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Contributed by the children of "Literature Alive!" readers:

Title: Redwall
Author: Brian Jacques
Main Character:  Mathius is a young mouse who lives within the tall walls of Redwall Abbey.  He serves the Abbot and other animals who take shelter in Redwall Abbey.

Redwall Abbey is situated at the edge of a small forest.  It is most often used as a place of refuge for the woodland creatures in times of trouble.  Normally it is a very peaceful place, until the Summer of the Late Rose.  Cluney the Scourge, the evil rat legend of terror, is seen marching through the quiet woods toward Redwall Abbey.  The mice of Redwall know that his only intent is to take over the peaceful abbey and make it into his palace from which he will rule with an icy, cold, cruel hand.  The mice do thier best to defend the abbey.  They do a very good job of it, but can't last forever.  They believe their only hope lies in the great sword of the ancient warrior monk, Martin, the founder of Redwall Abbey.  So Mathias, the young mouse apprentice who is always tripping over his overly large sandals, sets out to find the long lost sword, which may be Redwall's last hope.

I liked this book because it always kept me on the edge of my seat with the language, the action, the joy and happiness, even the grief and despair.  I would recommend it to people who like stories of adventure.
~ Jordan A.  10yo  Sacramento

The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

I like the story of the Grouchy Ladybug. I like it because the grouchy ladybug says, "Go away!" I like it when the friendly ladybugs says, "We can share the aphids."

I like real ladybugsnot pretend ladybugs. I like the friendly ladybug because shes nice. I like the hyena and the snake and the yellow jacket.

The pictures are pretty. ~ Review by Sophia Peceli, age 3 years old


The Black Stallion

Have you ever read "The Black Stallion" or seen the movie, "The Black Stallion"? We rented the movie and bought the book.

Right now, my mom is reading the book to me. And guess what? Im going to learn how to take care of a horse. I hope the horse I get to take care of is black because I love black horses.

I really like both the book and the movie. The book and the movie are different because Walter Farley wrote the book and Francis Ford Coppolla made the movie. In the book, Alec travels by himself to India where he stays with his Uncle Ralph. In the movie, Alec travels with his dad and his dad dies in the movie because there is a fire. In the book, his dad is alive.

We havent finished reading the book but were on Chapter ten. I like this book and the movie so much, I would like you to read the book and see the movie, too.

I like this book very much.

The End ~ a book and movie review by Isabella Peceli, age 6



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