Chloe’s Corner – Dork Diaries – Rachel Renee Russell

Nikki Maxwell is not popular, in fact Nikki Maxwell is the opposite of popular; she’s a total dork! But Nikki’s hoping that by moving to a new school she might just stand a chance of making some friends and leaving her old lame-ways in the past. But life is never that simple!

Follow Nikki’s life through sketches, doodles and diary entries as she starts her new school, battles with her mum for an iPhone and meets her arch-nemisis, the school’s queen bee, Mackenzie. Enter Nikki’s world through her sketches, doodles and diary entries.”

I have chosen to read this book because of the simple yet colourful front cover, also because of the small ‘manga’ sketches.

The storyline of this book was a regular girl going to school, running into the most ‘popular’ girls who seem to bully her throughout trying to embarrass her every chance they can get, even though she has done nothing wrong to them. This made me feel sympathy towards her.

I loved the layout of this book because it looks like an actual diary with the ‘scribbled’ font and funny sketches.

My favourite character had to be ‘Nikki Maxwell’, she played a main role in this book, I liked her because she seemed natural, not fake like the ‘popular girls’ were portrayed. Also I liked her humour and bubbly personality, like being embarrassed of her own Dads car…. but trust me…. it was embarrassing!  I thought that the cliffhanger was great aswell because it kept me waiting for the next book.

I enjoyed this book because of the Genre → Diary, I love reading about everyday life and I liked the range of characters that the book had, from the ‘popular’ people to the quieter personalities. I felt that this book relates to the school that I go to because you have the people who everyone knows, but then there are people who are more quiet and blend into the background.

I really got into this book because as soon as I turned and read that first page….. I was hooked! I wouldn’t change anything about this book!

I would recommend this to 9-12 year olds, mostly girls, this is because it is a girl writing the diary so she would have a girl’s point of view, also it is about subjects that some boys may find boring like a small amount of romance and a girls everyday lifestyle.

Overall view, an interesting read, definitely recommended!

Dork Diaries can be purchased here or from most good book retailers.

Chloe’s Corner – The BFG – Roald Dahl

“When Sophie is snatched from her bed in the middle of the night by a giant four times as tall as the tallest human, she thinks she is about to be breakfast.

But luckily for Sophie, her giant is the only nice and jumbly giant in Giant Country, and the pair are soon thinking of ways to disappear the BFG’s nasty neighbours…”

I chose this book because as soon as I saw the author I was intrigued to see what funny phrases the pages held. Having read many of Roald Dahl’s other children’s books, I knew his way of writing was different from any of the other authors I have seen, because Dahl creates ‘new’ words such as ‘Gloriumptious’ and ‘Hopscotchy’ combining two words together. I think that these inventive ‘new’ words was what drew me and all of the other readers in with its randomness.

I loved the clever sketches of the people and scenes because it helps you connect with the book and really get involved as if you were there yourself. Also it separates the writing so there isn’t pages and pages of just text, instead there are illustrations in between breaking it up. I think this is good for children because some people get bored of reading just text, they like to be able to see what’s going on and it gives them a break from reading constantly.

My favourite character was the BFG because of his sweet personality – kind, loving and overall a ‘Gentle Giant’, you would not expect this through his appearance – Tall, Large and Big Built. As one of the main characters he was appealing to the young audience simply because of his friendliness and ‘Teddy-Bear’ build (soft, cuddly and BIG!).

I enjoyed this book because I felt that it was totally full of wacky and wonderful surprises. I liked this factor because it makes the book more interesting and enjoyable to read. I loved the way that Roald Dahl wrote about a completely creative topic → Giants, which is great for children because many kids love the thought of Giants of all different types of personalities, for example – Friendly Giants or Grumpy Giants, Roald Dahl managed to place both of these personalities into his story line, filling the needs of many children.

I loved the way that one of the main characters – Sophie, was frightened and thought that the BFG was evil and was there to have her for a snack, but the further and further the storyline progressed I saw that Sophie was warming to the BFG, understanding that he is not mean but nice and she became much more accepting of his appearance and personality.

I would not change anything about this book as it is packed with a series of genres – Action, Humour, Adventure etc.

I would recommend this book to ages 8 – 10, a mix of boys and girls.

Final thoughts – a great family read, perfect for all different types of children!

Chloe’s Corner – Diary of a Wimpy Vampire: Prince of Dorkness – Tim Collins

“In his latest hilarious diary, Nigel starts the new term as one of the most popular pupils in school, and he’s finally got a girlfriend after more than eighty years of being single.

But his life soon unravels when a new pupil, Jason, joins the school, and has his sights set firmly on Nigel’s girlfriend. Oh, and did we mention that Jason is a werewolf?

Vampire and werewolf go head to head in the pursuit of love …with hilarious consequences!”

I couldn’t put this book down, for me it was a real page turner! Every chapter was a new surprise.

I chose this book because I read Tim Collins previous Diary of a Wimpy Vampire book (review here) and I couldn’t wait to read this. It definitely didn’t disappoint me!

My favourite character was Nigel Mullet as his personality was quiet, shy and laid-back. I can relate to this character and his traits because my personality is usually quite chilled out. I liked the way that Nigel forgave and forgot throughout the book because this is when his calmer side shone.

I disliked the Granddad because of the way that he turned a blind-eye to thinking of other people and people’s feelings, however I liked the way that he gave advice to his family members.

I enjoyed this book because I love the Twilight saga, so I liked the storyline of the book. The only thing that disappointed me was the ending, lets just say it didn’t have the ‘Twilight’ ending that I was hoping for. I felt engaged whilst reading this book because the story was unpredictable, keeping you on your toes all of the time.

I would recommend this book to young people (9-13) that enjoy the Twilight saga, however I would say read Diary of Wimpy Werewolf after the Diary of a Wimpy Vampire series because then you will understand the characters a lot more.

Overall, Worth the wait!

Chloe’s Corner – Diary of a Wimpy Vampire: The Undead Have Feelings Too – Tim Collins

“Like Edward Cullen in “Twilight”, Nigel Mullet was transformed into a vampire when he was still a teenager, and will remain this age forever. Unfortunately, Nigel became a vampire at the awkward age of fifteen, and must spend eternity coping with acne, a breaking voice, and an ineptitude with girls…

In this, his excruciatingly funny diary, Nigel chronicles his increasingly desperate attempts to be noticed by the love of his life, Chloe Sparrow, the constant mortification caused by his vampire parents (not to mention the worry that they might accidentally eat one of his friends), and the frustration one feels when you’ve got the whole of boring eternity stretching out in front of you and you can’t even have a lie in (vampires don’t sleep).

Forced to hang out with the Goths and emo kids due to his pale skin and social awkwardness, and constantly battling his embarrassingly overwhelming desire to sink his fangs into Chloe’s neck, will Nigel ever get his girl?”

I am a huge fan of Tim Collins books, especially his diaries, as he really throws himself into his writing adding fine details that make the book come to life. So when I saw this book, I had to start reading it!

At the very beginning I seemed drawn to the interesting range of characters and funny sketches, I liked this as it is a different way of showing what the characters look like, but not in great detail so it still leaves a bit of the imagination to you!

My favourite character was Chloe, she had a main role in the book, she had a sense of mystery about her and it did not tell you too much at the beginning of the book but as the book progressed it revealed more and more of Chloe’s personality. I can relate to her because at first glance I seem shy as did Chloe from the descriptions and illustrations.

I enjoyed this book because it was filled with a touch of romance yet jaw-dropping actions. I experienced many emotions whilst reading this book, ranging quickly from disappointment…happiness…anger to shock. I also loved the way that Tim Collins wrote about the average life of a regular teenager, having to deal with natural causes like spots, hormones and common shyness around girls etc.

I liked the way that the book was laid out clearly, looking like an actual everyday diary with the format of writing/text.

My favourite part of this book was the brilliant cliffhanger at the end as this makes me want to read more and buy the next series.

I would recommend this book for 9 – 13 year olds, mixed (boys AND girls), this is because there is a range of action and romance during this book.

My view overall, adventurous read, can’t wait to get the next series of this book!

Chloe’s Corner – The Butterfly Lion – Michael Morpurgo

“A lyrical and moving tale of a young boy growing up in Africa, and his lifelong friendship with a white lion.”All my life I’ll think of you, I promise I will. I won’t ever forget you.”

Bertie rescues an orphaned white lion cub from the African veld. They are inseparable until Bertie is sent to boarding school far away in England and the lion is sold to a circus.

Bertie swears that one day they will see one another again, but it is the butterfly lion which ensures that their friendship will never be forgotten.”

I have chosen this book because, the front cover stood out to me, the scenery was pretty and I thought that the lion looked very cute, also because of its author – Michael Morpurgo, he is well known for his passionate language, used in many of his books, I feel that he puts a part of himself in to his writing.

I enjoyed this book because it is an emotional rollercoaster, this book gave me mixed emotions, at times it was very touching, yet at other times it was very fast moving, I experienced sadness to happiness very quickly, however I could not relate to any of the characters.

My favourite character was the lion, because he has an interesting personality, having the reputation of a wild animal, the lion was portrayed as being like a man’s best friend.

I loved how we followed Berties lifeline throughout this book, and the relationship between him and the lion, also the way that Bertie saw himself in the lion cub, feeling alone and vulnerable.

I liked the fact that it was narrated, and had flashbacks of the past times, instead of the usual layout of the present day.

I would recommend this book to 12+ year olds, mostly girls, this is because the book has a range of subjects that girls may enjoy, from romance to adventure.

My overall view, a heart-warming read. I can’t wait to experience another Michael Morpurgo book.

Chloe’s Corner – Adventures of a Wimpy Werewolf: Hairy But Not Scary – Tim Collins

I would like to welcome my niece Chloe to Me, My Books and I.  Chloe is also a keen book reader and from now on she is going to have a regular spot on my blog where she will be sharing her thoughts on the books that she reads.

“Luke Thorpe is a fifteen-year-old wimp. Excellent at maths and terrible at sport, he’d rather keep his head down and get on with his schoolwork. Yet, mysterious and uncontrollable changes in his behaviour and appearance – patches of hair growing rapidly, howling rather than singing the hymns in assembly, sudden growth spurts causing his clothes to rip off – are threatening to rocket him out of obscurity.

Join Luke on a journey of discovery, embarrassing mishaps and hilarity as he gets to the bottom of his werewolf roots, joins a pack, and finds himself en route to war against the vampires (whose number include a rather wimpy, but familiar face)…”

I have chosen this book because the simple, yet interesting front cover caught my eye on an online website, also from the reviews of this and the other Tim Collins books.

I enjoyed reading this book simply because it is about a regular teenagers life (going to school, doing tests and assessments), but this teenagers life has an unusual secret, a twist on daily routine.

My favourite character has to be the main character – Luke Thorpe, because throughout the book his moods change, at the beginning he seems paranoid about what people would think about his ‘abnormal change’, but as the book progressed Luke embraced his ‘change’, not thinking of it as a condition but rather a gift.  I also loved Luke’s typical teenage crush on another character called Chloe, I felt the awkwardness between the two characters when they were together.

This would be an ideal book for people who are daunted by pages and pages of writing because this book has various illustrations showing you exactly what is happening.  I enjoyed this factor of the book as it shows you how everyone looks and the emotions on their faces.  I would recommend this book to boys and girls between the ages of 8 – 13 years old, this is because the book has a mixture of humour, adventure, action and the thoughts of a typical awkward teenager.

Overall a brilliant read, but has left me hoping and waiting for part two!