January’s Book Review Competition winner is Asteria Fetsum Berihe in B4!
CONGRATULATIONS ASTERIA, you have won a €10 book token which you can collect in the library!
Here’s her winning book review:
The eagerly anticipated ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo is, in my opinion, one of my favourite books of all time. It is a book that I would recommend to others in my generation because of its comprehensible tone and interesting story line.
A young boy named Michael travels the sea on a boat named Peggy Sue. One night during their voyage, he mysteriously disappears, then awakens to been washed up on an island with his dog, Stella Artois. They strive for survival. But, the simplicity of this process makes Michael wonder if he really is isolated on this island. A feeble and grubby man reveals himself and helps Michael to survive. After a long time passes, the boat returns victoriously. What will the revelations be once the boat returns to rescue him?
The author successfully provoked multiple emotions from me, for the duration of the story. The opening sentence begins with “I disappeared on the night before my twelfth birthday”. By this, we already know who the narrator is and there is a sense of curiosity expressed from the reader. The reader will wonder how this boy had disappeared the day before his birthday. The author has made this book interesting but comprehensible. One key emotion that was triggered the most was sympathy. One important event of the story is when Kensuke is first introduced. Kensuke explains who he is and where he is from. He speaks about his family, about how he is unaware if they are alive. I felt a brief glimpse of sadness and sympathy for him. I started to imagine how it would feel if I was placed in the shoes of Kensuke.
Although, the author has disappointed me in a certain aspect of the book. There was not enough depth to the actual story. I feel that it could have went on for much longer, considering the fact it was intensely interesting.
If I were to recommend this book to a certain target audience, I would say to those who are under the age of eighteen. The language is not complex and that is one of the reasons why I like it. Even people who find reading challenging or lack concentration, this book will grab a hold of their attention span. If I were to give this book a star rating, I would say four and a half stars out of five.
Thanks Asteria! Michael Morpurgo is an incredibly popular author in the library and we have MANY of his books here for loan 📖🤓📖🤓📖🤓📖
The deadline for next months competition is Tuesday 28th February so everyone has plenty of time to enter! You can write a review on any book you like and give it a star rating out of five. Email the review to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win €10 book token!
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