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'James and the Giant Peach,' 'Vidia and the Fairy Crown,' 'The Good Dog,' 'The Field Guide: Book 1, The Spiderwick Chronicles'

May 17, 2009

"James and the Giant Peach"

Roald Dahl

For many years, James lived with his evil aunts, Spiker and Sponge. James tried to avoid the aunts, but they always got him.

He then takes a wild journey on a giant peach. Inside the peach he is befriended by large insects: the grasshopper, ladybug, centipede, earthworm, spider and glow worm. These creatures hate Sponge and Spiker just as much as James does.

Anybody who likes adventurous stories will like this book. The book also has many interesting facts about insects.

Reviewed by Julia, 10,

Third Street Elementary

Los Angeles


"Vidia and the Fairy Crown"

Laura Driscoll

This is the most exciting book ever. Queen Ree's crown is missing, and everybody thinks that Vidia, a very selfish fairy, has taken it. Prilla is a young fairy who knows that Vidia didn't take it. Prilla asks Vidia if she needs help proving her innocence. Is Prilla right about Vidia? It's up to you to find out!

Reviewed by Genny, 7

Horace Mann Elementary



"The Good Dog"


McKinley is the head dog, and he takes care of everybody. He needs to find out just what to do when wolf comes to town. McKinley needs to decide if he is going to join the wolf pack or not. I liked this book because it was kind of sad and it had some stuff about friendship. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes dogs and adventures.

Reviewed by Jacob, 9

Hope View Elementary

Huntington Beach


"The Field Guide: Book 1, The Spiderwick Chronicles"

Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

This is about three kids who try to explain the fact that they see weird creatures. No one believes them. They try to find the rightful owner of a mysterious book.

Jared finds the book in the attic. When he grabs it, something pops out! It is a creature that has to protect the book. The creature likes to eat honey and crackers.

Anyone who likes fantasy should read this book. In addition, the book teaches you about cooperation and competition.

Reviewed by Daniel, 10

Third Street Elementary

Los Angeles

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