Book reviews by Maya Patra, Grade 7C

Watership Down by Richard Adams

Watership Down is a moving, stirring tale of courage and the struggle to survive against the odds.


The story starts on a warm summer evening, in a peaceful meadow, the home of two rabbits, Hazel and his younger brother, Fiver.

Fiver is only a little rabbit, in fact the runt of the litter, but he has what some people call sixth sense. He foresees that a great danger is about to destroy the warren, and he is sure that something dreadful will take place if they do not leave, and fast. But Fiver finds that no one believes him.

Hazel, concerned about Fiver’s vision, rounds up a small band of faithful, brave rabbits and together they set out on perilous journey to find a new, safer home, to start afresh.

Finally, led by Hazel and guided by Fiver’s gift the rabbits reach Watership Down – a rabbit’s paradise. But it is here that they encounter the greatest danger of all.

The cons: There aren’t many negatives to this book, but something I didn’t like was the descriptions. They become very long and winding and you tend to get a little lost along the way. It takes ages to get to the real action, which is why I had to skip pages a lot.

The pros: There are so many ups to this book that I don’t know where to start!

What I like most is that the author has been able to give each character a distinct, unique personality even though everyone who features here is a rabbit! Hazel in the main role, the hero, is a natural leader, resourceful, and always ready to help. Fiver – timid, cautious but sensible and practical. Bigwig, a hefty rabbit and a great ally, even though he is a little short tempered. Each rabbit has their own likes and dislikes.

Another thing I enjoyed is that the writer has made up a whole new separate rabbit language called “Lapine”, though they communicate in human language too. It includes words such as “hrair”, “ni – frith”, and “tharn”. I’ll leave you to read the book and find out what they mean! It is hard to make up another realistic sounding language so I thought this was very ingenious.

The story draws you in, captivates you, and by the end you feel like you were actually in the book, going through all the triumphs and difficulties that Hazel and the rest were going through. This book is a combination of everything: adventure, suspense, mystery, humour, sorrow, joy and much, much more. And I can definitely advise you to………

READ IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

Courtesy: The Guardian(web version)

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/childrens-books-site/2012/aug/15/review-watership-down-richard-adams?INTCMP=SRCH

The Feluda Stories by Satyajit Ray – review

‘This book is perfect for anyone who loves adventure, suspense, shocks and mysteries!!!’

When one thinks of detectives, what usually comes to mind is Sherlock Holmes, Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys. The Feluda Stories by Satyajit Ray is a refreshing change with its fast-paced action, mysterious twists and turns and intricate plot. What is unique about this detective novel is that it is set in various different places in India.

Feluda plays the role of the main sleuth, and like in all great detective stories there has to be a sidekick. Feluda’s slightly gullible, younger cousin Tapesh is the second banana here. Tapesh is the narrator of this story and tries to follow in his cousin’s footsteps. Feluda is the ideal investigator: sharp eyed, alert, witty, resourceful and brainy.

They befriend Jatayu, a famous thriller writer and together the trio travel all over India, uncovering many shady schemes, defeating several sinister criminals and managing to wriggle out of some very sticky situations, always emerging victorious in the end.

The great thing about this book is that you never really know what’s going to happen next. There’s always a surprise waiting for you just when you think you know who the culprit is! The story is jam–packed full of handy detective info including how to pick locks, disguise yourself and write coded letters. The down side is that the plot is too rather complex and hard to follow properly so there are some parts which you just have to skip. Also the climax was a bit of a let-down, because it lacked excitement and activity which was not what I expected.

All in all, this book is perfect for anyone who loves adventure, suspense, shocks and mysteries!!!

Courtesy: The Guardian (Web Version)

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/childrens-books-site/2012/aug/16/review-feluda-stories-satyajit-ray?INTCMP=SRCH

My world of colour by Maya P – Poem

Dive into Maya P’s world of colour and unleash all of your senses

Blue is the colour of drowsiness;
Blue smells like a clear water creek in the
woods;
Blue tastes like a warm sweet blueberry, its juice
running down the throat;
Blue feels like a downy soft bed to sink into;
Blue sounds like the oceans gentle ripples
lapping against your feet;
Blue looks like soft, sleepy dreams whispering
in your ear;
Blue is the colour of drowsiness. 

Green is colour of freshness, cool and pure;
Green smells like mint, rejuvenating and
refreshing;
Green tastes like a ripe, lemony fruit, just
plucked off an old oak tree;
Green feels like delicate silk, lightly brushing
against your cheek;
Green sounds like the evening breeze, blowing
through the young leaves;
Green looks like a satin ribbon, pretty and
dainty;
Green is the colour of freshness, cool and pure. 

Orange is the colour of liveliness;
Orange smells like a fragrant blossom;
Orange tastes like a juicy tangerine, tangy and savoury;
Orange feels like a happy tiger’s luxurious fur;
Orange sounds like a peal of tinkling laughter;
Orange looks like children playing gaily;
Orange is the colour of liveliness. 

Purple is the colour of royalty;
Purple smells like a strong sweet aroma;
Purple tastes like luscious grapes and rich wine;
Purple feels like a soft deep velvet robe;
Purple sounds like a kingly, regal voice,
commanding and ordering;
Purple looks like lush tulips swaying in the late
night wind;
Purple is the colour of royalty.

Courtesy: The Guardian(Web Version)

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/childrens-books-site/2012/nov/14/your-stories-my-world-of-colour-mayap