Guidelines for writing a book review for a blog

We write a book review for a blog because we enjoyed a book and want to recommend it to other people to read.

When writing your book review, do not tell the whole story as this will spoil the book for other readers.

You can write the following in your book review:

  1. The name of the book and the author.
  2. A really interesting quotation that caught your eye, one that you read again because you enjoyed it. (Optional)
  3. Write about the main characters in the book. (Who they are, what they do, where they live)
  4. Write about how much you loved the book.
  5. What did you learn from the story, if anything?
  6. What age group would enjoy reading this book.
  7. End the Blog with a sentence that makes the reader want to read the book to find out what happened in the story.
  8. Don’t forget to write your name and age.
  9. Your book review should not be longer than 10-12 lines.

Here is an example of a book review.

Blog: Mr Stink, by David Williams

“Mr Stink stank. He also stunk. And if it is correct English to say he stinked, then he stinked as well. He was the stinkiest stinky stinker who ever lived.”

 The story is about a girl called Chloe who makes friends with a homeless man called Mr. Stink. Chloe is a lonely 12-year-old girl who is bullied by a group of girls at school and ignored by her mother and her sister.

Over the Christmas period Chloe finally decides to walk up to the tramp and they become friends. Chloe secretly allows Mr. Stink to live in her garden shed. When local newspapers find out about this, they call Chloe’s mom a hero for offering the homeless man a place to stay. Both she and Mr. Stink are invited for an interview on a television show…

Chloe is about to learn the truth about Mr Stink. It’s a reminder to everyone not to judge a man by the way he smells.

By Hannah 10 yrs old

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A book review is just one person’s reaction to a book they have read. Book reviewers try to give honest feedback about a book they’ve read, and they do it in different ways.

Here’s one plan that might work for you if you are not sure how to get started.

  1. Choose a book you think you can write about. It may not be your favorite book, but it needs to be one you can describe to others.
  2. Read the book. If you read it a while back, read it again, just before you write your review.
  3. Think about what you’ve read. Try to answer SOME of these questions in whole sentences:
  • What was the book about? Try to describe it in a couple of sentences without giving away the ending. To see examples of this, there’s a fun site, Book-A-Minute, that condenses well-known books into a sentence or two.
  • What was your favourite part of the story? Why did you like it?
  • Who is/are the main characters? Tell us something about them. What happens to them in the story?
  • What sort of book was it? Was it a picture book, a chapter book, a fantasy book, a nonfiction book for sport fans?
  • If there are illustrations, how did they help tell the story?
  • Did you like the book? Why or why not? What was good about it? Did any parts make you laugh? Which ones? Did you feel as if you were looking through the main character’s eyes?
  • What sort of people would like this book?
  1. Look at the sentences you have written and see if they can make the bones of your book review. You might need to add some more.
  2. Write an interesting starting sentence for your review. Some people like to start with a question. Other reviewers like to start with the book facts: author, illustrator, and publisher to make it easy for others to find the book.
  3. Put the sentences you’ve written into the order that seems best to you. Add any words or sentences you think might make it clearer.
  4. Read your book review aloud to yourself and check for spelling and punctuation.
  5. Ask someone else to read your review and get their opinion of it. Make any changes you think you need.

Remember, this is just one plan you can follow. Read some book reviews to get ideas, then go ahead and make your own plan. When you’re finished why not send your work to info@e-library.co.za who will review it, and it may be selected for publication on our website and FaceBook page.