About Books: Book Reviewing Tips
Introduction: All book reviews need a strong and
dynamic introduction. An introductory sentence, or two, must “snag”
the reader. Try starting your review with a query or an exclamatory
sentence – a “zinger.”
Plot Condensation: What is the book about? Pretend
you are telling a friend about the book and jot down one or two
sentences that summarize the plot. Remember, don’t give away
any of the surprises!
Closing: Now that you have the reader enticed
by your opening “zinger” and short plot summary, it
is time to give your overall impressions of the book. Did you find
the book readable? Surprising? Informational? Use the last sentence
or two of the review to summarize your feelings about the book.
Adjectives, the Pizzazz : Use colorful and descriptive
language to make your book review more exciting to read. Use adjectives
Read it Over: Imagine yourself as a new reader
who does not know anything about the book. Does your review invite
you to read the book?