The Hobbit

3 out of 5 stars

The Hobbit

By: J.R.R. Tolkien

the hobbit.jpg  Pro: After reflection, I realized the moral lesson was about greed. The dwarves would sing cheerful songs throughout the novel and were optimistic about reaching the mountain, but what kept the plot moving forward ultimately was treasure the dragon was protecting. Most of the conflict and tension surfaces as a result of greed. The reader also gets to physically see the setting as there is a map provided at the back of the book along with a few illustrations in the chapters of the character’s whereabouts. My favorite part in this story was in chapter 9 when Bilbo and the dwarves escape the Elvenking with the help of barrels.

Con: There is a lack of plot twists in my opinion. I also felt that the plot dragged on as they were trying to reach the mountain.

Who is this for? This was written for a younger audience around maybe 6th or 7th grade. 

 

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The Jungle Book

3 stars out of 5

The Jungle Book 

By: Rudyard Kipling

jungle book  The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling is definitely different from Disney’s version but given it was written in the 1890’s that would make sense.

Pro: Numerous characters like Rikki-tikki and Mowgli are simply trying to fit in society. As a result, a common theme in this book is about belonging. Courage, bravery, and family are also common themes. One attractive quality this book has would be its moral lessons like don’t be jealous and face your deepest fears.

Con: Along with courage, there is a prevalent theme of fearfulness, as well. There are some rather violent scenes in Rudyard Kipling’s version. I found them difficult to get through personally. Quite a few of the stories are unrelated and are not in the jungle which makes the title misleading.

 

Ours Brun Dis-Moi

2 out of 5 stars

Ours Brun Dis-Moi 

By: Eric Carle

ours brun, dis moi  Pro: This is a simple book that helps children learn their colors and some animals. I would recommend this book to much younger children maybe 2 or 3-year-olds. There is an English and French version.

Con: The illustrations were somewhat mediocre. The book is extremely repetitive and is not meant for children much older than toddlers.

The House of the Scorpion #1

3 stars out of 5

the house of the scorpion.jpeg  I enjoyed this book. I especially liked the discussion on how human clones would be treated and what rules for them would result. The fictional mistreatment of the clones reminded me of historical accounts of treating people less than for being different.

Pros: It made me think about how human clones would be treated and what rights they might have.

Cons: There a bit of repetition in the book that gets tiring. An example of this would be that the author refers to the beginning of the book a lot with repeated quotes and references.

Conclusion: All in all, I liked this book, but it isn’t in my top favorites.

Knife and the Butterfly

1 star out of 5

knife-and-the-butterfly  The main character, Azael, wakes up in a cell. As he is locked away, he tries to remember how he got picked up. Azael has quite the attitude in the book. The language in the book was graphic and violent. I personally did not enjoy this book because I didn’t care for the dialogue.

Pro: If you want to read a fictional book about gang members and being locked up, this is the book for you. Especially, if you are a young adult.

Con: After reading reviews of people who loved this book, I can conclude that a lot of those individuals did not like the ending.