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Review for The Boy who grew Dragons by Andy Sheperd
The first of a brilliant series!

I found this book on Borrowbox and didn’t know what to expect but I Loved it! It’s so funny reading about Tomas and how he tries to keep his pet Dragon a secret. It’s very funny. My younger brother also loves it because we downloaded the audiobook from Borrowbox too so he was able to listen to it. I thought it was so good I’ve also read the next 2 books in the series and am waiting to get the new one.

Review for Book title: A Series Of Unfortunate Events book no 5 The Austere Academy
A Series Of Unfortunate Events, Book No 5 The Austere Academy

A series of unfortunate events is a series of thirteen books in total, I am writing about the 5th book because it is my favorite so far, in the first book it explains how there are three children, Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire. They are siblings, Violet is 14 and loves to invent, Klaus is 12 and loves to read and Sunny is a baby and has very sharp pointy teeth and loves to bite very hard things she talks gibberish and only Violet and Klaus can understand her.  Their parents died in a fire in the 1st book, so a man named Mr Poe who was a banker had been placed in charge of the Baudelaire’s affairs as their parents left behind an enormous fortune this turned out to be a lousy idea! A HORRIBLE man named Count Olaf tricked Mr Poe into thinking that he was a relative of the Baudelairs but all he really wanted was their enormous fortune! Ever since then he kept hunting down the Baudelairs whereever or whichever guardian they went to including Uncle Monty and his reptile room, Aunt Josephine and the Lake Lachrymose, a man whose name is not mentioned in Lucky Smells Lumbermill. They all didn’t work out because of Count Olaf and his associates!

Then they went to Austere Academy a boarding school, they met two other orphans names Duncan who liked researching and Isadora who liked to write poems, but because they didn’t have a parents signature they had to live in the orphans shack, which is a horrible place! Violet and Duncan went to Mr Remora who ate A LOT of bananas and in between bites he would tell the children short stories and every now and then they would have a test. Klaus and Isadora went to Mrs Bass who gave the children things to measure, and have a test every now and then, because she was obsessed with the metric system. The lives of the Baudelairs is not very pleasant , the Author said so on the book himself! Count Olaf always disguises himself so nobody will recognize him, in this book he is disguised as a P.E.Coach named Coach Genhis! The children are looking for a book that describes the tattoo on Olaf’s ankle and the secret organisation V.F.D.

I like the book because it is mysterious and exciting!
My Favorite character was Violet because i love her inventing skills!
The problem in the book was not solved YET!
I learned a lot of things from the book even if there was a difficult word the book would normally explain it.
I Give this book 5 stars of of 5 .


Author: Lemony Snicket

Illustrated by : Brett Helquist

Review for Demon Dentist
Demon Dentist

Demon dentist is a horror story with a lot of made up words! It is funny and interesting. It is about a little boy called Alfie who hated the dentist because of a horrible visit when he was younger. Alfie’s dad was in a wheelchair and Alfie had to take care of him by himself. One day his dad fell and didn’t tell Alfie.  So a social worker named Winnie came to help but Alfie didn’t like Winnie. She even made him go see the dentist! Then a new dentist called Miss Root came to town and gave all the children what she called Mummy’s special sweets. She asked the children to call her Mummy. Then she gave Alfie a strange toothpaste that burned all your teeth off! But Alfie was too clever and threw it into the river then he met a girl called Gabz and they go on a BIG adventure and find the secret of Miss Root the dentist! It is a very good book that I would read again. I don’t think I would end it differently because the ending is very exciting! My favourite character is Winnie because she is very funny! My favourite part was when Alfie was running away from Winnie when he didn’t want to go to the dentist! I would give it a 5 out of five.

Review for The brilliant world of Tom Gates!
The brilliant world of Tom Gates

This book is about a boy named Tom Gates that likes to draw. He has a friend called Derek, a sister called Delia who he explains is very grumpy! He loves caramel wafers too. There is a boy at school that is very annoying and a teacher Mrs Worthington who he says has a moustache! He likes to draw pictures and think of ways to annoy Delia. He often gets in trouble at school and Marcus always mocks him for It! It is an ok book with lots of ideas for drawing or doodling and very funny too. My favourite character is Tom. My favourite part is when he opens his lunch made my his granny Mavis and finds out she packed him a pizza shaped like his face with olive , cheese, tomatoes and…….
…BANANA! I would give it a 3 out of 5 ☆☆☆

Review for The Lion King
The Lion King

Simba is the new Prince of Pride Rock, he is friends with a cub called Nala, they get in trouble when the go to the elephants graveyard but it was the bold Scar that tricked them into going because he wants to kill Simba and his dad Mufasa and become king.
My favourite character is Simba
I really like this story but it is a bit sad.
I would give this book 4 out of 5

Review for Minecraft Night of the Bats
A Minecraft Adventure

Bats are Large and so are Zombies! When a swarm of bats invade their real-life school and a hoard of Zombies attack their Minecraft villages, will the Zombies stop and will the bats go home?

Review for Holes

This book was very good. I liked the way it did a flashback to the past. My favorite character is Stanley because his family had an interesting past. My favourite part of the book was when Stanley and Zero are trying to survive with onions and water in the middle of the lake I liked this part because I learnt a lot about them.

Review for The Boy at the back of the Class
An amazing book that makes you think about peoples lives

This book made me feel all sorts of feelings, sad for Ahmet because he had lost his home and family but happy because his new classmates, well most of them, come up with a wonderful but crazy plan to try and help him. By the end I had tears of happiness in my eyes when I was finishing the book. Everybody should read this book!