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FORMAT OF A BOOK REVIEW


S.No.                                                                                            Date:

1.      Author of the Book :
2.      Title of the Book :
3.      Name of the Publisher :
4.      Place of Publication :
5.      Year of Publication :

Summary of the Book (in 2 pages)

Questions

1.      Did you like the book? (Yes/No) Why?
2.      Which characters you liked most? Why?


Theme/ Idea /Moral of the book/story

Conclusion

Writing a Book Review

By Grace Fleming, About.com Guide
There are several acceptable ways to write a book review, but if your teacher doesn’t provide you with specific instructions, you might feel a little lost when it comes to formatting your paper.
There is a format used by many teachers and college professors when it comes to reviewing history texts. It isn’t found in any style guide, but it does contain aspects of the Turabian style of writing.
Although it might seem a little strange to you, many history teachers like to see a full citation for the book you’re reviewing (Turabian style) at the head of the paper, right below the title. While it might seem odd to start with a citation, this format mirrors the appearance of book reviews that are published in scholarly journals.
Below the title and citation, write the body of the book review in essay form without subtitles.
As you write your book review, remember that your goal is to analyze the text by discussing the strengths and weaknesses—as opposed to summarizing the content. You should also note that it’s best to be as balanced as possible in your analysis. Include both strengths and weaknesses. On the other hand, if you think the book was either dreadfully written or ingenious, you should say so!
Here are some other important elements to include in your analysis:
1.     Date/range of the book. Define the time period that the book covers. Explain if the book progresses chronologically or if it addresses events by topic. If the book addresses one particular subject, explain how that event fits into a broader time scale (like the Reconstruction era).
2.     Point of view. Can you glean from the text if the author has a strong opinion about an event? Is the author objective, or does he express a liberal or conservative viewpoint?
3.     Sources. Does the author use secondary sources or primary sources, or both? Review the bibliography of the text to see if there is a pattern or any interesting observation about the sources the writer uses. Are the sources all new or all old? That fact could provide interesting insight into the validity of a thesis.
4.     Organization. Discuss whether the book makes sense the way it is written or if it could have been better organized. Authors put a lot of time into organizing a book and sometimes they just don’t get it right!
5.     Author information. What do you know about the author? What other books has he/she written? Does the author teach at a university? What training or experience has contributed to the author’s command of the topic?
The last paragraph of your review should contain a summary of your review and a clear statement that conveys your overall opinion. It is common to make a statement such as:
o    This book delivered on its promise because…
o    This book was a disappointment because…
o    This book contributed significantly to the argument that…
o    The book [title] provides the reader with deep insight into…
The book review is an opportunity to give your true opinion about a book. Just remember to back up a strong statement like those above with evidence from the text.

Book Review Format

             The following format will be used for the Book Review you will be doing.
I.  Introduction
A.  Introduce your review appropriately.  Identify the author, the title, the main topic or issue presented in the book, and the author’s purpose in writing the book. 

B.  Explain Relationships.  Establish your position as the reviewer (your thesis about the author’s thesis).  As you write, consider the following questions:

o    What type of book is this?  (Is the book a memoir, a treatise, a collection of facts, an extended argument, etc.?  Is the article a documentary, a write-up of primary research, a position paper, etc.)?
o    Who is the author?  What does the preface or foreword tell you about the author’s purpose, background, and credentials?  What is the author’s approach to the topic (as a journalist? a historian? a researcher?)?
o    What is the main topic or problem addressed?  How does the work relate to a discipline, to a profession, to a particular audience, or to other works on the topic?  Who’s the audience for this book?
o    What is your critical evaluation of the work (your thesis or stance)?  Why have you taken that position?  What criteria are you basing your position on?

C.  Provide an Overview.  What are the author’s basic premises for writing this book?  What issues are raised, or what themes emerge?  What situation(s) provide a basis for the author’s assertions?  List any background information that is relevant to the entire book and should be placed here rather than in a body paragraph.

II.  Evaluate the book.  This is the heart of your book review.  You should discuss a variety of issues here:

o    How clearly is the book written?
o    Did the author achieve his goal?  How did he do this or fall short? 
o    What are the author’s most important points?  List at least two examples of how the author proved or did not prove points he was trying to make.
o    What possibilities does the book suggest for the reader?
o    What did the book leave out?
o    How the book compares to others on the subject?
o    What personal experiences do you have relating to the subject?
o    What did you like best about the book?  What did you like least about the book?

Make sure that you distinguish your personal views from that of the author. 

III.  Conclusion.  Tie together any issues raised in the review and provide a concise comment on the book and whether or not you would recommend this book to someone else. 
There is, of course, no set formula, but a general rule of thumb is that the first one-half to two-thirds of the review should summarize the author’s main ideas while the remainder of the report should evaluate the book.

Steps to Follow When Writing a Book Review:

(Note: You do not have to answer every question, these are only suggestions to guide your writing.)
1.Write at least 3-4 sentences about the plot
• What was the story about?
• Who were the main characters?
• What did the main characters do in the story?
• Did the main characters run into any problems?
• Did the main characters have any adventures?
• Who was your favorite character? Why?
2. Your personal experiences
• Could you relate to any of the characters in the story?
• Have you ever done some of the things or felt some of the same things that the
characters did?
3.Your opinion
• Did you like the book?
• What was your favorite part of the book?
• Do you have a least favorite part of the book?
• If you could change something in the book, what would it be?
(If you wish you could change theending, remembernot to tell the ending to the
story you read!)
4.Your recommendation
• Would you recommend this book to another person?

• What type of person would like this book?



HARDIK SHARMA - 7H

Name of the Book:- Lemony Snicket ( Part 2 ) a series of unfortunate events Author:- David Handlier ( pen name - LEMONY SNICKET ) Publisher:- ecb Egmont books
Summary.......
So , the story begins with ( i know the 1st part cause i have watched the movie of this novel , just like Harry Potter , ' hai na Sarika mam ' ) Baudeliare orphans losing their parents in an enormous fire that destroyed their home too. So then , Uncle Poe gets the custody of the three orphans - Violet ( the eldest and always wants to invent things ) , Klaus ( the middle and loves to read books , just like me ) & Sunny ( the youngest ) . But after some time , Uncle Poe gets busy in some work , so he makes Count Olaf ( the villian of these books ) the legal guardian of the three . Count Olaf was Very Greeedy . He ordered the kids to do his all chores and work for him . The three orphans were in a mood of crying , but do not trust them , as they'll lead you to the same road as misery . Times passed by , then after a couple of weeks , when Uncle Poe saw this , he quickly said goodbye to Count Olaf and gave their custody to another person - Dr.Montegomery Montegomery . Dr. Montego......( whatever ) was an honest man and kept the orphans happily ........
But what about Count Olaf . He was so angry that one day when Dr. Montego.......( can you spell that for me ? ) was roaming , he killed him with a poison so that he could get the custody of the Baudelaires .
To see what happens next , purchase the next book - Lemony Snicket ( part 3 ) .................




7 comments:

  1. Jessica Banka of VII - C12 August 2013 at 10:08

    i like library books very much. i am also trying to
    do as many books i can.i thank principal ma'am that you have made this good reading skill scheme which helps us lot in our studies. we got so much of knowledge and makes a habit of reading which helps us lot in exams.

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  2. Name of the Book :- Lemony Snicket ( Part 2 ) A series of unfortunate events
    Author :- David Handlier ( pen name - LEMONY SNICKET )
    Publisher :- ecb Egmont books

    summary...........

    This story begins with ( i have watched the movie of this novel , thats why i also know the 1st part also , just like harry potter )
    baudelaire orphans losing their parents in a fire that destroyed their home too . So then , Uncle Poe is the Legal Gaurdian until he has got some work . So he puts Count Olaf ( the villian of the books ) the legal gaurdian of The baudelaires - Violet , Klaus and Sunny . Count Olaf is very greedy so he traps the three orphans and tells them to do his work . But when Uncle Poe discovers this , he gives another person the charge of Baudilaires - Dr. Montegomery Montegomery. Dr. Monteg..... ( whatever ) is an honest man and keeps the three with him happily ..............

    But Count Olaf is not happy ... so he comes in disguise and kills Dr. Montego.......( can you spell that for me ) so that he can get the three orphans back .


    an awwsome book ( my favouriiite ) in the library........
    Author - David Handlier has made it so suspensable thats why its the best





    oh sorry .. Forgot to mention my name

    Hardik Sharma 7 H ( cutie student of Sarika mam )

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  3. LAKSHITA SINGH 7-C18 August 2013 at 09:49

    I like this library blog very much. I thank to Principal ma'am to giving us very good library. I also thank, giving us GOOD READING SCHEEME.

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  4. i like school library so much and i try to read as many books as i can...

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  5. Title: Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye (Book #1)

    Author: Geronimo Stilton

    Year published: 2004

    Publisher: Scholastic

    Number of pages: 116

    Is this book part of a series? Book #1 in Geronimo Stilton series

    Recommended age: 6-9

    What it’s about: The story is about a mouse named Geronimo Stilton who is an editor of a newspaper. He is also the author of this book. His sister Thea finds a treasure map so they go on a boat to try to find the treasure. The treasure is the Emerald Eye which they think is some sort of jewel. Their cousin Trap and their nephew Benjamin also come on their adventure. Then, their ship sinks and they land on an island which just happens to be the right one. Geronimo and his family work together to follow the map and find the treasure.

    What I liked and disliked about it: I liked this book because it’s funny and the story is good. I like stories that have mysteries and adventures like this one does. It was really cool that there was a treasure map. If I found a treasure map, I would try to find it – especially if it’s a big jewel like a ruby or diamond and I would ask all of my friends, my little brother, my Mom, and my Dad to help me find it.

    Trap and Thea are funny when they call Geronimo by everything but his name, like “Geronimiss”, “Geronimouse”, “Gerrymug”, and “Geronimeister”. It really seems to bother him.

    I liked the way the book ended because the treasure they discovered was a big surprise.

    I didn’t like that there is writing and pictures over some of the words because I didn’t know which ones were part of the story and where they were in the sentence. It made it harder to read.

    My bottom line: I loved this book and would recommend it to girls my age and younger and boys who are younger than me.

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