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BOOK REVIEWS by Adam Boczek, Grade 3, St. William School, Calgary
A Mouse Called Wolf by Dick King-Smith
Every kid in the whole wide world has a talent. They may have one, two, or more of them. The story I recently read is about a mouse called Wolf, which discovered that it has a beautiful voice and the ability to sing.
Despite of this little guy’s talent, his life isn’t easy. His brothers tease him because he is smaller than them. For example, every time he slides across the piano keyboard, his siblings keep bumping into him and he falls off the instrument.
Also, he has a good time. Once Mrs. Honeybee discovers that she has a singing mouse in her house, she becomes his friend. Every time she plays the piano, she gives two small pieces of chocolate, one for Wolf and one for his mother.
But there are some more things that happened in the story, so don’t stop reading yet. They made me so surprised and deeply touched. The main character turns out to be not only talented but also a courageous, good-hearted, and caring mouse. I would like to be like him in every situation of my life.
When I finished reading the book I thought, “Ah man, it’s such a good book! I wish that there is a second part of it.”
Note to my teacher: Mrs. Ferensowicz, a big thank you for recommending this book to me!
Matilda, by Roald Dahl
If you like having fun and laughter, the book “Matilda” by Roald Dahl is perfect for you. Why did I choose this book? I was just curious if it is as good as the movie and I wasn’t disappointed.
This story is about a very intelligent girl with superpowers named Matilda. She loves to read books like me. Also, she is great at doing pranks on her idiot parents and her cruel school principal, Miss. Trunchbull. Matilda tries to stop the headmistress from attacking children aggressively. In the book, you can also find a magic relationship between Matilda, the good-hearted teacher Miss. Honey and other kids in the class.
Some of you can say, “I saw the movie, so why should I read the book?” Well, some parts of the story are different than in the movie and with more details. I can tell you, when I started reading this book I couldn’t stop even when my mom called me for dinner. If you want to go through the same cool experience as me, then run to the library and get “Matilda”.
Hiawatha and the Peacemaker by Robbie Robertson
I have read many books this month and it was hard to choose the only one to write about. Finally, I have made a decision. Hiawatha and the Peacemaker by Robbie Robertson is a great book about indigenous people who send us a very important message.
At the beginning of the story, there is a war between five tribes. Hiawatha, the main character and storyteller, is the person who lost the whole family and can think only of revenge. Then, something unbelievable happens. He meets the Peacemaker who changes his heart. Hiawatha starts to believe that peace is better than war and forgiveness is better than hatred. However, it is not the end of the story. Both of them have to convince the tribes to stop fighting and to reunite. Does this plan succeed or fail? To know the answer, you will have to check the book by yourself. Also, I cannot forget to mention, that the illustrations made by David Shannon are very expressive, colorful and breathtaking paintings.
After reading this story, one thought came to my mind: “You cannot live in peace without forgiveness.”
For those who are interested in democracy, please see a Historical Note at the end of the book and also go to YouTube and search Hiawatha – Government for the People – Extra History – #1 and #2.
Shelby The Cat, by Don M. Winn
Have you ever been bullied? Have your friends ever dared you to do something bad? If yes, Shelby The Cat, by Don M.Winn, can help you choose what to do right.
The story is about a cat named Shelby who is friends with other animals like mice, birds, squirrels, rats, and dogs. He is kind, loving, and caring for all creatures in need. Also, there is a dark side of the story. A group of alley cats, who are lazy, mean, and cruel to others, want to bring Shelby to their negative side.
I was reading this part of the story with worry, because Shelby would get scratched up by angry cats and get seriously hurt. This is an example of bad peer pressure when other people make us do things we do not want to do and are wrong for us. It can happen to anyone in our lives.
This book gave me some answers about what to do in the situations just like this. I really recommend everyone reads such a powerful printed work.