Mr Stink Book Review

David Walliams is known as the new Roald Dahl and we couldn’t agree more! Such a hilarious, twisted and highly recommended novel for children. Written by David Walliams, published in 2009 and illustrated by Quentin Blake; this is an unforgettable read! 

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Mr Stink stank. He also stunk. And if it was correct English to say he stinked, then he stinked as well…

Who were the characters and what did you think of them?

The characters were: Mr Stink, Chloe, Elizabeth (the cat), Mother, Annabelle and Rosamund. All the characters were great apart from Rosamund because she was like a bully. Mr Stink made me feel nervous and Chloe just made me feel sad but then happy.

What happens and is it fun to read? 

First, Mr. Stink was homeless. Chloe felt bad for him so she took him to her house and then she slept in the shed in the garden, but the cat didn’t like him. Before Chloe found Mr Stink she was lonely and was bullied. After a week the Mother found out that he was living there and wanted him out of the house. The reason she found out that he was there was because she could smell something really bad.

What did you think of the book? 

I liked the book, my favourite part was when she let Mr Stink in the house, since it was a very nice thing to do. The funny part was when Chloe took Mr Stink into a cafe and then once he was in everyone ran out because he stank so much, so they just got free food.

Did you learn anything? 

I learnt that if there is a homeless person you should do something nice like get them something.

Do you recommend this book and how would you rate it? 

Yes, I recommend the book because it is very exciting and nerve-racking. My star rating for this book is 5 stars.

by Louis (aged 11)

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the third novel in the Harry Potter series, written by J. K. Rowling. The book follows the young wizard, Harry Potter, in his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

When the night bus dashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front if him, it’s the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for Harry Potter. Sirius Black has escaped, mass-murdered and follower of Lord Voldermort. He is on the run and they say that he is after Harry.

The characters in the story made me feel like I wanted to go on an adventure. I really liked all the characters at intense moments.

 

by Andrew L (age 11)

More Harry Potter reviews HERE.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double down, Book 11

The eleventh book in the series Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney was published on the 1st November 2016.

The pressure’s really piling up on Greg Heffley. The only thing he’s good at is playing video games, but his parents want him to broaden his horizons by doing something—anything! He comes up with the idea of making a scary movie and become rich in the process. Is this a double good idea or one to cause his double trouble?

The characters are Greg, Manny, Rodrick, Mom, the pig and Dad. I loved them all except the pig who stole Gregory’ s candy. They made me feel proud and happy. There is a little bit of a mix in the story, like it is many small stories in one big one.

I loved reading it, so I’ve read it twice! 

My favourite part in the book was when Greg gets a piece of LEGO stuck on his elbow, so Maddox accuses him of stealing it. There was one scary bit where Rodrick bought a toy witch, for Halloween and when someone make a noise it would start laughing. It went off all the time, which really annoyed Dad, so he took the batteries out. It still went off.

I recommend this book since it is the newest in the series and is fun to read.

If you are a fan of the Wimpy Kid series, check out Jeff Kinney’s site for more! 

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Ideas for dressing up as a book character

Time is ticking…have you found your costume? Here are some fun ideas from Pinterest that you might want to adopt and adapt. Whether it be Carnival, Book Week or Halloween, being someone or something you are not, is so much fun for a day! 

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Here is my pick of top 10 best costumes for book characters. I have chosen simple ones that can be made from your own clothes with a bit of creativity. Homemade ones are my favourite! 

10. From the book ‘If you Give a Mouse a Cookie’ by Laura Joffe Numeroff.

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9. From ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ by Jeff Kinney.

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8. From ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ by Roald Dahl. 

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7. From ‘Popcorn!’ by Elaine Landau.

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6. From ‘Harry Potter’ by J.K.Rowling. 

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5. From ‘Where’s Wally?’ by Martin Handford.

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4. From ‘The BFG’ by Roald Dahl. 

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3. From ‘One Hundred and One Dalmatians’ by Dodie Smith. 

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2. From ‘Olivia the Pig’ by Ian Falconer. 

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  1. From ‘Fly Guy’ by Tedd Arnold. fly-guy

Which one is your favourite? 

Click here for my costume reveal! 

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Peppi Orfanogianni

Strangers at the Stables

Adelina recommends you read Strangers at the Stables.

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Published by Usborne (2014) – a new edition of the exciting adventure stories set in SANDY LANE STABLES, perfect for pony lovers.

Sandy Lane Stables has to be closed down because Nick and his wife have to go to America; her father is ill. Rosie, a stable girl, is left in charge of the Sandy Lane Stables, all the regular riders promise to help, and everyone is confident that life at the stables will run smoothly. But disaster strikes when a mysterious couple arrives, supposedly sent to help, Rosie’s suspicions are just the beginning.

In my opinion this book had no funny parts, but a scary one, that Sandy Lane has to be closed down. This book was fun to read because of a lot of interesting words and you could picture it in your mind. It teaches you to actually take care of others and not only of ourselves. 

Adelina (age 11)

This book can be purchased from http://www.kidzbooks.gr, Amazon and so many other sites!

It’s worth a read, especially if you are into horses!

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Peppi Orfanogianni

Writing Genres

The first step in understanding and discussing literature is knowing what you’re reading. Being able to state which genres you enjoy, or what genre the book you’re reading falls under, is a powerful skill; especially if you want to talk about books!

Looking at a text’s features will help you identify the genre it falls under.

This Powerpoint has been created to help you identify such features.

Click on the image below, to read or download the Powerpoint.

Writing Genres

Don’t forget to leave a comment below to tell me how you found it!

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Peppi Orfanogianni

Active and Passive Voice

How ready are you for that English test? Play this quiz to test how good your grammar is.

Are you an active and passive voice expert?

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before you start Remember: 

A sentence is written in active voice when the subject of the sentence performs the action in the sentence.

e.g. The man was washing the elephant.

A sentence is written in passive voice when the subject of the sentence has an action done to it by someone or something else.

e.g. The elephant was being washed by the man.

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CLICK ON THE QUIZ ICON BELOW WHEN YOU ARE READY TO TEST YOURSELF!

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Leave a comment below if this helped you study. elephants_34

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Peppi Orfanogianni

Elephant photo downloaded from http://i.dailymail.co.uk

Geronimo Stilton: Singing Sensation – Book review

‘Singing Sensation’ is book #39 in the Geronimo Stilton series, a best-selling children’s book series, published by Edizioni Piemme of Milan, Italy, since 2000. Scholastic Corporation has published the English version of the series since February 2004. The books are intended for readers in the 6–12-year-old age range.

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Read a book report written by Costas, age 11. 

Plot: There are two problems. First, there is the problem when Champ heard Geronimo singing in the shower and put him in the concert, where he would be competing with the best singers in the world. The second is that he won, but the Pirate Express people who wanted to make copies hardly sold any CDs. Do Geronimo and his detective friend, Hercule Poirat, solve the mystery? You will have to read the book to find out how!

How the characters made me feel: Benjamin made me feel love, I loved him. Geronimo Stilton made me feel brave,I loved him, too. Trap made me feel nothing and I didn’t really like him. Thea made me feel nothing, but I liked her. Champ made me feel active and I liked that. Hercule Poirot made me feel nothing, but I liked him.

I loved the book. My favourite part was when he had a program because every hour he took a cold shower. There were no funny part. I learned never to give up. I recommend this book to all children from Year 1 to Year 6.

What do you think of Geronimo Stilton books? Leave a comment below if you enjoy reading them, too! Before you go, check out Geronimo Stilton’s blog  by clicking HERE!

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Chips, Beans and Limousines – Book recommendation

5-star

Chips, Beans and Limousines is the first book of three funny, diary-style books from the point of view of a girls named Bathsheba Clarice de Trop. Written by Leila Rasheed and published by Usborne, in 2008.

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A girl called Bathsheba Clarice de Trop lives with her mum. She has never met her father. One day she returns from school and finds her mother with a strange man. After a lot of discussions, she realises that this man is her father. Bathsheba starts spending time with him and gets to know him better and finally loves him. Bathsheba, Mum, Dad, the cleaner and Bathsheba’s friends were my favourite characters in the book because they were funny.

I have to say this book was a real page turner!

 

I liked this book so much. My favourite part was when Bathsheba found her father because it was very touching. The were only funny bits. I learned that we should never come to fast conclusions like Bathsheba did.

I recommend this book because it will touch your heart. It’s about the importance of love for your family.

by Katerina (age 11) 

Want this book? Order it now form the Usborne representative www.kidzbooks.gr, if you are in Greece!

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Peppi Orfanogianni

 

Matilda – Book recommendation

5-star

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Matilda is a children’s novel by British writer Roald Dahl. It was published in 1988 by Jonathan Cape in London and the illustrations are by Quentin Blake.

Matilda uses her magical powers to help Miss Honey get her big, old house back from Miss Trunchbull, who stole the papers for the ownership. Matilda and Miss Honey have a closer friendship as the story goes on. 

My favourite and most amusing part was when Matilda used her powers to incredibly levitate a piece of white chalk, so she could write an important message to the terrifying Trunchbull, to help Miss Honey.

Anything is possible!

I totally recommend this amazing book to all children because it is so entertaining and interesting to read. 

by Paris (age 11)