Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson

April 6th, 2013 by

hattie-big-sky_kirby-larsonSubmitted by Addison, Age 11 from Texas

Rating: ★★★★★

I LOVE the book Hattie Big Sky. From the beginning to the end, Hattie sticks with me as my favorite character. This book is about a teenage girl, Hattie, and she is given a claim on a farm in Montana. Hattie has to learn to live farmgirl style and learns that you should always keep loved ones close to the heart.

Book Reviews — In Verse!

April 7th, 2012 by

It’s April, and you know what that means… Well, yes, it’s probably going to rain a lot. But I was actually referring to National Poetry Month!

I know not everyone is into poetry, and I understand. Some poetry is crazy difficult to understand, and some poetry is very dull. Other poetry, well, it’s just plain bad โ€” for example, the poetry I wrote when I was a teenager! But poetry can be fun, especially when you feel free to get silly with it. Which I am about to do!

Last year, I had such a blast writing booktalk poetry that I decided to do it again. So prepare yourself to be wowed by my amazing skillz!

Obviously, I have to start with a limerick:

dear-dumb-diary-jim-bentonDear Dumb Diary series by Jim Benton

There once was a girl named Jamie.
And I know she’d totally slay me,
But I read her secret notes;
There’s a zillion funny quotes!
C’mon, can you really blame me?

Then I thought it would be fitting to write a haiku for this book, which is about a doll that the Japanese government gives to America as a token of friendship:

friendship-doll-kirby-larsonThe Friendship Doll by Kirby Larson

If you’re a girl who
Likes historical fiction,
This book is for you.
 
 

Not bad, eh? Well, I saved the best for last! Here is my ode to a little green guy who holds my heart:

strange-case-origami-yodaThe Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

Meet Origami Yoda.
He’ll give you some advice.
But can you really trust him?
I suggest that you think twice.

Is it truly Yoda’s wisdom,
Or could it be his maker, Dwight?
Some suggestions work out great;
Others don’t seem right.

Tommy really needs to know,
‘Cuz he asked about romance.
Is this just a joke by Dwight,
Or should he take a chance?

If you wanna know what happens,
Then you gotta read the book.
And there’s also a fun sequel
That’s totally worth a look.

I also heard that soon,
There’s gonna be a Book 3.
You know I’m gonna get it,
‘Cuz it’s about… a wookiee!

Well, I hope these poetic book reviews have inspired you โ€” to write your own, read the books, or hopefully both! If you decide to give it a go, please share the results in the comments. I would love to see what you create!

โ€” Karen

Karen recently re-read some of the poetry she wrote back in high school. Wow, it was terrible. Like, stinky to high heaven. You will not ever be seeing any of it on Kidsmomo.

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