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January Book Reviews. March 1, 2011

Filed under: Book Reviews — cartwheelqueen @ 12:05 pm

I’m trying to read 5  books each month and do a book summary of each, In January I read Esio Trot by Roald Dahl, The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson, Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, The Spooks Battle by Joseph Delaney and The Spooks Mistake also by Joseph Delaney.

Esio Trot, Is about a man, Mr Hoppy who lives  in a flat, the flat beneath him holds the love of his life Mrs Silver, unfortunately Mrs Silver is in love with her pet tortoise but she would like him to grow bigger so Mr Hoppy comes up with a clever idea to help Mrs Silver. I have enjoyed this book and would suggest it to any person who likes a bit of a laugh, enjoys reading as much as I do and is about 10 years old.

The Illustrated Mum, is about two girls, Star and Dolphin, who live with their mum (Marigold). Star and Dolphin do love Marigold but they do wish she would act normal and not be covered in tattoos and go out partying all night. a strong book definitely a book to read although maybe not if you’re under 11.

Inkheart, set in modern day, is about a book, Inkheart, Meggie is 12 years old, 9 years ago her father, Mo, read to her mother Resa but he didn’t know that he could bring the characters from the book into real life, Mo brought three characters from Inkheart, Dustfinger, Capricorn and Basta but at a price, Mo’s wife Resa is whisked into the book along with two of their cats, 9 years later Dustfinger returns to Meggie and Mo’s house and Meggie is thrown into an adventure. I loved this, out of all the January books this is definitely my favourite and I would suggest over the age of 10/11 .

The Spooks Battle and The Spooks Mistake, I have written these 2 together because their from a series of books, these two are the fourth and fifth book about Thomas J Ward who has become the apprentice for the Spook, John Gregory, Thomas Ward helps the Spook defeat the dark, like Boggarts, Witches and the other members of the dark. The Series of the Spook books are quite good but they are a bit scary so I would recommend them for girls and boys 12 and over.

These are all good books and I hope you try some of them and enjoy them as much as I have done.


One Response to “January Book Reviews.”

  1. Esio Trot: have warm memories of that book! I read it in about 1990-1991 and it was one of the few books I had read which was set in a high-rise flat with the benefits and troubles of that way of living. And I love the way it integrates different ages. And of course the tortoise. Roald Dahl does “clever ideas” very well. And I think Quentin Blake really makes the illustrations.

    Illustrated Mum: mixed feelings about Mums who are a bit different/counterculture.

    Glad you liked Inkheart so much! Funke is such an original writer and she is like the 21st century C. S. Lewis. (more with his science fiction books like Silent Planet than with Narnia). Lots of cats in this book. And also Inkheart is a movie.

    Boggarts and witches can be quite prominent in imaginative life. It’s something to confront them “for real” like Thomas does.

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