I am trying to encourage pupils at school and also my own children to write book reviews. The reason: I think it gives them a better understanding of both the book and their own preferences as to what they do and do not like.
My oldest daughter especially has asked me to compile an outline of what is expected from a review. OK she got me on that one; as I just write and don't actually think about the process. I will come back to this later. [ : D ]
So here is where you come in. Please, please, please could you help me put together a list or an outline of the things to include in a review.
Going back to how I write; Adele from Persnickety Snark featured a vlog a while ago describing her review writing process (link below) I was so fascinated and other people took up the challenge:
How I Write Reviews - Persnickety Snark
How I Blog Now - The Mountains of Instead
How I Write Those Things That May or May Not Be Reviews - Dreaming in Books
How I Write Reviews - Books 4 Teens
I will be doing a How I Review post in the New Year (something for me to look forward to). While I have been examining my own review process, I thought of a few things that I generally like/don't like to see included in the review:
The picture of the cover.
The synopsis - preferably the one from the book (my own preference)
Personal perspective of the book - written in first person narrative - remember my catch-phrase "reading is subjective" - so the way in which I view/feel about a book is going to be different to how someone else relates to that book. I like to see exactly how that book has affected that particular person.
Correct spelling [ : D ]
Some background information on the main characters, their personalities, history and interactions without giving away too much detail about the plot.
That's what I have so far and really need to simplify it for 9 to 12 year olds to fully understand.
So what else do you think is required within a review and how would you explain it to a Middle Grader.
If you have any links to review tips please leave them in the comment box for me.