Jake McCarthy, age six, resident of Altadena, California, reviews a book a week. It's a service to parents and kids everywhere in elementary school who are always looking for something good to read.

Monday, August 30, 2004

Jake's Review of The BFG

The BFG by Roadl Dahl
Reviewed by Jake McCarthy

Sophie is awake at the witching hour and she sees a big shadow on the street. The BFG kidnaps Sophie because he doesn't want to be put in the zoo. The BFG is the Big Friendly Giant.

Sophie is lucky that she isn't kidnapped by the Bonecruncher, the Butcher Boy, the Bloodbottler, the Fleshlumpeater, the Childchewer, or the Gizzardgulper. Sophie is very happy with the BFG.

I like this book because of all the funny words that the BFG says; for example, Snozzcumber.

I recommend this book for ages 6 to 10.

Friday, August 20, 2004

Jake's Review of The Ship of Adventure

The Ship of Adventure Written by Enid Blyton
Reviewed by Jake McCarthy

Philip, Jack, Dinah and Lucy-Ann think they are going on a peaceful cruise but actually it is an adventure. It all starts when Lucy-Ann buys Philip a ship in a bottle. Kiki and Micky, the two pets, get in a fight and Micky throws the bottle on the ground and it breaks. Philip is angry and he takes the ship from Micky. Then Philip finds a drawer in the ship. Lucian, their friend on the cruise, had told them about a treasure map. Philip discovers that the ship drawer contains the map.

When their friend Bill Smugs comes on the cruise, they tell him about the map. Bill and the children go to the island on the map to look for treasure.

I really liked this book because of all the exciting danger they get into. My two favorite characters are Philip and Kiki. Philip is grand because he stands up for things. When Kiki the parrot mixes her words, it is really funny. For example, when she says, "Pop goes the doctor."

I recommend this book for ages 6 to 11.

Saturday, August 14, 2004

Jake's Review of the Max and Ruby Series

--Note from Jim: Jake has gotten several requests for books appropriate for slightly younger children, so we will occasionally provide reviews of some of his favorites, starting today.--

The Max and Ruby Series by Rosemary Wells
Reviewed by Jake McCarthy

Max and Ruby are the stars of a series of books that I think are very good for kids 1 to 4 years old. Kids will love these books because Max and Ruby are really, really funny. They are bunnies who do lots of silly things. Max always gets Ruby into trouble by all the crazy things he does. Ruby, on the other hand, is nicer and isn't as demanding as Max. Ruby is Max's big sister.

A couple of my favorite parts of these books are when Max buys glow in the dark vampire teeth in Bunny Money and in Dragon Shirt when Max takes the shirt off the shelf, puts it on and has ice cream with some policemen.

Below are several links to some of the Max and Ruby books.