Sometimes a book will have a moral — a lesson to learn.
If so, the theme is usually connected to that moral.
A general guideline is that the longer the book, the longer the review, and a review shouldn't be fewer than 100 words or so.
For a long book, the review may be 500 words or even more.
If a review is too short, the review may not be able to fulfill its purpose.
Too long, and the review may stray into too much plot summary or lose the reader's interest.When you write about the setting in a review, include more than just the location.Some things to consider: This is where the reviewer shares his/her reactions to the book that go beyond the essential points described above. Some possible questions to address include: Some of the tips and ideas above work best for fiction, and some of it is a little too complicated for very young reviewers. Use a few quotes or phrases (keep them short) from the book to illustrate the points you make about the book. Make sure you include a conclusion to the review — don't leave it hanging. If you love to read, at some point you will want to share a book you love with others.You may already do this by talking about books with friends.If you retell the entire story, the reader won't feel the need to read it him/herself, and no one appreciates a spoiler (telling the end).Here are some examples of summaries reviewers from have written: "A new picture book tells a magically simple tale of a lonely boy, a stranded whale and a dad who rises to the occasion." "In this middle-grade novel, a girl finds a way forward after the loss of her mother." "Reared by ghosts, werewolves and other residents of the hillside cemetery he calls home, an orphan named Nobody Owens wonders how he will manage to survive among the living having learned all his lessons from the dead.It's natural for young readers to confuse book reviews with book reports, yet writing a book review is a very different process from writing a book report. Frequently, the purpose of book reports is to demonstrate that the books were read, and they are often done for an assignment. A book review's purpose is to help people decide whether or not the book would interest them enough to read it. Like wonderful smells wafting from a kitchen, book reviews lure readers to want to taste the book themselves.This guide is designed to help you become a strong book reviewer, a reader who can read a book and then cook up a review designed to whet the reading appetites of other book lovers.Is it about the triumph of good over evil or friendship or love or hope?Some common themes include: change, desire to escape, facing a challenge, heroism, the quest for power, and human weaknesses.