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.

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One response »

  1. sweetiecamie says:

    Nice description Ms. Lindsey.

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