Thursday, 24 January 2013

100 Cupboards Book Review Based on a Peer's Review

After reading the book 100 Cupboards I decided to write a collaborative review and compare the opinions of my peer to my opinions on the book.

Here is my peers review of the book:

The One Hundred Cupboards is the start of a three-part trilogy. The story begins with twelve year old
 Henry York finding out that his parents have been kidnaped having no one to stay with he rides 
to the town of Kanses were he lives with his uncle. One night while he was lying in bed he sees
 a small crack in the wall. From here he breaks away the wall with his pocketknife behind the wall 
there are 99 cupboards all different sizes and shapes. Some of the cupboards have amazing woodwork 
on them and some have very intricate knobs. Henry must explore all of the cupboards to discover
 their secrets.

The One Hundred Cupboards is an amazing story. In it I find that this book does a really good
 job at pulling the reader into the book with a compelling plot. I really appreciate how the characters
 in the book have real life problems throughout the book making them easy to relate to. The book
 also contains many good writing strategies like foreshadowing and a good use of buildup towards
 the climax. All of these factors make The One Hundred Cupboards a very good read. But there
 are some minor flaws in the book that take away from the read, one small thing that I was let down
 about was the characters names. They were some of the most boring names that I think an author could 
think of. Also at the begging of the book when the author was setting the story I found that the narration
 jumped really quickly from one thing to another. But overall I really enjoyed my time with the book
 and I recommend reading it. 

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Litspiration Challenge 2

Here is my second litspiration challenge. I was litspired by a book I recently read called the Last Dogs; The Vanishing. So I decided to create a movie trailer about the book.

Here is a brief summary of the book to help you understand my trailer:

The Last Dogs; The Vanishing is a story about faith, loyalty, trust and the spirit within every dog. Max wakes up one day and find himself abandoned in a cage all alone... or is he? All the humans have mysteriously disappeared leaving all of their dogs to fend for themselves. Determined to find his people, Max sets of on a journey following the trail of a mysterious black dog named Madam. Along the way he is joined by two brave friends named Rocky and Gizmo. Max discoveries that when faced with danger he, is a true pack leader.

Here is my trailer:

Please Note: I apologize for any leashes, human feet etc. you may see in this video I know it ruins the effect of the people being missing but we wanted to make sure the dogs were safe.

Here is some more information about my movie trailer:


Max: Sable
Rocky: Pearl
Gizmo: Molly
Madame: Sadie

This trailer was made on the iMovie app on my iPad and it took around three hours to film.

I chose to create this trailer because...

I love dogs and books! Creating this trailer gave me an opportunity to combine my passions for, photography/ film, literature and dogs into one exciting project. I chose to create a trailer because I explored some of the elements of film in my elective last term and I was excited to try a new project. So in all this project was a way fro me to explore many of my different passions in a fun and exciting way.

Here is what the cover of the book looks like:
(The Golden Retriever is Max, the Dachshund is Rocky and the Yorkshire Terrier is Gizmo)