Kid’s Book Review: How to Steal a Dragon’s Sword by Cressida Cowell

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Hiccup and the other warriors-to-be have one final test to climb Angry Mountain to reach Flashburn’s Palace. There, they will compete in the sword fighting tournament to achieve higher ranking. When they arrive, something is wrong. Nobody is there except a witch who happens to be the mother of Alvin the Treacherous.

Rating: 1/10 – The entire storyline was drawn out and slow. Every time it showed any sign of getting better, it would take a nose dive. The villains are horrible and there is so much negative drama that I found it depressing at every turn.

Kid’s Book Review: The Summer We Saved the Bees by Robin Stevenson

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The title of this book is misleading and gave me the impression that it would be about saving bees. Since I am passionate about the subject, I was hoping it would be about an adventure where the family makes progress spreading awareness or actually helping bees somehow. Instead, it was about a dysfunctional family and an overbearing mother who humiliates her children by forcing them to do things they were not passionate about or even comfortable doing.

Rating: 2/10 –  I gave it a couple of points because it was easy to visualize the imagery the author projected. It does give a little information about awareness, but was negated by the inability to take the mother seriously. I do not understand the point of this book. I didn’t learn anything about saving bees or how to overcome family conflicts, and at no point did I feel entertained. Too much drama, not enough substance.

Kid’s Book Review: The Long Lost Map by Pierdomenico Baccalario

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This is book two in the Ulysses Moore series. Here is the review of book one.

The children find an abandoned ship in a mysterious cove and try to use it to get back home. They manage to get the ship moving, but when they arrive at the exit, they realize it doesn’t lead where they expected it to. Instead, they have somehow arrived in ancient Egypt, and the only way to get back home is to solve one of the many mysteries of Ulysses Moore.

Rating: 8/10 – The storyline was interesting, but I would like to find a book where adventure and mystery can be enjoyed without evil characters. I have read so many adventure books and cannot remember one that didn’t have someone there to mess up the fun. If there is a writer reading this, please consider this in your next book.

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

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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: “Fyre” by Angie Sage

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This is book seven in the Septimus Heap series. Here you can read about book six.

Alchemist Marcellus Pye is preparing to light the Fyre to denature the Two-Faced (evil) Ring, while the town folk are preparing for the mid-winter feast.  Many people are starting to notice little puddles on the ground that shouldn’t be there, and Marcia Overstrand wants to find out why they are there. While everyone is distracted with the puddles, the evil ring takes over Ed and Eric Heap while they are trying to keep the ring from escaping.

There was a scene in this book where Hotep Ra (the first ExtraOrdinary wizard) takes a handful of sand from a pouch in his belt and throws it into the air, creating beautiful lights to guide he and Septimus through the caves. I was really inspired by this image, so I have begun a drawing of it which I will post soon when I am finished.

Rating: 9.5/10

I really liked this series. Angie Sage creates worlds that I could never imagine on my own, and they are really fun to visit. If you like to read about fine imaginative details creating strong images in your mind, then Sage is the author for you.

Here is how Kid took up writing book reviews.

Kid’s Book Review: “Darke” by Angie Sage

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This is book six in the Septimus Heap series. Here you can read about book five.

Marcia Overstrand (the ExtraOrdinary wizard) accidentally banishes the ghost of Alther Mella while banishing the evil ghost of Tertius Fume. Septimus’ Darke week is coming up, which means that while doing his apprenticeship he has to do a Darke task. He decides that for this task, he will retrieve Alther Mella from the Darke Halls.

After Septimus begins this journey, Merrin Meridith (an evil wizard) sets up a Darke Domain (an evil cloud that takes people’s energy), and floods the castle with it.

I didn’t like this book as much as the others because it felt more difficult to read with the darker theme.

Rating: 9/10

Kid’s Book Review: How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

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This is book one of a series written by a woman from Scotland who began writing when she was a young girl.

In this book, Hiccup (Horrendous Haddok the Third) gets Toothless (his very disobedient hunting dragon) to pass the Dragon Initiation Program and fight a Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus before it eats every viking on Berk. Hiccup becomes a hero on the island of Berk.

I thought this was a really good book, it was exciting and I wanted to keep turning the page.

Rating: 9/10