Children’s Showcase


Review: Lemony Snickett’s Ersatz Elevator — Eugene Farle

9780064408646Title: A Series of Unfortunate Events: Ersatz Elevator
Author: Lemony Snickett

The Ersatz Elevator is about three orphans called, Klaus, Sunny, and Violet Baudelaires, who’s greatest fear was a terrible man named count Olaf.

The three Baudelaires had been moving to many places with different people since their parents had died in an outrageous fire.

Count Olaf was a terrible man. He always wanted to take the Baudelaire fortune. He also wanted to take the fortune of the Quagmire triplets, who were very good friends with the Baundelaires.

When the Baundelaires were moving in with their latest guardians, Olaf disguised himself as an auctioneer, and hides two of the Quagmire triplets in an empty elevator shaft in the same building that their guardians lived in. The Baundelaires new this and went down the shaft to go see their friends and help them escape. 

In one point of the book someone says the empty shaft is very “Ersatz” which is why the book is called “The Ersatz Elevator” 

My favorite part of the book is when sunny (who is a baby, by the way) uses her sharp teeth to bite a hole in one of the traps Olaf sets. 

My favorite character in the book is probably Sunny, because she had her own kind of language which the author had to translate a lot. And her teeth came in handy quite a bit. 

I recommend this book to someone who doesn’t mind a sad kind of book. I would say it’s for kids who are about eight or nine to about 13. I rate this book nine out of ten because it was entertaining, but I thought there was something missing, and its got to do with the ending.

By Eugene Farle


Review: Denis Martin’s Marked — Taylor Bryers

Title: Markedmarked
Author: Denis Martin

Marked is an OK book with a dangerous and evil plot that happens at Cooksville. Cully a curious boy meets a strange girl near the jetty called Kat. The main plot of the book is about Cully realising that Kat has a big problem in her life. When he finds out he wasn’t prepared for the biggest moment of his life!

Meanwhile Kat is an admired character who is sporty, fit, always prepared for everything and has pretty features. The story was a bit boring and I think the only exciting part of the book (apart from the end) was the boxing match that Cully did. I hated all the swearing in the book and there was quite a lot of blood at the end too 🙁 !

I would change the ending to make it happier and take all the swearing out and add more exciting events throughout the story. I rate this book 5/10. I don’t know who I would recommend this book to, but I think I might recommend this book to people who are big fans of Denis Martin’s books and 11+ year olds.

By Taylor Bryers 1“ May 2014


Review: John Marsden’s The Year My Life Broke

Title: The Year My Life Brokeyearmylifebroke
Author: John Marsden

This book is a very entertaining book about a kid called Matt whose parents lose most of their money and have to move into one of the most boring (little) towns in Australia. Matt of course has to go to a new school. Matt was in grade six and one of his greatest hobbies was cricket. Even though he was good at most sports, he particularly liked cricket. But one day he wants to join in a game of cricket and was distracted by something, and of course, the ball got hit straight towards him. He was too busy focusing on that something that was distracting him, and the ball came rushing past him, and went for four runs. The schools P.E. teacher saw Matt’s mistake, and from that point on he kept giving Matt a hard time when it came to sports. The P.E. teacher never really gave Matt a chance to show what he was actually like at sports, but little do they know that Matt is a supreme sportsmen.

The only thing that I could relate to my personal experiences was probably moving to a different place, but that was like only from Karori to Kelburn, plus I was only like one and a bit.

My favourite character was Red. He was really good at sports. He was the one who gave a great speech about how bad the school was at sports. This encouraged the school to actually practice at sports like cricket and netball. He also did something very nice to Matt.

l really, really enjoyed this book, and it was probably the best book I’ve ever read. My favorite part was when two people came and started shooting and trying to break into the house next door to Matt’s. I think that I hadn’t read much action lately and this in particular kept [me] reading for a long time. I don’t really have a least favourite part, it was that good. I would change the amount of swearing that was in the book, because there was a fair bit.

l would recommend this book [for someone] who is in to sport e.g. cricket or someone who wants a relatively easy to read kind of book.

Finally the ratings. I rate this book about a nine point five out of ten because of the swearing. But as I said it was a really good book and that was my review of The Year My Life


Review: Stuart Hill’s The Cry of the Ice Mark — Kassidy Callaghan

Title: The Cry of the Ice MarkCry of the Ice Mark
Author: Stuart Hill
Illustrator: none
Reviewed by: Kassidy Callaghan
Date: June 2014

Young Queen Thirrin, 14, takes over her ice-bound country as it experiences the greatest imperial invasion ever known.

Main Characters
Queen Thirrin is ‘strong in the arm’ from the House of Linshield, a fierce and temperamental young girl with the fate of her land on her shoulders.
Oskan is a young warlock who has inherited powers from his mother forms an alliance with the young Queen against the evil empire.

An amazing journey to a foreign, frozen land that you won’t want to come back from.

None. I love all the books I take out to read!

10-15 years