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Month of Reviews Day 4 – AniMalcolm

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AniMalcolm 
Written by David Baddiel
Published by Harper Collins Children’s Books
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Malcolm doesn’t like animals.

Which is a problem because his family love them. Their house is full of pets. What the house is NOT full of is stuff Malcolm likes. Such as the laptop he wanted for his birthday.

The only bright spot on the horizon is the Year Six school trip, which Malcolm never thought his parents would pay for. And yet there he is, on the bus, heading to… oh no. A farm.

Over the next days, Malcolm changes. He learns a lot about animals. More, in many ways, than he would like. He learns what it’s really like to be an animal. A whole series of animals, in fact…

It does make him think differently. And speak differently. And eat differently. And, um, smell differently. But will he end up the same as before?

Because sometimes the hardest thing to become is… yourself.

 

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A story about Malcolm and his animal obsessed family. Now being animal obsessed is ok, unless your’e Malcolm. You see, Malcolm has a dislike for animals (crazy i know) but each to their own. So you can imagine the horror when he finds out that his year 6 school trip is to……THE FARM!!!
Now you have to feel sorry for poor Malcolm at this point, the poor boy has to spend the next few days surrounded by the thing he dislikes most in his life BUT how will he feel once hes spent a few days AS the animals?! Yep poor Malcolm somehow ends up as the animals… looks… smells… acts like all the different animals hes surrounded by, at the end of the trip will Malcom become his animal disliking self or a new animal loving Malcolm? Only a read of this book will tell you because we definitely wont spoil this must read book for you!
Have a sneak peek on what Animalcolm is all about with this fab book trailer….
This book had me in fits of laughter, at one point i asked my Mum ‘Could you imagine being a Cat or a Monkey?! Might be fun at first until it comes to bath time!’ made me think for a second until i saw our own cat having a wash!
It was an easy read, easy to get into and easy to pick up again once i had put it down. The little drawings kept me entertained and my little sister (aged 2 ) made all the animal noises along the way. I also enjoyed the numbered after thoughts at the bottom of the pages, i also love to know if penguins can understand pigeon?!?
I would definitely recommend it to all my friends (both boys and girls as its certainly one for them all) and I’ve also asked if i can get David’s other books for Christmas!
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Month of Reviews Day 2 – The House of Secrets.

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House of Secrets
Written by Chris Columbus & Ned Vizzini
Published by Harper Collins Children’s Books
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HOUSE OF SECRETS follows three siblings and their family as they are forced to move to a mysterious new house in San Francisco and end up embarking on a journey to retrieve a dark book of untold power. The first story in an epic fantasy adventure trilogy!

When Brendan, Cordelia and Nell move to Kristoff House they have no idea that they are about to unleash the dark magic locked within. For the house once belonged to a crazed writer, whose stories have come to life. Literally. Now the Walker kids must battle against deadly pirates, bloodthirsty warriors and a bone-crunching giant. If they fail they will never see their parents again and a power-mad Witch will take over the world. No pressure then . . .

House of Secrets is the first book in a major new series. IT’S GOING TO BE EPIC!

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 Thrilling heart-stopping adventure for three ordinary kids Brandon, Cordelia and Eleanor. Will their life get be any different after they have just moved to San Francisco? Will they be able to stop the power from within the crome woman who gave the Walkers a very weird welcoming.
 
This book had me on the edge of my seat the whole time! Its a chunky book so not for the faint hearted that’s for sure.
The part of the book I enjoy the most is when Brandon, Cordelia and Eleanor go on their exciting adventures and meet lots of new friends. 
A brilliant motto that the authors Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini 
‘Homework can wait. It`s time to save the world`
  Many exciting things happen in this house such as finding things that no one even knew were there.
When Eleanor does something that changes their life, will it stay that way forever or will it end?!?  
Its fast paced and action packed, with twists and turns….. some you see coming and some you don’t!! With Pirates, Withces & Ghosts there’s something for everyone.
Can the Walker children save the world. Find out in this brilliant exciting amazing book.
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***Mums note*** The back of this book states it is for 9+ readers. When Amy-Lee read some of the book to me I was a little worried that parts would frighten her, I think aged 9 is a little low for this type of book.

Review: Dork Diaries Drama Queen

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Dork Diaries Drama Queen by Rachel Renee Russell.

TOTAL DISASTER!!! Mean girl Mackenzie has stolen Nikki’s diary! What if she tells everyone Nikki’s totally secret thoughts?!

But reading Nikki’s diary isn’t  the only thing Mackenzie’s interested in. Get ready for Dork Diaries with a twist as Mackenzie takes over and tells all about her GLAMFABULOUS life! What dies the queen bee really think about Nikki and her dorky friends?

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Another brilliant Dork diaries book. With brilliant illustrations by Nikki and Erin Russell. A gorgeous front cover (can`t beat a bit of leopard print!). A nice effect of when you shine the book in the light it makes the front cover of the book turn lots of different colours such as green, blue, yellow and lots more of different colours.
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I love this Dork diaries book. My favourite part is when Brianna gets to look after the class pet, Rover, lets say it does not end very well.
When Mackenzie steals Nikki`s Diary she doesn`t just read it but she writes in it!
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I like how in the book you can tell who has written in Nikki`s diary at what time.
But when Nikki`s BFF Chloe sends a message to Nikki`s website Miss Know-It-All Mackenzie decides to hack on to Nikki`s page and answer all the messages herself but no one know`s Mackenzie is answering the messages, not even Nikki, so will Chloe and Nikki`s friendship come to a end?!
Can Nikki put all the pieces of the puzzle together and fix her friendship with Chloe? Can she get her diary back? Or will she have to sacrifice one of them?
When Nikki finally gets everything back to normal and goes back onto the Miss Know-It-All website she see`s all the mean messages Mackenzie has sent, she remembers that at 12 o’clock Nikki`s messages will be getting put in the school paper, its now a race against time to delete all those awful messages before they get put in the school paper and get read by the entire school!!!
Review by Amy-Lee, aged 10.
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Review: Dork Diaries TV Star

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Dork Diaries TV Star by Rachel Renee Russell

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Nikki Maxwell, Queen of the Dorks, is back in the seventh book of the blockbuster Dork Diaries series – now with over 13 million copies in print! Nikki and her friends are about to have their five minutes of fame! A reality TV crew is going to follow them for the whole month as they record their hit song together. But will the excitement also cause unexpected problems, now that cameras are everywhere Nikki and her friends go? Is life in the spotlight really going to be all they think it is or will it be a Dork Disaster? Full of Nikki’s doodles, diary entries and dorkish disasters, get ready to embrace your inner dork with his brand new novel from the hit series. Perfect for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Tom Gates and Jacqueline Wilson. Rachel Renee Russell has said that the Dork Diaries series was inspired by her own middle school experiences, as well as those of her two daughters, Erin and Nikki. Her older daughter, Erin, helps with writing the Dork Diaries series and her younger daughter, Nikki, helps with illustrations

Praise for Dork Diaries:

‘A brilliant read!’ Mizz

‘Dork Diaries is fast becoming my favourite series for younger readers … More please!’ Wondrous Reads

‘A tantalising series’ Waterstones Books Quarterly

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I really enjoyed this book from the Dork Diaries series. Its one of the first books i have read by the author and can not wait to read the next one.

I like the way the book is set out, It looks like a school book with the lines on the page and the pictures are FAB! (made me want to colour them in) and some of them very funny…. I think this adds to the reading of the book.

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I like how each day has a diary entry from Nikki…..i sometimes felt like i had stolen her diary! I could imagine having her as a friend hehe i think she has a school life like any other kid (apart from the TV part) friend problems, embarrassing family and even boys!! (how gross is that!)

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I liked that i could put this book down but easily get back into the story quickly when i started it again 🙂 Its a fun read and i think many of my friends would enjoy this.

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I hope all of Rachel Renée Russell books are as easy to read as this one was and i hope to be able to read and review many more of hers in the future. I know my best friend would enjoy this so i will give this review copy to her 🙂

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Dork Diaries, TV Star is available NOW from Amazon: http://goo.gl/9yZoxi

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Rachel Renee Russell is an attorney who prefers writing tween books to legal briefs. (Mainly because books are a lot more fun and pyjamas and bunny slippers aren’t allowed in court.) She has raised two daughters and lived to tell about it. Her hobbies include growing purple flowers and doing totally useless crafts (like, for example, making a microwave oven out of Popsicle sticks, glue, and glitter). Rachel lives in northern Virginia with a spoiled pet Yorkie who terrorises her daily by climbing on top of a computer cabinet and pelting her with stuffed animals while she writes. And, yes, Rachel considers herself a total Dork. Dork Diaries site: http://www.dorkdiaries.co.uk

Review – The Butterfly Club By Jacqueline Wilson

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The Butterfly Club by Jacqueline Wilson

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Tina is a triplet, but she’s always been the odd one out. Her sisters Phil and Maddie are bigger and stronger and better at just about everything. Luckily, they look after teeny-tiny Tina wherever they go – but when the girls start in scary, super-strict Miss Lovejoy’s class, they’re split up, and Tina has to fend for herself for the first time.

Tina is horrified when she’s paired up with angry bully Selma, who nobody wants to be friends with. But when Miss Lovejoy asks them to help her create a butterfly garden in the school playground, Tina discovers she doesn’t always need her sisters – and that there’s a lot more to Selma than first meets the eye.

A beautiful, heartwarming story about friendship, confidence and becoming your own person, from the mega-bestselling author of Tracy Beaker, Hetty Feather and Sleepovers.

Watch Jacqueline introducing the book

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The Butterfly Club is a really good book and a really good story on making new friends. With some nice and mean characters. It is a really good animal story too with lots of illustrations. But will small Tina be able to cope with mean Selma and Kay-Leigh, will Mrs Lovejoy easy down on Tina or will she just have to fend for herself for the next year.
 
My personal favourite part is when Bully Selma takes a rough turn, will it stay permanently that way. Another part is when her Mum gets a bit worried about the beginning of the Butterfly garden, will Tina and Selma be able to raise enough money to get all the flowers for there garden? What will happen to all there hard work… One sad part is when Tina’s sisters Philippa and Madeline will not except Selma as part of their life. Tina`s just about to give up all her hope on the butterfly garden when the first one appears but will Tina still carry on believing that more Butterflies will come or shall she just give up! Find out in this brilliant book.

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I loved the Butterfly Sweets that           came with the book!

Finally a big thanks to Jacqueline Wilson the author of this brilliant book, also congratulations seen as The Butterfly Club is your 101st  book and another big thanks to Nick Sharrett the  illustrator of this brilliant book.

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The Butterfly Club is Jacqueline Wilson’s 101st novel, a beautiful, heart-warming story about friendship, confidence and becoming your own person, perfect for committed fans and as an introduction to Jacqueline’s books.

Tina is a triplet, but she’s always been the odd one out. Her sisters Phil and Maddie are bigger and stronger and better at just about everything. Luckily, they look after teeny-tiny Tina wherever they go – but when the girls start in scary, super-strict Miss Lovejoy’s class, they’re split up, and Tina has to fend for herself for the first time. Tina is horrified when she’s paired up with angry bully Selma, who nobody wants to be friends with. But when Miss Lovejoy asks them to help her create a butterfly garden in the school playground, Tina discovers she doesn’t always need her sisters – and that there’s a lot more to Selma than first meets the eye.

Dame Jacqueline Wilson is a former Children’s Laureate and a multi award- winning, best-selling author who has recently been revealed as the most borrowed author from public libraries of the past decade.  Over 35 million copies of her books have been sold in the UK alone and her books have been translated into 34 different languages. The Butterfly Club is her 101st novel.

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The critically acclaimed and hugely successful stage adaptation of Hetty Feather which toured the UK last year will return for a further West End run and UK tour in 2015. Dates will be announced soon. Fans of Hetty Feather will be well provided for in 2015 as a major BBC TV adaptation of the book is currently scheduled to air later this year.

Penguin Random House Twitter – @RHKidsUK
Jacqueline Twitter – @FansofJWilson
*** Parent Note***
I have never seen a book glued to my child’s hand like i did with this book! It went everywhere with her, school, car journeys, even the hairdressers!! Very proud of Amy-Lee’s first ever book review 🙂 here’s to many many more!