Book Reviews by Zac

Hi Mama’s

I decided to get my son Zac involved a little with my blog, he has been struggling with comprehension at school so I thought having him do book reviews would be a fun way to help him. Zac is really intelligent and he loves reading but he struggles to explain things. I have asked him to do four book reviews on his favourite books from different series.

He has chosen to do: The Twits by Roald Dahl, The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, The Ratburger by David Walliams and How I got my Shrunken Head by R.L. Stine, the Goosebumps series.

​I remember when Zac was little and he first began to read, it was a struggle. Every night before bed he would choose a book and we would read a page each until he fell asleep, it would take him forever to get through his page and he would become so frustrated with himself but I refused to let him give up and we did this every night until eventually he got better and we started reading a chapter each. I would keep buying him books of his choice to keep him interested and encouraged. Little by little the books got thicker and Zac’s confidence in reading became better and he was asking for more books and reading himself to sleep every night. Years later, and Zac still does this now, you often find him asleep with a book next to him. He loves to read now and even asks for books as gifts.

​Reading is good for kids because it helps them develop stronger social skills, vocabulary and writing skills, and helps them to better understand and process more complex ideas. Reading also expands their ability to build knowledge overall and helps them use their imagination. It also helps them understand their own emotions and emotions of others, a trait known as empathy.

Books give so much to children, it gives them the ability to dream and hope.

​Book Reviews by Zacariah (with a little help from mom), ten years old:

The Twits by Roald Dhal

The Twits is a book about Mr. and Mrs. Twits and their horrible deeds and pranks. Every Tuesday Mr. Twit puts glue on the trees to catch the birds and as soon as a bird gets stuck to the tree he turns them into pie for dinner. The funniest part of the book is when these kids get stuck to the glue on the tree instead of the birds. This book was really enjoyable and funny! I rate it a three out of five only because I wish it was longer.

The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson in a fifteen-year-old boy who is half god and half human. He has a prophesy that when he turns sixteen he will either end or save the world. These books are all about Greek mythology. There are lots of Gods and monsters you get to learn about which I enjoy as I find Greek mythology to be extremely interesting and educational. I love learning all these new big words, this series is super exciting and adventurous, and it really does keep me at the edge of my seat.  I give it a five out of five, this is my favourite books that I’m reading right now.

The Ratburger by David Walliams

The Ratburger is a book about a girl named Zoe and her pet rat that she found. In the beginning of the book Zoe’s pet hamster dies and that leaves her sad. She eventually finds a rat named Armitage which is after a toilet and they become good friends. Zoe lives with her stepmother who hates rats, Zoe does her best to protect her rat from her stepmother and in the process discovers that her local burger house makes their meat from rats and their ketchup from cockroaches. I enjoyed this book as it had me in fits of laughter. I rate this book a four out of five as I think boys will love it but girls might find it to be gross.

How I got my shrunken head by R.L Stine

This book is about Mark who gets gifted an actual shrunken green head from his aunt Benna. He soon discovers that the shrunken head has magic powers and it takes him on an adventure. The Goosebumps books are scary and weird but I love it because they are one of a kind and unpredictable. I rate this book a five out of five.


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