Book Review Instructions

Students should be reading at least one book on their own each nine weeks.  One book review is due each nine weeks. The dates for 2017-2018 school year are October 22nd, November 14th, February 6th, April 24th. Below is a sample of how book reviews should be written. Sample Book Review:

Please save in your binder and use for writing ALL book reviews.

Book Review # ____

by Your Name

Title: Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Author: Rudyard Kipling

Publisher: Penguin

Year Published: 1894

Number of Pages:  14

Book Review:

“He was a mongoose, rather like a little cat in his fur and his tail, but quite like a weasel in his head and his habits. His eyes and the end of his restless nose were pink; he could fluff up his tail like a bottle brush, and his war cry as he scuttled through the grass was: Rikki-tikk-tikki-tikk-tchk?’”

“Rikki-tikki-tavi” is a short story by Rudyard Kipling.  The protagonist and title character is a mongoose who is taken in by an English family living in Segowlee Cantonment, India during British colonial rule.  He wants nothing more than to become their house mongoose and have rooms in which to run and play.  But two cobras, Nag and Nagaina are terrorizing the garden creatures and the family.  Rikki-tikki-tavi learns you must show courage in order to protect those that you love.  (And a little from a fat muskrat and some featherbrained little birds doesn’t hurt either!!)

This classic piece of literature has many great features.  It is filled with action and suspense.  With each battle that Rikki fights, the action becomes more intense.  Kipling describes these battle scenes very effectively so that the reader can picture the movements of Rikki and his enemies.  “Rikki danced in a circle to get behind her, and Nagaina spun round to keep her head to his head, so that the rustle of her tail on the matting sounded like dry leaves blown along by the wind.”  Figurative language, descriptive passages, and the use of foreshadowing all help to make this story a very good read.  The author also uses personification giving depth of personality to the various animal characters. Nagaina the female cobra is the typical dominant bossy “wife” who calls all the shots; while Nag her husband takes on more of a submissive role and simply follows her orders.  Darzee the tailorbird is “very much like a man” with his impulsive behavior and laziness.  The characters, though animals, seem more real or even human because of this. This story has withstood the test of time and really should be read by all students of middle school age and up.

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