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!
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.
- Does the title give you any clues?
- What do you think you will learn from reading this book?
- What do you think the book is about?
- What does the blurb tell you?
- What kind of book is it?
- Are there pictures on the cover? What do they show you?
- What has happened so far?
- what do you dislike about the book so far?
- what do you think will happen next?
- What do you like about the book so far
- What would you do?
- Where is the story set?
- How did the book end?
- What did you think about the ending?
- What was the story about?
- What was the main theme of the story?
- What have you learnt from the story?