Welcome to Wham! Bam! Books! - a blog about our favourite books. These reviews are written by Year 4 kids (and some of their friends) who really love reading. SO read through our reviews and find a book that you might be interested in.


Sunday, 4 November 2012

The Bad Book - Andy Griffiths

“The Bad Book” is a book of rhymes, stories about bad things such as bad ants doing wheelies on grandmas and mums and dads letting children do bad things. “The Bad Book” is a great book. It is very entertaining.
I recommend it for 9-12 year old kids. It is a good book.
By Flynn

1 + 1 and other unlikely additions - David LaRochelle

1+1 is a book for 1-100 years old. 1+1 is a great book. It is very creative, like 1+1= 16 then you turn the page, 1 soccer team + 1 basketball team = 16 players.  1+1 is Awesome 10/10.

by Max

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Flanimals - Ricky Gervais

"Flanimals" is a book that tells you about all the flanimals other planets but it is just a fiction book so it’s not real.  Some of the flanimals are very ugly and some are cute as well plus it tells you the evolution of the flanimals.

Some evolve to be cute and some to be ugly. Some flanimals protect other flanimals because of their loyalty and their strength.

The possible rating for this book is 7 out of 10.

By Henry

The Cow that Goes Kapow! - Andy Griffiths

This book was written by Andy Griffiths and illustrated by Terry Denton. This book is very funny if you need a laugh. It includes many little stories rolled into one silly story. This book makes me laugh when I read it. I hope it makes you laugh too.

by Lily

Matilda - Roald Dahl

‘Matilda’ is a book about an intelligent little girl who has an unkind father and mother who just think she is a little brat. Her friends and lovely teacher Miss Honey help her get past her parents and unkind principal Ms Trunchbull. But as little Matilda just starts to get used to her class, her parents come up with news that they are going to move. But little Matilda has a few tricks up her sleeve to fight off her unkind parents and principal.

by Christina 

Violent Volcanoes and Earth-Shattering Earthquakes - Anita Ganeri

This book is all about the history of volcanoes and earthquakes with all the funny bits included!! It tells you the top 15 volcanic eruptions and what happened. It tells you the date, how many lives were lost or wounded, and the details!

This book is recommended for the science lovers, or just anyone!

by Celina

Wolves of the Beyond - Lone Wolf - Kathryn Lasky

When the wolf, Faolan, is born, he is abandoned on a tummafraw by his pack and clan, for he is a macldalh, a cursed pup. Only if he survives can he return to his clan as the lowest ranking wolf, a gnaw wolf. A grizzly bear brought him up, surviving with him. But when Thunderheart, the grizzly, dies in an earthquake, how can Faolan survive alone, witnessing terrible things and later being hunted by his own clan?

A thrilling book that is recommended for anyone who lets his/her imagination soar.

by Celina

Treasure Fever - Andy Griffiths

"Treasure Fever" is part of the series I am reading. It is about falling into gardens out of two story windows, using chewed paper blobs to solve problems and many more interesting things. I love this book about interesting people and strange events. I recommend it for 9-12 year old kids.
I love this book and I say you have got to read it.

by Flynn

Mistakes That Worked - Charlotte Foltz-Jones

"Mistakes that Worked" is a brilliant book because it is about how mistakes became real life things we use today. It taught my lots of things that I did not know such as how the frisbee was invented and how cheese was first made. My favourite bit was all the fun things that were invented.
I would recommend it for ages 10-15. I rate it 7 out of 10.

by Jude

Striker - Michael Hurley

"Striker" is a good book for people who want to learn about soccer strikers.  It has a lot about famous strikers, for example Leo Messi and Pele. It has pages about individual players and tells you how many goals they have scored. It tells you a lot about players. It is great for soccer lovers.
I rate it 8/10 for people who aren’t big fans of soccer and 9/10 for soccer lovers.

by Max

Just Doomed - Andy Griffiths

"Just Doomed" is an Andy Griffiths book in my favourite series. I think it is a really good. This book is full of stories such as things like booking the wrong hotel or stealing your own mum's hand bag and many more entertaining stories. I think it couldn’t get better.
I recommend this book for 9-12 girls or boys.

by Flynn

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Just Stupid - Andy Griffiths

Just Stupid is a very funny book. Actually it is probably even more funny than it is stupid. It contains many hilarious and unusual stories. I think it is a book for children about 9-12 years old.
by Flynn

Diary of a Wimpy Vampire - Prince of Dorkness - Tim Collins

Neil is a vampire with a very wimpy vampire family. At his school he makes enemies with a monster. Mysterious things happen. I recommend this book for ages 10-12. I also rate it 9 -10.
by Jude

The Faraway Seed - Anna Boucaut, Jill Brailsford

If you love a decent book with exquisite pictures this book is for you. This book is a wonderful read and is beautifully illustrated. This book is about a bird who drops a seed and a tree grows that is not the same as the other trees. It teaches us the importance of differences, in a great way. It was published in 2009 but is still very popular. This is a truly delightful book and an awesome read for all ages.  by Lydia

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Claudia and The Phantom Phone Calls (The Baby-Sitters Club) -By Ann M. Martin

Are you looking for a good mystery book? Well, this book might be for you! As Claudia and her friends read in the newspaper that a jewel thief has been breaking into nearby homes, they start to get really spooked. Will the Phantom Caller scare off the Baby-Sitters Club? Maybe, or maybe not, as they find out that the Phantom Caller they have been scared about is just a classmate…

By Christina

Monday, 21 May 2012

The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe - Theodore Gray and Nick Mann

This book tells you about chemistry and the elements in the periodic table.  It also show you how the perodic table got its shape.  I think the book is interesting for people that are interested in science. It has lots scientific facts that you might not know. I rate it 7 out of 10. 

by Henry

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Ranger's Apprentice - John Flanagan

This book is about a ranger's apprentice who faces danger in his everyday life.Will, the apprentice, trains hard and is always ready for action. While hunting down a monster called the Kalkara, he lives in constant fear for his master. WIll's actions will decide his master's fate. This book is full of surprises and you never know what's going to happen on the next page.
by Celina

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Northwood - Brian Falkner

This is a daring book about a girl who likes a challenge. Northwood was written by Brian Falkner and illustrated by Donovan Bixley. Cecilia Undergarment is determined to rescue a sad and neglected dog but that doesn’t turn out very well. Luckily Cecilia can talk to animals. I really enjoyed "Northwood" and it would have to be one of my most favourite books.               By Holly

Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Cabin Fever - Jeff Kinney

Greg Heffley lives a horrible life as a wimpy kid. In "Cabin Fever", Greg gets trapped in his house in a snow storm with his family. In the meantime, his dad is having the time of his life. Greg's little brother Manny has never got in trouble in other books in the series but in Cabin Fever he turns off all the power in the house and Greg finds out when he goes to try reboot the power. Greg usually goes to school on the bus till a kid chases him with a stick.
By Nick

The Golden Door - Emily Rodda

This is a great book about an enemy trying to destroy the city. The Warden sends anyone who wants to go outside the city wall to find the enemy and destroy it. Rye's brother is lost outside the wall and Rye's challenge is to find his brothers and destroy the enemy. What Rye encounters will try to kill him.

by Max

Charm Hall - Tabitha Black

The magic all begins when something magical comes into Paige, Summer and Shannon's lives. The characters are Page, Summer, Shannon, Abigail (the mean one), Miss Linnet (the principal), Lavinia Charm (the founder of the school) and many other girls at the school. I like this book because it has drama, action and humour. I am reading this book at the moment and I think you should.


by Zarah

Little House in the Big Woods - Laura Ingalls Wilder

This book is based on Laura’s life growing up with her sisters Mary and Carrie, and Pa and Ma in the U.S during the 1870s. There are eight more books in this series. I like this book because it is a good history book, it tells you about the olden days and what people did. It is interesting to read about things like making sugar candy, maple syrup, butter and bacon. I think kids both boys and girls over 9 would like this book.  
by Isobel 

Meet Wild Boars - Meg Rosoff and Sophie Blackall

This book is about four wild boars who are dirty, smelly, bad-tempered and rude. This book taught me it is important to not judge people by their looks unless they are wild boars. This book is based on wild boars having a chance to be good. If you read this book you will find out whether the wild boars behaved or not. This book is a really good book because even though the wild boars are naughty they really make you laugh.


By Georgia

Giraffes Can’t Dance - Giles Andrede and Guy Parker-Rees

Giraffes Can’t Dance is an excellent book that I have read over and over again. It showed me the importance to keep on trying.  It features many animals at a special festival  including a giraffe who thinks he can’t dance. I think children at many ages can sit down and enjoy this wonderful book. So buy it, borrow it - I don’t care - but please get it because you might find the answer to ‘Can Giraffes Dance’?


by Georgia 

The Folk of the Faraway Tree - Enid Blyton

The Folk of the Faraway Tree is part of a series of three books by Enid Blyton.  The book was published about 60 years ago and is still very popular.  The four children in this book have many fun, strange and extremely thrilling adventures in the magic Faraway Tree which is in the enchanted wood.  The Magic Faraway Tree has lots of magical people living in it such as a man who dresses up in kettles and saucepans, a man with a big round face like the moon, a fairy, pixie and all sorts of mythical and magical creatures.  This book is amazing, I wished I lived near the enchanted wood!            by Bonnie

Skating School - White Skate Wishes By Linda Chapman

This is a book about a girl called Emily Walker who has always loved ice- skating. Join her as she is whisked away into the land of Ice and Winter to practise her skating skills. Along with an unexpected change, she makes new friends as well as a best friend that turns into an enemy.  If you love imaginative and magic stories, then this book might be for you! 

by Christina

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

My Royal Story: Marie Antoinette - by Kathryn Lasky

This book is one of the wonderful books in the "My Royal Story" series. It is the diary of an Austrian princess named Marie Antoinette. In the future she is rule France with her not-so-attractive but interesting husband Louis 14th. The story is based on the important parts of her life. If you like history and a bit of fun, this book is for you!    by Georgia and Lydia

Hooray for Diffendoofer Day - Jack Prelutsky and Lane Smith

Hooray for Diffendoofer Day was written 7 years after the death of Dr Seuss based on ideas and sketches that he left in his office. It celebrates the whacky, zany and totally divergent thinking that typifies Seuss' work and makes it so memorable. This book reminds us of the importance of being true to ourselves and the importance of diversity. There's also a not-so-subtle comment on national testing. Don't we all wish we could go to this school? - by Mr F