‘Arthur and the Invisibles’ is about a boy called Arthur. A nasty landlord wants to take his Grandfather’s land and Arthur has to somehow save the day because his Grandfather disappeared without a trace four years before. Luckily, Arthur’s Grandfather hid a bag of rubies somewhere in the garden so if Arthur can find it he can pay the landlord the money he wants.
In his Grandfather’s book, Arthur reads about a tribe called the Minimoys, the members of this tribe are all less than an inch tall. Arthur also finds clues to the whereabouts of the Minimoys and is shrunk down to the size of a Minimoy himself. Then Arthur meets the Princess Selenia and her brother Betameche, and has lots of amazing adventures as he searches for the rubies and helps his friends defeat the evil
There are actually two stories in this book called ‘Arthur and the Minimoys’ and ‘Arthur and the Forbidden City’, both were originally written by a French author called Celine Garcia. They were translated by Ellen Sowchek. The books were then made into the film ‘Arthur and the Invisibles’ and another film was made based on the stories called ‘Arthur and the Great Adventure’. I decided to read this book because I really liked the films.
I really like this book because it’s an adventure story and it’s very exciting. My favourite characters are Arthur, Selenia and Betameche, who is really funny. This is one of my favourite books ever and I hope some more Arthur books are written soon!
Jack Stalwart is a secret agent. He goes around the globe fighting bad guys and trying to find his older brother, Max, who is also a secret agent, but has disappeared. In this book, Jack has to climb Mount
Everest to retrieve the ancient Yeti skull, the only known evidence of the Abominable Snowman. The skull was being transported to a scientist in India who was going to examine it, but the plane it was travelling on was ambushed by some Russian spies. Now Jack has to come along to save the day along with three other
GPF (Global Protection Force) agents.
Each of the books in this series is set in a different country. At the start of the books they have information about the countries, which is quite interesting, but not as good as the actual story.
I thought this was a very good adventure story. I liked the book because it made me want to be a secret agent like Jack! Jack was definitely my favourite character because he was so cool. I also thought the Russian spies were good, they had some great gadgets. My favourite bit of the book was when
Jack activated the gravity pull on his secret agent watch so the breathing device he needed flew to his hand.
The series is illustrated Brian Williamson, and I thought his
drawings were good and suited the
These books don’t have funny bits and are quite serious and
extremely exciting. There are quite a few books in this series, and I
definitely recommend them for children aged about 7
'This takes the form of Tom's battered homework diary - crammed with his doodles and stories. "Exciting News! Mr Fullerman announces that class 5F are going on an 'Activity Break'! Which should be fun. As long as I don't ge stuck in a group with anyone who snores or worse still with ...Marcus Meldrew. Delia is already threatening to paint my room funny colours while I'm away. Which is
annoying. I just hope the only surprise I have when I get home is the new pet that I hear Mum and Dad talking about. Because I've always wanted a pet!"'
This book is about a boy called Tom Gates and is part of a series about him and his adventures.
Tom Gates lives with his mum and dad and his older sister, Delia, who works in a restaurant. In this story, Tom’s going to go on his school activity trip, but he keeps forgetting his form.
Other important characters were Tom’s friend Derek, and Tom’s teacher, Mr Fullerman, who has big eyes like an owl. I liked Tom’s drawings of Mr Fullerman.
My favourite character was Tom because he was funny, but I also liked Delia when she was annoying Tom – that really made me laugh.
Tom does doodles in his school book of monsters and aliens, and these pictures are all through the story, which I thought made the book look
I think this book was really brilliant, it was so funny, and the drawings were really good. I would definitely like to read the other books in this series!
'Blart is not an average boy. He lives on a pig farm with his grandfather and doesn't care about being heroic or famous or legendary, but he does know that if you want to catch a pig you have to sneak up behind it and take it by surprise. So when a great wizard visits and explains that humankind depends on Blart joining his quest, Blart says no - until the wizard threatens his pigs. Reluctantly, Blart embarks on a very epic quest stuffed with brilliant
characters: a feisty princess who likes dragons, a warrior who's a big softie at heart, a disaffected dwarf, and evil Zorab, trapped in a mountain, waiting for his minions to dig him out.'
Blart is an ugly boy who looks after pigs. He gets quite a surprise when he’s forced to embark on a quest to save his world, and he really, really doesn’t want to go! Blart’s quest is to stop the evil Zoltab from escaping his prison and using his powers to destroy the world. Along the way he meets a wizard, a warrior, a princess and a dwarf - unfortunately he doesn’t like any of them! The group go on many adventures, including riding a flying horse called Pig.
My favourite characters in this book were Capablanca the wizard and Beowolf the warrior. I thought the wizard was the most sensible of the group which is why I liked him. I liked Beowolf because he keeps threatening to slice Blart in two if he doesn’t do what the wizard says.
‘Blart’ is a really funny adventure, but I liked it best because the hero wasn’t really a hero at all! There is a bit of fighting in this story but it’s mainly humour. I think this book is good for girls and boys who like fantasy.
I thought this story was brilliant: it’s one of the best and funniest books I’ve ever read and my grandma has bought me the others in the series, I’m already nearly finished the second one!
In this book Tony Robinson takes you travelling through time with the Curiosity Crew to the most exciting and disgusting bits of Roman history! The Curiosity Crew are a gang of children called Jojo, Grace, Stig and Peewee and their dog Nits who journey through history, in this book they visit ancient
I decided to get this book after I saw Tony Robinson at the Hay Festival last year – he was excellent! It is a very funny book and I think Tony Robinson explains history in a really brilliant way. One of my favourite bits is when Tony Robinson tells the story of the founding of Rome and the brothers Romulus and Remus.
I read this very quickly by myself (along with the other Weird World of Wonders books), and it really made me laugh. This is one of the best history books I’ve ever read; it was really entertaining and interesting. I don’t think anyone could be bored by it! I think it’s good for girls and boys aged over 7.
So far there are four books in this series; hopefully there’ll be lots more soon!
‘Fantastic Mr Dahl’ is a new biography about Roald Dahl that’s written especially for children by Michael Rosen, who says he’s Roald Dahl’s biggest fan.
This is the first biography I’ve ever read, and I really enjoyed it. It was very interesting to find out more about one of my favourite authors. I liked finding out how he wrote his books, and some of the tips were really interesting.
The book is illustrated by Quentin Blake, who also illustrated all of Roald Dahl’s books. The book also has real photos of Roald Dahl taken during his life, some of which had never been published in a book before; they’re usually kept at the Roald Dahl museum.
I haven’t read anything by Michael Rosen before, but I liked his writing style. The book was in three sections: ‘The Boy’, ‘The Man’ and ‘The Writer’ – I really liked all of them, I especially liked reading about his family. It was really good reading about Roald Dahl during the war, when he flew fighter planes, and also when he was a writer.
I’ve got lots of people wanting to read this book now that I’ve finished. I’m going to do a swap for a while with my Daddy for ‘Boy’ and ‘Going Solo’, Dahl’s autobiographies.
Astrosaurs are dinosaurs who live in space and fight evil, Teggs is their captain. In this story the Astrosaurs’ worst enemy Loki has come up with a new plot to make their dreams into reality, cue sabre tooth bananas and lots of other weird things!
This is actually the 15th Astrosaurs book, but you don’t have to read all the others first to enjoy it. The name of the book was what made me choose to borrow this from the library, I thought it sounded good and I wanted to know what Astrosaurs are!
I didn’t really have a favourite character, I liked them all!
This is an action adventure story, I read it really quickly because it was so exciting. I think this book is a little more for boys than girls.
Steve Cole has written two other series of books, Astrosaurs Academy and Cows in Action, which I would like to try; I think they sound really cool.
I can’t wait to read some more Astrosaurs books!
The evil wizard Malvel is dead, but the kingdom of Avantia is in danger again - this time from Malvel’s evil son, Maximus. Maximus steals the two golden gauntlets, Tom, who is Master of the Beasts, manages to get one of them back, but with the other gauntlet Maximus can control one of the beasts of Avantia and make it go to battle against another. A new hero, called Sam, has been chosen to fight Maximus. Sam is helped by his friend Lara and he rides Epos to fight Ferno, the beast controlled by Maximus.
I have read lots of the Beast Quest books, and was nice to have a new hero as there have been so many books with Tom as the hero.
It was also great to have a new bad guy. Maximus has a fire whip as his weapon which was really cool. I thought he was a better villain than Malvel because he’s out in the open lots and takes part in more of the action.
This was a very good adventure story, full of exciting fights. I will definitely carry on reading this series, I can’t wait for the next story!
This is the second in the Egyptian Chronicles series, my Grandma got it for me from a university bookshop.
Set in Egypt c.1150 BC, the Egyptian Chronicles star a brother and sister called Hopi and Isis. Hopi is training to be a priest, he can handle snakes, and in this book he handles a horned viper! Hopi has a limp from a crocodile attack. Isis also doesn’t like crocodiles because her mother and father were eaten by some, she’s been scared of them ever since.
Isis and Hopi are travelling on the Nile with a mysterious stranger called Hat-Neb. Hat-Neb travels with his Nubian fan-bearer, who decides to make Hopi his arch enemy. But Hat-Neb’s life is in danger from an unknown assassin, and Hopi and Isis find themselves with a complicated web of mysteries to solve.
At the end of the story there is lots of information about Ancient Egyptian times, there’s a map of the Nile, facts and stuff about the Gods and Goddesses, which I found really interesting.
The book is very exciting and a wonderful book, I would love to read the others, the only problem I had was that the names were quite hard to read and remember. I really liked it because it’s like an Egyptian mystery and I’m very interested in the Egyptians at the moment.
The ‘Ghost Rescue’ illustrations are by Sarah Horne, and there are lots of funny pictures throughout the book.
I’ve been borrowing the ‘Ghost Rescue’ books from the library and I think they’re very good. I’m really enjoying reading them. I’ve got three more Ghost Rescue books to read and I can’t wait to get them! This is a really cool adventure story for girls and boys of about six years and older.
This book is number six in the ‘Ghost Rescue’ series. The books are about a little boy called Charlie, who is the leader of a group called Ghost Rescue. The other members of the group are ghosts, most of them are all one family called the Fairfaxs. The friends rescue ghosts in trouble. This particular book is about a zoo, where there’s a horrible man who makes an evil machine that can swap souls from one body to another. At one point of the book Charlie gets put into the machine and the Fairfax ghosts have to help him get out, that was a really exciting bit!