Kid’s Book Review: Listen Slowly by Thanhha Lai


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Mai is sent to Vietnam with her grandmother in hopes of finding what happened to her grandmother’s husband after the war. When she arrives, she meets a young girl her age named Ut, who she immediately doesn’t like. During her grandmother’s quest, Ut and Mai have fun moments and become good friends.

Rating: 7.5/10 – The girls ate snails and they described that very clearly. Because I have pet snails and care about them, it was a little upsetting to me. This book was very descriptive of Vietnam and gave me a good idea of what it might be like there.



Kid’s Book Review: “A hero for Wondla” by TonyDiterlizzi


This is book two of the series. It has been awhile since I posted about book one because someone else had it checked out at the library. If you would like a refresher, here is the review of book one.

Eva Nine continues her search to find humans around the globe. When Hailey brings her to a human city, Eva begins to realize that there is a big secret and something bad is going on. When she tries to escape, she finds out who is behind it all. This book also has many illustrations drawn by the author which are very descriptive and beautiful. They help me to imagine the amazing world this author creates.

Rating: 8/10 – I like the series so far, and I look forward to the next book.




Kid’s Book Review: “The Spiderwick Chronicles – The Wrath of Mulgarath” by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black


This is the fifth book in the Spiderwick Chronicles series.

Soon after outwitting the dwarves to escape, they find their home is in ruins. Mulgarath had taken their mother and the book! Jared, Simon, and Mallory Grace, with the help of Byron the Griffin, Thimbletack, and Hogsqueal set out to save their mother.

Rating: 6/10 – They killed dragons in this story. Very sad.



Kid’s Book Review: “The Spiderwick Chronicles – The Ironwood Tree” by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

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This is the fourth book in the Spiderwick Chronicles series.

After some strange events at school, Mallory goes missing. The children find out who is behind all the mischief, and that there is a much bigger problem going on.

9/10 – There is a very sad part in this book also, and I feel the story would be much more fun and just as powerful without it.

Kid’s Book Review: “The Spiderwick Chronicles – Lucinda’s Secret” by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black


This is the third book in the Spiderwick Chronicles series.

Simon is rescued and the creatures are trying to steal the book. The children want answers so they go to their Aunt Lucinda, who tells them a very interesting story.

Rating: 9/10 – It’s a short book, and interesting, though definitely a “middle book”. It might have been better to have this story line as one big novel.


Kid’s Book Review: “The Spiderwick Chronicles – The Seeing Stone” by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black


This is the second book in the Spiderwick Chronicles series.

Simon gets captured by goblins, so the children need to go and find him. Jared discovers a stone that has a hole in the middle, and when he looks through it, he can see all the fairies and other magical creatures. The children depend on these creatures to help them find Simon.

Rating: 9/10 – There was a part of this story that upset me that I didn’t feel was necessary for the story line.


Kid’s Book Review: “Dragon Masters” Rise of the Earth Dragon by Tracey West


This book is for younger readers, and has lots of illustrations so it is easy to imagine the story line.

A young boy (Drake) is brought to the castle because he is chosen to be a dragon master. He soon meets his dragon (Worm) and also his fellow dragon masters, Ana, Rori and Bo. They learn flight practice, but Worm cannot fly. Afterwards, we discover that Worm has other talents.

7/10 – I wasn’t captivated by this story, but this is only book one, so I will read another of the series and give it another chance.