Roll the Dice Book Review

Book reviews with a reluctant writer.

Many books are read in our house in any given week.  Close proximity to our local library saves us a fortune.  Especially, once children reach the age of only wanting to read a book once.  Unlike the younger ones, who latch onto a favorite and have you read and reread them for weeks or months. Fantasy and Fairy-tales are current favourites.

We discussed various way of recording our reviews. I printed off some child friendly review sheets, but the option with a dice won outright.

To begin our book review journey, we decided to keep our books short. The type you can read and discuss in 10-20mins.  Remember, I’m trying to encourage a kids who thinks writing is one of life’s great wastes of his precious youth.

Rory our avid reader, always prefers to do the reading.  We follow by  spending a few minutes discussing the theme, characters, setting, morals etc. The it play time!


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Roll the Dice Book Review

We use a series of 18 questions, divided into 3 groups.

Phase 1-Before Reading

Phase 2-During Reading,

Phase3 -After Reading

Each player rolls the dice and answers the corresponding question.  We have started with one question each per person, per phase.  Aiming to increase to two questions each per phase over time.

Roll again if both players land on the same number. This way you will experience a comprehensive discussion/review.

Before Reading

  1. Does the title give you any clues?
  2. What do you think you will learn from reading this book?
  3. What do you think the book is about?
  4. What does the blurb tell you?
  5. What kind of book is it?
  6. Are there pictures on the cover? What do they show you?

During Reading

  1. What has happened so far?
  2. what do you dislike about the book so far?
  3. what do you think will happen next?
  4. What do you like about the book so far
  5. What would you do?
  6. Where is the story set?

After Reading

  1. How did the book end?
  2. What did you think about the ending?
  3. What was the story about?
  4. What was the main theme of the story?
  5. What have you learnt from the story?

African Bullfrog

Scientific name:  Pyxicephalus  Adspursus.

The bullfrog can weigh up to 2 kilos.  Just like most animals, the male is larger than the female.  The male can grow up to 24 cm long and the female can grow up to 12 cm long.  The  bullfrogs skin color is dull green .  The male has a yellow throat and the female has a cream throat.  The bullfrog has very strong hind legs to dig holes in the ground.

During the dry season the bullfrog makes a cocoon to survive the heat and so it doesn’t die.  The frog can survive in the cocoon for several months.  When the rainy season starts, the water soaks the cocoon.  Later, when the cocoon is nice and soft , the bullfrog eats it.

HABITAT:  The bullfrog is mostly found in waterholes in the countries of Malawi, Zambia, Nigeria, Somalia, Mozambique, Angola, South Africa, Kenya, Rhodesia ( which is now Zimbabwe) Tanzania  and Sudan.


Where the African Bullfrog lives

Where the African Bullfrog lives

DIET:  The African bullfrog is carnivorous ( Carnivorous means carnivore).  It feeds on anything it can fit in its mouth, such as insects, small rodents, reptiles, birds and amphibians ( including other frogs).

REPRODUCTION: The African bullfrog lays 3000 eggs to 4000 eggs in shallow water.  The eggs are 2 mm long.  They are black and white and have a 4 mm jelly capsule around them.  The eggs hatch 2 days after they are laid.  18 days after they have hatched, the little frogs are 20 mm long and are able to leave the water to live on dry land.

After that happens, they are known eat each other.  Unfortunately, only 20 out of 100 females survive this way.

BEHAVIOR: The bullfrog is known to jump at animals and humans.  Because of its sharp teeth its bite can be very serious.  When the bullfrog grunts, it sounds like a deep low moo.