Do you ever get confused between a book review and book report? Or maybe you’ve done what many people do and used the terms interchangeably. There is a difference between the two; here’s a simple explanation:
What is a book report?
A book report summarizes the book’s contents. It gives an account of the contents of the book and a summary of the story. It’s straightforward and can be tackled by younger children.
What is a book review?
A book review goes into more depth and is suitable for older children. It is a critical analysis of a book. The reviewer gives opinions, says where he agrees or disagrees with the author, makes a judgment on the book and gives a recommendation.
Checklist for the review or report
When a book report or review is complete and before your child gives his review to you, let him work through this checklist:
Check for correct spelling.
Check for correct grammar
Check for correct punctuation
Does the review/report have between one and three quotations?
Have you used a standard font?
Have you used a standard size of font? (10 -12 point)
Check the margins and spacing. (Double space, 1” (2.5cm) margins.)
Put your own name, the date, and the page number in the footer.
Put the document’s title in the header.
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