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June 06, 2012

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Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
Reviewed by Sumin

What do you think of a poem? There's so much you can do with a poem—it's expressing your whole feeling about something. It can be about sadness, madness, happiness, love, anything. Love That Dog by Sharon Creech is a story made of several poems about a boy named Jack who first doesn't get what a poem really is, but later learns to express his feelings about his dog, Sky.

At first, Jack thinks that poetry is only for girls, and when he tries, he can't do it. Because he doesn't understand it. He keeps on writing his thoughts about poems on a piece of paper, without even noticing that what he wrote is a bunch of poems. His teacher encourages him, and his poems are put up on a wall. Jack keeps on writing more and more, and he also reads many poems written by other poets which inspired him so much. He actually has a great sadness that still stayed in his heart: his dog, Sky, died in a car accident. How is Jack going to get that feeling out and think of it in a new way?

What I love about this book is that in every word, in each line, I can feel what Jack must've been thinking. A lot of emotions is put into the poem, and I never knew that poetry can be as interesting as this. It teaches you how to read and write and understand a poem. Like how other poets inspired Jack, this book of poetry inspired me to write a few poems too.

To read this book completely, you need some patience when you notice that it is a bunch a poems. But when you start reading, you'll never think so. The moment I read the first poem, I thought that I maybe agree with Jack. But as I read on, I learned that poetry can be very fun and interesting. You should try reading it too—and write your own about your own emotional thing that you wish to express.

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More Stories by Roald Dahl
Reviewed by Sumin

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More Stories had so many wonderful stories in it, just like its title. This book is for girls and boys grade 3 through 7, although some younger or older people may enjoy it as well. For example, I'm going to talk about The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar.

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar is about a wealthy, selfish, lazy, and gambling man named Henry Sugar who's mind and life completely changed after reading a book about an Indian yogi being able to do amazing magic things such as seeing through objects when he kept on working on yoga. So after he read the story, he started to work on the yoga exercise the book mentioned, so that he can see through the cards when he's gambling, and he would win a lot of money. But because he worked on yoga so much, his mind got way more disciplined than before. He started to think in a different way, and he decided to use all the money he got from gambling to help orphans who really need to be saved. And he did.

There are six more stories as wonderful as the one I talked about above, and they're all very imaginative, unexpected, interesting, and usually magical. As you're reading, you'll be able to just imagine all the setting, the character, how the characters talk and act like, and what the characters felt like in the book. You'll become the character, and do what the character's doing and feel what character's feeling, in your head. It will feel like getting into the story, standing on the setting from the book, and exploring everywhere. You'll never get bored.

One little thing that you might not like about this book is that the plot twists around a lot and the ending is usually very unexpected. But still, it might be a thing that makes the story more fun and interesting for some people. Other than that, they were all very amazing, wonderful seven stories, and you should definitely read this book, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More Stories by Roald Dahl.

Posted by Arlo at June 6, 2012 05:35 PM