The best way to review a children’s book is to take it to the kids themselves! Blogger Brian Greene asked his daughter Violet to review the graphic novel Revenge of the Lizard Club by Thea Stilton (available August 20, 2013).
Here’s what she had to say (with a little help from her dad).
I loved Terrie Farley Moran’s post here of a few months back, where she had her grandchildren review a couple of kids’ books. I absolutely agree that the people best positioned to review kid lit are the little ones themselves. There’s a freshness to their perspective, and in their choices of words, that we aged ones can never reach.
So when Laura K. Curtis asked me if my daughter Violet, who is nine, would ever want to review a kids’ book for Criminal Element, my response was an immediate “heck yeah!” Violet was excited about the idea, too. She loves writing reviews. For a persuasive writing project in her third grade class this past year, she made a reviews newsletter. It contained write-ups on a couple books, as well as a few local restaurants. The last sentence of her review of Scott O’Dell’s Island of the Blue Dolphins reads, “Remember: the girl is kind and loving.” And when critiquing a popular local diner, she raved about the place’s food and prices but warned her readers: “I would bring earmuffs because the restaurant is soooooooo loud,” and “you will have to be a snake to get around all the people.”
Ok, enough preface. Time for me to get out of the way and let Violet tell you about this Thea Stilton graphic novel (Terrie’s granddaughter Emelia reviewed the first installment of this series):
This book is SO COOL because there are these mini stories that tell what kind of journeys the characters take. There are five friends who are teenage mice. The friends take big journeys, like they see seals, a haunted ship, and pink stuff in the sea (sparkly). I enjoyed this book because it is a lot of tiny adventures put together as one big adventure. I recommend this amazing book to kids of all ages.
Thanks, Brian and Violet!
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