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We have two winners!

Hello all,

Last month, to celebrate Holly being in the Saturday Telegraph, we ran a book review competition, asking contributors to write about a book that they enjoyed reading.

Today we are delighted to announce that we have selected a winner and a runner-up, both of whom wrote excellent reviews so it was hard choosing between them. What we loved about the whole experience was learning about what books other children like to read so we can hopefully expand our own choices. We also enjoyed reading different reviewing styles, as everyone has a unique way of writing their own opinion.

So, without further ado, let’s announce the winners!

In first place is Charlotte Corrigan (9) with her review of Cool by Michael Morpurgo.

Runner-up is Aidan Pond (13) with his review of Tom Gates: Genius Ideas (Mostly) by Liz Pichon.

A book will be winging its way to each of them soon as a prize.

Charlotte and Aidan have kindly allowed us to share their reviews with you, so enjoy!

Review of Cool by Michael Morpurgo

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Review by Charlotte Corrigan, 9

Everyone should read this book. It is very moving. It tells the tale of a boy and the love of his dog. Poor old Robbie saves his dog from being knocked down and is hit by a car. Robbie ends up in a coma and nearly died. The story is so sad and happy the same time. As a dog lover I could relate to Robbie. Even Zola his favourite football player could not bring him round from his coma .  But the love of a good dog could save his life.

I love Michael Morpurgo’s style. His descriptions are detailed and the language is lively. It is one of the best books I’ve ever read.

What we liked about Charlotte’s review: Charlotte gives a good and succinct summary of what Cool is about – enough to tantalise us but not too much to give the plot away! She also gives impressive judgements on how Michael Morpurgo has achieved such powerful writing through style and language.

Review of Tom Gates: Genius Ideas (Mostly) by Liz Pichon

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Review by Aidan Pond, 13

This book is by L. Pichon and it is about a boy called Tom. He is in a band called Dog Zombies and there are little illustration in the sentences. Here is an example [Sorry Aidan – I couldn’t get your image onto this page but I’ve sourced this from the internet:]

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It is a very easy book to read. I give this book a 9/10 because it is interesting and funny. I gave it one mark lower because I think it needs more writing than pictures. This author just recently won the Blue Peter Award for Best Story. It was announced on World Book Day. Here’s a quote from the author: ‘Just being on such an amazing shortlist was fantastic enough – but winning is absolutely AMAZING! A huge thank you to everyone involved: the judges, Blue Peter and to all the children who took part and voted for Tom Gates.’

What we liked about Aidan’s review: Aidan has really hit the nail on the head in his observations on how Pichon has written this book and the effect it has on the reader. We liked that he found both positive and negative aspects to the book and gave well-thought-out reasons why. We also loved the mention of the band, the Dog Zombies!


Thanks again to Charlotte and Aidan for writing such amazing reviews. Please keep following the blog, and do comment whenever you like about anything we write about as we love to hear from our readers!



Childtastic Books started out as a collaborative blog, written by me and my young daughter Holly. Now she's nearly a teen, she's off doing exciting and new things but I am still here, reading, writing and reviewing books for children and young adults of all ages. I miss her input but I hope she will pop in from time to time to do some guest posts! A little about me - I have just finished an MA in Children's Literature from the University of Roehampton (result pending, eeek) and am a part-time primary school librarian. The other part of my time is spent writing and editing, my own work and others, and I am waiting for my first non-fiction book to be published - a teacher resources pack for Handa's Surprise. I welcome comments and love to hear from visitors to this blog. Please note though that, because of time constraints, it is rare that I can read and review books from self-published authors. I receive so many requests and feel badly about not being able to keep up with them all. Thanks for visiting! Sam

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