Write a Book Review
BGSU education majors contribute to the reviews posted here as part of the Curriculum Resource Center (CRC) book review initiative. Partial funding has been provided by a grant: "Bringing Books to Life: Engaging School-Age Students in Book Reviewing" through the Partnership for Community Action and The Center for Innovative and Transformative Education Offices at BGSU.
YOU are invited to write a book review on one of the new books in the Book Review Center (located in the hall, across from two CRC bulletin boards, between two CRC display cases). Reviews are posted on the Curriculum Resource Center’s Book Review Blog at http://crcbookreviews.blogspot.com/
Read your book, then using the form below turn in your book review.
Ideas for filling out the form:
First, write several sentences about your book.
Fiction: Briefly describe the story. Give the reader a general idea of what the story is about. Describe the main character or characters and what happens. Do this in just a few sentences at most. No matter what, if there is a surprise ending do NOT reveal it in the book review.
Non-fiction: Identify the author's purpose. How does the author make the topic entertaining? Use examples. Including quotes can help give readers a feel for the tone of the book.
Second, discuss the writing style.
What words or phrases grab your attention? What strong verbs do you notice? Is the story written in rhyme? Does it use repetitive phrasing? Does the author use onomatopoeia or alliteration? Include a line or two from the story that illustrates the style.
Third, discuss the pictures.
What is the primary medium (watercolor, pencil, oil, collage, photographs, etc.)? Identify the illustration that, in your opinion, is the most effective in developing the story as a whole.
Fourth, give your opinion.
Ask yourself whether the book meets its goals. It should not only be a book that parents will enjoy, but that their children would like too. There should be characters that children can relate to, events that children will understand, and an engaging storyline.