Book reviews by children – Oliver Twist (Usborne Young Reading) Charles Dickens

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  • 4th May 2015


REVIEWER: Zain aged 8

This is about a boy called Oliver who was born in a workhouse. He asked for more food. Mr Bumble sold him to an undertaker but he didn’t like his new home so he ran away to London and met a boy called Dodger. To find out whether he lived a good or a bad life you must read this book. I enjoyed the book but I didn’t like the characters Fagin and Bill because they were so mean.

I would recommend this book because Oliver goes on lots of exciting adventures.

I would give it 5/5 stars.

Oliver Twist - Usborne YOung Reading

REVIEWER: Yasmin aged 10

The main character in this book is a boy called Oliver. He is a poor orphan who doesn’t have a mum or a dad.

I think it is a good book to read. In this book Oliver meets lots of new people, some of them kind and loving but on the other hand some are cruel and nasty. My favourite part of this book is when Oliver meets The Artful Dodger in the street and takes him to stay with Fagin.

I would recommend this book to people who like drama, but there are some sad parts in the story. I would this book **** out of 5.


REVIEWER: Jordan aged 11

The book is about a poor boy who has no family because his mother dies in childbirth in a Victorian workhouse. The Workhouse owner, Mr Bumble, named the baby Oliver Twist and the book is about his adventures. When he runs away from the workhouse he meets a boy called Dodger who brings him to Fagin’s house. He is an old man.  There he meets some other homeless boys and Fagin offers him a place to stay. He teaches him to steal and things go wrong for Oliver from there. There is a really mean character, one of Fagin’s friends,  called Bill Sikes and a very kind man called Mr Brownlow. They are the complete opposites of each other and they have a big influence on his life and what eventually happens to him.

I really enjoyed this book because there were lots of ups and downs and unexpected things happened. It was full excitement and suspense. It was very well written for a children’s version of Oliver Twist, a Charles Dickens classic.

I would recommend it because it is suitable for children of 8-12 years old