In about 140 words, write a paragraph about a book you read recently

     

Introduction

If you love khổng lồ read, at some point you will want to nói qua a book you love with others. You may already bởi vì this by talking about books with friends. If you want to nói qua your ideas with more people than your circle of friends, the way you vị that is by writing a review. By publishing the reviews you write, you can giới thiệu your ideas about books with other readers around the world.

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It"s natural for young readers lớn confuse book nhận xét with book reports, yet writing a book reviews is a very different process from writing a book report. Book reports focus on the plot of the book. Frequently, the purpose of book reports is to lớn demonstrate that the books were read, và they are often done for an assignment.

A book nhận xét is a totally different task. A book review"s purpose is to lớn help people decide whether or not the book would interest them enough to lớn read it. đánh giá are a sneak peek at a book, not a summary. Like wonderful smells wafting from a kitchen, book reviews lure readers to lớn want khổng lồ taste the book themselves.

This guide is designed lớn help you become a strong book reviewer, a reader who can read a book & then cook up a reviews designed to lớn whet the reading appetites of other book lovers.

Form: What should the nhận xét look like?

How Long Should It Be?

The first question we usually ask when writing something is "How long should it be?" The best answer is "As long as it takes," but that"s a frustrating answer. A general guideline is that the longer the book, the longer the review, and a reviews shouldn"t be fewer than 100 words or so. For a long book, the review may be 500 words or even more.

If a đánh giá is too short, the reviews may not be able lớn fulfill its purpose. Too long, & the reviews may stray into too much plot summary or thảm bại the reader"s interest.

The best guide is to focus less on how long to write & more on fulfilling the purpose of the review.

How vì chưng You Create A Title?

The title of the reviews should convey your overall impression and not be overly general. Strong titles include these examples:

"Full of action and complex characters""A nail-biter that will keep you up all night""Beautiful illustrations with a story khổng lồ match""Perfect for animal lovers"

Weak titles may look like this:

"Really good book""Three stars""Pretty good""Quick read"

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How Should It Begin?

Although many reviews begin with a short summary of the book (This book is about…), there are other options as well, so feel free to vary the way you begin your reviews.

In an introductory summary, be careful not to lớn tell too much. If you retell the entire story, the reader won"t feel the need to read it him/herself, và no one appreciates a spoiler (telling the end). Here are some examples of summaries reviewers from The thành phố new york Times have written:

"A new picture book tells a magically simple tale of a lonely boy, a stranded whale & a dad who rises lớn the occasion."

"In this middle-grade novel, a girl finds a way forward after the loss of her mother."

"Reared by ghosts, werewolves and other residents of the hillside cemetery he calls home, an orphan named Nobody Owens wonders how he will manage to lớn survive among the living having learned all his lessons from the dead. & the man Jack — who killed the rest of Nobody"s family — is itching to finish the job."

"In vivid poems that reflect the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, an award-winning author shares what it was lượt thích to grow up in the 1960s and 1970s in both the North and the South." Other ways to lớn begin a review include:

Quote: A striking quote from the book ("It was a bright cold day in April, và the clocks were striking thirteen.") can make for a powerful beginning. This quote begins George Orwell"s novel 1984.Background: What makes this book important or interesting? Is the tác giả famous? Is it a series? This is This is how Amazon introduces Divergent: "This first book in Veronica Roth"s #1 thủ đô new york Times bestselling Divergent trilogy is the novel the inspired the major motion picture."Interesting Fact: For nonfiction books in particular, an interesting fact from the book may create a powerful opening for a review. In this reviews of The Middle East by Philip Steele, Zander H. Of Mid-America Mensa asks, "Did you know that the Saudi Arabia"s Rub" al-Khali desert reaches temperatures of 140 degrees Fahrenheit in the day and plummets to lớn the freezing point at night?"Explanation of a term: If a word or phrase in the book or title is confusing or vitally important khổng lồ understand, you may wish to begin the nhận xét explaining that term.

Process: What should I write about?

Deciding what lớn say about the book can be challenging. Use the following ideas as a guide, but remember that you should not put all of this into a single review — that would make for a very long review! Choose the things that fit this particular book best.

General InformationWhat the reader ought to lớn knowWhat kind of book is it? (Picture book? Historical fiction? Nonfiction? Fantasy? Adventure?)Does the book belong to lớn a series?How long is the book? Is it an easy or a challenging read?Is there anything that would be helpful for the reader lớn know about the author? For instance, is the tác giả an expert in the field, the tác giả of other popular books, or a first-time author?How does the book compare to other books on the same topic or in the same genre?Is the book written in a formal or informal style? Is the language remarkable in any way?What ages is the book geared to?Is the book written in normal prose? If it is written in poetic form, does it rhyme?PlotWhat happens?

Writing about the plot is the trickiest part of a nhận xét because you want lớn give the reader a feel for what the book is about without spoiling the book for future readers. The most important thing khổng lồ remember is that you must never give away the ending. No one likes a spoiler.

One possibility for doing this is to set up the premise (A brother & a sister find themselves lost in the woods at the mercy of an evil witch. Will they be able khổng lồ outsmart her và escape?). Another possibility is to set up the major conflict in the book and leave it unresolved (Sometimes the waiting is the hardest part or He didn"t know what he stood to thua thảm or Finding your purpose in life can be as easy as finding a true friend.)

Try khổng lồ avoid using the tired phrase "This book is about…" Instead, just jump right in (The stuffed rabbit wanted more than anything to lớn live in the big old house with the wild oak trees.)

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CharactersWho lives in the book?

Reviews should answer questions about the characters in fiction books or non-fiction books about people. Some possible questions to lớn answer include:

Who are the main characters? Include the protagonist & antagonist.What makes them interesting?Do they act like real people act or are they too good or too evil lớn be believable?Are they human?What conflicts vì chưng they face?Are they likeable or understandable?How vị they connect with each other?Do they appear in other books?Could you relate khổng lồ any of the characters in the story?What problems did the main characters face?Who was your favorite character, và why?We learn about characters from things they do and say, as well as things other characters say about them. You may wish to lớn include examples of these things.ThemeWhat is the book about at its heart?

What is the book really about? This isn"t the plot, but rather the ideas behind the story. Is it about the triumph of good over evil or friendship or love or hope? Some common themes include: change, desire lớn escape, facing a challenge, heroism, the quest for power, và human weaknesses.

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Sometimes a book will have a moral — a lesson lớn learn. If so, the theme is usually connected to that moral. As you write about the theme, try khổng lồ identify what makes the book worth reading. What will the reader think about long after the book is finished? Ask yourself if there any particular lines in the book that strike you as meaningful.

SettingWhere are we?

The setting is the time & place the story occurs. When you write about the setting in a review, include more than just the location. Some things khổng lồ consider:

Is the book phối in the past, present or future?Is it set in the world we know or is it a fantastical world?Is it mostly realistic with elements of fantasy (animals that can talk, for example)?Is the setting unclear và fuzzy, or can you easily make the movie in your mind?How much does the tác giả draw you into the setting và how does s/he accomplish that?

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Opinion & AnalysisWhat vì you really think?

This is where the reviewer shares his/her reactions to lớn the book that go beyond the essential points described above. You may spend half of the reviews on this section. Some possible questions lớn address include:

Why do you think other readers would enjoy it? Why did you enjoy it (if you did) or why didn"t you (if you didn"t).What ages or types of readers vị you think would lượt thích the book?How does it compare with other books that are in the same genre or by the same author?Does the book engage your emotions? If a book made you laugh or cry or think about it for days, be sure to include that.What bởi vì you lượt thích or dislike about the author"s writing style? Is it funny? Is it hard khổng lồ follow? Is it engaging và conversational in tone?How well vày you think the tác giả achieved what s/he was going for in the writing of the book? vị you think you felt what the tác giả was hoping you would feel?Did the book feel complete, or did it feel as though key elements were left out?How does the book compare to other books like it you"ve read?

Are there parts that are simply not believable, even allowing for the reader"s understanding that it is fiction or even fantasy?

Are there mistakes?Would you describe the book as for entertainment, self-improvement, or information?What was your favorite part of the book?Would you have done anything differently had you been the author?Would any reader enjoy this book? If not, khổng lồ what ages or type of reader would it appeal?

Special situations: Nonfiction và young reviewers

Some of the tips và ideas above work best for fiction, & some of it is a little too complicated for very young reviewers.

NonfictionWhat to do if it"s real

When reviewing a book of nonfiction, you will want khổng lồ consider these questions:

What was the author"s purpose in writing the book? Did the author accomplish that purpose?Who is the target audience for the book?What vị you think is the book"s greatest value? What makes it special or worthwhile?Are the facts shared accurate?Is the book interesting & hold your attention?Would it be a useful addition to lớn a school or public library?If the book is a biography or autobiography, how sympathetic is the subject?Is it easy lớn understand the ideas?Are there extra features that showroom to the enjoyment of the book, such as maps, indexes, glossaries, or other materials?Are the illustrations helpful?Young ReviewersKeeping it simple

Reviewing a book can be fun, and it"s not hard at all. Just ask yourself these questions:

What is the book about? You don"t need to lớn tell the whole story over — just give an idea of what it"s about.Do you think other people would lượt thích it?Did you think it was funny or sad?Did you learn something from the book?l Did you think it was interesting?Would you want to read it again?Would you want lớn read other books by the same author or about the same subject?What was your favorite part?Did you like the pictures?

Remember! Don"t give away the ending. Let"s keep that a surprise.

General Tips và Ideas

Use a few quotes or phrases (keep them short) from the book to illustrate the points you make about the book. If there are illustrations, be sure to comment on those. Are they well done? Has the illustrator done other well-known books?

Make sure you include a conclusion lớn the đánh giá — don"t leave it hanging. The conclusion can be just one sentence (Overall, this book is a terrific choice for those who…).

You can use the transition word handout at the end of the Writer"s Toolbox to lớn find ideas for words khổng lồ connect the ideas in your review. If you would like to read some well-written reviews, look for review of books for young people at The new york Times or National Public Radio.

Rating BooksHow to lớn award stars?

Most places you post nhận xét ask you to lớn rate the book using a star system, typically in a range of from one khổng lồ five stars. In your rating, you should consider how the book compares khổng lồ other books like it. Don"t compare a long novel to a short poetry book — that"s not a valid comparison.

It"s important to remember that it"s not asking you khổng lồ only give five stars lớn the very best books ever written.

5 Stars: I"m glad I read it or I loved it (this doesn"t mean it was your favorite book ever).4 Stars: I lượt thích it. It"s worth reading.3 Stars: It wasn"t very good.2 Stars: I don"t lượt thích it at all.

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1 Star: I hate it.