How to Write a Book Review
Want to know what makes a good book review? Here are some hints and tips for you to consider as you write.
- Always include a brief (1-2 paragraphs) summary of the book. Introduce the main characters and the plot, but don’t give away too much. Write just enough so that your readers want to know more.
- Always give your opinion (at least 1 paragraph). Why did you like the book?
- Read a review by someone else – another student, a teacher, or on another blog. What do you like about their reviews? What writing craft did they use that stood out?
Questions to think about:
Respond to at least two of these questions in your review. Give specific details or examples.
- What did you like about the characters?
- What scene or event really stood out to you? Why?
- Was the writing interesting? How?
- Does the author do a particularly great job of describing characters, details, or events?
- Did the writing affect your emotions? How?
Remember, your review should hook your reader so that they want to read the book, too.
Your review can be about any book – fiction, nonfiction, chapter book, picture book, poetry book, etc.