Qualities of a Book Review
# Introduction – Definition
A book review is a description, critical analysis, and an evaluation on the quality, meaning, and significance of a book, not a retelling. * It should focus on the book's purpose, content, and authority. * A critical book review is not a book report or a summary * It should include a statement of what the author has tried to do, evaluates how well (in the opinion of the reviewer) the author has succeeded, and presents evidence to support this evaluation.
# Different Forms
Book reports can take on many different forms. Three types of effective book reports are * plot summaries,
* character analyses,
* theme analyses.
# Basic elements
There are a few basic elements you need to include in order to convey why the book you read was interesting or not. Always include the following elements in any book report:
* the type of book report you are writing
* the title of the book
* the author of the book
* the time when the story takes place
* the location where the story takes place
* the names and abriefdescription of each of the characters you will be discussing * many quotations and examples from the book to support your opinions *
# Questions to be answered
a. Why did the author write on this subject rather than on some other subject? b. From what point of view is the work written?
c. Was the author trying to give information, to explain something technical, to convince the reader of a belief’s validity by dramatizing it in action? d. What is the general field or genre, and how does the book fit into it? (Use outside sources to familiarize yourself with the field, if necessary.) Knowledge of the genre means understanding the art form. and how it functions. e. Who is the intended audience?
f. What is the author's style? Is it formal or informal? Evaluate the quality of the writing style by using some of...