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Mr Majeika on the Internet
Mr Majeika on the Internet
by Humphrey Carpenter
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars magical, 17 May 2008
Meet Mr Majeika, in this hilarious Humphrey Carpenter book, all over again as he has a lot more problems with his spells, his naughtiest, rudest, nastiest pupil - Hamish Bigmore, his worst enemy and a new computer in Class Three at St. Barty's School! The class go into the computer and they travel, across the Internet, to everywhere Gulliver, from Gulliver's Travels, went with a brand new friend - Gulliver the Mouse! They meet some tiny people, some famous giants, some busy learned horses, some strange people with great technology and the Webmistress...
This book is another book in this side-splitting series or super stories about a retired (but still practicing) wizard who is now a teacher.
I would rate this book 9/10 and would recommend it to adventure-loving 7 - 12 year olds who also like magic.


Why the Whales Came
Why the Whales Came
by Michael Morpurgo
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILL BOOK, 17 May 2008
This review is from: Why the Whales Came (Paperback)
Michael Morpurgo has once again enchanted me with this brilliant book. This is really a breath-taking read and I am not just exaggerating - it is actually splendid stuff! I would nominate this book for the Whitbread Award, although the author has won it many a times, or the Smarties Award.

The foundation stone of this story is the curse which came to the people of Samson, one of the Isles of Scilly, and how two young children - an inseparable pair of friends, a boy called Daniel and a girl called Gracie - and the supposedly mad Birdman of Bryher manage to redeem the curse some thirty years later.

I would rate this book 10/ 10 (it is on my favourites list) and would recommend it to older children and Morpurgo writes clever, complex, and thought-provoking books.


Friend or Foe
Friend or Foe
by Michael Morpurgo
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT STUFF!, 17 May 2008
This review is from: Friend or Foe (Paperback)
One morning David is awoken by his mother and he remembers that he was going to be sent away to the countryside. His mother takes him to the station where he sees all his friends and teachers who are also going. He arrives there nearly the last but someone else, Tucky, is last. Tony Tucker (also known as Tucky) is best friends with him. They are now like brothers as they are evacuated away to Devon, like all their other friends, from their homes and school in the big and busy city of London in the World War 2. They are the centre of attention for a while in the village but soon they are a little bit feared. They are staying with a nice couple, Jerry and Ann Reynolds.


The Dancing Bear (Young Lion Storybooks)
The Dancing Bear (Young Lion Storybooks)
by Michael Morpurgo
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!, 17 May 2008
This book is about an inseparable friendship between a beautiful but poor orphan girl called Roxanne and a bear, named Bruno, which was looked after by her since he was only a poor little orphan cub. All the characters have clear-cut personalities - the grandfather is very crusty and bitter, Tiny is a cheerful and comical character who always brightens up even the dullest of moments and makes everyone smile, the narrator a solitary old man who teaches the children, at the local school, but he wanted to be a shepherd - in a way he was a shepherd but he herded children instead of sheep. This was a very moving story and was written brilliantly by Michael Morpurgo, who is a great writer. This book is good for all ages and quite a short but also definitely a wonderful read.


Marble Crusher (Mammoth Read)
Marble Crusher (Mammoth Read)
by Michael Morpurgo
Edition: Paperback

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILL BOOK, 17 May 2008
There is a new boy in school and Sid Creedy decides to tell him some very unusual things about the teachers at this school. Albert believes everything until the Head Teacher finds out about the marble crusher...

This story is brilliant! Michael Morpurgo has got a talent of writing stories that really touch hearts but I have now realised that he can also write stories for younger children which are works of genius, like this book! It is full of laughter, sadness and a couple of little (quite big actually) lies.

I think that children from 6 - 8 would enjoy reading this book; they are who I would recommend it to and I really like this book and I would rate it 8/ 10 because it is worth that score!


Princess Petal
Princess Petal
by Lesley Rees
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars ALL RIGHT for lil 1s not for me, 17 May 2008
This review is from: Princess Petal (Paperback)
This book, written wonderfully by Lesley Rees and beautifully illustrated by Jo Brown, is very descriptive, really interesting, uses the appropriate vocabulary at the targeted audience (kids aged 2 - 5), and is, overall, absolutely fabulously fantastic! It is about a royal one, Princess Petal, who loves to play in the garden with her little puppy, called Sparkle and he also is the one who chooses what the princess wears. Look out for other exciting books in the series of super books like `Mermaid Marina', `Fairy Fern' and `Ballerina Belle'. The thing I like most about this series is the way that the titles have alliteration. I would rate this book and all others in the collection, 6/10 and would recommend it to young girls, especially those who are in or starting Pre School shortly.


Shrek the Third: The Movie Storybook
Shrek the Third: The Movie Storybook
by Larry Navarro
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT STUFF!, 17 May 2008
This book has condensed the 92 minute film into a 24 page book (excluding picture pages and bonus pages). The movie was nominated for an award and I think that this book should get one as well: the MERIT B (Most Enjoyable Retelling and Important Things Book). The book has the retelling in addition to a really famous and fun Party Game (Pin the Tale on Donkey), Gift Tags - to put on presents for pals and family, Place Settings, to tell people where to sit at the table, and one other surprise useful feature, to help count down to Christmas, which you have to find out by reading this book. I would rate this book 9/10 because is great for amusement on dull days.


Good Girl Granny (Share-a-Story)
Good Girl Granny (Share-a-Story)
by Faith Jaques
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars OK for little ones... not for me, 17 May 2008
In this story, Granny recalls how well-behaved she was as a child, but was she? There was the time she sat in the sandwiches, dressed the cat up as a baby and took her for a walk in the park and the very funny time when she made medicine for poorly cousin Edward using jam, coal, hot water and more.

This book, which is part of the "Share-A-Story" series, is designed to be read by an adult and child together as a young child is in the process of learning to read on his/ her own.

I would rate this book 7/ 10 because it is a good laugh although the book is better for my five year old brother.


The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials)
The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials)
by Philip Pullman
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the series, 17 May 2008
This is the second book in the `His Dark Materials' trilogy and is the best.

Here is a synopsis of the story:
Will Parry is a 12 year old boy who is on the run for murder; his mother is not very well (mentally) and his father has been lost for a decade or so. On his quest to find his father, he meets Lyra (the main character or The Northern Lights - also part of the trilogy). Lyra is the owner of a truth teller, which is also known as the alethiometer. Along the way, Lyra has the alethiometer stolen and is sent on a quest to steal a weapon called the Subtle Knife from Cittàgazze if she wants it back.

Lyra and Will use the Subtle Knife to steal back the alethiometer, however upon returning to Cittàgazze, a world between Lyra's world and Will's world (Will's world is the same as our planet Earth), they find the local children - there are only children in this city as the Spectres took the adults souls (children cannot see the ghost type creatures) are out to kill them for taking the knife. The witches from Lyra's world eventually rescue them and they journey on together.

Lee Scoreby is also from the first book; he is trying to discover where Lyra has got to and on his way he meets Stanislaus Grumman. Scoresby believes Grumman may help him uncover Asriel's plans and help Lyra. When Scoresby finally finds him, Grumman asks the aeronaut, Mr Scoreby, to take him through the aurora into the other world so Grumman can guide the two to the bearer of the Subtle Knife.

Will, still bleeding from his wound after a fight for the knife, meets Stanislaus Grumman, who heals his fingers and instructs him to take the Subtle Knife to Lyra's father, Lord Asriel, to use as a weapon against The Authority (the Church).

This book is currently my all time favourite book. It is exciting, adventurous and something that is so brilliant from cover to cover that you can't put it down. That is what happened to me but unfortunately, tiredness took over me once or twice and I did put it down but I would read it for around 3 or 4 hours a night for about 3/ 4 days.


Northern Lights (His Dark Materials)
Northern Lights (His Dark Materials)
by Philip Pullman
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I want a daemon, 17 May 2008
This book is un-put-down-able; when you start reading, you can barely put it down. I read it in about a week reading two or three chapters on a school day and five chapters on a weekend. The book has 23 chapters of approximately 15 - 30 pages. Every page is exciting and adventurous and not one page is badly written - this book is brilliant! It is among my favourite books; I look forward to reading the other two books in the `His Dark Materials' trilogy. Phillip Pullman has written many books, a lot of which, I have read but this book is 10 times better than all of them (I am not saying those books are bad). The story is about a girl called Lyra whose friend, Roger, gets caught by Gobblers. She has many adventures on her way to finding him and when she does, she finds out he is not the only one to be rescued...
This book has been turned into a movie called `the Golden Compass' - that was the book's original title.


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