the reviewer, it’s always fun to talk about one’s favorite part and what makes it special.
•    What do you like or dislike about the book. Come right out and say whether you think the book is good or not, or what parts were better than others.
•    Make sure your review has a recommendation about the book and why, not just what the book is about. A good review should express the reviewer's opinion and persuade the reader to share it, to read the book, or to avoid reading it.
•    Do research about the author and incorporate what you learn into the review. Biographical information can help you form your opinion about the book, and gives your review something extra.
Remember, a book is a product of an author's mind. You can use all or some of these hints in writing a book review.

You can also read some books reviews on our home page, vencolibrary.org under staff picks.  Or check out reviews of kid’s books written by kids

Read Go Cart Rush review by Pete C. (age 12).

The E.P. Foster library is offering a Hershey’s candy bar to anyone who reviews a book from our “New Books Shelves.”  The book must be age appropriate (one that your teacher would accept) and only one book a week will be rewarded.  Review sheets can be found in some of the books or at the second floor desk.

See Star Soto or Jane Middleton for more information.