I am happy to post children’s reviews of poetry books (not just New Zealand ones and they don’t need to be new).
What to Do
1. You write the review. It can be as short or as long as you like. But not too long for the blog!
2. Make sure you include the author’s name, the illustrator, the title of the book and the publisher (for example Scholastic or Random House).
3. You can also write a short bio of yourself.
4. Include your name, age, year and name of school.
5. I can post your photo if I get parental permission.
6. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org
7. I get the book cover image and the author photo and hey presto it’s ready to post.
Tips on Reviewing a Book:
1. Write the title and names of author, illustrator and publisher.
2. Read the book and as you read jot down all the things you like and the things you don’t like.
Use these questions to think about the book (don’t use all just the ones that help you):
3. What kinds of subjects does the poet like?
4. How do the poems make you react? It might be a range of things.
5. How do the poems sound when read aloud?
6. Is there any rhyme you especially like? Put them in your review.
7. Or similes?
8. Are there any lines or words you love? Put them in your review.
9. Do the poems surprise you in any way? How?
10. Which is your favourite poem? What do you like about it?
11. What do you think of the illustrations?
12. Does it have a good title?
13. Do any poems have endings you think work especially well? What do you like about them?
14. Or first lines? Put some examples in your review!
15. Is there a poem that has inspired you to write one of your own? Include it in the review.