Monday, June 21, 2010

More Fantasy Reviews. Thanks Grade 4!

Let's finish up the reviews of fantasy novels from Mrs. B.'s fourth grade class, 2009-2010.

The Secret of Platform Thirteen by Eva Ibbotson
One day three nurses take the prince out of Platform 13 and a nasty old woman, Mrs. Trottle, steals the prince. Four rescuers, a hag, a wizard, a giant and a fey, have to try to rescue the prince. The king and queen have to make the giant invisible so people will not notice him. All there is left of him is his eyeball floating in the air. The only way people will not be able to see the giant is if he shuts his eye, and he only had to do that a couple of times. The rescuers try really hard to impress the prince but all he does is insult the creatures.
All of the rescuers have lots of feelings and one the island people care a lot. The prince grew up with a rich mother so he is very spoiled. He always makes an excuse to skip school, then he says he wants to go out for lunch and has a lot of junk food. The hag got so mad when she saw this that she wished she was never a rescuer. The rescuers only have nine days until the portal to Platform 13 closes, but they never give up.
One day the wizard brings out something that will only come out once in five hundred years and the prince insults it. Then it goes back in. The four rescuers try many things to get the prince back but it is really hard. Will the four rescuers be able to save the Platform by bringing the prince back?
Rating: I rate this book **** stars because the book had many details and I didn't want to put the book down. Some parts were sad, but I think this would be a good book to read!

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
This book is about a long time ago when dragons were the kings of the earth. In the book is a dragon who likes to steal gold and sleeps with his eyes half open and can smell anyone and anything. It's also about a man named Bilbo Baggins who tries to steal the gold from he dragon. Bilbo Baggins is a small, little, fat, intelligent man. He is not big on adventures but he's good at many things. You can find out what he's best at if you read the book.
Rating: I do say *** out of ***** for everything. It's not bad but it's not good.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
This book is about a boy whose parents get murdered, but he escapes to the nearby graveyard to be raised by ghosts. By the age of six he can talk well; he knows math; he knows lots of other knowledge of the spirits. His personality gets DARKER. He soon is captured by ghouls, and that was getting to be a nightmare until his magical tutor finally got the perfect chance, and she took it! After so long his family's killer hunts him down until he tricks him, but he brings friends along! Again he finds himself running away from an unstoppable man. In the end he barely defeats them and see the future the he was always waiting for...
Rating: I gave this book 4/5 stars because the book was sweet and sad.

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
The book Artemis Fowl is about a 12-year-old boy named Artemis Fowl who wants a lot of fairy gold. One night on the full moon he captured a fairy to lure the other fairies to his house so he could get more gold. What Artemis didn't know is that he captured the brave Captain Holly Short. Now, down in the inner core where the fairies live Commander Root (another fairy) is getting geared up with his gun and his other equipment to save Holly. After a while, Commander Root finds out where Artemis lives (he lives in a house in Dublin, Ireland) and gets to the house. With a little help from the mulch-digging and eating dwarf Mulch Diggums, Commander Root is able to get into the house. Will Holly ever escape and what will happen to everyone else?
Rating: I will rate this book 3 out of 5 stars because it wouldn't catch my attention. There would be some funny and interesting parts, but to me it was not a book that I would read again.

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Alice goes to her dad's friend's house and follows a white rabbit (March Hare) down a very long rabbit hole. As she was falling, she tried to grab as many things as she can to stop her from falling any deeper. Because everything she grabbed was loose, the objects (vases, flower pots, paintings, etc.) ended falling on top of her. (All she could see falling down was just darkness down to the world of Wonderland.) Alice meets the Mad Hatter, who later becomes her friend. He tells her that she has to go to the Red Queen's castle to get the Vorpal Sword, to slay the Jabberwockey on Frabjous Day. Alice sneaks into the castle but Stayne, the Knave of Hearts, sees her and tells the Red Army to attack her. She gets free. On Frabjous Day, Alice is supposed to slay the Jabberwockey's head off, but Red Queen got in the way and Alice killed her. Everyone was happy, even Stayne, the Red Army, and everyone who lived in Wonderland except the Jabberwocky. Will the Jabberwockey kill Alice? Or will Alice slay the Jabberwockey? Read the book to find out.
Rating: I would give this book 4 out of 5 because some parts were interesting and some parts I wanted to stop reading. It's not the best or worst book I have read.

Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridly Pearson, illustrated by Greg Call
Peter and the Starcatchers is about Peter Pan before he became a magical person. Peter was born in 1775 and he never died because of the stuff called star stuff that was very powerful and had magic powers. Star stuff is something that falls to earth from space and these people called starcatchers find the star stuff and get rid of it. Peter meets a young starcatcher named Molly and they become friends and try to get rid of the star stuff before Black Stache. Black Stache is a pirate who loves treasure. In the end Black Stache does not get the star stuff and is carried away by his first officer called Smee.
The main characters are Peter, Molly, Black Stache, and Smee. Peter is a red headed boy who likes to be in charge of his friends who are orphans. Peter is also an orphan. Molly is a girl who belongs to a rich family and is a starcatcher who found the star stuff and is trying to get rid of it. Black Stache is a pirate and loves to have treasure and will do anything to get it. Smee is Black Stache's first officer and has been first officer longer than any other.
Rating: I would rate this book ***** stars because it had a lot of action and was very exciting at all times. Also was never boring and it kept me at the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading it, I never wanted to put the book down at all so that's why I loved it.

1 comment:

The Never Fairy said...

While the Barry/Pearson novels are fun in and of themselves, they're actually a terrible prequel to the adventures of Peter Pan. For one thing, they completely ignore thwe backstory that Barrie already wrote. Second, they have MANY fact-checking mistakes as compared to Barrie's original stories. How can they be so disrespectful of another author's work, let alone classic literature?

There is a faithful continuation of Pan's adventures, it's even based on Barrie's own idea for more!