Aug 15 2013 3:00pm

A Kid’s Review: Revenge of the Lizard Club by Thea Stilton

Revenge of the Lizard Club by Thea StiltonThe 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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1. Jenn Kronenburg
What a wonderful way to get and keep kids showing them that other kids are. Nice review from a child's perspective. Thanks!
Jenn Kronenburg
2. jennkro
What a wonderful way to get and keep kids showing them that other kids are. Nice review from a child's perspective. Thanks!
John Clark
3. sennebec
My juvenile library patrons would love to read this.
Barbara Lima
4. barblima
I think my "tween" grandaugher will love this!
Terrie Farley Moran
6. Terrie
Violet (and Brian) thanks for an interesting review. I know Emelia's younger sisters will love this book--and she'll read it too, I'm sure.
8. Donna L
I would love this book for my granddaughter.
10. James Coyne
This would make a great gift
11. mosaix
A great present! Yes!
14. Karen T Gonyea
My daughter would LOVE this :)
Diane Chenier
15. slcrose
This is a great book to read with children.
Andrew Kuligowski
16. KuligowskiAndrew
Suspect the grandkids would love to read this. They've done picture books, but graphic novels to date have been a bit too "adult" for them.
Rebecca Boukikaz
17. RebeccaBoukikaz
This sounds like a book my granddaughter would love.
Bob Alexander
18. rx_alex
My great nephew Ryan ventures out to kindergarten this month. He loves books with one exception, no chapters!
elaine fisher
20. elfette
thanks ... will go with my collection
21. ronframpton
kids would like this
Deidre Durance
22. ddurance
Too cute! My daughter would love this.
25. aidand
My older grandson loved the Geronomo Stilton series and handed down the books to his little brother. Now there are more great gooks to add to the series. Love that and love to have fun, entertaining, and challenging reading for the kids.
Pam Howell
27. phowell13
Love graphic novel kids books. They are the only ones my nephews are guaranteed to read.
Linda Kish
28. ljkish
My great nieces and nephew would enjoy this.
Diane Stedner
29. caseykelp
sounds real cute. My niece and nephew would enjoy this.
Marie-Louise Molloy
31. Wezzie
My Grands would love this book and I think I would too!
Melissa Dials
32. Mimi
Would love to share with children in the family and former students!
Deborah Dumm
34. deb730
This book will keep kids reading for hours.
Kelley Tackett
35. tackettfamilyky
I can't wait to read this with my son. We love Geronimo Stilton!
Rose Milligan
40. harnessrose
This sounds like a cute series. Thanks for having the sweepstakes.
Britt Chapman
42. BookHabitue
cassandra mccann
44. star95011
this is so cute for the kids hope I win !
Louis Burklow
45. Nash62
This cute review convinced me the kids in my life would love it.
Kristen Meston
46. webereading
My nieces would love this series. I should share it with them!
Gwen Ellington
48. mamadonie02
My 6-year-old nephew loves to catch lizards.
Erin Hartshorn
49. ErinMH
Love the review -- and I agree that having kids review the kid books makes lots of sense.
Kim Ann Johnston
52. kimJ
This may sound weird, but illustrated children's books like this one serve as writing examples in high school English classrooms.
Phoenix Vie
55. Phoenix
Thanks to Violet for the great review.
kathy pease
56. klp1965
Thank you for the great giveaway please count me in :)
59. Christine M McNally
My grandson will love this. I used to have a bit of a prejudice against graphic novels, then I remembered loving the Classics Comics series as a kid - House of the Seven Gables and many more.
Debra Kidle
61. lubelle
This lools like something my nephews would love to read, and me too!
Wayne Lecoy
63. hotrodguy
I entered your giveaway.
It would be great to win a paperback copy of
the graphic novel, Revenge of the Lizard Club by Thea Stilton.
Thank you for having this giveaway!!!!!!!!!
LeAnn Knott
68. knottlady
The books by this author looks so interesting. My nephew would so enjoy this story. Thanks for the chance to enter!!
Johanna Bouchard
69. JMB89
Sounds great, would love to win this!
Florry M. D.
70. florryalyna
Would like to offer it to a 7 year old girl.
72. frogs13
This sounds terrific and would make the perfect gift for my best friend's children.
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